Saraswati – The Goddess of Knowledge and Arts
Saraswati, the consort of Lord Brahma, is the Goddess of all kinds of arts, sciences and learning. Her four arms represent the four aspects of human personality in learning, i.e. mind, intellect, alertness and ego. Alternatively, these four arms also symbolize the 4 Vedas, the primary sacred books for Hindus.
The name Saraswati came from the word “saras” meaning “flow” and “wati” meaning “a woman”. So, Saraswati is the symbol of knowledge; its flow (or growth) is like a river and Her knowledge is supremely alluring, like a beautiful woman. She is also known as a guardian deity in Buddhism, who upholds the teachings of Gautama Buddha by offering protection and assistance to practitioners.
Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and arts, represents the free flow of knowledge and consciousness. She is the mother of the Vedas and ‘Saraswati Vandana‘ the chants to her often begin and end Vedic lessons. She is not only worshipped for secular knowledge but for divine knowledge essential to achieve Moksha.
Goddess Saraswati gives the essence of one’s self and provides us with the mundane and spiritual knowledge of our lives. She is a reflection of the science of life, or the Vedanta, which attempts to unravel the essentials of human existence and the universe masked within. She points to the ultimate aim of human life that is to realize the true nature of the self, even if it requires an enormous amount of determination, insistence and patience.
The knowledge that Goddess Saraswati renders through continual worship, discipline and devotion is one of an integral vision in which both temporal and spiritual levels of study are meditated, practiced and developed upon. Worshipping Her can bless you with expertise in various art forms, as She is the embodiment of purity and knowledge and performing Saraswati Pooja or Saraswati Homa can bestow on you peace of mind and success.
So offer your sincere prayers to Goddess Saraswati – the goddess of knowledge and arts and find yourselves blessed with sacred knowledge to overcome all the difficulties of life, as there is nothing in this material world, which is difficult to be procured by the blessings of Goddess Saraswati!