The mother archetype can be attached “to vessel-shaped flowers like the rose or the lotus.” (Carl Jung, 9i, para. 157)
In the image above we see Lakshmi the Hindu goddess of spiritual and material wealth.
Lakshmi is seated on the lotus. The Hindu goddesses are often seen rising out of lotus flowers. The lotus is an image of our relation to the material dimension. The lotus grows in water but is not wetted by water. In a similar way, the spiritual initiate finds himself in the material world, but knows that his deepest Self is not touched by matter. The Bhagavad Gita says,
“One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.”
- The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9 Part 1)