"Purity" zen garden pastel painting by Brazen Edwards-Hager
The Lotus is the symbol of absolute purity. It grows from the dark watery mire but is untainted or unstained by it. A lotus bud is a symbol of rebirth as it closes in the evening and falls to the water, but in the morning it opens and is lifted above the surface, in perfect harmony with the ebb and flow of the sun. Its base sits flush upon the water; gently rocking with the tidings and ripples. In these ways the flower represents effortlessness, direction, and the attainment of beauty. It is a perfect metaphor from which to view the grand unity of all existence.