Final Day 🔟 of 🕉 #AsanaMyths
📖 is #Padmasana #LotusPose
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“Before the dawn of time, Vishnu was resting comfortably on his couch - the thousand-headed serpent Ananta. Coiled underneath Vishnu, Ananta provided a suitable lounging place, while his numerous heads provided shelter and shade for the reclining deity. Vishnu and Ananta floated together on the cosmic sea of possibility, where all the universes enter after the cosmic annihilation. When the moment came for the creation cycle to start again, a grand lotus flower began to sprout from Vishu’s navel.
The plant grew up right in front of him, and then the beautiful lotus flower opened to reveal the four faces of Brahma, the god of creation, nestled inside. Each of the faces was looking in one of the cardinal directions - north, south, east, and west. From each of his four mouths, Brahma uttered one of the four parts of the sacred sound of OM: “ah,” “ooo,” “mmm,” and silence. The sound caused the cosmic ocean to begin swirling and congealing into the universe as we know it today.“...
“Despite its regal blossom, the lotus comes from humble beginnings. Its seed is planted in muck at the bottom of a murky pond. Although far beneath the surface of the water, the lotus root takes hold, and the shoot starts to search for the sun. Symbolically, the sun represents illuminated knowledge, or ultimate truth.”...
“As the ultimate seated posture, padmasana engages us in the higher yoga practices of concentration, meditation, and ultimately samadhi, or enlightenment. By sitting in this position, we are connected firmly to the earth and our roots. As our practice grows, and our consciousness begins to ascend, we sit tall, just like the lotus reaching through the water to bloom in the sun. As with the lotus, our humble beginnings need not prevent us from blossoming in purity.”