What is a Pratik?

In Hinduism, the pratik ("emblem") is the symbol of the Ananda Marga ("path of bliss") movement, which was founded in India in 1955 and emphases social service along with yoga and meditation.

Pratik symbol
Pratik symbol on an ashram in
South India. Photo: Premasagar.

The pratik symbol consists of the following elements:

Upward-pointing triangle representing one's external actions (social service)

Downward-pointing triangle symbolizing one's internal work (meditation, self-realization)

Rising sun symbolizing spiritual progress through the balance of external and internal efforts

Swastika representing fulfillment or one's ultimate spiritual goal

  1. Ananda Marga - official website
  2. Flickr Photo Group: Pratiks

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