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Wisdom of a beautiful white Swan and her rider

Saraswati is the daughter of Shiva and Durga. The Goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and nature and represents the free flow of wisdom and consciousness. The meaning of Saraswati is ‘the flowing one’. She is seen as the mother of the Veda’s or the Hindu scriptures. Saraswati is praised by the wise and artist of all forms and without her there is only chaos. All Indian Goddesses are connected to creativity, because Shakti is inherently creative. But Sarawati is the one whose cosmic function is to embody the creative flow through language, speech and sound. (Source: Awakening Shakti, the transformative power of the Goddesses of Yoga by Sally Kempton).

Solitary creative woman

Since Saraswati is very much dedicated to personal growth and to gain more insights and wisdom, she often ends up alone in the mythological stories. This is also for true for the ‘Saraswati women’ among us of whom many are not ending up in long term relationships. They live solitary lives and are often seen as unconventional, since they are unaware of the existence of any rules. Saraswati women get their deepest satisfaction from being in touch with the creative flow of life. Commonly women who identify with Saraswati are writes, nuns, scholars, musicians, spiritual teachers, scientists, yoginis or artists.

Discipline

Saraswati also symbolizes discipline and rigor, since to truly master an art we have to spend hours and hours practicing. She is not your traditional wife, instead she prefers to spend all her time studying, meditating, practicing or learning. Sarawati is not so much focused on financial gains or abundance more so on recognition, fame and acknowledgment of her / his (you also have men with lots of Sarawati energy) skills. Saraswati can also be noticed in the teacher who is asking the right (critical) questions for you to learn and grow.

Shadow Saraswati

Saraswati is the deity to invoke when you need some help with your communication. For example becoming a better listener or being able to speak truthfully from your heart. She is also the original energy behind the internet and computer wizards can be seen as children of Sarawati. In her book Awakening the Shakti, Sally Kempton calls Sarawati the ‘cosmic downloader’, “the mother of innovation, who lives as the source code behind your computer’s programs as well as in your inspirations and your capacity to follow them to a real-world manifestation.” Miscommunication or communication that isn’t pure and true is also called the Shadow Saraswati. It can be small like talking too much and not being able to listen well. Or something bigger like causing big harm through propaganda which can potentially cause war and for sure lots of pain and damage. We fall into the shadow of Saraswati if we don’t notice the difference between truth and falsehood and if we are not able to use our speech to speak the truth.

Tapping into your intuition

Saraswati is also the one to turn to when you are looking for inspiration, wisdom and answers. This requires you to listen very careful, to turn your attention inward, because Saraswati voice is so subtle and her voice is often hidden. There are two distinctive ways to receive inspiration from Saraswati or tap into your own intuition. Since connecting with your own intuition is symbolizing you connecting with your inner guru or Saraswati. One way to connect with her is through automatic writing, the other one is through inner listening. For both ways to work, it is required first to take time to become calm, aware and present, through for example a meditation practice. Then you can choose the way that works best for you and let the inspiration flow through you.

Flowing like water

Saraswati can also teach us to learn go with the flow while seeing her sitting comfortably on her beautiful white Swan going with the natural stream of the river effortlessly. Every corner of the river represents a new experience and Saraswati accepts this new situation fully. Since how do you learn and gain more insights? Through new experiences and situations. Saraswati is for me the invitation to embrace the quality of water within us and flow through life with ease, joy and trust. It brings me back to my childhood when I played outside in nature during the holidays and lost track of time and was ‘in the flow’ while playing and discovering. It reminds me of those moments where I listened to a beautiful song that reminds of how perfect this very moment is. Ultimately, it is the realization that the wisdom & happiness we all seek, is already here in this very moment and in the wisdom of our own body.

Note: The inspiration and lots of the wisdom in this blog post is a summary of the chapter about Saraswati in Sally Kempton’s book: Awakening the Shakti. The transformative power of the Goddesses of Yoga.

