From the mud of adversity grows the lotus of joy.

The lotus represents sacredness and power. All over Thailand, it grows in pods, swamps, small canals, road side ditches, and in jars at homes and at Buddhist temples. The lotus is more than just a natural decoration. The lotus symbolize gorgeous flower that rises out of the mud of this world.

The Lotus has a special place in Thai culture, appearing in many Thai proverbs. It is the preferred flower making a sacred offering to monks. The bright yellow flower known locally as ratchaphruek is found everywhere. The official botanical name of Thailand's national flower is the Cassia Fistula Linn.

Generally, the lotus flower is regarded as a symbol of purity, faithfulness and spiritual awakening. This is because the lotus itself emerges from the mud and keeps growing toward the light and warmth, representing the act of rising above the sea of defilement while aspiring for enlightenment.

The lotus flower meaning varies from culture to culture. In general, however, the lotus commonly serves as a sacred for purity, rebirth, and strength. Because lotuses rise from the mud without stains, they are often viewed as a symbol of purity.

The lotus has long been regarded as sacred by many of the world's religions, especially in India and Egypt, where it is held to be a symbol of the Universe itself. Rooted in the mud, the lotus rises to blossom clean and bright, symbolizing purity and resurrection. The leaves and flowers are borne high above the water.

“The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.” — Robert Leighton

From the mud of adversity grows the lotus of joy.