What is the symbolic meaning of a lotus flower tattoo?
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- Like the Hibiscus flower, the lotus flower is universally accepted as a symbol of estranged love and the associated empty yearning it entails. The lotus flower originated in Egypt and in India, and has had a major role in the local myths and legends.
- The lotus flower in Indian mythology also represents birth and beauty. The goddess, Laxmi, was born from a lotus that sprang from Vishnu's forehead and there are many goddess figures that are described to have lotus features.
- If you don't look at the mythology and the symbolism of the Lotus flower and actually look at WHERE the Lotus flower comes from that can be a huge part of why some have it. I have my Lotus flower, because it actually represents my life. The beginning of the life of the Lotus flower is down deep in the MUCK and the MUD of water and it actually grows up and OUT of the muck, mud and water and becomes a BEAUTIFUL creation of life. That's why I have mine, life for me did not start out so great but I fought my way through the crap of it all and succeeded.
- I agree with the previous statement. The lotus flower, grown in the muddy swamps of India, symbolizes that even from the worst situation one can always pull through and make the best out of it. No matter one's struggles in life, he or she will always confer.
- From watching Miami Ink, I learned that the lotus means that a dark period in your life is finally over and you have risen above. The lotus seed is buried beneath muck and murky waters and in time grows out above the water and blooms.
- Adding to the previous answer the meaning of a lotus flower is not much relating to the dark times in your life but more so to your life in general. What it represents is beauty and success. Lotus flowers start off as a seed in the bottom of a pond, the mucky, smelly, bottom of a pond, but they grow, and as they grow they eventually make their way out of the mucky, smelly bottom of he pond, threw the water and to the top where they become a beautiful successful flower. Now obviously this is a metaphor relating to people's lives. You can be born in the worst conditions possible, much like the lotus, but with considerable growth and determination you can get to the top of the "pond" and become something more then what you were born into. You can become the beautiful, successful "flower" at the top of the pond.
- Like the rose in the West, the lotus of the East is probably the most important of the flower symbols and laden with meaning. It springs forth from muddy and murky waters, eventually rising to float on the surface, opening in the morning and closing in the evening. For example, according to the Egyptians, it was the first flower of the universe, and from it sprang the first gods. Many of the ancient pillars of monumental architecture in Egypt are actually designed as bunches of lotuses. In Hinduism, the lotus blossom is one of the most important symbols used in spirituality and art. Brahma, the Hindu creator of the world, was born from a lotus blossom that grew from the navel of Vishnu on the water.
- I believe that a lotus tattoo could mean many things. However, to me the first thing that comes to mind is the Legendary Lotus Eaters from Homer's "The Odyssey." The Lotus-Eaters (and all the men who landed on their island and tried the lotus) were said to never leave the island for the lotus made them forget everything because the lotus was so great. To mean, a lotus tattoo represents the vice associated with pleasure.
- The lotus does symbolize many things. My reason for getting one is along the lines of the "growth from muck to the top of the pond" answer. But I believe that the previous explanations are borrowed/generalized interpretations of the original Buddhist version. In Buddhist thought the muck represents the material world of the senses; the struggle to the top is the quest for enlightenment -- the struggle to transcend the material world and the attachment to the "self"; and the blossom symbolizes the ultimate achievement of Nirvana.
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it symbolizes longevity in the Chinese culture.
