The advaita vedanta Indian school of philosophy is regarded as offering one of the most traditional, classic routes to spiritual enlightenment and liberation. This is a non-dualism philosophy that states that brahman and atman have a complete and essential identity linking them together.
A swan, known as hamsa or hamsah, is often used as a symbol of advaita vedanta. This bird symbolizes the ability to understand what is real and what is illusory.
Those practicing yoga and meditation for the purpose of achieving moksha (liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth) are reminded by the advaita vedanta philosophy that liberation is possible in this life.