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Saraswati: Hindu Goddess of Music and Wisdom

Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of wisdom, music and the arts. Here is a beautiful legend about Saraswati: A famous Brahmin scholar had a son who was good-hearted but a failure as a scholar. As a result, he was set to tasks of manual labor: cleaning, carrying water and so forth. One day he saw a beautiful young woman in distress by the river. He thought perhaps she had been robbed or abandoned by her family.

Saraswati Goddes Associated with the Gayatri Yantra

The young man rescued her and took her home to give her water and food. As she left the home in deep gratitude, she turned and touched her finger to his tongue. He began to recite complex and subtle poetry in Sanskrit and became a famous orator. The young maiden was Saraswati.

The words to this Saraswati Mantra are “Om Aim Saraswati, Mahadevi Saraswati.” The general meaning is, ” Homage to Saraswati, highest form of the Divine Mother.” A word by word translation follows below:

OM: OM is often included at the beginning of a mantra to clear the mind for meditation. OM is said to draw the energy from the bottom of the spine to the top of the head. The energy of OM is one of expansion and ascension. In terms of healing, OM brings prana into the subconscious mind. OM is the sound of the sun and sheds light on addictive tendencies and negative emotions, bringing them to light for healing and transmutation.

AIM: AIM (ieem) is the feminine counterpart of the bija mantra OM. The “AI” in AIM is pronounced “eye.” AIM is a manifest form of OM, that which is created and seen versus that which is purely in consciousness. AIM is the supreme shakti or feminine force known as Adi Shakti. AIM appears in many mantras to the goddesses and the Divine Mother. AIM is the seed mantra of Saraswati

SARASWATI: Saraswati, goddess of knowledge, wisdom, music, art and speech. Saraswati is revered in Hinduism, Jainism and some Buddhist sects. Her name means “one who leads to the essence of self-knowledge.”

MAHADEVI: Mahadevi means the highest or best form of God as the Divine Feminine or Goddess. “Maha” means “greatest or best.” Devi means god in a feminine form. Deva would be the counterpart of God in a masculine form.

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Saraswati Article Summary

Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of wisdom, music and the arts. The words to this Saraswati Mantra are “Om Aim Saraswati, Mahadevi Saraswati.” The general meaning is, ” Homage to Saraswati, highest form of the Divine Mother.”