THE CULTIVATION OF AN INTEGRATED IN LIFE In this illustration, the monosyllable ( OM) superimposed on the bosom of the person symbolizes our inherent, true nature, which is awareness or consciousness (chaitanya). The prayer: ‘tamaso tamaso maa jyotirgamaya’ -‘Lead me from darkness to Light’, quoted in the inner orb, is indicative of the human quest -- an intense aspiration to discover, realize and manifest the true human nature which is Divine. The meditative posture, the brilliant sun, the lotus, and the waves beneath -- are symbolic of mystic communion, pursuit of knowledge, devotional absorption and selfless service, respectively. The illustration thus reminds us of the need to discover, realize and manifest our true nature, by cultivating an integrated life, with due emphasis mphasis on pursuit of knowledge, devotional absorption, mystic communion and selfless service. ‘Be and Make’ is Swami Vivekananda’s exhortation to us to unfold our true nature through the cultivation of an integrated life, even as we help others march towards towa that glorious consummation.
Swami Vivekananda on The Cultivation of an Integrated Life