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Saraswati's imagery offers lesson on how to seek truth

Picking up threads from the previous issue, it comes out that when a person qualifies to become a Vipra, a stage is arrived add to further reflect upon the subject matter attended so far. Purposely to put them in synergy for the sake of a comprehensive understanding. Having thus acquired clarity in thought and vision, one could provide expert opinion on matters related to the discipline specialised.

Holistic understanding of the dynamics of life, however, cannot be said to have yet been realized. For, the entire expanse of nature is incomprehensible, having in its womb, enough of mysteries, yet to be explored and known, many of them really beyond the reach of an ordinary seeker. Naturally, many fresh questions beyond the scope of one’s acquired knowledge may keep arising in a seeker’s mind. One, thus, realizes the limitations of mind, intellect, and knowledge base. That tempts the seeker to move beyond all limitations to reach out unexplored territories.

Having attained the above stage, a seeker can exercise enough of self-control. They become qualified to get tuned to the fundamental element of consciousness, which emanates from the primal source itself. That provides intelligence necessary to drive through all aspects of the world process. It, therefore, is said to be omniscient and all pervading. A seeker tracking the consciousness route could then reach out the treasure trove inlaid with nature. It needs to be appreciated here that with the onset of the creation chain, the design parameters underlying existence would have involuntarily come into play.  Having got fully tuned to the element of consciousness – the substratum of life – even the subtle realities of life could be unearthed.  Had there been no design driving the phenomenal world, it would not have been doing its round for so long, and in such an orderly manner.  Naturally, the one travelling the consciousness route, when they pay attention, can see through even imperceptible realms of nature, and intuitively realise existential truths, beyond ordinary man’s reach. It then becomes possible for the seeker to look at things not simply from man’s perspective, but even in terms of larger mandate of nature. Having thus understood nature’s larger mandate and human being’s individualistic concerns and limitations, one qualifies to be a Brahmana (wise).

The paradox, however, is that egotistical human mind, bound by its preconditioning, restricts our scope of vision. And with a narrowed vision, it becomes difficult to have holistic realisation of the dynamics of life.  That makes it incumbent upon us to expand our vision, and then explore existential truths with an open mind, free from any preconditioning whatsoever.  To prepare the seekers for the aforesaid task, they are first made to meditate upon the imagery of Mother Goddess Saraswati. Repeated reflection on the imagery helps the seeker realise the spirit underlying the learning process. A detailed look into the imagery will make out an interesting reading.

First the word: “Saraswati”. It is made of the root-syllable, “Sarasa”, which means something that would be continuously flowing. Her name, therefore, denotes motion, implying that the imagery offers lessons in how to ensure smooth run of life, individually and collectively. Metaphorically, “She” is perceived as the consort of Lord Brahma, the God personified for creation. Supposedly, this is in acknowledgement of the fact that there must be a self-evident design component underlying the whole creation process. That, obviously, would have come into play immediately with the onset of creation process, and so its origin is assigned to the primal source itself. Therefore, to get to the ultimate truths of life, the focus of learning must be directed towards the primal source.

Mother Goddess is perceived as clad in spotless white apparel and mounted on white Swan. Transparent white is the colour of purity, Buddhi (discriminate intelligence) and Akasha (the space filled with the eternal consciousness element). It hints out at the pure, unsullied truths, as laid down with nature. Such truths can be accessed and understood only when approached with a pure and simple mind, free from any egotistical preconditioning. Otherwise, with our minds driven by a sense of relative perception, it will be difficult to identify the thin dividing line between truth and untruth. It is something like milk diluted with water, which looks no different from its pure from. However, when served to a Swan, it consumes the pure milk, leaving aside the water mixed, and hence the relevance of Her mount. To sum up, realisation of truth calls for a pure uncorrupted mind when it will be available in its wholesome form.

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