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Who am I?

I am that
I am that I am
I myself am the Swan

Soham (so ‘ham सो ऽहम्) is the Sanskrit for “I myself” or “It is I” or “He is I”.

The mantra is also inverted from so ‘ham (the sandhi of saḥ + aham) to ham + sa. The combination of so ‘haṃ haṃsaḥ has also been interpreted as “I myself am the Swan”, where the swan symbolizes the Atman. “Atman” is the individual soul or essence. The essence that is eternal, unchanging, and indistinguishable from the essence of the universe.

In the Bible, when God was asked what his name is, He answered ” I Am That I Am’. In Sanskrit, the most ancient of languages, the sound of the inhalation is termed So, and the exhalation is Ham. Combined, the word Soham is translated as “I Am He/That”. So, whenever you are doing this technique, you are calling on God. Every breath thus becomes a prayer and adoration. Soham is referred to as the “Mahamantra”, the Greatest Mantra, and is considered along with Om to be the most powerful of all techniques. The divine energy of Soham is limitless heavenly love and light. -source

Related info:

Soham (or Sohum) mantra audio example (mp3) courtesy of
Meditation on the white swan (Hunsani)

I am that I am (Vivekananda)

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