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The Lotus Flower and the Power of Roots. February 16, 2012

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The lotus which grows in the muddy water of still ponds and lakes has been described over the centuries as a symbol of purity, enlightenment and divine birth. This magnificent blossom unfolds gradually, one petal at a time. As the flower awakens and starts blooming at the first rays of the morning sun, the interdependence between the lotus and the sun is a symbol of life.
In China the lotus flower represents creative power and purity in adverse surroundings. Chinese poets use lotus flowers to inspire people to continue moving through difficulties and to present their best part to the outside world, regardless of how bad the circumstances could be. In Buddhism the lotus flower symbolizes faithfulness. The golden lotus that is often mentioned in Buddhist sutras has several meanings including being a symbol for the achievement of enlightenment. In Hinduism the divine consciousness is the ultimate symbol that the lotus stands for.
Browsing through the local stores I discovered that in addition to symbolism and the beauty of the flower, every part of the lotus plant – seeds, leaves, and flowers as well as the roots – have long been respected in the East and now in the West for their medicinal and nutritional properties. For instance Lotus roots are an excellent source of vitamin C: 100 g provides 44 mg or 73% of daily recommended values. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant and it is required for the collagen synthesis in the body. Unlike in the West, Eastern and Hindu traditions make no distinction between food and medicine. According to the Eastern and Hindu tradition, food and medicine are from the same (Mother Earth) sources. In Eastern and Hindu cultures respect for the healing properties of food is integrated into the fabric of everyday cuisine.