the lotus, as a universal symbol

“There are no ancient symbols without a deep and philosophical meaning attached to them; their importance and significance increasing with their antiquity.

Such is the LOTUS. It is the flower sacred to nature and her Gods, and represents the abstract and the concrete universes, standing as the emblem of the productive powers of both spiritual and physical nature.

It was held sacred from the remotest antiquity by the Hindus, the Egyptians, and the Buddhists after them;

revered in China and Japan, and adopted as a Christian emblem by the Greek and Latin Churches, who made of it a messenger as the Christians do now, who replace it with the water lily.

It had, and still has, its mystic meaning which is identical with every nation on earth.

With the Hindus the lotus is the emblem of the productive power of nature, through the agency of fire and water (spirit and matter).

“Eternal!” says a verse in the Bhagavad-Gita [11.15], “I see Brahma the creator enthroned in thee above the lotus!”;

and Sir William Jones shows that the seeds of the lotus contain, even before they germinate, perfectly formed leaves, the miniature shapes of what one day, as perfected plants, they will become.

The lotus, in India, is the symbol of prolific earth, and what is more, of Mount Meru.

The four angels or genii of the four quarters of Heaven stand each on a lotus. The lotus is the twofold type of the Divine and human hermaphrodite, being of dual sex, so to say.

The spirit of Fire (or Heat), which stirs up, fructifies, and develops into the concrete form of everything (from its ideal prototype), which is born of WATER or primordial Earth, evolved Brahma – with the Hindus.”


H. P. Blavatsky

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