The current of creation is right here,
Coursing through subtle channels,
Animating this very form.
Follow the gentle touch of life,
Soft as the footprint of an ant,
As tiny sensations open to vastness.
February 1 is the celebration of Vasant Panchami this year, also know as Saraswati Puja. Vasant Panchami is the first Spring festival in the Hindu year and culminates after 40 days with the celebration of Holi. This early Spring festival is also recognized as the Goddess Saraswati’s Birthday!
Honor Saraswati and this season as a wonderful time to sync with the inspiration of Goddess and start a new course of study. Think of it as your own personal quickening and an opportunity to nurture the seeds within you.
Saraswati Sadhana – A 40 Day Journey to Invite Wisdom, Creativity, & Truth with me starts 2/1/17 – registration closes 2/8/2017! Keep checking back as I will be making this available as a self study course in April.
As the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, learning, and the creative arts, the Goddess Saraswati empowers the mind and all processes related to it. She is speech, understanding, insight, research, wisdom, music, education – the Shakti of all that enhances, elevates, and enables the mind. Her power extends through the spoken word and all subtle speech. Her influence reachs the highest spiritual realms and grounds into the practical and includes the power of discernment. Saraswati is the Shakti, creative power, of Brahma, the creator of the universe.
Saraswati is frequently depicted with four arms, a carved stringed instrument called a veena (an Indian lute), a book, and a mala or rosary. She is surrounded by swans and a peacock. The sari that She wears is usually white, as is the lotus that She sits upon to remind us of Her purity.
Shakti Goddesses with four arms usually represent the influence within the practical, physical world and also within the spiritual world. Saraswati’s four arms denote Her omnipresence and omnipotence. In Her rear hand (above), She holds the mala or rosary. The mala symbolizes Saraswati’s connection with mantra, focus, meditation, and the idea that the love and devotion of mantra can unite us with Goddess/God. The book is the representation of the Ancient Vedas, the earliest Indian scriptures.
Resources for Saraswati
Awakening Shakti – the Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga by Sally Kempton
Shakti Mantras – Tapping into the Great Goddess Energy Within by Thomas Ashley-Farrand
Shakti – Realm of the Divine Mother by Vanamali
Shakti Coloring Book by Ekabhumi Charles Ellik
Items to Honor Saraswati and for the Altar:
Saraswati Goddess Mist by Red Wholistic
Shakti Blessings Activation Mist by Red Wholistic
Shakti Rising Activation Mist by Red Wholistic
Throat Chakra Oil by Daughters of Isis
Saraswati Ashi Box by Heather Murphy
Saraswati is one of the Goddesses that I feature for my Custom Goddess Journey Boxes.