 

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source: http://www.thegoddessgarden.com/the-hindu-goddess-saraswati/

 

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Behind every successful man stands a strong woman

Parvati

From Ganesha, Shiva and Hanuman we move to Parvati. Parvati is known to be the most important wife of Shiva. Shiva and Parvati have two sons together Ganesha and Skanda. Together with Shiva Parvati symbolizes the strength to create and destroy. Only Parvati’s presence is enough for Shiva to bring about uncontrollable desires. Parvati symbolizes the marriage and the well behaved wife. She is also the goddess of beauty and often symbolized with beautiful round curves and full features. Parvati, like Shiva is known in many different forms: Durga (the brave goddess) and Kali (the black goddess) are well known incarnations. Parvati has to watch how Shiva easily plays adultery on a regular basis, but he always returns to Parvati.

Prana shakti

Parvati represents our longing to unite in the form of a romantic relationship, as well as to unite/connect with our own essential nature, a vibration we can call consciousness or the “mother energy” that holds everything together. This energy vibrates and pulsates and is also called prana shakti or life force. Through the practice of yoga especially meditation we can reunite with the prana shakti in us and around us. We can recognise and see the prana shakti in the cycles of the moon, the seasons, the rhythm in our ocean tides, the cycle of day and night and the sparkle in the stars. In our bodies the prana shakti is experienced with the blood running through our veins, the beating of our heart as well as the continuous cycle of the inhale and exhale. It is that energy that brings about continuous movement in our bodies, conscious and unconscious movements.

Power of the breath

Our ever present breath represents this ‘mother energy’ or prana shakti and is the life force that keeps us alive. Through our breath we can actively influence our nervous system and thereby affect the way we feel emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Our breathing is such a normal, regular, automatic activity and at the same time such a powerful tool in many ways that goes beyond words. It brings me back to that time I was in the midst of giving birth to my first son and the focus on my breath was the only grip I could hold on to. I went into a meditative state is what the midwife later wrote in her report. Luckily I had my mum (an experienced yogini and mother of four) nearby and guiding me with breathing when the moment was there to push. She reminded me to relax my jaws (something I remind my yoga students of all the time, but forgot to do myself in this intense experience) and there he was and he took his first breath! Magic has happened yet once again. In an instant I became mother and my mother became a grandmother. The ‘mother energy’ that all gives us life and keep us living.

Parvati and Shiva reunited

Prana shakti is a reminder that everything is constantly moving and changing. All is coming and going. This realisation is a way to connect with the life force within us. In our patriarchal society, humans often feel more like rocks and we have lost the sparkle in own eyes, we have forgotten about the passions we had as children and we are unable to connect with the flow in us and around us. Being in nature, moving, dancing, meditating and practicing asanas are all ways to connect with the prana shakti. I think the world could use some more softness, compassion and love that comes with a more matriarchal society. In many cultures and countries women are honoured for their ability to give birth. For example within the Maori culture in New Zealand, but also in the old cultures in Europe before other religions took over. It is not without reason that we call our planet mother earth and the connection of a mother to her child(ren) is unbelievable powerful and based on unconditional love. Some say that man might have been intimidated or jealous by the power of women and therefore try to repress this female energy. We all know the saying: behind every successful man, stands a strong woman. Prana shakti or parvati doesn’t imply that woman are superior over man. This female energy (parvati) when reunited with the male energy (shiva) creates a healing and creative magnetic energy in us and on the earth. We all have the shiva and the shakti energy within us. It is our invitation to connect, accept and embrace both of them. It is my belief that this will bring more balance and healing on our planet. When practicing yoga, you can invite both the female (yin, softening, receiving, cooling) and the male (strength, power, heat, yang) into your practice. I truly believe when you can connect with your own true essence or your prana shakti, it is also easier to connect on a deeper (romantic) level with another person and experience union.

Pregnant with my second son embodying the so-called mother energy (2017)

 

 

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