I am in the process of designing a logo for Bound For Bliss Yoga products (www.boundforblissyoga.etsy.com), such as yoga bags and painted tees. Again and again, an abstract lotus design keeps making its way to the forefront of the design. Why a lotus? Well, thanks for asking!
The lotus flower has very significant symbolism. The lotus flower starts as a small flower down at the bottom of a pond in the mud and muck. It slowly grows towards the top of the water surface as it continually reaches for the sunlight. Once it comes to the surface of the water, the flower blooms into a radiant blossom untouched by the surrounding muddy waters.
What a beautiful symbolic relationship the lotus’ journey has to life.
The lotus flower originated in Ancient Egypt and had a signficant role in ancient creation myths and legends. In one Ancient Egyptian creation legend, the sun rose out of a lotus that had grown from a watery chaos. The ancient Egyptians revered the Nile River Lillies (lotuses) which bloomed beautiful in the sunlight and returned closed, to the muddy waters at night. This was a great symbol of birth and rebirth. The flowers were often used at joyous ceremonies and honoring loved ones at funerals.
Lotus flowers are a symbol of rebirth in Eastern beliefs and often symbolize enlightenment, purity, divinity, and truth; especially to the Buddhist faith. In Hinduism the lotus symbolizes prosperity, beauty, fertility, eternity and eternal youth. A lotus is often used analogously for how people should live. One book that does this is the Bhagavad Gita at 5.10, where it states: “One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.”
Lotuses are also used to represent chakras, or the body energy centers. Each chakra is characterised by a coloured lotus flower with a specified number of petals, with each petal being allocated a letter (see illustration).
Christianity has the White lily as the equivalent of Lotus, related to Mary the Virgin mother which signifies chastity and fecundity.
In yoga, the lotus asana, Padmasana, is a crosslegged seated position that one enters before meditation and many pranayama exercises. It is from this pose that one gains the benefits of calming the mind and stimulation of the pelvis region, spine, abdomen, and bladder. Traditional texts say that Padmasana destroys all disease and awakens kundalini.
Personally, I find the lotus flower to be a beautiful creation of the divine. A creation, that for me, symbolizes an inner beauty which blooms for the world to see. This, I believe, is the reason we were all put on this planet.
From my open heart to yours,