PAINTING AND TEXT BY SARAH TOMLINSON DEVANAGARI AND TRANSLITERATION BY DR. JOHN CASEY
Saraswati is the divine embodiment of the creative muse
and the personification of all knowledge: the arts, sciences, music, crafts, and skills.
The name Saraswati means the flowing one and there
is a historical river in India named for her. The words
that flow from us are governed by her in the form
of Vak Devi, the goddess of speech. Saraswati’s presence provides the rhythmic soundtrack for creative
Partnered with her beloved Brahma, she is the force
behind the manifestation of her husband’s Universe.
Dressed in white, Saraswati holds a mala and a palm
leaf scroll, indicating knowledge. This form of the goddess usually rides a swan and sometimes a peacock,
while playing music on a veena.
If you would like to tap into the creative power of higher inspiration or need some help with your studies, you
can meditate on either her Yantra or her figurative form
while reciting the Saraswati Mantra. Propitiating Saraswati by blessing the tools of your craft will also infuse
your art with some of her magic. You can bless your
piano, paintbrushes, or even your computer.
I connect to the force behind my creative expression
Sarah Tomlinson is the author of Nine Designs for Inner Peace (Destiny Books, 2008) and a student of the late, great Harish Johari. She teaches
Yantra Painting and Yoga worldwide. For more information: yantratecture.com
Dr. John Casey teaches classes in Sanskrit and Yoga philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, at the University of California at Irvine and at
Yoga studios and other venues around the country. For LMU classes, visit: lmu.edu