In 2012 Saranam went through the process of choosing a new logo for itself. The history and significance of the labyrinth as well as the concept of the journey remains a key element in the new design.
The Labyrinth as Saranam's Original Logo
The Original Saranam Logo
What is a Labyrinth? Why is it used as the symbol for Saranam?
Labyrinths are symbols of a spiritual journey and renewal, combining the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a wandering but purposeful path. It represents a journey to our own center and back out again into the world. Labyrinths have been used throughout history as meditation, contemplation and prayer tools.
Labyrinths are frequently confused with mazes, however, they are fundamentally different. A maze has one real path with a beginning and an end, and many other paths that lead nowhere - making it a puzzle. There is only one way in and one way out of a labyrinth. You follow the path into the center and follow the same path out of the labyrinth. The journey does not have ends throughout. Though it may make a complete turn, it continues moving forward.
To move through the labyrinth is to create balance from within and to gain self-awareness. The paths loop and spiral, mirroring the places in life where we make transitions and carve out new paths for ourselves. In the center, rather than the path simply coming to an end, the labyrinth Saranam uses has a wide circle at its core.
Because at Saranam, we work with people to transform their lives, and doing so is part of a lifelong journey, the labyrinth is an appropriate symbol. There are many twists and turns, and yet the walk continues. To walk the labyrinth is a spiritual, emotional and physical task. At Saranam, we are all on a journey to becoming who we can be – in all these arenas. The journey is not always an easy path. That is why we never have to take it alone. The labyrinth symbolizes our moving toward wholeness and health for ourselves and for our families.