Maa Saraswati-Gyan Ki Devi

Maa Saraswati takes the creation of Brahma to perfection, through all the Arts. It is said that during the eight phases of the day, Saraswati manifests through everyone’s speech at least once. Each one of us has experienced sometimes that what has been uttered by someone rather casually, has come true.

But the human mind engrossed in the material world cannot understand it. To attain this state in totality, where ones speech is consistently governed by Kamalasana — the one who is seated on a lotus, symbolic of thousand qualities, this is possible only by the sadhana or true worship Maa Saraswati.

Her vehicle is the hans or swan. The specialty of the swan is that if water and milk are mixed, it sucks it in, spewing out a stream of crystal clear water from one side of its serrated beak and pure milk from the other. This is known as neer-kshir vivek or literallywisdom to sieve truth from falsehood — in Indic philosophy. A truly wise person is one who like the swan picks out the pearl of wisdom from a vast spread of knowledge.

In her hands, Ma Sharda has a veena. It has seven strings representing the beautiful growth of the seven cultures.

These are :-

  • Body,
  • Food,
  • Human,
  • Work,
  • Intelligence,
  • Religious
  • Spiritual (soul)

Besides these, there are:

  • Seven colors
  • Seven glands
  • Seven chakras
  • Seven skies
  • Seven rishis or holy wise men

The two hollow tumbas or globes on either side of the veena will not let anyone who has accomplished these symbolic seven swaras, drown in this worldly ocean. It takes a minimum of seven years to do the sadhana that leads to complete transformation, to manifest divine qualities.

This is the message of Saraswati, also known as Veena Vadini one who is a veena accomplished in playing the veena. Unless these seven strings are perfectly tuned it is impossible to hear and experience the sweet music of life.

Maa Saraswati has a kalam or pen in her hand, which represents the power to manifest truth through words, thus making the written word amar or immortal for ages to come.

Saraswati’s food is made up of things like five seeds that provide essential nutrients for the brain, banslochan or the nodes of the bamboo shoot, misri, nuts, cardamom, lotus stems, lotus seeds or makhanas. These make the grey cells of the brain healthy.

Bright clothes represent clarity. White saree with a red border stands for purity; that along with sensitivity and umang – exaltation, may they make life artistic, always like the season of Spring.

The tulsi mala represents perseverance and consistency in sadhana.

The Vedas held in her hand are a symbol of knowledge and wisdom, which are the basis of the sixty-four art forms.

Basant Panchami, the fifth day of the month of Basant, is celebrated by worshipping Goddess Saraswati.

Maa Saraswati symbolises constant flow of the unseen river of wisdom; she represents all shades of nature in full bloom, to keep the light of inspiration kindled forever.

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