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            SARASWATI – THE GODDESS OF KNOWLEDGE

 

Saraswati Literally means ‘the one who gives the essence (Sara) of our own self (swa) Goddess Saraswati is represented as sitting on a lotus, holding the sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus in her second hand. With the other two hands she plays the Indian lute (Veena). 

The Goddess of knowledge and Learning is depicted here as one who hast not only the experience of the supreme Reality but is also the embodiment of the philosophy of the Upanishads. These two are the essential qualities of a Guru a Spiritual Teacher. The Goddess, therefore represents the ideal guru who possesses both these qualities. ‘Sitting on the lotus’ symbolizes that the teacher is will establishes in the subjective experience of the Truth. ’Holding the scriptures in her hand’ indicates that she upholds that the knowledge of the scriptures alone can take us to the Truth. 

The four hands of the Goddess, represent the four aspects of the inner personality of man, viz., Manas (mind), Buddhi (Intellect), Chitta (conditioned consciousness) and Ahamkar (ego). 

The goddess’s chitta-hand holds the scriptures . With the other two hands, representing the mind and the intellect, of the seeker and draws learns to be in perfect harmony with the world. If such tuning is not done, man suffers mental agitations in life and remains ever in disharmony with the world.  

Thus, when a seeker lives a life of intelligent self control (Tapas), deep study (Swadhyaya), continuous reflection (Manana) and steady meditation (Nidhidhyasana), his erstwhile limited ego attains liberation (Moksha). This state of absolute liberation experienced by the individual ego when it rediscovers the Supreme Self within is symbolized by the lotus held by the Goddess in her ‘Ahamkar’ hand. 

Saraswati is wedded to the Creator, Brahma. The Creator needs to be associated with the Goddess of knowledge since creation has to be supported by the ‘Knowledge to create’ All creative endeavours can spring forth from and sustain themselves only by the Knowledge of what and who to create.


 

                                   

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