Lotus Seed


Lotus seedThe sacred Indian lotus symbolizes purity and birth. As the fabled thousand-petaled blossom, it is the symbol of compassionate Kuan Yin, because it represents rebirth on a higher plane—enlightenment. In more physical terms, it is a water lily whose slightly oval, matte brown seeds, which are about the size of your pinky fingertip, have been strung into rosaries since ancient times.

Lotus seeds are connected not only to Kuan Yin, but to Lakshmi, a generous Hindu goddess who is prayed to for the prosperity and good fortune she bestows. You might cover all bases with a mala that includes lotus seeds as well as a few gems that attract luck or wealth, such as aventurine, citrine, garnet, or pearl.

Dharma Beads: Making and Using Your Own Buddhist Malas
Joanna Arettam (2000) Journey Editions; Tuttle Publishing