The Lotus flower from ancient times has been a symbol of divinity in Asian traditions representing purity and non-attachment. Bhagavad Gita for instance associates the lotus flower with fulfillment of duties without attachment. It says, “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“. In Chinese culture, a prominent scholar and philosopher Zhou Dunyi has said, “I love the lotus because while growing from mud, it is unstained.” In science, recent research by two scientists in Australia have found the remarkable quality in the Lotus flower to maintain its temperature, similar to humans.
Each pink petal expanding its soul is a testimony,
That it is unstained by the murky water,
That it is unaffected by the mutable temperature,
Showing us the path of hope, the Lotus of being…
The Lotus flower with its roots in mud, while its unstained petals floating gracefully high above, and its ability to maintain its temperature regardless of the weather around, shows us a path of hope. This is a hope that we can bring about change for good.
The Charter for Compassion is one such movement rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness and break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Making the world more compassionate needs a beginning. If you believe you or your friends can bring about a change, join and share information about the movement.