“Awakening creativity and knowledge within us“
Goddess Saraswati represents one of the oldest deities in Indian culture representing the divine, creative feminine principle with devotees all across the globe. Saraswati is the Goddess of creativity, issuing forth from the mouth of Brahma as a way to create order in the midst of chaos through knowledge and creative action.
Throughout India, Hindu culture, Jainism, and some Buddhists, Saraswati’s unique blessings offer peace of mind, expanded knowledge, and the potential to unlock abundant creativity within us.
It is believed that those who worship Saraswati not only find there are fewer impediments to learning and creative expression, but also they make the right decisions thanks to improved clarity of thought and wisdom.
Below, we’ll take a look a brief look at the history of this tradition and some of the many benefits of worshipping Goddess Saraswati.
About Goddess Saraswati
The word Saraswati itself refers to a river or lake referred to in the Rig Veda. Within these Vedic texts, the holy Saraswati body of water is as revered as the Ganges though the modern-day location is somewhat debated.
It is believed that on the banks of the Saraswati that the Goddess herself helped inspire many of the Vedic writings. To these seers, Saraswati invoked holy thoughts (dhī) and great generosity (puraṃdhi), sharing her knowledge, creativity, and wisdom.
Over time, the connection between water and Goddess Saraswati loosened, with her name also pertaining to speech. The later Vedic texts, the Brahmanas, speak of Saraswati as the Goddess of speech, giving rise to knowledge and divine inspiration, born directly from the mind of Brahma.
In the time since, Saraswati has come to be represented as a beautiful woman with four arms, each holding items of symbolic meaning. These are a book (representing the Vedas and true knowledge), a rosary garland (to remind us of the power of meditation), a water pot (to indicate the purifying quality of knowledge), and the musical instrument the veena (representing harmony through knowledge and creativity).
Why worship Saraswati?
In modern times, for those living stressful, busy lives, spending time to honour Goddess Saraswati can have many benefits. As we find ourselves drifting towards chaos, we can turn to Saraswati to kindle our creative fire and seek knowledge.
Specifically, the Benefits of Worshipping Saraswati include:
Unlock creative potential
It is said that the most creative people in the world are also the most chaotic. But within these people, there is an element of structure and order that gives form to their whirling creativity.
This idea is echoed within the Vedic tradition where Brahma turned inwardly when confronted with the disorganized cosmos. Imparting wisdom, Saraswati came forth from Brahma’s mouth, speaking that it is through knowledge that the creative principle finds shape.
By speaking mantras and directing our thoughts towards Saraswati, we, too, can unlock our creative potential. Saraswati is a Goddess of not just divine speech, but creativity and artistic expression. This means worshipping Her is a way to find creative expression in music, dance, art, writing, and your own career.
For those taking exams or looking to improve their concentration, worshipping Saraswati is also believed to be beneficial.
This is because she is the giver of education, speech, and intelligence. By focusing on Saraswati’s divine nature through mantras, meditation, and prayer, students can find their memory improved.
This is particularly beneficial when it comes to education and exams. By invoking and honouring Saraswati, we a more receptive to the clarity that the Deity’s reality provides, removing ignorance from our minds and allowing accurate thoughts to flow.
One of the understandings regarding Saraswati’s name is that she is the “flowing one.” While this makes sense given she is considered a “river Goddess,” it is also understood to regard knowledge and speech, In some parts of India, she is even known as the Speech Deity.
According to Hindu tradition, worshipping Saraswati removes the mental roadblocks that cause us to falter or stammer in our speech.
By aligning our intention to speak with the divinity expressed by Saraswati, we experience a tranquillity that allows our speech to flow eloquently and in a more creative way.
Heightened appreciation of beauty
As the consort of the Lord Brahma, Saraswati is considered the feminine counterpart to the creator God, Brahma.
In nature, this feminine principle manifests itself as the beauty of nature, the harmony of music, the truth of poetry, as well as the creative act of birth. Often we find it difficult to appreciate the bliss and tranquillity that these and other beautiful aspects of reality because we are disconnected from this feminine principle.
Seeking Saraswati’s blessing, therefore, allow us to reconnect with the divine feminine. This belights our life with peace and allows us to enjoy creation.
How to worship Goddess Saraswati
Worship of Goddess Saraswati is typically carried out through deep thought and mantras. Different mantras are used to please Saraswati and invoke her blessings. It is said each must be said 100,000 times to achieve the desired effect.
“Aum Aing Saraswathye Namah Aum.”
This is used to greet Goddess Saraswati and the mantra is said before and after worship.
Memory and concentration
“Saraswati Namasthubhyam, Varade Kmarupini, Vidhyarambam Karishyami, Siddhir Bavathume Sadha.”
This mantra greets Saraswati, conveying that the worshipper understands she is the giver of great benefits and tells her the worshipper is about to start studying and wishes for great success.
“Vad Vad Vaagwaadinee Swaha.”
Reciting this mantra is said to improve public speaking greatly, allowing better clarity of thought, sentence structure, and word choice.
Ease of learning
“Om Aim Hrim Kleem Maha Sarswati Devya Namaha.”
This mantra is used to make learning easier and help achieve good grades by students by excelling in their studies.
Intelligence and creativity
“Om Aing Hreeng Shreen Vaagdevyai Saraswati Namaha.”
Chanting this mantra is believed to improve a person’s intelligence and creativity by receiving the divine wisdom of Saraswati.
Saraswati Yoga in Birth Chart
According to Vedic astrology, when Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus align within the Kendra house, the Saraswati yoga forms. Those born when this event takes place have the blessings of Saraswati bestowed upon them. Including creativity, wisdom, eloquence, and great skill, especially in mathematics and the arts.
The impact that being born under the influence of Saraswati yoga is said to be felt throughout the person’s life. Not only are those born under the Saraswati yoga said to be highly intelligent, but will also experience improved marital relationships due to the blessings of the Goddess being present upon their birth.
The Goddess Saraswati is a representation of the feminine, creative, and artistic nature of the cosmos. By aligning ourselves with Her through worship, mantras, and meditation, we receive the blessings of heightened intelligence, concentration, speech, and memory.