The Blue Lotus is a mythical flower which is said to bloom once every three thousand years. Everytime a Buddha is born. We chose it is as our namesake, as it seemed to represent authenticity and rare beauty in a copycat world. The Lotus flower has been revered in the East for millenia, where it is recognised as a symbol of purity and hope. From the dark, muddy waters of the world, arises the lotus flower: emblem of creative possibility, transformation and transcendant possibilities. By analogy, the Lotus serves to remind us of the inherent potential of the human spirit to rise above the mundane and to express something lofty and inspiring...whilst keeping one's roots in the mucky, practical earth.
As a symbol of human life there are few as pertinent. Our job on this planet is not to escape the world and all its problems, but rather to remain in the world: to be rooted in the dirt and the difficulties...and to use those very
challenges as fetiliser for gaining a higher appreciation of life and our common humanity.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said:
"Great men, great nations, have not been boasters and buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it."
Trusting in life and the urgency of genuine passion are the keys to a meaningful appreciation of existence.
Feodor Dostoevsky once wrote:
"Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on Earth."
Somethings are irrefutable. Real sadness, for the wise though, is the doorway to deep questions. And deep questions, when asked with seriousness and affection, lead us to rare places in the mind. Quiet, sacred places.
Places where, by analogy, one might find a blooming blue lotus. Places where a future different to the past may seed itself out of a present that is aware and rich with telling insights.
Insights such as:
"There are no problems aside from the mind."
These are the words of Mr J. Krishnamurti.
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