Answer The lotus flower has a unique characteristic in that it blooms and sheds its seeds at the same time. In the context of Buddhism, the theory of karma says that, just …like the lotus flower, our life is made up of cause and effect. Every cause -- be it action, word or thought -- will imprint an effect that can be seen in this lifetime or in future lives. Answer In Buddhist paintings and sculpture, the Buddha is often seated on a lotus flower. The lotus produces a beautiful flower even with its roots in the dirtiest water. The symbolism is that a person can rise above being rooted in the ugliness and suffering of this world, and should try to be pure and help others with the beauty of the spirit. Answer The lotus also played a role in the religious symbolism of ancient Egypt, although the papyrus is more common in surviving works of art. A discussion of the Egyptian symbolism of both flowers appears at: www.touregypt.net/featurestories/flowers.htm Answer In addition to the above, the lotus signifies that even the dirtiest water will not cling to the lotus (pure in spirit). Try sprinkling water on a lotus leaf and it will just roll off. Answer The lotus flower is believed to be able to reproduce from its own matrix. In this regard, it is the symbol of "self-regeneration" -- svayambhÃ» in Sanskrit. SvayambhÃ» can also mean "self-existent" and "independent." One often sees the lotus as the throne upon which the Buddha sits. Here, the Buddha is the symbol of the awakened Mind, which is self-existent, independent, and self-regenerating. Correct ancient asociation is the lotus bursts from the seed underwater, grows up through the depths and blooms above water. This is used as an illustration of how the enlightened person must grow, in a similar fashion: born in the mud, struggling upwards until the air is reached. Answer The lotus flower has a symbolic meaning which represents being pure in one's spirits.The flower produces beautiful petal even if it grew in the dirtiest waters. The lotus flower symbolizes rising up out of badness and grief. For instance, if you try putting water on a petal of a lotus flower the water will not stick to it, but just simply roll off as a sign of freedom.
Buddha is said to have risen from the center of a lotus blossom.The lotus flower is symbolic for rebirth. Besides the religiousmeaning it stands for the symbol of all that's t…rue, good,andbeautiful, representing good fortune, peace and enlightenment.
Symbolism of a Blue Lotus Flower Tattoo . It stands for "goodness". The Blue Lotus symbolizes the victory of the spirit over the senses; of the wisdom of knowledge.
In Japanese folklore, the tale of a snake hiding WITHIN a lotus represents the poor judgment behind viewing something solely from it's outer appearance. It shows that, despite… the tranquility and beauty of the lotus, within it's petals lies something dangerous.
There are lots of symbolic meanings for the lotus flower: In ancient Egypt is was a symbol of rebirth. In China it is a symbol of unity. In India it is a symbol of the d…ivine feminine. In Tibet it is a symbol of mystery. To Buddhists it is a symbol of enlightenment. As tattoos are a very personal thing, it is not wise to assume any specific meaning for any tattoo. To be certain what it is intended to mean I suggest you as the person wearing it.
The purple lotus flower tattoo is usually associated with Buddhism,and is intended to represent a mystical view of spirituality. A redlotus symbolizes love.
lotus is the sign of purity if I'm not mistaken. A lotus flower grows out of mud but is unstained by it.
Red lotus:\n. \nThis symbolizes the original nature of the heart (hrdaya). It is the lotus of love, compassion, passion, activity and all the qualities of the heart. It is th…e lotus of Avalokitesvara.\n. \n. \n
To know the precise answer to this question we must know the seven basic forces that are associated with the seven basic Hindu gods. The seven basic forces and the Hindu go…ds associated with them: They are, 1. Dreaming force - Indra 2. Illusory force - Shakti 3. Voluntary force - Brahma 4. Semi voluntary force - Vishnu 5. Involuntary force - Shiva 6. Status altering force - Shani 7. Compulsive force - Yama Originally, Brahma represented the Voluntary force. However, since this would enable us to lead a bad parallel life, totally independent of our life, later Brahma was associated with the voluntary component of the Semi voluntary force. Gods associated with lotus: It should immediately be obvious that the lotus flower is associated with the Trimurti, their consorts and their children. It is not associated with the gods associated with the other forces. Symbolism of basic elements of nature: 1. Air - Voluntary force - Brahma 2. Water - Semi voluntary force - Vishnu 3. Land - Involuntary force - Shiva This association is due to the fact that voluntary activities are unstable, Semi voluntary actions are flexible and Involuntary actions are rigid. The lotus flower comes out of water and stays above it. In the same way the voluntary component of the semi voluntary force enables us to execute an action independent of our status. The lotus from Vishnu's navel: The Semi voluntary Vishnu force corresponds to our abdomen and the level of our navel to its voluntary component. It is for this reason that Brahma is supposed to originate from the navel of Vishnu. The correctness of actions: 1. Voluntary actions are correct by themselves. 2. Semi voluntary actions are correct because 50% of activities of our life favor them 50% of activities of our life oppose them 3. Involuntary action is correct because it is favored by most activities of our life. Thus, Semi voluntary and Involuntary actions are not correct by themselves and also they are dependent on our status. Symbolism of lotus: The lotus is symbolic of the activity that is correct by itself and is independent of our status. This feature is very important when we want to interact with people of all classes. The god to be associated with lotus: Executing an action correctly independent of our status is a unique feature of Brahma. Thus, only Brahma and Saraswati should be associated with lotus. Vishnu and Shiva don't have this feature and can't be associated with the lotus. Vishnu, Shiva and the lotus: Since Brahma is a god that is worshiped rarely, this very important feature of Brahma is added to Vishnu and Shiva, their consorts and children and thus they either sit on lotus or hold them in their hands. Gods not associated with lotus: The peripheral four basic gods Indra, Shakti, Shani and Yama are not associated with lotus because they should not be used willfully and their use should be unintentional and a last resort. Therefore, the lotus flower is symbolic of the activity that is independent of our status and correct by itself.
