July 2021 Desktop Wallpaper

How To Exist Like A Lotus, According To Ancient Buddhist Scripture + July 2021 Tech Calendar Wallpapers Illustrated – A Placid Pond

Growing up, whenever faced with difficult people, unpleasant behaviors, or any toxic situation capable of disturbing the peace of mind…a piece of advice given the most often in our household were these timeless words of wisdom coming from the ethos of eastern wisdom traditions –

 

Just be Jal Kamal Vat!

 

In Sanskrit, Jal means Water, Kamal means Lotus & Vat, means Like. Thus, it translates to only this – Be like a lotus!

Though extremely simple, this statement can be life-changing if one grasps the deep spiritual insight it holds.

So, what exactly does it mean to be like a Lotus?

Well, if you have ever laid your eyes on a lotus floating serenely on the water with its sculpture-like leaves and majestic-looking blooms, you may still remember being mesmerized by its ethereal beauty. But do you know, its roots beneath live in mud and the murkiest of waters?

At night, the flower gets submerged in the water, but when it comes out on the surface in the morning, blossoming again and reaching upwards for the sun & air, it is sparkling clean, without any trace of mud or even water on the petals! The flower not only remains unaffected by its dirty environment, it actually thrives in it!

Because of this miraculous ability of the Lotus flower, Buddha had likened a fully bloomed Lotus with an awakened being, according to Tripitaka – the earliest Buddhist scripture written in the ancient Pali language.

There is a sublime poem in one of its books, Theragatha – Verses of the elder monks. A disciple named Udayin recites it in the presence of Buddha to let him know that he had fully understood the characteristics of an enlightened being – a Buddha. The following verse is a small part of the poem in Devanagari script:

 
As the flower of a lotus,
arisen in water, blossoms;
Pure-scented and pleasing the mind,
yet is not drenched by the water.
In the same way, born in the world,
the Buddha abides in the world;
And like the lotus by water,
he does not get drenched by the world.
(Translated from the Pali by Andrew Olendzki © 2005)

A person gets drenched by the world when they let negative emotions like anger, frustration, envy cling to them, giving way to a behavior that is not in agreement with their true self. Existing like Lotus simply means not to get drenched by the world while still living in it. Fascinating, right? :)

If you are interested in knowing more spiritual, cultural, and botanical aspects of the Lotus plant, I would suggest you read this altogether transcendental analysis.


Check out my July 2021 calendar wallpapers for your desktop, smartphone & printable planner designed with my surface pattern – A Placid Pond!

 

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8 Responses

  1. Maureen Haeger

    I am subscribed (thank you for your work!) but having trouble finding where to download the desktop calendar wallpaper for July. Can you help?

    • Gyaneshwari Dave

      You are welcome Maureen, appreciate your subscription! :)

      I looked up into the matter , I have figured that there is a small misunderstanding on your part. I have sent you an email to explain it.

  2. Maram

    Hi, I love your work … unfortunatlly I’ve subscribed but didn’t recieve June or July freebies :(

    • Gyaneshwari Dave

      Hi Maram, thank you for loving my work and your interest! :)

      I just now checked in my records. It seems like you have not subscribed, not at least with the email id you have used to comment here.

      Let me send you an email to sort this out.

  3. Chamy

    Thank you for this wonderful work. May you continue to spread inspiration. <3

    • Gyaneshwari Dave

      You are so welcome Chamy! I feel fortunate & happy that my work could inspire…🌺

      Very much appreciate your kind feedback! Have a great month ahead! 🤗

  4. Anisa

    Hello. I already subscribe to your page since June. But i’m not received the free calendar for July. Do I need to subscribe every month?

    • Gyaneshwari Dave

      Hi Anisa,

      Of course you don’t need to subscribe every month.

      You will receive the July Freebies email on 1st July (or, depending on your time zone, on 30th June)

      Thank you for the subscription and loving my work! :)

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