The seven Rishis of the Great Bear express
Themselves through the medium of the seven planetary Logoi Who are
Their Representatives and to whom they ... , four petals.
Buddhic force - fourth plane - the solar Angels.
Manasic force - two lower planes - the four kingdoms of nature.
Physical energy, the left-over of a previous solar system,
demonstrates through the dense physical form and in the material
which is energized during
the involutionary cycle. It is not considered a principle; and is
regarded as the basis of maya or illusion.
The various planetary schemes are not all alike and differ as to:
Type of energy,
Point in evolutiom
Position in the general plan,
Rate of vibration.
The main distinction exists in the fact, as we have so oft repeated,
that three of them form the three higher etheric energy centers of
and four constitute the lower centers.
Saturn is of interest to us here because the Logos of Saturn holds a
position in the body logoic similar to that held by the throat
center in the microcosm.
Three centers towards the close of manifestation will become aligned
in the same way as the center at the base of the spine, the throat
center and the
alta major center. Here it must be pointed out that there are three
planetary schemes which  hold a place analogous to that held
by the pineal gland,
the pituitary body, and the alta major center, but they are not the
schemes referred to as centers, or known to us as informed by
planetary Logoi. Certain
of the planetoids have their place here, and one scheme which has
passed out of activity, and is in a condition of quiescence and
latter scheme is the correspondence in the logoic body to the
atrophied third eye in the fourth kingdom of nature. When man has
developed etheric vision
and thus has expanded his range of vision, he will become aware of
these facts, for he will see. Many planetary schemes which are found
only in etheric
matter will be revealed to his astonished gaze, and he will find
that (as in the body microcosmic) there are seven (or ten),
paramount centers but
numbers of other centers for the purpose of energizing various
organs. So likewise the body macrocosmic has myriads of energy focal
points or feeders
which have their place, their function, and their felt effects.
These centers, with no dense physical globe, constitute what has
sometimes been called "the
inner round" and transmit their force through those greater centers
which have been spoken of in occult books as having a connection
with the inner
Each of these planetary schemes can be seen as a lotus having seven
major petals, of which each chain forms one petal, but having also
of a secondary color according to the nature and karma of the Entity
It is in the enumeration of these solar lotuses that occult students
It is, for instance, correct to say that the planetary scheme
corresponding to the microcosmic base of the spine is a fourfold
lotus and has, therefore,
four petals. There are four outstanding petals of a peculiar hue,
but there are three of a secondary color, and nine of a tertiary
nature. (To students
with intuition the hint here conveyed may reveal the name of the
planet, and the nature of its evolution). 
Each of these solar lotuses, or planetary schemes, unfolds in three
great stages of activity, in each one of which one of the three
types of energy
dominates. As the unfolding proceeds, the vibratory activity
increases, and the appearance of the manifesting activity changes.
The motion of the lotus or wheel for a long time is simply that of a
Later, for a still vaster period, each petal revolves within the
greater whole, and at an angle different to that of the whole
Finally, these two activities are increased by the appearance of a
form of energy which, originating from the center, pulsates so
it produces what look to be streams of energy passing backwards and
forwards from the center to the periphery.
When these three are working in unison, the effect is wonderful in
the extreme, and impossible for the eye to follow, the mind of man
or the pen to express in words. It is this stage, macrocosmic and
microcosmic, which constitutes the different grades of alignment,
for it must never be
forgotten by students that all that manifests is a sphere, and
alignment really consists in unimpeded communication between the
heart of the sphere
and the periphery or the bound of the influence of the dynamic will
and the center.
Within each planetary scheme, are found the seven chains which are
the seven planetary centers, and again within the chain are the
which are the chain centers, but students would do well not to study
the globes from the point of view of centers until their knowledge
of the mystery
underlying dense physical substance is greater, or they will be led
into error. The lower down one seeks to carry the correspondence,
the more the
likelihood of error. The correspondence must lie in quality and in
principle expressed, but not in form. 
See Section VIII, Secret Doctrine, Volume I.
by Helen Blavatsky
The Lotus is symbolical of both the Macrocosm and of the Microcosm.
The seeds of the Lotus contain in miniature the perfect plant.
It is the product of fire and matter.
It has its roots in the mud, it grows up through the water, it in
fostered by the warmth of the sun, it blossoms in the air.
