Hamsa (swan), symbol of Brahma, ridden by his wife Saraswati
Hamsa (swan), symbol of Brahma, ridden by his wife Saraswati

I Am



Sanskrit सो ऽहम् Soham, "I am." Greek Ἐγώ εἰμι "I am" from είμαι. "I am" or "to be."

A very common phrase in the Tantras, Upanishads, etc. making it a foundational expression of Vedic philosophy, and is often used by Jesus in the Gospels.

“Ἐγώ εἰμι [I AM] the way, the truth, and the life.” —John 14:6

In symbolism, the "I am" indicates the profound nature of divinity as Being, which is far beyond "I," and is hidden in the symbolism of the swan found in Hindu and Greek myths.

“... the Kalahansa, the Kala-ham-sa,” and even the “Kali Hamsa,” (Black swan). Here the m and the n are convertible... Hamsa is equal to a-ham-sa, three words meaning “I am he” (in English), while divided in still another way it will read “So-ham,” “he (is) I” -- Soham being equal to Sah, “he,” and aham, “I,” or “I am he.” -HP Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine

“The Spirit of God floats upon the face of the waters.” —Genesis 1:2

"Some people say, “I believe in the ‘I want,’ in the ‘I can,’ as well as in the ‘I do.’” This is what they consider to be positive. But, in reality, these people fortify Satan with these affirmations. The Lamb is not the “I.” The Lamb is neither a superior “I,” nor by a long shot an inferior “I.” When the Lamb says, “I AM,” we must interpret this as, “HE IS,” because the Lamb is the one who is uttering it, and not the human being. [...] The phrase “I am” must be translated as “I am the Being.” In reality, the beloved one is the Being of our Being, that is, was, and is to come. We possess a precious tabernacle (the physical body), an anguished soul , and a spirit (the Innermost). This human triad emanated from that terribly divine ray (Christ), who strikes his bell in the infinite space when we come into the world. Each person has his own particular ray that resplendently shines with the power of its glory in the world of the ineffable gods. This ray of dawn is the Being of our Being, the Inner Christ of each human being. This is the Sephirothic Crown of the Kabbalists, the crown of life. [...] Some philosophers affirm that Christ brought the doctrine of the “I,” because he said: “I AM the way, the truth, and the life.” [John 14:6] Certainly, the Lamb said, “I AM,” and only the Lamb can say “I AM.” This phrase was spoken by the Lamb, but this phrase cannot be uttered by us (poor sinning shadows) because we are not the Lamb. Really, the exact and axiomatic translation of “I AM,” which was uttered by the Lamb, must be as follows: “HE IS the way, the truth, and the life.” “HE IS” because HE was the one who uttered it. We did not utter it; the one who uttered it was HIM, HIM, HIM. HE lives within the unknown profundities of our Being. “HE IS” the way, the truth, and the life. He transcends any concept of “I,” any individuality, and any vestige of personality." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

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