Paramahamsa (परमहंस), also spelled paramahansa or paramhansa, is a Sanskrit religio-theological title of honour applied to Hindu spiritual teachers who have become enlightened

The title literally means “supreme swan”

The swan is equally at home on land and on water; similarly, the true sage is equally at home in the realms of matter and of spirit

To be in divine ecstasy and simultaneously to be actively wakeful is the paramahamsa state; the ‘royal swan’ of the soul floats in the cosmic ocean, beholding both its body and the ocean as manifestations of the same Spirit

The word ‘Paramahamsa’ signifies one who is Awakened in all realms

Paramahamsa is the highest level of spiritual development in which a union with ultimate reality has been attained by a sannyasi