Lotus and Buddhism
The lotus flower is the symbol of fortune in Buddhism, it represents rebirth, as it grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment. The mud represents the importance of the lotus flower in Buddhism. The rebirth can be a change of ideas, an acceptance of Buddha where there once was non, the dawn after one's darkest day, a renaissance of beliefs or the ability to see past wrongs. In a literal sense, the meaning of the lotus flower in Buddhism represents rebirth as a reincarnation, such as in the Buddhist religion, when a soul leaves this world in its present form to be reborn in another.
All humans are born in the world where there is suffering. This suffering is a vital part of the human experience; it makes us stronger and teaches us to resist the temptation of the evil. When we banish evil thoughts from our mind we are able to break free of the muddy water and become one with the Buddha. The mud shows us who we are and teaches us to choose the right path over the easy one.
The Second meaning, which is related to the first is purification. It resembles the purifying of the spirit which is born into murkiness.
The Third meaning refers to faithfulness. Those who are working to rise above the muddy waters will need to be faithful followers.
The colour bears importance in the meaning of the lotus flower in Buddhism. A white lotus flower refers to purity of the mind and the spirit. A red lotus flower refers to compassion and love. A blue lotus flower refers to to the common sense; it uses wisdom and logic to create enlightenment. A pink lotus flower represents the history of Buddha and the historical legends of the Buddha. A purple lotus flower speaks of spirituality and mysticism. Finally, the gold lotus flower represents all achievement of all enlightenment, especially in the Buddha.