Do you recognize this mantra? It is the mantra of Saraswati, the beautiful, intelligent, wise, flowing one. Saraswati originally was a river flowing in the North of India. Later she evolved into the goddess that we know today.
Saraswati is the goddess of music, learning, the arts, and wisdom. She plays the veena, a string instrument, and holds a book, which is meant to represent the vedas. She is often pictured with her vehicle, a swan. Saraswati is the consort of Bramha, the creator god in the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. But whereas Vishnu and Lakshmi, his consort, are the Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick of deity marriages, Saraswati and Brahma have more of a Rihanna and Chris Brown relationship. If Chris Brown was Rihanna’s dad. I know. The story is that Brahma created Saraswati from his own body, but she was so gorgeous he was filled with lust. She tried to flee from him, but every way she ran, Brahma grew a new head so he could see her. This is why Brahma has four heads. Saraswati is a tough cookie, and she cursed him to be unloved, which explains why in India today there are but two temples devoted to Brahma.
If you want to bring more creativity and wisdom into your life then Saraswati is your girl. This week we will explore Saraswati with mantra, asana, and storytelling. Come to Wake Up Yoga Fairmount Tuesday at 9.30 AM, Wednesday at 7.30 PM, and Saturday at 8 AM, as well as Maha Yoga Tuesday evening at 7.15 PM. Om Aim Saraswatyai Namaha!