Symbolism of the Blue Lotus

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Ra in Blue Lotus

The Blue Lotus in Egyptian Legends

The Blue Lotus was revered by the Egyptians.  They associated it with Ra (Egyptian Sun God), creation, rebirth, and the afterlife.  The blue lotus closes at night and submerges underwater, and blooms again reemerging in the morning.   This is one of the reasons they were so fascinated by this beautiful flower.  Legend has it, the whole planet was dark and covered with water, and then a blue lotus emerged from beneath the sea, and Ra ascended into the sky radiating light and energy.

The blue lotus was also used in Egyptian ceremonies for transitioning into the afterlife.  It was laid on the bodies in the kings tombs.

The Blue Lotus in Buddhism

Manjushri - Bodhisattva of wisdom

Manjushri - Bodhisattva of wisdom

The Lotus (padma) is a very important symbol in India and of Buddhism. It refers to the complete purification of body, speech and mind, and the blossoming of wholesome deeds in liberation. The lotus refers to many aspects of the path, as it grows from the mud (samsara), up through muddy water it appears clean on the surface (purification), and finally produces a beautiful flower (enlightenment).

Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of wisdom is depicted holding a blue lotus in his left hand representing his attainment of ultimate realization from the blossoming of wisdom, and a flaming sword in his right hand used to cut through illusion, duality, and ignorance.

Significantly, the color of the lotus too has an important bearing on the symbology associated with it:

1). White Lotus (Skt. pundarika; Tib. pad ma dkar po): This represents the state of spiritual perfection and total mental purity (bodhi). It is associated with the White Tara and proclaims her perfect nature, a quality which is reinforced by the color of her body.
2). Red Lotus (Skt. kamala; Tib: pad ma chu skyes): This signifies the original nature and purity of the heart (hrdya). It is the lotus of love, compassion, passion and all other qualities of the heart. It is the flower of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion.
3). Blue Lotus (Skt. utpala; Tib. ut pa la): This is a symbol of the victory of the spirit over the senses, and signifies the wisdom of knowledge. Not surprisingly, it is the preferred flower of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom.
4). Pink Lotus (Skt. padma; Tib. pad ma dmar po): This the supreme lotus, generally reserved for the highest deity. Thus naturally it is associated with the Great Buddha himself.”

The Blue lotus is to connect with your inner radiant wisdom and become enlightened.