Last Updated 15 July 2010, 10:26 IST

When the lotus blooms...

Hard work, intelligence and dedication are the main factors which one could attribute for success in all that we do. Therefore not many people believe in ‘luck’.

Quite a few get worked up even when someone comments or compliments them by saying, “you are lucky” as it makes them wonder how their success can be attributed to a factor called luck when they have worked so hard.

On the other hand, believing in luck frees a person from worrying about things which are beyond control and opens the mind to a vast cosmic force which one cannot always understand easily.

In short, believing in luck means that life is a series of opportunities that aren’t necessarily there for the reasons we think they are. You miss a flight or a business opportunity and you may say it was “bad luck” or improper planning but maybe it happened for another reason; perhaps on the next flight you may encounter someone who changes your life for better. To enhance the possibilities of good occurrences in life and activate a flow of positive chi around our living space, you can have lotus flowers in urns or ponds as the lotus is the world’s most popular flower and is strongly associated with good Fengshui.

In Japan, viewing lotuses in full bloom during the fall has been a favourite pastime for most people.

Autumn is the time of the lotus in many parts of China and Japan and this is the season when these flowers can be seen across mountain lakes, domestic urns, rice fields and parks. Lotus flowers bring out the softer virtues of mankind, create an ambience of harmony and usher in gentle good energies into the home.

Known as Nelumbo Nucifera, lotus flowers especially in colours of pink and white are considered sacred too.  Hanging a painting of the lotus in the living area of the home except in bedrooms is considered a potent energiser. It supports and brings resilience to the family and in spite of hard times in a person’s life, the family is said to thrive in the presence of the lotus. Numbers do have significance and hence placing at least three stems of a lotus in bloom is considered good. The number three is mystic in its own way.  
Three represents past, present and future. It also signifies mind, body and spirit. No wonder then that during celebrations we often say, ‘Three cheers’. 

The Chinese believe that the third day of the new moon is a lucky day and the moon which symbolises many things in esoteric studies has three phases, the waxing, waning and full moon, each with its own plethora of meaning and luck cycles.

Taoist Fengshui also mentions lucky money, wherein carrying a coin minted in a leap year which has come to your possession is said to activate good luck in financial matters and is considered a “lucky charm”.

One could pass it off as a superstitious belief and some could find it to be a potent good fortune enhancer, but adapting simple methods like placing lotus urns or painting for sure will enhance the feel of your living space and in turn make the mind receptive to the cosmic forces or the unseen energies which maybe mystic but for sure work wonders in our lives.

(The author is a Fengshui consultant and traditional Vaastu practitioner.) He may be reached at consultation@

(Published 15 July 2010, 10:26 IST)

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