Invoking Mahadevi Sarasvati

On the Siddha Yoga path, Sarasvati embodies the creative aspect of Kundalini Shakti, the divine power of the universe dwelling in us all. She is the power of grace that inspires our own knowledge and insight. It is through her that we grasp spiritual teachings intuitively, speak eloquently, and express our creativity.

The name “Sarasvati” translates, literally, as “the flowing one.” The goddess is often depicted sitting beside a river while playing the veena, a melodious stringed instrument. Both the river and the veena represent the exquisite flow of creativity Sarasvati inspires. The white lotus on which she sits represents a mind purified by meditation. Her japa mala indicates the power of mantra repetition, and the book she holds symbolizes study and contemplation of the teachings of the wise.

In India there is a long-held practice of invoking Sarasvati when embarking on projects related to the arts and knowledge. Students and writers will invoke Sarasvati before commencing their work, and musicians, singers, and dancers will invoke her at the beginning of a performance. The invocation is often a hymn in praise of Sarasvati’s qualities.

The invocation that follows is a verse from the Sarasvatistotram. In this verse, we praise Sarasvati as the embodiment of the creative force and as the innate knowledge present in each of us—and we invite her qualities to flow through us.

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sarasvati Stotram

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