The Meaning Behind The Pink Lotus Flower
The symbolism behind the color Pink:
Before we delve into the Pink Lotus Flower let us look at the some information concerning the color pink. The color Pink is made by combining Red with White. The color Red contributes the need for action while the white brings the potential for success to the table. The combination of passion and power (Red) with purity and completeness (White) results in some of the most beautiful hues of Pink. With this in mind, think about the various shades of Pink.
Darker Pink hues would require more Red than White, meaning there is more passion in the mixture than purity. Lighter Pink tones are created with more White than Red, meaning there is more purity than passion. Red is usually the color used when describing physical attraction, physical passion, and overall sexual energy. Red can be aggressive. Therefore, it is toned down by adding White, which means by adding neutrality, purity, calmness, and innocence.
“As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so, I, born in the world, raised in the world, having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world.”
Psychologists often associate the color Pink as a sign of hope, positivity, warmth, comfort, and a sense of security. Pink is often used to diminish (or at least reduce) feelings related to anger, neglect, aggression, or even a sense of abandonment. The color Pink has shown to have a soothing effect on people that are angry or upset. This is particularly the case for prisoners who have demonstrated aggressive behavior. They would be placed in a Pink room for a particular amount of time.
They would frequently come out of the room calm and at ease with themselves and with others. The prisoners were not to be kept in the Pink room for longer than the recommended time frame. If a person is overly exposed to Pink, then the person will not experience a calming effect but, rather the complete opposite. Therefore, the prisoners would become even more aggressive than before they were in the Pink room.
Pink is the best color to use when trying to represent your unconditional love for another person, to show that you are non-threatening, affectionate, and caring. Pink can also symbolize a person’s innocence. The different variations of the color Pink can hold their own meanings as well. These meanings include:
- Blush: non-threatening tone with very little passion
- Rose Pink: Maturity, love, unity, and feminine intuition
- Salmon Pink: the symbol of the tease, timid lover, flirtatious but not willing to play it through
- Orchid: This is the perfect pink coloration when you need to represent the person in your life who is the free spirit. Orchid is the color Pink with tones of Lavender as well. It easily represents the non-conformist.
- Fuchsia: The symbol of confidence, maturity, responsibility, and a nurturing type of love. Usually, a good color choice when representing a mother or a motherly figure in your life.
- Hot Pink: Extreme passion is inspired by this shade of Pink. Hot Pink describes a person who is playful, happy, a lover of life, passionate towards others, and capable of sensual love.
The symbolism behind the Pink Lotus Flower:
The Pink Lotus Flower is commonly used in various religions and cultures around the world. Many religions, such as Buddhism, will show their deity, such as the Buddha, sitting on, resting on, or holding the Pink Lotus Flower. The Pink Lotus Flower is considered a sacred and essential part of their cultures for this reason.
Other religions, such as Hinduism, will depict their Gods or Goddesses on the plant, representing their importance to the people and the people’s respect for them. The Pink Lotus Flower is also known as the Nelumbo, which is just one of the various species that are considered Lotus Plants.
The Pink Lotus Flower is often used to represent one’s pure passion and love of life. They can also be used to describe a person’s maturity level or immaturity level depending on the particular vibrancy of the pink tone. The Pink Lotus Flower represents many of the same ideals as the White Lotus Flower does, except that they are usually more intense. However, these ideals are not as intense as those of the Red Lotus Flower. These ideals can include:
- Purifying the mind, body, and spirit after human suffering
- Life Plant: source of food as well as the multiple symbolisms
A Pink Lotus Flower shown in full bloom represents a person at the end of their journey to enlightenment and that they have not only reached it but have attained nirvana as well.
Buddhist interpretation of the Pink Lotus Flower:
This coloration of the Lotus Flower is one of the most famous Lotus Flowers in the Buddhism religion. Practicing Buddhists and those who have achieved enlightenment use the Pink Lotus Flower to represent the Buddha himself. You will commonly see the Pink Lotus Flower on documentation expressing the history and stories of the Buddha.
The Pink Lotus Flower is also a representation of one’s devotion and passion for the Buddha and his legacy. The Buddha then is said to accept the love and devotion of his followers and asks them also to love and be devoted to themselves. This particular color of the Lotus Flower can also symbolize faithfulness, spiritual awakening, and one’s overall purity.
Purity itself is more likely represented by the White Lotus Flower rather than any other color Lotus. However, it is not uncommon for the Pink Lotus Flower to also be used as a symbol of purity. It is not necessarily the same level of purity that is being represented. It is usually an expression of pure passion towards a specific individual (significant other or child) or thing (favorite hobby or career path). The Pink Lotus Flower can be used to express one’s love and devotion for their children due to the color being nurturing, soothing and motherly.
The interpretation of the Pink Lotus Flower in Asian Cultures:
Much of the Asian population practices Buddhism. However, even those who do not practice this religion seem to associate the Pink Lotus Flower with great importance and symbolism. They understand that it is a symbolic representation of a person’s soul along its journey that begins with materialism, crosses the road of experience and suffering, and lands safely in total enlightenment.
Non-Buddhists likely also see the symbolism in the rising and sinking action of the Lotus Flower on a daily basis. With each new dawn of a new day, there appears a new Lotus Flower; rising from the muddy water from which it was born. It opens its petals and welcomes the day and the light.
