Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives a presentation on topic which featured in the April/May/June 2012 Hinduism Today edition entitled "Behold the Sacred Lotus Flower". In this presentation, Bodhinatha reminds us that the seed of divinity is within everyone and we must aim to see God in everyone we meet and greet. The real question is when would the individual's divine being manifest itself? Spiritual unfoldment is a slow inexorable process. We start from the instinctive mind and as we mature gradually by living and learning from various experiences, we begin to unfold spiritually. Four practices help in that process, namely, good conduct, selfless service, bhakti/devotion and meditation. Bodhinatha uses the analogy of how a bud matures into a beautiful lotus flower and encourages us to visualise the lotus flower as being the symbol of our full potential in our quest for spiritual unfoldment. He urges us to ask ourselves tough questions on the areas we need to improve and work on them diligently and consistently.
Progressing from our instinctive to intellectual to spiritual nature, our soul unfolds to resplendence like a beautiful lotus.