Goddess of Learning and Wisdom
In India, even from the Vedic times,
women have been given the highest place of respect and recognition. The
Bhadwad Geeta is called the Mother Geeta. The Scriptures too are referred to as Mother Sruti. And even
Knowledge is known as Saraswati.
is the one who gives the essence (sara) of our own self (swa).
She is the consort of the Creator Brahma.
How can creation be supported by anything but the 'knowledge to create'? Another truth that the common man learns
is during the nine-day Devi-pooja. In the first three days it is goddess Kali who is invoked...to assist the seeker to
destroy the -ve tendencies within. The next three days are the days for Goddess Lakshmi...to assist the seeker to cultivate
and preserve the nobler traits or one's inner wealth. Only then does it benefit to invoke the Goddess of Learning Saraswati.
Thus only after the false values of desire, lust, and passion are weeded out, and the +ve qualities like self-control, love, and kindness are cultivated would the process of actual learning begin.
Symbolism in the form of Saraswati.