nucifera, the Sacred Lotus
the Chinese, the lotus flower represents creative power and purity amid
adverse surroundings (the muck and mud of the pond). It is also a symbol of
the seventh month and summer when lotus begin their blooming season.
In Buddhism the lotus flower symbolizes faithfulness. The golden lotus
mentioned in Buddhist sutras has two meanings: the symbol for the
achievement of enlightenment, and a real flower which is beyond normal
Chinese poets also use lotus flowers to inspire people to continue striving
through difficulties and to show their best side to the outside world, no
matter how bad the circumstances may be.
Another symbolic characteristic of the lotus derives from the
observation that the plant's stalk is easy to bend, but is very hard to
break because of its many strong fibers. Poets use this to represent a close
unbreakable relationship between two lovers or the members within a family.