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Goddess Saraswati OM Swan Indian Tie Dye India Wall Hanging TAPESTRY Bedspread

Goddess Saraswati OM Swan Indian Tie Dye India Wall Hanging TAPESTRY Bedspread
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Honor the Hindu deity of  knowledge, music, arts and nature with this  gorgeous, hand-loomed, unique and vibrant tie dye tapestry/bedspread! Can also be readily used as a wall decoration/hanging, tablecloth, couch cover  and many other creative options. HUGE, 72" x 108", made of 100% cotton and perfect size for a twin bed.

Who is Goddess Saraswati?
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Saraswati is the Goddess  of learning, knowledge, and wisdom. The Sanskrit word sara means "essence" and swa means "self." Thus Saraswati means "the essence of the self." 

Saraswati is represented in Hindu mythology as the divine consort of Lord  Brahma, the Creator of the universe. Since knowledge is necessary for creation, Saraswati symbolizes the creative  power of Brahma. Goddess Saraswati is worshipped by all persons interested in knowledge, especially students, teachers, scholars, and scientists.

In Her popular images and  pictures, Goddess Saraswati is generally depicted with four arms (some pictures may show only two arms), wearing a white sari and seated on a  white lotus. She holds a book and a rosary in Her rear two hands, while the front two hands are engaged in the playing of a lute (veena). Her right leg is shown slightly pushing against Her left leg. She uses a swan as  Her vehicle. There is a peacock by Her side gazing at Her. This symbolism illustrates the following spiritual ideas:

  • The lotus is a symbol of the  Supreme Reality, and a white lotus also denotes supreme knowledge. By sitting on a lotus, Saraswati signifies that She is Herself rooted in the  Supreme Reality, and symbolizes supreme knowledge. The white color symbolizes purity and  knowledge. The white sari that the Goddess is wearing denotes that She is the  embodiment of pure knowledge.

  • The four arms denote Her  omnipresence and omnipotence. The two front arms indicate Her activity in the physical world and the two  back arms signify Her presence in the spiritual world. The four hands represent the four  elements of the inner personality. The mind (manas) is represented by the front right hand, the intellect (buddhi)  by the front left hand, the conditioned consciousness (chitta) by the rear left hand, and the ego (ahankara)  by the rear right hand.

  • The left side of the body  symbolizes the qualities of the heart and the right side symbolizes activities of the mind and intellect. A book in the rear left hand signifies that knowledge acquired must be used with love and kindness to promote prosperity of mankind.

  • The rosary signifies  concentration, meditation, and contemplation, leading to samadhi, or union  with God. A rosary in the rear right hand representing ego conveys that true knowledge
    acquired with love and devotion melts the ego and results in liberation (moksha) of the seeker from the bondage to the physical world.

  • The Goddess is shown playing  a musical instrument that is held in Her front hands, which denote mind and intellect. This symbol conveys that the seeker must  tune his mind and intellect in order to live in perfect harmony with the world. Such  harmonious living enables the individual to utilize acquired knowledge for the welfare of all  mankind.

  • Two swans are depicted on the  left side of the Goddess. A swan is said to have a sensitive beak that enables it to distinguish pure  milk from a mixture of milk and water. A swan, therefore, symbolizes the power of discrimination, or the ability to  discriminate between right and wrong or good and bad. Saraswati uses the swan as Her  carrier. This indicates that one must acquire and apply knowledge with discrimination  for the good of mankind. Knowledge that is dominated by ego can destroy the world.

  • A peacock is sitting next to  Saraswati and is anxiously waiting to serve as Her vehicle. A peacock depicts unpredictable behavior as its moods can be influenced by  the changes in the weather. Saraswati is using a swan as a vehicle and not the peacock. This signifies that one should overcome fear, indecision, and fickleness in  order to acquire true knowledge.

Saraswati, goddess of  knowledge and the arts, embodies the wisdom of Devi. She is the river of consciousness that enlivens creation; she is the dawn-goddess whose rays dispel the darkness of ignorance.  Without her there is only chaos and confusion. To realize her one must go beyond the pleasures of the senses and rejoice in the serenity of the spirit. 

Saraswati wears  neither jewels or paints herself with bright colors. The white sari she adorns reflects her essential purity, her rejection of all that is base and materialistic.

She transcends the  cravings of the flesh and rejoices in the powers of the mind as the patron of pure wisdom. She embodies all that is pure and sublime in Nature.

The four Vedas, books  of universal knowledge, were her offspring. Her mount, the swan, personifies pure knowledge and her herald, the peacock, is a symbol of the arts.

Schools and libraries  are her temples; books, pens, all tools of the artist and musical instruments are the items used in puja to the enlightening goddess of wisdom.

The Birth of Saraswati

In the  beginning there was chaos.  Everything existed in a formless, fluid  state.  "How do I bring order to this disorder?" wondered Brahma, the creator.   "With Knowledge", said Devi. 

Heralded by a peacock, sacred books in one hand and a veena in the other  dressed in white Devi emerged from Brahma's mouth riding a swan as the goddess Saraswati.

"Knowledge  helps man find possibilities where once he saw problems."  Said the  goddess. Under her tutelage Brahma acquired the ability to sense, think,  comprehend and communicate.  He began looking upon chaos with eyes of wisdom and thus saw the  beautiful potential that lay therein.

Brahma  discovered the melody of mantras in the cacophony of chaos.  In his joy he named Saraswati, Vagdevi, goddess of speech and  sound.

The sound of mantras filled the universe with vital energy, or prana.  Things began to take shape and the cosmos acquired a structure: the sky dotted with stars rose to form the heavens; the sea sank into the abyss below, the earth stood in between.


Gods became lords of the celestial spheres;  demons ruled the nether regions, humans walked on earth. The sun rose and set, the moon waxed and waned, the tide flowed and  ebbed. Seasons changed, seeds germinated, plants bloomed and withered, animals  migrated and reproduced as randomness gave way to the rhythm of life.

Brahma thus became the  creator of the world with Saraswati as his wisdom. Saraswati was  the first being to come into Brahma's world. Brahma began to look upon her with eyes of desire. She turned away saying, "All I offer must be used to elevate the spirit, not indulge the senses."

Brahma could not  control his amorous thoughts and his infatuation for the lovely goddess grew. He continued to stare at Saraswati.   He gave himself four heads facing every direction so that he could always be able to feast his eyes on Saraswati's beauty. 

Saraswati moved  away from Brahma, first taking the form of a cow.  Brahma then followed her as a  bull. Saraswati then changed  into a mare; Brahma gave chase as a horse. Every time Saraswati turned into a  bird or a beast he followed her as the corresponding male equivalent. No matter how hard Brahma tried he could not catch Saraswati in any of her forms.

The goddess with  multiple forms came to be known as Shatarupa.  She personified material reality, alluring yet fleeting.

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