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Symbolism in Hamsa or Swan the Vahana or Vehicle of Brahma and Goddess Saraswathi

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Asked by sudhakar kuruvada, 16 Jan '13 10:11 am
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Hamsa, or White Swan, is the Vahana (vehicle) of Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswathi. In Hinduism, Lord Brahma performs the act of creation and Goddess Saraswati is the Goddess of art and learning. Hamsa is considered to have the capacity to separate milk from a mixture of milk and water. This particular capacity of making fine distinctions is an essential requisite of creation. Therefore Lord Brahma is shown as riding on a Swan.

Goddess Saraswati also has Hamsa as her Vahana. Here again the Swans capacity to make fine distinctions is symbolically used creative power, knowledge, inner realization and outer glorification of the Lord are all products of the discriminative power. (More details about Swan as the Vahana of Goddess Saraswathi in this article.)

Writing on the subject Swamini Saradapriyananda finds more hidden symbolisms in using Swan as a Vahana:

Hamsa is an abbreviation of the twin terms Aha Sah: (I am He). The creation is a manifestation of the Lord moving in time ...more
Answered by LIPSIKA, 16 Jan '13 10:12 am

 
  
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It has been the fact that the Conveyance (VAHANA) attached to each God or Goddess has some correlation between them....as Such SWAN being the conveyance of BRAHMA - The God of Evolution & wisdom & MAA SARASWATI being the GODDESS of KNOWLEDGE symbolises that the knowledge is identified being the pure & whitest object like the color of SWAN and is the only power that can discriminate between NOBLE & EVIL as like the SWAN can discriminate between the MILK & WATER .... itz nothing but a correlation of the characteristic activity of the GOD or GODDESS with their respective conveyances....
Answered by Pradipta pati, 16 Jan '13 10:37 am

 
  
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Hamsa acquired more attributes, including being treated as symbol of purity, detachment, divine knowledge, cosmic breath (prana) and highest spiritual accomplishment. Such a high level of symbolism was attached to hamsh as it transcends the limitations of the creation around it: it can walk on the earth (prithvi), fly in the sky, and swim in the water. The Hamsa was also used extensively in the art of Gandhara, in conjunction with images of the Shakyamuni Buddha. It is also deemed sacred in the Buddhadharma
Answered by iqbal seth, 16 Jan '13 10:15 am

 
  
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Omg
Answered by wenz, 16 Jan '13 10:13 am

 
  
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