rAjahaMsa in the ha?sasa?des ´a

J L Brockington J.L.Brockington at ED.AC.UK
Fri Apr 17 10:41:33 UTC 2009

   Dear Colleagues,

Christophe's remarks about the ha?sa are very much to the point but  
this discussion seems to have lost sight of the original query, which  
was about the r?jaha?sa.  A priori, we might expect some  
differentiation to be involved.  In discussing specifically the  
identities of the fauna of the R?m?ya?a, I long ago noted about the  
r?jaha?sa: "either synonymous with /ha?sa /or more probably  
Phoenicopterus roseus Pallas, flamingo" with a footnote "The latter  
identification makes much more appropriate Kaikey?'s comparison of the  
hunchbacked Manthar? with a /r?jaha?s?/ (2.9.33). On the other hand, a  
fourth stage passage (3.1074* pairs a /r?jaha?sa/ and a /ha?s?./"  
(/Righteous R?ma/ p.95).


   John Brockington

Professor J. L. Brockington
Secretary General, International Association of Sanskrit Studies
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----- Message from christophe.vielle at UCLOUVAIN.BE ---------
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 12:13:10 +0200
From: Christophe Vielle <christophe.vielle at UCLOUVAIN.BE>
Subject: Re: rAjahaMsa in the ha?sasa?des´a
To: INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk

> Without being a specialist, the ha.msa seems rather to be connected
> with yoga in this case : the ha.msa as migrant bird being in some yoga
> texts a metaphor of the the Soul escaping from the sa.msaara (see
> Ha.msa-Up 1.5, K.surikaa-Up 1.22), with also puns on the repetition of
> the word "ha.msa" (breathing in making "ham" and out "sa",
> Dhyaanabindu-Up 1.62, or ha.msa as the reverse of so'ham). The
> para-ha.msa would be the one who has attained perpetual mukti from the
> nets of living. I rely here on the writings of the late Jean Varenne,
> Aux sources du yoga, Paris, 1989, pp. 68-70, and Upanishads du yoga,
> Paris, 1971, pp. 24-25, 110-11, 163.
> There probably exist more complete studies on the subject.
> Best wishes,
> Christophe Vielle
>> I am aware of the fact that the hamsa is the Anser Indicus, a kind of goose.
>> Could anyone explain why the hamsa has been used as a metaphor of a special
>> type of world-renouncer, the socalled paramahamsa? Is there anything in the
>> behaviour of the bird that could have led to calling certain renouncers
>> paramahamsa's? I know this is sidetracking, but it seems relevant in
>> connection with the discussion of the bird hamsa.
>> Victor
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