The Ananda Joy Symbol logo represents each person’s journey toward ever-increasing happiness, wisdom, and joy.
The mountain peak represents our soul’s aspiration to embrace ever-wider vistas of awareness, by extending our friendship, kindness, and compassion to others. The lines of the mountain’s sides are soft, reflecting a joyous, natural, gradual step-by-step ascent.
The lines continue upward in the flight of a bird, as it soars lightly upward, gathering wisdom and joy. Finally, the bird descends toward earth again, eager to share its new-found treasures with all.
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Who created this symbol?
Swami Kriyananda created it. In her book Swami Kriyananda: Lightbearer, Nayaswami Asha shares his thoughts on the need for a symbol that would accurately and appropriately represent Ananda, and Swamiji’s description of how the symbol came to him and how he drew it many times until it had the right look that had come to him in meditation.