Saraswati Vandana

Saraswati Vandana

Saraswati's name refers to the One who is like a flowing river of Self-knowledge. She is worshiped not only by yogis and sadhus but also by musicians, dancers, artists, scientists and scholars. The modern-day clash of art and science does not exist where the understanding of Divine Mother’s creative principle is present. She is prayed to for knowledge of the Self, purity, artistic expression, scientific knowledge, and the receptivity necessary to learn from the guru. Her lunar day of worship (Saraswati Puja) takes place in January-February. This day is also Vasant Panchami, which is celebrated as the first day of Spring in India…

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Nirvana Shatakam

Nirvana Shatakam

Nirvana Shatakam is attributed to the great Adi Shankara. In this short treatise he defines all that we are not (neti, neti—not this, not that), and positively affirms that we are Spirit. This declaration, "I am He" or "I am Spirit" is an English translation of "Shivohum". Often set to music, these verses are a powerful affirmation of our true nature in the face of the many limitations our soul's are identified with.

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