With dusk approaching, the Lotus Flower begins to close its petals and sink back into the murky waters from whence it came. This action of the plant is easy to connect with as each of us has muddy waters to rise above and find the strength to shine in spite of.
In China, the Pink Lotus Flower is a symbolic representation of cleanliness and the ability to be creative in the most unlikely of places. It is also very common for people in Asian countries to use the various parts of the Lotus Flower as food and medicine.
They are particularly fond of the roots (used as a vegetable) and the seeds (which they can roast and make into a paste for baking). They believe that these parts of the Lotus Plant are beneficial to a person’s kidney health, heart health, and spleen health. A married couple is often referred to as Bing Di Lian which translates into “twin lotus flowers on one stalk”.
Hindu interpretation of the Pink Lotus Flower:
The Hinduism religion believes that people should live above attachments and allow themselves not to be tied down to the material things. They use the Lotus Flower in many of their religious practices including the use of Chakras. The Chakra System is a way to center one’s energy and ties into ideals such as prosperity, beauty, fertility, knowledge, and spirituality.
Lotus Flowers are used throughout the Hinduism religion, especially when representing an individual God or Goddess. Each of them is associated with a different Lotus Flower in a different coloration, thus, holding a different meaning. The Pink Lotus Flower, specifically, is related to the Goddess of Prosperity, Lakshmi.
Hinduism artwork and documents represent her sitting on, resting on, or holding a Pink Lotus Flower as she showers generosity upon humankind. Finally, the Hinduism religion believes that the Pink Lotus Flower is a perfect representation of the quality of a person’s level of spiritual enlightenment. This meaning whether or not a person can go about his or her life without feeling attached to particular material things nor giving in to the feeling of emotional desires. A person can only achieve spiritual perfection if they learn how to let go of and be unaffected by, material things and worldly pleasures.
The interpretation of the Pink Lotus Flower in Egyptian Culture:
The Egyptians did not have the pleasure of experiencing the Pink Lotus Flower until it was introduced to them by the Persians. Originally, Egyptians were only aware of the White Lotus Flower and the Blue Lotus Flower (or water lily) because they were native to their land. However, the Egyptians have a great respect for the Lotus Flower. They became fascinated by it as they witnessed it rise from the muddy water in the morning and sink down again in the evening.
The legend says that darkness spread throughout Egypt until the Lotus Flower rose from the depths of the murky water. As it opened its petals, the Sun God appeared, sitting on the golden heart (center) of the flower. The Sun God brought light and goodness to the land. He then created other Gods and Goddesses to help him bring light and to share the new world with him.
The people began to associate the Lotus Flower with the rising of the sun, new day, and new life. They also used the Lotus Flower as the symbol for Upper Egypt and the Papyrus Plant was used to represent Lower Egypt. Documentation and artwork that shows the Papyrus Plant entwined in the Lotus Flower’s stalk describe the unity of the two parts of Egypt.
The Legend of the Sun God is likely referring to the Blue Lotus Flower rather than the Pink Lotus Flower (or any other coloration) simply because the Blue Lotus Flower was often displayed in their hieroglyphics, as well as in their tombs, temples, and other artwork.
Egyptians not only used the Lotus Flower to symbolize new life, but they also used it to represent death. The Book of the Dead describes people transforming into a Lotus Flower as they pass on. This is apparently done with the assistance of resurrection and rebirth charms as well as magic spells.
The interpretation of the Pink Lotus Flower in Roman and Greek religious works:
During this time, it is unlikely that the Greeks and Romans would have been familiar with the Pink Lotus Flower. They felt that the White Lotus Flower represented innocence and modesty for human beings. They also believed a tale of the Lotus Eaters. These were people that lived on an island off of North Africa. The Lotus Flower overran their island, and therefore they made the decision to use it as a food source. What they discovered is that the flower gave them a sedative and intoxicating effect.
This effect was drastically enhanced when mixed with alcohol, thus creating an ecstasy experience. The Lotus Eaters may or may not be a myth for a fun tale at parties. However, it is said that priests and nuns would make a tea from the Lotus Flower. After consuming this tea, they reported having a soothing, spiritual effect that enhanced their abilities during religious rituals.
Native American interpretation of the Pink Lotus Flower:
Food, shelter, and water were the basics, of life and they were the driving force of the Native American Tribes people. Native American tribes were very familiar with the Yellow (or golden) Lotus Flower. It is not likely that they would have ever been introduced to the Pink Lotus Flower variety as it was originally found in tropical parts of Asia as well as Australia.
The Yellow Lotus Flower was likely used as a source of food for the Native Americans. They believed in using as much of a plant, animal or another natural resource as they could. They were not one to let things go to waste or to not be used in one way or another. If they could not eat it, they would try to make something useful out of it such as utensils, pots, etc. They would use animals for food, clothing, and shelter, never allowing any parts to go to waste.
Therefore, it is believed by Native American researchers that the Native American women of the tribe would gather the Lotus Flower plants, stalk, roots, and flower. They would then separate each beneficial part from the non-beneficial parts.
Roots would be a blessing during the cold winter months, and the stalks were likely used as a portable food source during long distance travels. Finally, they would roast the seeds and use them as a lighter meal. These “sacred beans” were a blessing to the tribes people. The Native Americans began using the Lotus Flower as a symbolic representation of the power of the sun to create food from even the muddiest of waters and darkest depths of the world.
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