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What is the Symbolic Meaning of a Lotus Flower

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
What is the Symbolic Meaning of a Lotus Flower

Since time immemorial the lotus flower has been a symbol of multiple civilizations, like the Egyptian and Greek. Because of its beautiful and delicate aroma, these civilizations related this aquatic flower with the divine birth. This is the case with Nefertum, considered the god of perfume by Egyptians because of the attractive smell given off by the flower from where he emerged. Besides civilizations, some religions, such as Buddhism, also adopted it as one of its most important symbols. Its broader meaning is of spiritual purity. However, depending on the flower's color it may have one representation or another. Read this OneHowTo article and discover what the symbolic meaning of the lotus flower is.

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Pink lotus flower

The pink variant of the lotus flower is the most important of all. In both Buddhism and Hinduism the symbolic meaning of the pink lotus flower is reserved for the greatest Gods. It first represents the earthly symbol of the Buddha and is secondly the base on which the goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) sits. For both, the lotus flower means purity of the soul; the path to liberation from materialism.

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White lotus flower

Sometimes people confuse the white lotus flower with the pink one. Although they have similar meanings, this variant is characterized by representing mental purity and spiritual perfection. The lotus flower has the ability to grow in the most turbid water, even in mud, and emerges each day from the depths, as at night it closes its petals. For this reason the white version has the meaning of immaculate nature and blessing. Its white colour stands out in the dark water.

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Blue lotus flower

The most common meaning of blue lotus flowers are of wisdom and knowledge. This variant of aquatic flower represents the triumph and victory of the spirit over temptation of the senses. In addition, its petals are almost always closed, making it difficult to imagine the inside.

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Red lotus flower

Love, passion, compassion and seduction are the most popular meanings of the red lotus flower. It represents nature and innocence of heart, where feelings are always put before reason. People who are considered passionate and are governed by their heart often get a tattoo with this kind of lotus flower.

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At night the lotus flower remains closed, waiting patiently for sunrise. When this happens the petals open, they show their inside and give off that characteristic aroma. So, when they are in their closed state, they represent the infinite possibilities of human beings. When they are open they represent the creation and grandeur of the universe.


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