The Celestial Kriya Yoga system that is dated to around 690 AD was referred to by enlightened sages as the teachings of the White Lotus.
When you practice Celestial Kriya Yoga you are actually being infused with the celestial energy of the divine White Lotus. Although the spiritual dimension of the White Lotus is far beyond physical matter, it is also situated within your Heart.
In the traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism, the White Lotus represents the Supreme Soul and the supreme Light that is situated within all Hearts. The Light Body that is awakened within you when practicing CKY is in the form of a divine White Lotus Flower. The Light Body is no different than the Light of God within your Heart.
According to the Hindu Tradition,
“The lotus represents purity and non-attachment, and is a symbol of Bhakti or love for God. Most people let their love flow towards the mundan world. But a devotee redirects his love only towards God, who resides with in one’s heart. Though God is present everywhere, it is in the heart, our spiritual centre, that He manifests as Param-Atma or the Supersoul. The heart of the devotee is the ‘Lord’s temple room.
Thus, the Lotus represents the heart. It is not the physical heart but the spiritual heart that the lotus represents. Mahanarayana Upanishad says, ‘In the citadel of the body, there is the small sinless and pure lotus of the heart which is the residence of the Supreme.
The heart-lotus or “lotus of heart” is the center of the infinite, omnipresent consciousness which connects with the consciousness of the universe. Through the intuition, one of man’s divine gifts, the spiritual student can see the infinite, omnipresent consciousness as the lotus flower within himself.” (http://www.harekrsna.de/Lotus-FLower.htm)
Brahma Seated on a Lotus Flower
The Narayana Suktam, an ancient Vedic scripture, also details that the Supreme Self (Paramatman) is found within the Heart as a lotus flower:
adho niṣṭayā vitasyānte nābhyāmupari tiṣṭhati,
jvālamālākulaṁ bhāti viśvasyāyatanaṁ mahat.
Below the Adam’s apple, at a distance of a span, and above the navel (i.e., the heart which is the relative seat of the manifestation of Pure Consciousness in the human being), effulges the Great Abode of the universe, as if adorned with garlands of flames.
santatagï śilābhistu lambatyākośasannibham,
tasyānte suṣiragï sūkśmaṁ tasmin sarvaṁ pratiṣṭhitam.
Surrounded on all sides by nerve-currents (or arteries), the lotus-bud of the heart is suspended in an inverted position. In it is a subtle space (a narrow aperture, the sushumna-nadi), and therein is to be found the Substratum of all things.
The White Lotus of the Heart is said to have eight petals.
In fact, the Maha-Mantra of Vishnu, “Om Namo Narayanaya” that is at the heart of all Kriya Yoga systems has eight syllables which correlate to each petal of the White Lotus.
According to the Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities edited by Charles Russell Coulter, Patricia Turner, Vishnu is “seated on white lotus flowers” in the “Vaikunta Heaven.” (499)
Narayana is said to recline in the Ocean of Milk eternally beyond the creation and destruction of the universe. The Ocean of Milk is a spiritual metaphor for the eternal Clear (Diamond) Light of the White Lotus that is the source of the universe.
Vishnu standing on a Lotus
Satya Sai Baba said in his discourse on the spiritual Heart:
“In the human body, there are the Shadchakras – six spiritual centres.
Of these, the two most important are the Hridayachakra (the Heart Centre) and the Sahasrara (the thousand petal centre).
The Hridayachakra is also known as the Hridayakamala (Lotus of the Heart) and the Sahasrara is called the Thousand Petal Lotus.
The lotus of the heart has eight petals. These eight petals symbolise the eight worlds, the eight directions, the eight guardians of the world, the eight bhutas (spirits) and the eight parts of the earth.
Because Krishna was the lord of these eight petals, He was described as the husband of eight queens. The master is called Pathi and those under him are described as wives. This is a symbolic relationship and not a husband/wife relationship in the worldly sense.”
