Devi Saraswati | episode 03

सरस्वती

JAI MA! Years ago I had a license plate that said Jai Ma.  It was super fun to see which of my fellow pedestrians understood what that phrase meant by their reactions as they passed me on the roads.  Those who clearly knew the meaning had the strongest reactions! Vans full of either hippies or Indian families repeatedly turning their heads and looking back to stare in disbelief, almost visibly startled. It made even the most routine of commutes entertaining. I had these exchanges with not only random folk, but also curious relations.  My standard answer to friends and family who asked what Jai Ma meant was “it’s the Devi version of ‘THANK YOU JESUS!’” And so it is, Jai MA means salutations to the divine mother.

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In yoga there are so many forms of the divine to celebrate, but if you are looking for an auspicious vibe to tap into when creating new projects look to Maha Saraswati. The sassy and competent Devi Saraswati is the goddess of divine knowledge, language, music and all the creative arts. She is the embodiment of consciousness, cosmic knowledge, creativity, education, enlightenment, eloquence and power.

Her energy is SATVA, that of transcendence – leveling up into places of creative consciousness that are not bound to earth.  She has the capability to break the earthly cycle of inertia to activity; the cycle of life and death that happens with all of us. This cycle of inertia/activity (TAMAS/RAJAS) effects us as individuals, effects our planet and is happening to the cosmos. Saraswati can break the cycle and transcend to a place of limitlessness. Focusing your efforts and intentions on Saraswati, connects you with the divine energy in literature, music, art and poetry. A purifying presence, she connects us to our own higher understanding, wisdom, creativity and artistry.

How do you tap into this vibe? One way is to repeat her mantra. Mantra Yoga is a practice of repeating mystical energy encased in a sound structure. The above Saraswati mantra is derived from Sanskrit alphabet and the english translation is “prostrations to Mother Saraswati.” You can mentally repeat this mantra as a blessing or say the mantra as a meditation practice. Often people use Mala Beads to keep track of their mantra when sitting for a length of time. You do not have to say it 108 times, but the sound vibration should bring you a feeling of boundlessness that creation calls.

Another great way to honor and invite Maha Saraswati into your space-whether it’s your studio or the space in between your ears is to say a prayer of invocation. Below is a link, the Sanskrit words phonetically written out and its english translation.

 
 
 
 

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Saraswati Invocation

Yaa Kundendu-Tussaara-Haara-Dhavalaa Yaa Shubhra-Vastra-avrtaa
Yaa Viinnaa-Vara-Danndda-Mannddita-Karaa Yaa Shveta-Padma-asanaa
Yaa Brahma-Acyuta-Shankara-Prabhrtibhir-Devaih Sadaa Puujitaa
Saa Maam Paatu Sarasvati Bhagavatii Nihshessa-Jaaddya-Apahaa

Translation

Salutations to Devi Saraswati; Who is Pure White like Jasmine, with the Coolness of Moon, Brightness of Snow and Shine like the Garland of Pearls; and Who is Covered with Pure White Garments,  Whose Hands are Adorned with Veena (a stringed musical instrument) and the Boon-Giving Staff; And Who is Seated on Pure White Lotus, Who is Always Adored by Lord Brahma, Lord Acyuta (Lord Vishnu), Lord Shankara and Other Devas, O Goddess Saraswati, Please Protect me and Remove my Ignorance completely.

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Sasha Boyle