Sunday, September 8, 2013

Day 8

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The Water Lily~
..."Coming to the continent of Asia, the water lily has a completely different symbolism (than in Egypt). In Bangladesh, water lily is the national flower and makes its appearance in every religious ceremony. Life and love is symbolized through this beautiful flower. Since the water lily produces blossoms and fruits simultaneously, it represents universality. In the context of religion, the water lily is considered to be sacred by the Buddhists and Hindus. According to Buddhism, enlightenment is associated with this blossom. Different colored water lilies have different representations according to the ancient Buddhists, and the practice is still carried out. For instance a red lily connotes love and passion, and is considered to be the lotus of the heart. The iconography of the purple lily is mystic power, whereas the white lily is mental purity. The highest deity is represented with a pink lily and blue lilies are often associated with knowledge. In the spiritual arena of Hinduism, the concept of resurrection is symbolically denoted by the water lily. This is because at night (or during darkness) the lilies close their blossoms and with the first ray of the sun, they open. It is also a symbol of purity, because even though the plant grows in mud, the flower is pure and free from blemishes."  ~What does a water lily symbolize? Buzzle.comMore about Yantras from Encyclopedia of Buddhism, Encyclopedia of World Religions.

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