According to Swami Vishwananda, disciple of Mahavatar Babaji, the feet of the supreme Soul Narayana is within the Lotus Flower of the Heart: “…And when you are in silence, see the cosmic OM inside of the lotus or see the feet of God inside of the lotus, the feet of Narayana, inside of the lotus.” (Just Love: the Essence of Everything)
In the Buddhist tradition:
“The eight petals of the white lotus correspond to the Noble Eightfold Path of the Good Law. This lotus is found at the heart of the Garbhadhatu Mandala, regarded as the womb or embryo of the world.” ((http://www.harekrsna.de/Lotus-FLower.htm)
Lord Sakyamuni Buddha was said to be the White Lotus Seer as referenced by the Gold Light Sutra, chapter 19:
“O Conqueror, your body resembles refined gold, For its glorious presence possesses a golden hue. You are golden like the golden king of mountains. The White Lotus Seer has features of gold.”
The Shakyamuni Buddha seated on a Lotus.
Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra, literally “Sūtra on the White Lotus of the Sublime Dharma” was the full name of Lotus Sutra which was one of the major Mahayana Buddhist texts that, According to Paul Williams, “For many East Asian Buddhists since early times the Lotus Sutra contains the final teaching of the Buddha, complete and sufficient for salvation.”
“The Mahayana sect of Buddhism maintains that all souls emerge from a lotus.
According to ancient scriptural text which details the life of Gautama Buddha, “the spirit of the best of men is spotless, like the new lotus in the [murky] water which does not adhere to it.” As the lotus is pure in the water, so the soul is also pure.
The lotus is one of the eight auspicious signs of Buddhism and Hinduism, and the eight-petaled lotus seen in Buddhist mandalas means cosmic harmony.” (http://www.harekrsna.de/Lotus-FLower.htm)
In the center of the Garbhadhatu Mandala, which is the abode of the highest celestial Buddha, Mahavairocana, there is said to be an eight-petalled hall of the White lotus which exists the four Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the four directions. The Garbhadatu Mandala was also knows as the Diamond Realm, as it is an eternal indestructible. abode of supreme Light.
In Buddhism, the White Lotus also became synonymous with the loving-kindess energy of the future Buddha, Maitriya, who will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor to the present Buddha, Gautama Buddha (also known as Śākyamuni Buddha). The prophecy of the arrival of Maitreya refers to a time in the future when the dharma will have been forgotten by most on the terrestrial world.
The White Lotus teachings were kept secret for thousands of years.
One who attains the power of the White Lotus became carrier and representative of the Dharma for both Buddhism and Hinduism, representing the universal light in all Hearts. One awakens to the Diamond Realm within ones heart and ones bears the spiritual power of the true Dharma.
Rooted in ancient Buddhism and Hinduism, the White Lotus secrets teachings surfaced through various episodes in history. There were treasured by various spiritual sects and schools who used the power of the white lotus to protect the common man from the tyrannies of monarchs and empires.
“The religious background of the White Lotus Sect goes back to the Pure Land School (Jingtujing) whose oldest patriarch, Huiyuan 慧遠 (334-416 CE), founded White Lotus Societies (bailianshe 白蓮社 or lianshe 蓮社 “Lotus Societies”) in Donglin Monastery 東林寺 near Mt. Lushan 廬山. During the Northern Song period 北宋 (960-1126) White Lotus societies spread over all southern China. They were supported by monasteries as well as by rich landowners. In the mid-12th century the monk Cizhao 慈照 (worldly name Mao Ziyuan 茅子元) founded a new Buddhist School out of these societies, the White Lotus School (bailianzong 白蓮宗). The adherents of this school venerated the Amitābha Buddha 阿彌陀佛 and observed the five Buddhist rules of discipline (wujie 五戒: not killing, not stealing, not indulging in pleasures, not speaking bad words, not drinking) that were also a focal point of the Pure Land teaching.” (http://www.chinaknowledge.de/History/Terms/bailian.html)
Even today the White Lotus sect continues under various disguises:
Ram Bahadur Bomjom, or more commonly known as the “Buddha Boy” who gained widespread public attention after entering into a samadhi state without eating or drinking for eight months, is seen here sitting on a White Lotus throne. He is also said to be representative of the energy and dharma of the future Maitriya Buddha.