In Egypt, the lotus symbolizes nascent life, or first appearance. In the Middle Ages it was equated with the mystic “Centre” and, consequently, with the heart. The eight-petalled lotus is considered in India as the Cerntre where Brahma dwells and as the visible manifestation of his occult activity. The “thousand-petalled” lotus symbolizes the final revelation; in the centre there is usually a triangle and inside the triangle is the “great emptiness” symbolic of formlessness. The lotus flower growing out of the navel of Vishnu, symbolizes the universe growing out of the central sun – the central point or the “unmoved mover”.