Isis Unveiled: chapter III (The mirror of the soul)

“The lotus, the sacred flower of the Egyptians, as well as the Hindus, is the symbol of Horus as it is that of Brahma. No temples in Tibet or Nepal are found without it; and the meaning of this symbol is extremely suggestive.

The sprig of lilies placed in the hand of the archangel, who offers them to the Virgin Mary, in the pictures of the “Annunciation”, have in their esoteric symbolism precisely the same meaning. We refer the reader to Sir William Jones.

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

“Eternal!” says a verse in the Bhagavad Gita, “I see Brahma the creator enthroned in thee above the lotus!” and Sir W. 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; or, as the author of The Heathen Religion, has it – “nature thus giving us a specimen of the preformation of its productions”; adding further that “the seed of all phoenogamous plants bearing proper flowers, contain an embryo plantlet ready formed.”

With the Buddhists, it has the same signification. Maha-Maya, or Maha-Deva, the mother of Gautama Buddha, had the birth of her son announced to her by Bhodisat (the spirit of Buddha), who appeared beside her couch with a lotus in his hand.

Thus, also, Osiris and Horus are represented by the Egyptians constantly in association with the lotus flower.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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