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published: 1/29/07
updated: 12/10/13

Pratik




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

Pratiks on Ananda Marga door, Varanasi
Pratiks on the door of the Ananda Marga Baba's Quarters in Varanasi, India. Photo: Premasagar.

Pratik necklace
Pratik necklace. Photo: Premasagar.

What is a Pratik?

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.

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



Sources

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