In Easter Religions, the lotus flower is a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth. Its characteristic are a perfect analogy for the human condition: even when its roots are in the dirtiest waters, the lotus produces the most beautiful flower.
In Buddhism, every person has the potential to become perfect and enlightened. But the journey of the consciousness from spiritual ignorance to perfection happens through many rebirths and can be very painful and difficult, as the process of reincarnation involves the need to repair past mistakes at every new life and one faces the consequences of every action, thought and words. While human are not conscious of their spiritual greatness, they believe that life is unfair and worthless, but as they evolve through many cycles of death and rebirth, all the darkness is slowly removed.
** the moment in which a being reaches nirvana is symbolized by the time that the lotus flower finally blossoms beautifully over the dirty water, as water in many different beliefs systems represents the material world or the physical realm.**
Another characteristic of the Lotus flower is that it sheds its seeds at the same time it blossoms. It represents avatar where a being after reaching perfection decides to return to the rebirth cycles (samsara) in order to help the rest of humanity evolve instead of merging with nirvana light.