The Progress of the Soul
The lotus (Sanskrit and Tibetan padma) is one of the most poignant representations of Buddhist teaching.
The roots of a lotus are in the mud, the stem grows up through the water, and the heavily scented flower lies pristinely above the water, basking in the sunlight.
This pattern of growth signifies the progress of the soul from the primeval mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, and into the bright sunshine of enlightenment.
According to the Lalitavistara, "the spirit of the best of men is spotless, like the lotus in the muddy water which does not adhere to it."
According to another scholar, "in esoteric Buddhism, the heart of the beings is like an unopened lotus: when the virtues of the Buddha develop therein, the lotus blossoms; that is why the Buddha sits on a lotus bloom."
This pink Lotus (Sanskrit: padma; Tibetan: pad ma dmar po) is the supreme lotus and it is generally associated with the Great Buddha himself, it was under the Bodhi Tree which is in Bodh Gaya (बोधगया) located in the Indian state of Bihar.
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