Friday, 2 August 2013

Lotus Flower



Lotus is the National flower of India and Vietnam. The Lotus symbolizes spirituality, fruitfulness, wealth, knowledge and illumination. Lotus is a sacred flower and occupies a unique position in the art and mythology of ancient India and has been auspicious symbol of Indian Culture. The most important thing about lotus is that even after growing in murky water it is untouched by its impurity. On the other hand the lotus symbolizes purity of heart and mind. The National Flower 'Lotus' or water lily is an aquatic plant of Nymphaea species with broad floating leaves and bright aromatic flowers that grow only in shallow waters.



The leaves and flowers of the Lotus float and have long stems that contain air spaces in them. The lotus flowers have many petals overlapping in a proportional pattern. The root functions of lotus are carried out by rhizomes that fan out horizontally through the mud below the water. Lotuses, cherished for their tranquil beauty, are delightful to take a look at as their blossoms open on the pond's surface.



Mythology

Hindus relate lotus to their Almighty, Vishnu, Brahma, Lakshmi and Sarasvati who are often depicted sitting upon this pious flower. As Lotus also stands as the symbol of divine beauty, the eyes of Lord Vishnu are often described in the Vedic verses as the petals of the Lotus flower and His pink feet are referred to as 'Charan Kamal' or the 'Lotus Feet'. It is often used as the motifs and patterns in the ancient Indian art and architecture. In the Hindu Mythology, the unfolding petals of Lotus signify the expansion of the soul. As the Lotus carries piousness despite growing from the mud, it is said to represent a caring spiritual promise. The Buddhists consider the Lotus Flower to be sacred and auspicious as the flower stands for faithfulness in their religion. The lotus plant has also been cited as a sacred flower extensively in the ancient Puranic and Vedic literature. The Bhagavad Gita says, “One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results onto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.”



In Egypt the Lotus Flowers are considered to auspicious because they are regarded as the symbol of Sun God.

Medicinal Touch:-

·  Lotus seeds are medicinal in nature and are used for the treatment of kidney, spleen, and heart ailments. They are also considered beneficial in the treatment of Leucorrhea, palpitation and insomnia.
·  Lotus seeds are also used as antidotes in mushroom poisoning.
·      The seeds, leaves and tubers of the Lotus Flower are edible.
·      The cooked lotus root is good for the stomach and the reproductive organs. It also helps to contract the blood vessels and prevents blood loss and complications such as coughing blood and blood in stools.
·      The large leaves are used as cold bed sheets to treat high fever and for the treatment of summer heat.




A Beautiful sentence by Swamy Vivekananda is “Just as water cannot wet the lotus leaf, so work cannot bind the unselfish man by giving rise to attachment to results”


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