“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.”
— Bhagavad Gita
Detachment is an inner state of calmness and of remaining uninvolved emotionally and mentally with the day-to-to activities. It enables a person to accept the good and the bad equally, because they enjoy inner balance and peace. The opposite of detachment is upādāna or attachment, and is the inability to practice or embrace detachment. Attachment is the main obstacle towards a serene and fulfilled life.
The lotus is a symbol of non-attachment owing to its ability to survive in muddy waters.