A Prince Offers A Lotus Flower (in lotusflow3r.com)

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While reading: a Prince song to help pass the time: “Crimson & Clover (Tommy James & the Shondells cover)”

In a Daily Swarm post earlier today (link), I learned that Prince (or the artist formerly known as such) will soon be offering his fans, in partiality, I’ve long thought artists should offer: exclusive, value-added content.

From Newsweek (via the Daily Swarm):

Now Prince—the first marquee musician to flirt with the Web—wants to go on another virtual date. While he is partnering with Target to sell a new three-CD set for the recession-proof price of $11.98, Prince will also offer subscriptions to his new site, Lotusflow3r.com, for a not-so-recession-proof $77 per year.

Clay says future plans for Lotus flow3r.com include a hybrid documentary-music video. But the deal-sealer, he concedes, is the potential for streaming live, VIP-only concerts from Prince’s Los Angeles mansion. “There could be a live chat going on with members watching a concert, and Prince could actually play requests,” Clay says. He also claims a colleague has organized 10 albums of old Prince music never released in any form.

Further reading:

BONUS: Tommy James & The Shondells “Crimson & Clover”

What exactly is a lotus flower? Wikipedia summarizes the Nelumba nucifera in this fashion:

From ancient times the lotus has been a divine symbol in Asian traditions as a symbol of purity.

Hindus revere it with the gods Vishnu, Brahma, and the goddesses Lakshmi and Sarasvati. Often used as an example of divine beauty, Vishnu is often described as the ‘Lotus-Eyed One’. Its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the soul. The growth of its pure beauty from the mud of its origin holds a benign spiritual promise. Particularly Brahma and Lakshmi, the divinities of potency and wealth, have the lotus symbol associated with them. In Hindu iconography, deities often are depicted with lotus flowers as their seats.

The lotus plant is cited extensively within Puranic and Vedic literature, for example: Bhagavad Gita 5.10: “One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus is untouched by water.”

This has also taken root in Chinese cultures with a famous statement made by the Confucian scholar Zhou Dunyi: “I love the lotus because while growing from mud, it is unstained.”

Borrowing from Hinduism, in Buddhist symbolism the lotus again represents purity of the body, speech, and mind as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. It is also to be noted that most Buddhist, Chinese, Hindu, Japanese, amongst other Asian deities are often are depicted as seated on a lotus flower. According to legend, Gautama Buddha was born with the ability to walk and everywhere he stepped, lotus flowers bloomed.

Drawing in turn on these beliefs, the international Bahá’í community adopted this symbolism in the design of the Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India.

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