A white lotus flower refers to purity of the mind and the spirit. A red lotus flower refers to compassion and love. The blue lotus flower refers to the common sense, it uses wisdom and logic to create enlightenment. The pink lotus flower, as in this photo, represents the history of Buddha and the historical legends of the Buddha. The purple lotus flower speaks of spirituality and mysticism. The Gold lotus flower represents all achievement of all enlightenment, especially in the Buddha.
The lotus has the ability to lie dormant in times of drought and blossom when ideal conditions return to give it life. Recent research found 1200 year old seeds in China that have germinated when conditions were favorable and they magically appeared and bloomed.
These are a few things I learned from a little research online.
I found my lotus at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in the Japanese Garden section.
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