We use words to talk. We enjoy music. We play with numbers.
All these are wonderful, they make us happy, they enrich our lives.
How can we say Thanks for these meaningful experiences?
In the Hindu framework, there is the Goddess who if the Source of language and wisdom, music and numbers.
That Goddess is Sarasvati.
Today the Hindu world celebrates that name joyously and ceremoniously.
By tradition, we are not allowed to read today. Books in the house are placed on a pedestal and worshiped. But tomorrow, at crack of dawn, children are expected to rise early from bed, and read from a book, with the resolve to do that every day of the year.
Homage to Sarasvati
The Supreme Mystery that awakens the mind,
The root of ev’ry syllable and word,
The fount of joy in glorious music,
The rhythm in dance that’s full of life;
The magic in numbers, the wonder in symbols,
The spark of knowledge, the flash of insight;
The wisdom in books and the beauty in arts:
All this is Sarasvati in Indic vision.
Her I recall every morn,
Meditate upon ‘fore the day unfolds.
To her I offer my homage special
With a prayer of a distant age:
jñAnam dehi, smritam dehi,
vidhyAm vidhyAdhi devate
pratishtam kavitam dehi,
shaktim sishya prabodhikAm.
Give me wisdom, give me memory,
Goddess, Source of Knowledge wide.
Make me steadfast, give me poetry,
Give me the power, students to guide!