Water Lily, Lochan Mor.

Its been a hot, hot week, feeling very humid.  It stayed dry though all week, until about 5 minutes after this photo this morning, when the clouds opened…  I waded in well over the knees to get photograph the water lilies… dedication to the task!

Although there is a botanical distinction, the lotus and water lily are often used interchangeably in folklore and mythology. Generally lotus refers to the water lily of India.

“The lotuses of heaven can change according to people’s wishes, flowering when needed. In this way they bring joy to the hearts of all. There is no need to declare one false and the other real. Both are called the wondrous lotus flower.”

– Buddhist Sutra.

“According to esoteric Buddhism, the heart is like an unopened lotus: when the virtues of the Buddha develop therein the lotus blossoms. This is why the Buddha sits on a lotus in bloom.”

(The mantra Om Mani Padme Hum, is commonly translated as “Hail to the jewel in the lotus”, the lotus referring to the heart).

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