The lotus flower pure and fragrant is unsullied by the muddy water in which it grows. It symbolizes the beauty and dignity of our humanity that is brought forth from the sufferings of daily reality. The fruit of the lotus plant develops simultaneously with the flower. When the flower opens, the fruit is there within it. This illustrates the principle of the simultaneity of cause and effect. The principle of the simultaneity of cause and effect clarifies that our lives are fundamentally equipped with the great life state of the Buddha and that the attainment of Buddhahood is possible by simply opening up and bringing forth this state.