Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Celebrate Saraswati - Geek Girls Unite


Another excuse to close the office
Kathmandu

January 31 is Sree Panchami, the day to honour Sri Saraswati, goddess of learning and wisdom. (Last year it was February 8.)

Wear yellow and bring yellow flowers to the Saraswati shrine (if you need one, you can borrow one of mine...they are all over Kathmandu.) It's considered the most auspicious day to begin learning anything, especially to read or write a new language.

The following prayer is recited on this day:

Yaa Kundendu tushaara haaradhavalaa, Yaa shubhravastraavritha|
veenavara dandamanditakara,
Yaa shwetha padmaasana||

Yaa brahmaachyutha shankara prabhritibhir Devaisadaa Vanditha|
Saa Maam Paatu Saraswatee Bhagavatee Nihshesha jaadyaapahaa||

--English Translation:

"May Goddess Saraswati,

who is fair like the jasmine-colored moon,
and whose pure white garland is like frosty dew drops;
who is adorned in radiant white attire,
on whose beautiful arm rests the veena,
and whose throne is a white lotus;
who is surrounded and respected by the Gods, protect me.
May you fully remove my lethargy, sluggishness, and ignorance."
Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and arts, represents the free flow of wisdom and consciousness.


--Saraswati painting courtesy
Exotic India.


Saraswati's archetype appears elsewhere in world culture. For instance, Lisa Simpson represents very much the same archetype (Goddess of learning, wisdom and knowledge).

In the western pantheon (we actually do have one), she would be Athena, goddess of learning and wisdom; though Athena is also equated with war, which both Lisa Simpson and Saraswati would emphatically disown.

And I have heard that the Tibetan version of Saraswati is Tsering-Ma.

4 comments:

Darla said...

Thank you for sharing this prayer. I wanted to let you know that I used it in my recent blog as it felt appropriate. Namaste.

Kusuma Kumari said...

sister siren,
I am very happy about your reaserch. very interesting abilities, that you learned so many languages, and cultures. I am writing a brief essay about you in :Telugu language". (pch^! You did not learn this (our) south Indian language; but I am very happy seeing your thoughts,interests about the " smooth cultures".
Thanking you.
My blogs ;
1. http://konamanini.blogspot.com
2. http://akhilavanitha.blogspot.com
3.http://chitravarnam.blogspot.com ( This blog includes my computer screen prints".

Kusuma Kumari said...

sister siren,
I am very happy about your reaserch. very interesting abilities, that you learned so many languages, and cultures. I am writing a brief essay about you in :Telugu language". (pch^! You did not learn this (our) south Indian language; but I am very happy seeing your thoughts,interests about the " smooth cultures".
Thanking you.
My blogs ;
1. http://konamanini.blogspot.com
2. http://akhilavanitha.blogsp[ot.com
3.http://chitravarnam.blogspot.com ( This blog includes my computer screen prints".

tessa said...

Saraswati is the Goddess of learning, knowledge, and wisdom. The Sanskrit word sara means "essence" and swa means "self." Thus Saraswati means "the essence of the self." Saraswati is represented in Hindu mythology as the divine consort of Lord Brahma, the Creator of the universe. Since knowledge is necessary for creation, Saraswati symbolizes the creative power of Brahma. Goddess Saraswati is worshipped by all persons interested in knowledge, especially students, teachers, scholars, and scientists.
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