A friend convinced me to post this, it’s a 3-track recording of me singing puja to Saraswati. I only made it for fun but maybe you will have fun singing along. (I got the tune from http://suzingreen.wordpress.com/– one of my favorite cyber-teachers)
When you sing the mantra, think that Saraswati is not OUTSIDE, but INSIDE of you! Like you are singing to the part of you that wants to pour out all your creativity into your work, your play, your life. Saraswati is river!
Saraswati’s birthday, in 2013, was Thursday/Friday February 14th and 15th.
An excerpt from Myths of The Asanas, by Alanna Kaivalya & Arjuna van der Kooij:
Before the creation of the world, the great Brahma sat in meditation for long periods of time. Eventually is mind became filled with clarity, or what yogis would call sattva guna. While this quality of lightness was bubbling up in his mind, a girl was created and appeared before him.
Stunned by her magnificent beauty, Brahma asked her, “Who are you?”
She replied, “My name is Saraswati. Now that you’ve conjured me, I would love a proper seat and a divine purpose to fill.”
Brahma gave her the most radiant lotus flower for a throne and the purest white swan and said that she would remain on the tip of the tongue of the most learned and artistic of beings to give them creative inspiration.
This is how the great goddess Saraswati came to be, with her knack for music, arts, and knowledge and her glorious swan for a vehicle. It is said that Saraswati presides over an ancient holy river in India of the same name, and that she controls the flow of its life-giving waters. Within her name and form, we also find the essence of vak, or speech, as Saraswati is the master of speech and communication.