Nelumbo nucifera, also known as Indian
lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, or simply lotus, is one of two
species of aquatic plant in the
Nelumbonaceae. The Linnaean binomial Nelumbo nucifera (Gaertn.)
is the currently recognized name for this species, which has been
classified under the
Nelumbium speciosum (Willd.)
nelumbo, among others. (These names are obsolete synonyms and should
be avoided in current works.) This plant is an aquatic perennial.
Under favorable circumstances its seeds may remain viable for many
years, with the oldest recorded lotus germination being from that of
seeds 1,300 years old recovered from a dry lakebed in northeastern
Native to Tropical Asia and
is commonly cultivated in
It is also the
While all modern
systems agree that this species belongs in the genus
systems disagree as to which family Nelumbo should be placed in, or
whether the genus should belong in its own unique family and order.
The lotus is often confused with the water
sometimes called the "blue lotus"). In fact, several older systems,
Bentham and Hooker
(which is widely used in the Indian subcontinent) call the lotus
Nymphaea nelumbo or Nymphaea stellata. This is, however,
evolutionarily incorrect, as the lotus and water-lilies are
practically unrelated. Far from being in the same family, Nymphaea
and Nelumbo are members of different orders (Nymphaeales
The roots of lotus are planted in the soil of the
pond or river bottom, while the leaves float on top of the water
surface or are held well above it. The flowers are usually found on
thick stems rising several centimeters above the leaves. The plant
normally grows up to a height of about 150 cm and a horizontal
spread of up to 3 meters, but some unverified reports place the
height as high as over 5 meters. The leaves may be as large as 60 cm
in diameter, while the showy flowers can be up to 20 cm in diameter.
Researchers report that the lotus has the
remarkable ability to
within a narrow range just as humans and other
animals do. Dr. Roger S. Seymour and Dr. Paul Schultze-Motel,
physiologists at the
University of Adelaide
found that lotus flowers blooming in the
Adelaide Botanic Gardens
maintained a temperature of 30–35 °C (86–95 °F), even when the air
temperature dropped to 10 °C (50 °F). They suspect the flowers may
be doing this to attract
The study, published in the journal
Nature, is the
latest discovery in the field of
heat-producing, plants. Two other species known to be able to
regulate their temperature include
An individual lotus can live for over a
thousand years and has the rare ability to
1994, a seed from a sacred lotus, dated at roughly 1,300 years old ±
270 years, was successfully
As mentioned earlier, the traditional Sacred
Lotus is only distantly related to Nymphaea caerulea, but possesses
similar chemistry. Both
and Nelumbo nucifera contain the alkaloids
genome of the
sacred lotus was sequenced in May 2013.
Boiled, sliced lotus roots used in various Asian
The distinctive dried seed heads, which
resemble the spouts of
are widely sold throughout the world for decorative purposes and for
leaves, and "roots" (rhizomes)
are all edible. In Asia, the petals are sometimes used for garnish,
while the large leaves are used as a wrap for food, not frequently
eaten (for example, as a wrapper for
Korea, the leaves and petals are used as a
Yeonkkotcha (연꽃차) is made with dried petals of white lotus and
yeonipcha (연잎차) is made with the leaves. Young lotus
stems are used
as a salad ingredient in
in Cantonese, thambou in
Hindi, renkon (レンコン,
yeongeun (연근 in
Korean) is used
as a vegetable in soups, deep-fried, stir-fried, and braised dishes
and the roots are also used in traditional Asian
Petals, leaves, and
also all be eaten raw, but there is a risk of parasite transmission
it is therefore recommended that they be cooked before eating.
