Lotus Yixing Teapot
The lotus is an ancient symbol in Asian culture. Hindus revere it with the gods Vishnu and Brahma and the goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati. Often used as an example of divine beauty and purity, Vishnu is often described as the "Lotus-Eyed One". The lotus springs from the navel of Vishnu while he is in Yoga Nidra. The lotus blooms uncovering the creator god Brahma in lotus posture. 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. Particularly Brahma and Lakshmi, the divinities of potency and wealth, have the lotus symbol associated with them.
The lotus flower is one of the divine symbols of Buddhism representative of creation and cosmic renewal and "primordial purity".This has also taken root in Chinese cultures with a famous statement made by the 11th century Confucian scholar Zhou Dunyi, "I love the lotus because while growing from mud, it is unstained."