The Legend and Symbol of the UNICORN

The long horn symbolizes the integration of man’s lower and higher self.

There lived a fierce, horse-like beast that roamed the earth. Its savage spirit could only be tamed by the touch of a virgin. Once touched, the beast is transformed into a noble white steed marked by a long, singular horn at the centre of its forehead. In its spiritual ascent, a pair of wings appear to free the Unicorn from its earthly bondage forever.

The Unicorn is likened to Man – part animal, part divine. Its fierceness and savagery represent and signify the animal nature. Its whiteness represents purity and signifies the divine nature. The taming of the Unicorn by the touch of the virgin signifies the taming of the animal nature in man by the awakening influence of his higher self, or soul, symbolized by the virgin. The long horn symbolizes the achievement of right fusion or the integration of man’s lower and higher self.

Until man awakens to the touch of his own soul who virtually tames and controls him to return to the centre of his being, he remains veiled. Because of this, the acronym UNICORN is a fit symbol of the program of regeneration and of the self-transforming man. The colours that surround him represent the key activities involved towards achieving transformation: Violet for Meditation; Green for Service, and Blue for Study.

The Unicorn continues to exist in every man and woman who make up S.U.F.I.

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