English Meaning of haṃsa

Meaning of 'haṃsa' (हंस)

m (S) A swan or goose: also a duck. Mem. The Hindú description of हंस is that of a bird existing only in fable. 2 A gander or drake. 3 One of the vital airs: also the Jíwátmá or animal soul (from the conceit of the body being a सरोवर or lake). 4 An ascetic or devotee of a certain order. 5 A name of pantheism for ब्रह्म as the spiritual substance constituting the visible universe. 6 A name of Vishn̤u, of the sun &c.

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