Photographer's Note

Tomorrow is my 7th anniversary on TE.
Thank you all member friends.
I have found so much enjoyment in sharing the world through photography and friendship.


The lotus finds its origin in the Indian subcontinent and is the national flower of India.
The Hindus associate it with the myth of creation and consider it as a sacred plant. It's a symbol of Divine beauty.
The deployment of the petals suggests the fulfilling of the soul.

In Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents the beauty of the Body, of the Word, and of the Spirit as floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire.

Particularity : It's the only aquatic plant whose flowers stand above the water, unlike the WATER-LILY whose flowers float on the surface.
The LOTUS draws its substance in the mud to grow above the water.
Mud represents the suffering that is the breeding ground for our fulfilling.
Or could we say that one can always find sources of fulfillment even from difficult circumstances.
A useful message of positivity !

NB.Discussing with Andre, "Bona", I realize I made a mistake. This is not a lotus, but a water-lily.
I was led to believe the difference between a water-lily and a lotus was that the water-lily floated on the water, and the lotus stood high above the water.
I didn't realize the pistil of the lotus is very specific. See WS2 .

However, according to marina7, this can be called a water-lily, or a nymphaea-lotus, or a pink lotus.

This photo was taken at Auroville, the experimental township, 10km north of Puducherry, founded in 1968 by Mira Alfassa known as "The Mother", the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo.
As she said, Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities.
The purpose of Auroville is to realize Human Unity.
Utopia ? Unrealizable ?

WS2 shows the lotus in its environment.

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