The lotus flower in bloom signifies enlightenment in our tradition.
The lotus plant, its growth pattern and conduct in the pond signifies how we should live.
Buddhists and Hindus delineate us as “members of the Lotus Family”.
All imagery pointing to our spiritual beings in our heaven are associated with lotuses of different colours.
The main teaching about The Way and how we should live our lives revolves around the lotus plant and to this effect the famous Wayist mantra Om Mani Padme Hum (the gem of truth lies in the lotus) is universally known and loved. It is said that more than 50% of people on earth recognize the mantra and about 35% partake in it, in one or another form.
God the Heavenly Father, Amitabha is depicted as sitting on a lotus bloom. Avalokiteshvara is associated with salmon coloured lotus. Green Tara, with her half-open blue lotus, represents the night, and White Tara, with her lotus in full bloom, symbolizes the day. Green Tara embodies virtuous activity while White Tara displays serenity and grace. Together, the Green and White Taras symbolize the unending compassion of the goddess who labours day and night to relieve suffering.
The final chapters of WAYISM: Primary Text is devoted to how we should follow the lotus plant in utility, simplicity, compassion and humility. There is a world of learning in this concept alone. Master this, and you will have mastered the purpose of life.