Explaining the meaning of this tattoo stumps me a bit. You will find me ‘hmming and ahhhh’ because I am not sure where to begin. Or rather, want to understand how much time You’ve got, to wait for me to finish explaining it.
I know why I wanted and finally got it. I ‘get’ the meaning, ‘feel it’ inside me and needed it to stablise myself. Explaining it, is just (pardon my french) a mind-f.. Because it has a multitude of meanings. It comes from the Upanishads.
Very simply, and at the cost of sounding like a megalomaniac, it means I am Divine ( have divinity inside me ) or I am the Universe.
And… because its all fun and games and abstractions in Hinduism, it means a few more, things.
Aham easy enough – Me or I am
Brahmasmi – how much time have you got ?
I am a spirit soul, I am the highest truth, I am Totality, I am Infinite …and it goes on and on. The usual mind boggling meanderings and meaning within meanings of Hinduism.
(Brahma- God , God of Creation. Other words same root. Brahmand – universe, space, Brahman- Absolute……)
My tatt is bigger than me. When I got back from the Pacific Beach tattoo parlour, my sister looked it and said (VERY KINDLY) “you can always have it lasered, but I like it”
She has good taste so I was pleased. My poor husband initially looked a bit stricken at the propotion of the tatt compared to my arm, but then grew to like it.
aham brahmasmi – its huge on my arm and like my husband commented “…and very modest (meaning) too” .