The Lotus is symbolic of the universe and the great Dao
In the lotus culture, the lotus encompasses a wide meaning. It is more than a plant, more than a symbol of morality, it is an entire Fu Hao (yantric sign) that contains a myriad phenomena. It is symbolic of the entire universe. The myriad things are within its representation. Every petal of the lotus represents a thousand great worlds. The entire lotus represents three thousands of these great thousand worlds thus encompassing all things of this universe. One thousand solar systems makes a small thousand world; one thousand of small thousand worlds makes a medium thousand world; one thousand of medium thousand worlds makes a great thousand world. Thus 1 great thousand world = 1 x 10 solar systems or 1,000,000,000 solar systems.
This world is an embodiment of Tian (Heaven), Di (Earth) and Ren (Man). In its entirety and singularly, they all correlate completely. Hence they possess all the original characteristics and qualities of the lotus being transmuted from it. A lotus stores the secret codes to the entire universe` information system.
The Lotus embodies the complete code for the universe and is the mother of information
The lotus is an extraordinary creation of H eaven and Earth. From the heavens above it absorbs Qi that is Yang in nature. From the earth below it absorbs Qi that is Yin in nature. These Yin and Yang Qi combine, interact, dissolve into each other and is transmutated as the flower, fruit (seed), root, stem and leaf. Vast quantities of bio-energy fields are stored within. The young lotus leaf and lotus calyx are like cooking pots or pans, much like a microwave receiver disc, capable of maximum reception of universe` high energy information wave-lengths. The voids of the lotus platform, lotus root, lotus stem are excellent highways for transmitting, magnifying and storing energy and information. The lotus platform is as round as the Tai Ji disc; it is extremely sensitive to, and is part of the response within Heaven and Earth. It`s petals are the representations of trigrams, forming the entire roundness of the Eight Trigram. Through the field effect of the Ba Gua Lian Hua Chang (Eight Trigram Lotus Field), it communicates and transmits information, blending and harmonising within the myriad phenomena within Heaven and Earth. For practitioners of Dao, the lotus is no longer viewed as a thing with form. It is a Fu Hao (sign) that encompasses the evolution of the entire universe` unseen realms of information. The original nature of myriad things are all manifested within this sign of lotus.
The Lotus is a practical example for the refining and practicing of Yi (intention) and Qi
The lotus expresses the principle governing the elevation, descent, opening and closing mechanism of Qi in the human body. The lotus growing out of the water surface represents the rising mechanism of Qi. The falling of its seeds into the water and mud represents the descending mechanism. The growing root and blooming flower represents the opening of Qi and the stage where it bears seeds means the closing of the Qi. The whole cycle of the lotus sprouting from seed, growing roots, blooming flower, bearing fruit (seeds) is a movement of life. It allegorises that principle governing the rise, fall, opening and closing of human body`s Qi mechanism.
The Dan Tian is regarded as the lotus flower. The two lower limbs, the stems and lotus root constructions. These absorb the Qi which is of Yin nature from Earth. The torso is the lotus platform, capable of balancing the Yin and Yang. Both arms are the lotus leaves which absorb the Yang Qi from Heaven, as well as the light energy present between Heaven and Earth. The Lotus seed is seen as Dan Yao (herbal process and elixir of energy). Thus the germination and flowering of the lotus is a signification of the entire process that is involved in man`s quest to cultivate the Dan through refinement and practice.
Lotus is a symbol for xiu jen (refining genuisness) and kai wu (opening of realisation), and is the golden key to the purification of mind-body and to the opening of wisdom
Visualising a lotus trains the mind to visualise form stimulating the potential of the right side of the brain. It also balances both sides at the same time, thus greatly enhancing human intelligence. The left brain is utilised for logical and lateral thinking which is developed after birth. The right side of the brain is used for cognition, intuition and creativity. These belong to the three dimensional, non-logical and casual thoughts that are inborn. Through life, man mainly trains his logical thinking ability. While the left brain is being developed, the cognitive and inspirational abilities on the right are being suppressed. Visualising the lotus maintains and balances the respective abilities and potentials of both sides of the brain. The brain wave pattern of Qi Gong masters have been tested to reveal images of lotuses while in the state of Qi Gong! Thus one can establish a connection to the powers and intelligence of highly accomplished masters through the visualisation of the lotus.
Past enlightened Masters in the state of their Wu Wei (non-purpositive) practice have subconsciously identified with the lotus. The spirit of lotus (the essence of alertness in lotus) is like a ladder in the practice and refining of the nature of the mind. It acts like a sword of wisdom that slays evilness and cuts off negativity revealing the purity and clarity of our self-nature. You see Ling Guang (light or spirit). There is great significance embodied in the lotus. The lotus bear fruits and flowers at the same time. The flower is Yin and the fruit is Yang, the presence of these two elements at the same time is indicative of the perfect balance of Yin and Yang. Most plants either flower first and then bear fruit or they bear fruit first before flowering. Only the lotus flowers and bears fruits simultaneously. So if we adopt the mantra “I am lotus, lotus am I”, the smooth flow of Qi and blood will be enhanced resulting in a balance of the Yin and Yang elements. Also in identifying with the lotus, it liberates us from Ying Guo (cause-effect or karma). The lotus root is both a root and fruit, not only is the root below the lotus, its fruit, the seeds above are also its fruits. The cause and effect are one. The thought “beyond the three worlds, and not among the five elements” reveals a high state of awareness. The cause is the effect, the effect is the cause. When there is neither cause nor effect, one goes beyond the karmic chains of space-time. That, which is below is Yin and that which is above is Yang. Yin-Yang thus unites; cause and effect becomes one. It is the process signifying the refinement of genuineness and reality, of obtaining Dao and the beginnings of realisation.