No Mud, No Lotus

No Mud No Lotus 1

Lotus flowers always make an interesting subject, and this is a set I took yesterday morning from a man made pond within the neighbourhood. Large sections of the muddy pond was literally swamped with lotus plants with their deep pink flowers looking extremely fresh and vibrant, as if they just bloomed that morning. Nice flowers for a subject, but not very nice background to complement them with (sigh!). But the reality is, the muddier (and ‘dirtier’) the environment, the better the lotus thrives, and I suppose this is corroborated by what I saw in the pond, the lotus flowers do looked so healthy and vibrant amidst the muddy and mucky environment!

No Mud No Lotus 2

A rather interesting find and read awaited when I went looking for an appropriate (and also nice) title for the photos and post. Upon googling a number of word phrases, I came upon ‘No mud, No lotus’, a phrase coined by Thich Nhat Hanh* and liked it immediately …

“Everyone knows we need to have mud for lotuses to grow. The mud doesn’t smell so good, but the lotus flower smells very good. If you don’t have mud, the lotus won’t manifest. You can’t grow lotus flowers on marble. Without mud, there can be no lotus.”

His philosophy round the concept is interesting and worthwhile noting, like ying and yang, the complementary opposites, something which I can observe and relate to in many ways in our daily lives …

“Without suffering, there’s no happiness. So we shouldn’t discriminate against the mud.
We have to learn how to embrace and cradle our own suffering and the suffering of the world, with a lot of tenderness.”

So, there you go, a couple of lotus photos and some new learnings on an easy lazy Sunday, not bad at all, yes?

(* Thich Nhat Hanh, No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering)

All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 55-200 mm



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