Hamsa, is a sanskrit word used to describe the individual soul. Hamsa is a ‘’natural mantra.’’ Meaning, it’s recitation is already part of each of us.
The hamsa mantra is in in our breath. We create its sound every time we inhale and exhale. Ham creates the out-breath, and Sa creates the in-breath. Together Ham and Sa represent the convergence of masculinity and femininity; the sun and the moon; lightness and darkness. When we consciously breath Hamsa we increase qualities of contentment and balance in our psyche.
Hamsa is often depicted as a water bird such as a swan or a goose, which is able to effortlessly siphon milk from water with its beak as it drinks from a basin. Symbolically this represents the soul’s ability to discern those things that will support its evolution from that which will hinder it.
Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, is frequently shown with a hamsa at her feet. Because of their association, Saraswati is sometimes referred to as Hamsavahini, meaning ‘’she who rides Hamsa as her vehicle.’’