The lotus has been a symbol of purity since before the time of the Buddha; it blooms beautiful and pure with its roots deep in muddy water; the lotus flower rises above the mud to bloom- beautifully, clean and fragrant.
In Buddhist art, a fully blooming lotus flower also signifies enlightenment, while a closed bud represents a time before enlightenment.
The mud nourishing the roots represents our not so perfect earthly existence, reminding us that it is through daily living and suffering that we begin to wake up, to bloom. And even as we bloom, we stay firmly planted and centered here on earth, because as the Zen verse states:
“May we exist in muddy water with purity, like a lotus.”
Rising above the mud to bloom requires great faith in oneself, it is a practice of remembering who we are. The twins represented inside the unopened Lotus represent the Yin and the Yang within each one of us. Embracing our wholeness as we mature into who we are meant to be.