School Logo & Motto
The School Emblem, Motto and Nomenclature
¨ The Emblem
- A Pair of elephant heads holding the motto of the school on their trunks. Elephant symbolizes Wisdom (Jnana), Strength (Bala), fortitude (Titiksha), self–discipline (Atma samyam), Devotion (Bhakti), and Discrimination (Viveka)
- A Circle containing and wheel with eight spokes flanked by the elephant heads. The wheel connotes the wheel of Dharma (Dharma Chakra) and the Wheel of Time (Kala Chakra). Time verily is God. Practicing Dharma is the only way to realize God. According to Bhagawan: Live in the present which is Omnipresent. The past cannot be relieved of regained. The future is uncertain. It is the present, which is the immediate living reality, wherein converges both past and the future.
- The lotus symbolizes purity, serenity and selflessness. Although surrounded by slush and mire amidst which it takes birth, the lotus holds its head aloft, unaffected and untainted by it surroundings. It thus symbolizes the zenith of purity. While bees get attracted to its fragrant nectar and throng its pistils and petals, even ignoramuses like the frog squat on its leaves and smear and splash mud and slime over it. Yet the lotus does not lose its serene composure and continues to exude beauty and fragrance, all the while reaching out for the sun and light.
It feeds the thirsty bees with nectar, not caring for its own comfort and self. From the day of its birth, the lotus lives to pour out joy beauty and ambrosial nectar for everyone. The lotus also has deeper connotations. It symbolizes the ultimate measure of truth, beauty and bliss—sat-chit-ananda. No wonder seers from ancient times have analogized the eyes, hands and feet of God with the lotus, with such expressions as Kamal Nayan or Lochana, Charana Kamal and Kar Kamal. Kamal means that which is immaculate, which is ever free of filth and dirt since Ka denotes water and mal – dirt. It is the nature of water to cleanse and purify. A Lotus is a visible expression or manifestation of the pure and immaculate nature of water. In another instance, the lotus also serves as the seat of the Divine—Kamalasana. Among the devout Hindus, Bhagawan Vishnu is often eulogized as Padmanabha or Kamalanabha, meaning the One from whose navel the lotus seat of the most resplendent and radiant God Brahma stems out.
The spiritual heart of an aspirant is his innermost sanctum where the Ishta Devata is ever enshrined. The heart in this context is again likened to the lotus, Hridaya Kamala. From a more esoteric stance, the lotus with varying number of petals represents the chakras or psychic points in the astral body of an individual. The point located at the crown of the head, which is the final point of Transcendental Attainment, is likened to a lotus with thousand petals – Sahasradal Kamal.
- Lastly, water forms the substratum of the entire theme of the emblem. Water constitutes the prima materia and basis of the creation. All the elements of nature are born out of water.