For Peace Of Mind
I prefer to make an offering in what ever method is considered respectable in whatever country I visit; Buddha, Stupa, Bodhi Tree, River, Ganesh, Shiva Lingam, to name a few. I don’t see any harm in making an offering since the act exists in all cultures and can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt. Whether I believe this ritual will bring me anything is another story. My parents taught me that ‘Even if you don’t believe, don’t insult’ so respecting what others believe has always been my principle policy.
Lotus, Jasmine, Marigold, Plumeria and Orchid seem to be common offering flowers in Asia. The flowers in general represent prosperity and abundance. The water represents peace and abundance. Whether prosperity and abundance materialize or not is anyone’s guess, but watching lotus offerings floating slowly down the stream, circling one another and stopping at the edge of the reflecting pool was very peaceful.