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Haṁsa

Haṃsa. Wild goose (the bar-headed goose), which migrates to India from Central Asia. Its purity of colour and gracefulness in flight led to its becoming a symbol, in the Upaniṣads, of the unity at the heart of all manifestation, e.g. one spirit in the midst of the world. It is also the vehicle (vāhana) of Brahmā.

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Haṁsa

Haṃsa. Indian mantra, often repeated, soʾham, ‘He am I’ (while breathing in), hamṣaḥ, ‘I am He’ (while breathing out). It expresses the unity of the devotee with God.

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