If the lotus symbolises spiritual purity,
as it blossoms despite roots in mud (which represents defilements),
does the offering of lotus flowers represent purity at shrines?
But the offering of flowers
traditionally represents impermanence (of our bodies),
as they swiftly wither away despite their beauty.
What about the offering of lamps?
They represent spread of the light of wisdom
which dispels the the darkness of wisdom.
What about the offering of an electrical lotus lamp?
It can represent purity, impermanence and wisdom!
A three-in-one offering!
As long as we understand the significance of offerings,
traditions can be rejuvenated in modern forms.
Even new meaningful meanings are welcome, while we remember the old.