Padmavathi born from Lotus
Goddess Padmavati Devi emerged from Padmasarovar in the Lotus. This is why the Pushkarini (temple tank) is known as ‘Padmasarovar’ and the Goddess is Sri Padmavati Devi is seated in the Padmasana or Lotus pose named ‘Padmavati’. In Tiruchanur holding Lotus.
Lotus stands high among flowers
Among the flowers, the Lotus stands high for its growth and immaculate beauty from mire environment. The Gita exhorts us to be like the Lotus functions without attachment and standing above the mud & water of mundane mortifications.
In Hatha Yoga, the Lotus position, Padmasana, is adopted by those who desire to reach the highest level of consciousness, which ipso facto is found in the thousand – plated Lotus Chakra at the top of the head.
Gods & Lotus
- Brahma attends to his work sitting on a Lotus evolving from the navel of Lord Vishnu,
- Lakshmi Devi Sits on a Red Lotus,
- Saraswati holds a White Lotus and
- Durga was presented with a Lotus by (Aruna) Sun God’s favourite flower.
There are also theories of the life forms evolving from a Golden Lotus.
In the Gita
The Lotus has been referred to at three places.
- In 5.10 it is mentioned as a plant that lives & grows in a pond or a lake, which absolutely unwetted or sullied by the surrounding water.
- In 11.2 it is presented as a plant with graceful leaves of which are reminiscent of Lord Krishna’s beautiful eyes.
- In 11.15 projected as Brahma’s favourite seat. Significantly, the Lotus plant remains unaffected by the surrounding water, in the sense that if the water is sprinkled on its leaf, it immediately rolls down that leaf, leaving it completely dry and unaffected.
Eventually, it is pointed out that, the philosophy of the Gita is about attachment and not detachment. The central message of the Gita in 18.66 is that we must surrender to Lord Krishna and prepare ourselves in that spirit of surrender of the highest order to get His refuge and grace.
The third reference to Lotus plant is given in Gita 11.15, wherein Arjuna says that with divine eyes he could behold Brahma seated on a Lotus – seat. This Lotus-seat is the one that springs from the navel of Lord Vishnu. It means that Arjuna saw the stalk of the Lotus and also the place, from where the Lotus spring up.
The word Abjabhava also refers to Brahma, as he was born out of a Lotus.
Vision of Lotuses
Salutation to the one who is lotus-eyed and always decorated with garlands of Lotuses, whose feet marked with the emblem of Lotuses.