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. The blue lotus is associated with a victory of the spirit over that of wisdom, intelligence and knowledge. If you get to see it a blue Lotus in Buddhist art you will notice that it is always depicted as being partially open and the centre is never observed.
Gold Lotus – Mentioned in Buddhist sutras, has two meanings, one is the symbol for the achievement of enlightenment and the other points towards a real flower which is beyond our normal perception.
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.”
This is the supreme lotus and is considered to be the true lotus of Buddha.
Purple Lotus – Known to be Mystic and is associated with esoteric sects. It can be shown depicted as either an open flower or as a bud. The eight petals of the purple Lotus are representative of the noble eightfold path; one of the principal teachings of the Buddha. Following this path is thought to lead to self awakening, and is considered one of the noble truths.
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.
This is related to the heart, and the Lotus flower meaning is associated with that of love and compassion.
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. This color lotus is known to symbolize Bodhi (being awakened), and represents a state of mental purity, and that of spiritual perfection; it is also associated with the pacification of one’s nature. This lotus is considered to be the womb of the world.
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