Symbols - What does heaven look like
The tulip has added significance because it is ‘powered’ as it were by a bulb. In many exercises designed to promote spiritual experience, the reproductive organs are used as the generators of energy and this energy is then directed up the spine to promote a spiritual experience – the kundalini experience. The bulb [sexual organs] with its roots [meridians] in the earth [Earth] is thus an ideal symbol for this form of experience.
The tulip was at one time greatly loved by the Persians because it so resembled the cup.
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khaiyyam
As then the Tulip for her morning sup
Of heavenly vintage from the soil looks up
Do you devoutly do the like, till Heav'n
To Earth invert you – like an empty cup
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