Lotus rootlets are often
sugar, chili and/or garlic. It has a crunchy texture with
sweet-tangy flavours. In
it is popular with salad,
leaves. Lotus roots have been found to be rich in
while very low in
stamens can be
dried and made into a fragrant
called liánhuā cha (蓮花茶)
in Chinese, or (particularly in
to impart a scent to
Vietnamese lotus tea
is called trà sen, chè sen, or chè ướp sen. The
lotus seeds or
nuts (called liánzĭ, 蓮子; or xiān liánzĭ, 鲜莲子, in Chinese) are quite
versatile, and can be eaten raw or dried and popped like
makhana. They can also be boiled until soft and made into a paste,
or boiled with dried
rock sugar to make a
tong sui (sweet
soup). Combined with sugar,
lotus seed paste
becomes one of the most common ingredients used in pastries such as
In South Indian states, the Lotus Stem is sliced,
marinated with salt to dry, and the dried slices are fried and used
as a side dish. In Kerala and Tamil Nadu, this end product is called
" Thamara Vathal". In Sri Lanka, the sliced Lotus Stem curry is a
popular dish called "Nelum Ala". In Vietnam, the bitter tasting
germs of the lotus seeds are also made into a tisane (trà tim sen).
A unique fabric from the lotus plant fibers
is produced only at
Union of Myanmar
and is used for weaving special robes for
called kya thingahn (lotus robe).
holding and standing on a lotus.
ALL THESE HINDU GODS AND GODDESSES
ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE LOTUS
From ancient times the lotus has been a
divine symbol in
traditions representing the
it with the divinities
portrayed on a pink lotus in iconography. In the representation of
(Lotus navel), a lotus issues from his navel with
Brahma on it.
portrayed on a white-colored lotus.
Often used as an example of divine beauty,
Vishnu is often described as the 'Lotus-Eyed One'. Its unfolding
petals suggest the expansion of the soul. The growth of its pure
beauty from the mud of its origin holds a benign spiritual promise.
other deities, like
often depicted with lotus flowers as their seats.
The lotus plant is cited extensively within
literature, for example:
One who performs his duty without attachment,
surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by
sinful action, as the lotus is untouched by water.
I love the lotus because while growing from
mud, it is unstained.
are depicted as seated on a lotus flower. In
the lotus represents purity of the
body, speech, and mind
as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire.
According to legend,
was born with the ability to walk, and lotus flowers bloomed
everywhere he stepped.
In the classical written and oral literature
of many Asian cultures the lotus is present in figurative form,
representing elegance, beauty, perfection, purity and grace, being
often used in poems and songs as an
ideal feminine attributes. In
word lotus (padma पद्म) has many
the lotus thrives in water, ja (denoting birth) is added to synonyms
of water to derive some synonyms for the lotus, like ambuja (ambu=
water + ja=born of), neeraj (neera=water + ja= born of), pankaj,
pankaja, kamal, kamala, kunala, aravind, arvind, nalin,nalini
and saroja and names derived from the
lotus, like padmavati (possessing lotuses) or padmini (full of
lotuses). These names and derived
versions are often used to name girls, and to a lesser extent boys,
Sri Lanka, as
well as in many other countries influenced by Indic culture, like
Drawing in turn on these beliefs, the
community adopted this symbolism in the design of the
Lotus Temple in
Fruit of Nelumbo nucifera; the dried seed cup is
commonly used in flower arrangements.
Padma Shri, a civilian award given by the
Government of India, has the words Padma ("lotus")
Devanagari script appear above and below a lotus flower on
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a nationalist political party
of India which claims to be at the forefront of India's cultural
nationalism, uses the lotus as its election symbol.
Lotus Flower, a song by
Radiohead on their 2011 album,
The King of Limbs.
Miyavi uses the lotus and a
crescent moon with the
of his name (meaning 'elegance') above, as his insignia.
Moriyama City's prefectural flower is the lotus.
Vietnam Airlines's logo comprises a golden lotus and is also
mentioned in their
frequent flyer program, the Golden Lotus Plus.
- Lotus is burned in a powdered form as ceremonial incense,
primarily in Buddhist temples.
Lotus is an
Ayyavazhi symbol in south
Dark Lotus the name of Psychopathic Records super group
consisting of Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid and Blaze Ya Dead
Homie. References in their music along from horrorcore themes,
describe them similarly how the lotus flower grows in grim
Lotus Flower Bomb, a song by
Wale on his 2011 album,
Flying Lotus, an experimental music producer, musician, and
Lotus Cars, a British manufacturer of sports and racing
Black Lotus, considered the most valuable non-promotional
card ever printed for Magic: The Gathering.
miquelianin (Quercetin 3-O-glucuronide), as well as the
can be found in the leaves of N. nucifera.
The plant also contains
Vishnu holding the lotus, also sitting on it and wearing
a lotus-bud crown.