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Be a lotus in life
Barkha Dhar, Hindustan Times
January 20, 2011
First Published: 01:37 IST(20/1/2011)
Last Updated: 01:38 IST(20/1/2011)

We all know lotus as the national flower of India. Its unsullied significance is vividly described in ancient Indian and Buddhist scriptures. Lotus has been referred with reverence in Confucius and Taoist philosophies as well.

Since centuries, the lotus state of meditation has mystically enshrined us to self-realisation and the life beyond. The flower's beauty has inspired many poets and artists too. But Bhagvad Gita's verses, "One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus is untouched by water", expresses the profundity lotus provides to our lives. With its roots in mud, the lotus ascends above the grime towards the sunshine. Its austerity lies in breeding in the muck only to be plucked as an auspicious offering to the deity.

In Buddhist sutras, lotus is the seat of awakening to the purity and sheen of soul that remains unaffected by desires, sinful actions and egotistic state. Although, understanding the effect of our actions on our soul may be esoteric. Improving Karma, however, is explicit. Controlling excessive desires, altruistic service, being kind, forgiving, honest and humble are means to initiate karmic improvisation.

Such reinvention requires depth, commitment to self and endurance for the known and unknown that life can put us through. Its here that lotus can be an inspiration. Just like the lotus that surpasses the mud of the pond to reach upward, we too can liberate ourselves from material dust to overlook hatred, retribution and suffering in life to reach to our inward divinity. 

Such enlightenment can be fruitful in leading a life unaffected by sinfulness and goodness of our own and others actions on us. Bringing in such change is beyond time and age.

The sooner we touch base with the immortal lotus within, the more beneficent and mindful we shall be of our actions.


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