What does स्वयमेव मृगेन्द्रता, SWAYAMEVA MRUGENDRATA mean?
You may see it going along with Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh(HSS)’s emblem
And often below the logo/emblem of every Saraswati Sishu/Vidya Mandir where a young boy is seen playing with his hand in the mouth of an adult (male) lion.
The statement has a truly inspirational meaning to it.
Swayam(स्वयम) stands for self.
Mruga/Mriga (मृग) stands for deer. However, in this context, it stands for all the animals of the forest.
Indra(इन्द्र), although the namesake suggests the king/leader of all devas, it can also refer to the king or the master in general.
So, as perceived, in the context of the forest, a Mrugendra (मृगेन्द्र) stands for the king of all animals of the forest i.e. the lion.
The official meaning of the statement is as follows:
There is no official coronation ceremony (rajyabhishekha) held to crown the lion as the king of the forest. It becomes king by its own attributes and might.
When applied in the context of humans, it basically is about leadership. One doesn’t need any official recognition or ceremony to be identified as a leader. One needs to enhance his/her personality, build up strength/courage, strong enough to fight or match-the-might of the strongest – to become the leader.
In a detailed article about Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its ideals, Pragya Tiwari writes:
The Sangh’s real strength comes from its founder Dr Hedgewar’s diktat of Swayameva Mrugendrata – find within yourself the strength of the lion.
The same text goes with the emblem of the Saraswati Sishu/Vidya Mandir & fraternity of such schools.
The logo shows a courageous boy playing, or possibly fighting with a lion which represents the courage of the boy that parallels with the king of the forest i.e. the lion.
It asks every soul in this universe to find the strength, the lion, within and encourages to become leaders by virtue of their own might.