Photo by Iain Church

The Lotus flower is a symbol of man’s spiritual awakening. There are three stages man passes through: Ignorance, aspiration and endeavour and illumination. The lotus flower exists on three levels: mud, water and air. The  flower sprouts in mud (ignorance) grows through water to the surface (aspiration and endeavour) and reaches the air (illumination). It is the symbol of man’s growth from from the lowest state of awareness to the higher states of consciousness.