The story of the lotus flower is very emblematic and represents enlightenment. The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with amazing beauty. Unscathed by the impurity of the “mud and muck” of life, the lotus symbolizes the purity of the heart and mind. The “mud and muck” is an significance piece to the growth of the attractive flower that rises above clean and scented. The flower can reach up to twenty inches above water, which helps discriminate it from other botanical varieties like marigolds or arrowheads.