By The Spiritual Explorer | Published 27 August, 2014
Dear Spiritual Explorer: I have just purchased the Saraswati Statue Sitting and would like to know if there is a special mantra I may invoke to access her gifts. Roland P., Boston, MA
Dear Roland: There is a special Vandana mantra that is recited by Saraswati devotees every morning for good luck. While I would like to tell you what it is, there are actually several variations of this mantra which actually just means holy song. Because of space and personal constraints I am unable to tell you which mantra to choose. However, my suggestion is that you look at your beloved Saraswati Statue and intuit the mantra which suits you in your devotion, while of course consulting our beloved Internet for the precise version. Notice that I have capitalized the word internet thus conveying at that time its sacred purpose.
Saraswati, Goddess of knowledge and the arts, represents the free flow of wisdom and consciousness. Chants to Saraswati often begin and end Vedic lessons.
Saraswati is the daughter of Lord Shiva and the Goddess Durga. It is believed that Saraswati endows humans with the powers of speech, wisdom and learning.
Saraswati has four hands representing the four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness and ego. Saraswati is usually viewed as having sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus, the symbol of true knowledge, in her second hand.
With Saraswati’s other two hands she plays the music of love and life on a string instrument called the veena. Saraswati is dressed in white, the symbol of purity, and rides on a white swam.
It was thought that only the learned and the erudite attached great importance to the worship of the Goddess Saraswati, usually harkening to the times when the caste system predominated and there was little flexibility or mobility in attaining different stations of life. However, one familiar with Hindu mythology knows that Saraswati is also a symbol of divine compassion and therefore makes her wisdom and knowledge available to all those who seek to avail themselves of her guidance.
Again, for an auspicious and fortuitous day, it i recommended to recite the Saraswati mantra before you start your day! Good luck in choosing the appropriate mantra for yourself.
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