Flower Offering

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.

Offering flowers: Plumeria among orchids and chrysthemum
Offering flowers: Plumeria among orchids and chrysanthemums
Pink and white lotus with some petals folded
Pink and white lotus with some petals folded
Lotus grouped randomly, floating down stream
Lotus grouped randomly, floating down stream
White lotus floating together
White lotus floating together
Pink lotus at the edge of the reflecting pool
Pink lotus at the edge of the reflecting pool
Floating White lotus
Floating White lotus
White lotus at the edge of the reflecting pool
White lotus at the edge of the reflecting pool

 

 

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