Symbol Story: The Lotus Flower

Not only is the lotus flower beautiful, with its pink or white petals, the flower has great, even sacred, significance across many cultures. A prevalent symbol in modern-day yogi culture, the lotus was used as food, medicine, and as spiritual representation in multiple belief systems across South and East Asia for over 3,000 years. Because the lotus flower typically grows in shallow, often muddy waters, but yet grows into a beautiful flower, the flower often represents the human ability to be something beautiful and pure despite the human condition.