Spiritual followers, on the quest to enlightenment, seek the lotus feet of their chosen spiritual masters, Saints or Gods. Lotus feet, are in fact, a spiritual metaphor for the feet of Gods, Gurus, Saints or other spiritual masters.
It is said that the divine master plants his feet into the heart of his disciples thus restoring original purity of thought and deeds, dispelling the ego, and cleansing all sin.
The lotus feet in it’s truest sense, is not a concept that can be grasped by the intellect alone, it is transcendental, or in other words, related to the spiritual realm.
O god, my mind is fascinated with Thy lotus feet as the bumble bee with
the flower; night and day I thirst for them.
Symbolism of the Lotus Flower
The lotus flower is usually found growing in a pond of mud. This striking flower looks so clean and pure against its murky background. It is for this reason that the lotus flower has come to symbolize the qualities of purity and beauty. The purity symbolized is that of body, mind, speech and actions.
It was thought by the Egyptians, that at night, the lotus flower closes up its petals and submerges itself under the mud re-emerging, fresh and clean again the following day. The Egyptians thus came to associate this beautiful flower with rebirth and with the Sun.
The flower has also been likened to the karmic path of the soul. It begins its journey in the murky underworld of mud which relates to being trapped in the body and attached to materialism and ego. It then emerges out of the mud as a person begins their true path of spirituality and finally blooms in full flower which is likened to achieving Nirvana or spiritual enlightenment.
By surrendering at the holy feet of Guru Nanak, our beloved Satguru we are rewarded with being able to unburden ourselves of our worries and worldly complaints. Let all the tirathas and sacred rivers and places of pilgrimages, worship the lotus feet and off-load their accumulated sin in the holy dust of such sacred feet.
Bow in humility at the lotus feet of the Guru. Eliminate sexual desire and anger from your body. Be the dust of all, and see the Lord in each and every heart.
Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 866
As we can see from the above quote, Sri Guru Angad Sahib totally surrendered Himself at the lotus feet of Sri Guru Nanak Sahib and after, he rose up as Sri Guru Nanak the Second. Likewise, Sri Guru Amar Das meditated and surrendered himself at the lotus feet of Sri Guru Nanak the Second and rose up as Sri Guru Nanak the Third. The key here is a willing and absolute surrender at the lotus feet of God or a Saint or Guru.
Similarly, when the Lord Guru Nanak sets or implants His Holy Feet in a pure heart, that person also becomes a centre of pilgrimage, he becomes holy and can then be worshipped by others. If a person has totally surrendered to the Lotus Feet and has become so blessed, he in turn becomes a living Temple of God. Such a person then becomes entitled to carry the name of Saint, a Brahm Giani, a Gurmukh, a Harjan and in doing so becomes a blessing to humanity.