311th blog … lotus ng quiapong nabulok sa baboy at lamok!

The lotus position or padmāsana in sanskrit is a cross-legged sitting asana originating in meditative practices of ancient inhabitants, in which the feet are placed on the opposing thighs.

It is an established asana or posture commonly used for meditation and popularized by Hindu Yoga, Jain and Buddhist contemplative traditions resembling a lotus, as practiced the natives in all of asia to encourage proper breathing and physical stability.

The ancient river-dwellers or taga-ilog of the island of luzon were similarly familiar with this physical form of meditation long before the empirical visits of the people from other far-away islands of the west.

Padmāsana in hindu and balinese means lotus throne or actual thrones. In chinese and tibetan, the lotus position is also called the vajra position.

One foot is placed on top of the opposite thigh with its sole facing upward and heel close to the abdomen. The other foot is then lifted up slowly and placed on the opposite thigh in a symmetrical way.

The knees are in contact with the ground. The torso is placed in balance and alignment such that the spinal column supports it with minimal muscular effort. The torso is centered above the hips.

To relax the head and neck, the jaw is allowed to fall towards the neck and the back of the neck to lengthen. The shoulders move backwards and the rib cage lifts. The tongue rests on the roof of the mouth. The hands may rest on the knees. The arms are relaxed with the elbows slightly bent.

The eyes may be closed, the body relaxed with full awareness. Adjustments are made until balance and alignment are experienced. Alignment that creates relaxation is indicative of a suitable position that is natural and comfortable without any sharp pains.

Those without sufficient flexibility to place both knees on the ground when in full lotus position should not use it, as it can strain the knees and lower back in the early stage.

The lotus position is adopted to allow the body to be held completely steady for long periods of time. This allows the mind to calm—the first step towards meditation.

This asana applies pressure to the lower spine which may facilitate relaxation. The breath can slow down, muscular tension decrease and blood pressure subside. The affected nerves are toned as the normally large blood flow to the legs is redirected to the abdominal region, which may help to improve digestion.

Ang lotus ay mga halamang nabubuhay sa tubig na karaniwang may kulay na rosas, dilaw, puti, o bughaw, at mga sagradong bulaklak sa asya. Sinasagisag daw nito ang banal na kapangyarihang maging dalisay at mayabong.

Ito raw ay luklukan o trono ng mga diyos. Sa ehipto, sagisag ito ng kasaganahan, ng araw, at muling-pagkabuhay. Sa alamat ni homer, isa itong bunga ng isang palumpong o puno sa hilagang aprika, na nakasasanhi ng pagkahilo at pakiramdam ng pagiging sapat ngunit may katamaran at kasiyahan.

Ito ang tanging pagkain ng mga mamamayan ng isang pulo na kumakain ng bunga ng punong lotus. Sa odyssey ayaw na raw umalis ng pulo ang mga nagsikain ng lotus.

Inulit ni alfred tennyson ang kuwentong ito tulang The Lotus-Eaters. Sa Griyego, tinatawag itong lôtos. At bukod pa sa kuwentong odyssey ni homer, nabanggit pa rin ito sa isang kuwentong griyego kung saan naging puno ng lotus ang nimpa o diwatang si Lotis.

Ang nelumbo nucifera ay tinatawag ding bughaw na lotus, lotus ng Indiya, banal na lotus o munggo ng Indiya’; Nelumbo lutea naman ang amerikanong lotus; Nymphaea ang lotus ng ehipto na uri ng kiyapo o kuyapo na kahawig at kalimitang ikinalilito sa mga lotus na nelumbo:

Nymphaea lotus ang puting kiyapo ng ehipto o “tigreng lotus”; Nymphaea zenkeri, ang “pulang-tigreng” lotus; Nymphaea alba para sa puting lotus o puting kiyapo ng yuropa; Nymphaea caerulea ang asul na liryo ng Ehipto o sagradong asul na liryo.

Ang ziziphus lotus naman matinik na pulumpon na sinasabing “punong lotus” sa mitolohiyang Griyego; ang snow lotus o lotus ng niyebe, mala-yerba na matatagpuan sa himalaya ay kilala naman bilang saussurea laniceps.

Pero ang itim na lotus ay isang kathang-isip na halaman na may salamangka sa mga kuwento ni Conan the Barbarian.

Eh, ano naman ang lotus sa tagalog? ano pa eh di kiyapo, o kuyapo na ginawang quiapo ng mga intsik at kastila, na noon ay saganang-sagana sa gitna at bambang ng ilog pasig na sakdal linis at dalisay, na ngayon ay tinatawag na lamang na waterlily na nabubulok upang maging pugaran ng mga lamok.

At ngayon naman, hinihintay ko na lamang ang pagdating ng librong yoga mula sa madison para hindi maging kapos ang paglolotus ko sa gitna ng init at lamok, heheheh!

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