Friday, June 14, 2013


REGULATE ITS TEMPERATURE, STUDY - (New Delhi): Among other intriguing properties, the sacred lotus has the ability to generate heat and regulate its temperature like birds and mammals. This has been revealed by a team of researchers from University of Adelaide, who have unlocked the genetic secrets of one of the world's most unique and culturally significant plants, the lotus.
The work focused on its incredible ability to generate heat so that it can keep a constant temperature of around 32-34 degrees over a 2-3 day period, while the environmental temperature varies by up to 30 degrees - behaving like a warm-blooded animal. An international team has published its research in Genome Biology.

The scientific paper stated that the lotus has been cultivated as a food crop for more than 7,000 years in Asia and is prominent in both Buddhism and Hinduism. This sacred plant is noted for its long-lived seeds - viable for over 1,000 years - and for its water repellency and self-cleaning leaf surfaces. This 'lotus effect' is being adapted for industrial uses.
“The sacred lotus has huge cultural, religious, economic and medicinal importance and many unusual traits. It also has great scientific significance,” says professor Jenny Watling, head of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences from University of Adelaide. “The heat generated and the aromas released are particularly attractive to pollinating insects,” added Watling.

An international team has sequenced and described the sacred lotus genome. The author of the article, Manash Pratim Gohain, explains that this study sheds new light on the evolutionary position of the lotus, one of the world's oldest flowering plants, and facilitates further research into its unusual characteristics. “We've found the biochemical pathway the lotus uses for this heat regulation. The plant can switch this pathway on or off, depending on whether it needs more or less heat ... so that it can keep a constant temperature - behaving like a warm-blooded animal,” says professor Jenny Watling. In most of the Hindus temples, the lotus flowers are used in decorations as a symbol of purity and beauty.

Hindus have a special regard for the lotus flower, padma. Its one thousand petals have been associated with the mental convolutions, the chakras, finally culminating into Sahasrara, the highest stage of spiritual evolution. The lotus, which arises from mud roots and blooms in beauty, is a symbolic reminder of the emancipation of the mind from the low to the high. ... Lotus is considered special. The lotus flower, with its roots in the slush, rises up to bloom with beautiful petals. It occupies a very special place in Hindu theology. The highest meditation point, the Sahasrara chakra, is represented as the thousand-petal lotus flower. The lotus is regarded as the symbol of truth, compassion, and beauty - satyam, shivam, sunderam.

Dr. Hiro Badlani:
“Hinduism - Path of the Ancient Wisdom”
Chapter 52: “Symbols and Icons in Hinduism”
Chapter 53: “Hindu Customs”

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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