In Symbolism and Symbolic Meanings
The meaning of the lotus flower is beauty and success. In the Hindu religion, the Lotus flower is an flower that with every god and goddess. The Supreme Personality of Godh…ead, Vishnu, holds the lotus flower. Other Goddess and God holds the lotus flower. The Lotus Flower is the symbol of Peace. The Lotus was an important symbol for Ancient Egypt because it is the only flower which fruits and flowers at the same time. They considered it a symbol of creation, the sun, and rebirth. In Christianity , the white lotus symbolizes the Virgin Mary. Japanese tattoo artists use the lotus along with koi fish to symbolize luck.
Buddha used the lotus flower as an analogy of how a persons mind can be transformed and reach serenity. He said that the lotus starts its life in the mud of the river, but slo…wly seeks the sunshine and finally rises above the river into bloom. Our minds are like that, until we work to free oursleves from conflicted emotions and desires and reach the serenity of nirvana, we are stuck in the mud of samsara, which is this crazy world of illusions.
In Tattoos and Body Art
The lotus is seen as a symbol of awakening- especially of the spirit. This metaphor is inspired by the way a lotus flower actually grows. Its beginnings founded in the muck an…d mire and yet it continuously grows upward, towards the light, and eventually turns into a beautiful flower. While a person may chose to have a lotus tattoo for any number of personal reason, it's generally associated with being a symbol for overcoming a hardship and becoming a better person for having experienced the struggle. the meaning of the lotus flower is beauty and success. In the Hindu religion, the Lotus flower is an flower that with every god and goddess. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vishnu, holds the lotus flower. Other Goddess and God holds the lotus flower. The Lotus Flower is the symbol of Peace. The Lotus was an important symbol for Ancient Egypt because it is the only flower which fruits and flowers at the same time. They considered it a symbol of creation, the sun, and rebirth. In Christianity, the white lotus symbolizes the Virgin Mary. Japanese tattoo artists use the lotus along with koi fish to symbolize luck.
In Tattoos and Body Art
The lotus flower symbolizes LIFE or SOUL. I got a tattoo about half an hour ago saying "De La Soul" in fancy writing, a famous hip-hop group from the 70's...they also happe…n to be one of my favourites, De la Soul means "of the soul", the lotus flower means life/soul, next week I'm going to be getting a lotus flower added too as the lotus is a connection to the word soul, i thought this is the perfect tat for me. (Correction from Matthew Glosser: The author of the answer above states that De La Soul is a famous hip-hop group from the 1970's. This is incorrect- De La Soul is a hip-hop group from the early 90's. Their first album wasnt released until 1989. The author claims De La Soul is one of their favorite musical acts, so much so that he or she got the group tattooed on his or her body, yet the author does not know even the most basic information about the group. There is a huge difference between a music group from the 70's and a music group from the 90's. Also, regarding the lotus flower: It has come to symbolize many things in eastern culture. Purity is the most common of these symbols as ancient eastern spiritual leaders and philosphers were impressed by its abillity to grow from the mud, unstained or from the water, untouched. The lotus is also a symbol of non-attachment, a pillar of the Buddhist philosophy. Despite the author's claim that the lotus flower "means life/soul", these are not common symbols attributed to the lotus flower.)
In Word and Phrase Origins
because it is considered very sacred