Loving these days of Saraswati celebration.
Saraswati is the goddess of learning, music, art, inspiration, and insight.
She started off in the Vedas as a river goddess with her name meaning one who possesses waters.
As rivers are often sacred and purifying she took on the qualities of purification.
In time she began to represent all that flows such as the rhythm of music and true inspiration.
What’s interesting with this is that she keeps her properties of purification so that education, inspiration, and the arts are seen as ways of purifying the mind and soul.
This feels quite different from the way we treat education in the West where knowledge is associated with power.
Currently the humanities are getting cut back as people ask “what’s the point of an education if it doesn’t provide a paid skill.
Few would consider an education that touches on self care, mental health, or spiritual expression.
Meanwhile our society and culture is crumbling.
What if we focused our education around that which enlightens, beautifies, clarifies and purifies the mind?
What if this was the inspiration of our art and music?
What if it was the goal of all mental practice and the source of our inspiration?
A river of inspiration that blesses and cleanses. Washing away the delusions of the mind, our bias, our projections, our obsessions, the lies we tell ourselves, our delusions regarding the world.
This mindset isn’t foreign to the Western world. It informed Greek as well as that of the renaissance and other regions of the ancient world from the Americas to Africa China and Japan.
Perhaps in our search for knowledge we’ve forgotten the point of education and with it the wisdom that empowers us to stay in relation to each other and the world.
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