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The Flower of Inner Peace

The Flower of Inner Peace

There is one particular flower that is a powerful spiritual symbol in many traditions, appearing in countless mandalas and sacred works of art.

The guru who brought Buddhism to Tibet was known as Padmasambhava, which means “born from” this flower, and one of the most popular Buddhist mantras–which brings peace not only to the speaker but to anyone nearby–mentions it. What is the flower? What does it have to teach us? Find out, and learn the peace-bringing mantra, here:

The lotus flower has its roots in the mud but it rises up from the muck beautiful and clean. This has been seen as a symbol of how all of us can rise, radiantly and beautifully, from even the murkiest of conditions.

The lotus is a creation symbol: the world is born out of the mud. And it is a wisdom-symbol, since it expresses a truth about the possibilities for all living things.

The most famous Buddhist mantra, “Om mane Padme hum,” loosely translated, means “Om, jewel in the lotus, amen.” When one recites this simple mantra, it brings peace not only to the speaker, but to anyone nearby.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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1:43PM PDT on May 2, 2013

Beautiful flower!..

7:46AM PDT on May 1, 2013

Thanks

12:26PM PST on Mar 9, 2013

nice.

4:25AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Thanks for all the information.

1:17PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Thank you - we are never too old to learn. I agree that the Lotus flower is somewhat noble. But I am more simple, my fovorites are Poppies!

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12:18AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

it really is a beautiful symbol!

4:04PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Thanks for the article

8:31PM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

Nice.

2:58AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Thank you Annie. It is indeed surprising to see a beautiful flower Lotus (kamal, in indian lingo) grow in the most muckiest places.

12:23AM PST on Jan 29, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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