Six-pointed star in the ideological symbol of Ananda Marga
The ideology of Ananda
Marga, an organization founded by Shrii
Shrii Anandamurti (1921-1990), is based on the tradition of Tantra where
the triangles and other symbols play an important role, and it is not at
all surprising that the six-pointed star can also be found in the ideological
symbol of AM.
The six pointed star is composed of two equilateral triangles.
The triangle pointing up represents action of the outward flow of energy
through selfless service to humanity. The triangle pointing downward represents
knowledge or the inward search of our sádhaná. (from: A.M.
Spiritual and Social Practices, ed. Tarak)
So the star also represents an old Tantric aphorism by Shiva, who was the
first to give form to Tantra some 7500 years ago:
So Shiva has said, people should follow dharma Átmamoks'artham'
jagathitáya ca - "For self-realization and for the welfare of
the universe". (from Namah Shiváya Shántáya by
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti)
Finding the dynamic balance between the inner and the outer seems to be
one of the great tasks of our lives. And when the balance is found, the
star is also perfect.
Written by Arun