This symbol of the Mission integrates books, a lit oil lamp, a hamsa bird, and a lotus blossom.
The books represent the prasthana traya, or the three scriptural pillars of Vedantic thought: the Upanishads, Brahma Sutras and Shrimad Bhagawad Gita.
The lamp symbolises knowledge that translates into wisdom as the ethical, dharmic life needed for inner spiritual growth.
The hamsa, a sacred bird in Hindu mythology that drinks only the milk from a mixture of milk and water, represents the discriminative faculty each spiritual aspirant must develop to see the Reality in this changing world.
The blossoming lotus, India's national flower, symbolizes the final goal of human life and the art of living harmoniously in the world. The lotus depicts the flowering and unfolding of one's innate inner beauty, while remaining physically rooted in the mud of the earth (the world).