Definition: Lotus
Decorative motif of highly conventionalized flowers or buds derived from certain Egyptian plants; common in ancient Egyptian art and, in classicizing styles, in anthemions.

The symbol of the lotus (Sanskrit: padma) primarily represents untouched beauty and non-attachment. The lotus is rooted in the mud but floats on the water without becoming wet or muddy. This symbolizes how how one should live in the world in order to gain release from rebirth: without attachment to one's surroundings.

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  1. Bowker, John, Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions (Oxford University Press, USA, 2004).

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Title Lotus
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