The Goddes Saraswati – her river still teaches

The former location of the third of three rivers named after Hindu Goddesses, the Saraswati has been found. Legends about the mighty Saraswati river have lived on in India since time immemorial. Her holy waters were supposed to have flowed down from the Himalayas into the sea in union with the two other rivers, the Ganges and the Jamuna. This confluence is one of India’s holiest spots.

Saraswati, the multifaceted Hindu goddess of learning, music, and hand mudras (she is often depicted with a sacred stringed instrument) also has deep connections with the element water. Invoke Saraswati and let your creative potential flow.

Saraswati

Goddess Saraswati doing hand mudras. Statue from the Yashodhara Ashram on Kootenay Lake, BC.

Through satellite photography, scientists have mapped the course of an enormous river that ran through the north western region of India. The river was 8 km wide and it dried up approximately 4,000 years ago. It may have been a major earthquake that halted the flow of the Saraswati. In studying the riverbed, over 1000 archaeological sites have been found on the former course of the river, and they date from 3000 BC and older.

Discoveries of advanced prehistoric civilisations – thriving along the banks of this major river, and in several other parts of the world, such as Gobekli Tempe in modern day Turkey – has thrown a wrench in the paradigm of traditional archeology. New discoveries around the region of Dwarka are helping to shed light on human societies from the ice age.

Learn a mudra prayer temple dance and boost your joy

OM Namah Shivaya, Lord of my Heart

Before we dance we offer a Boomi Pranam in gratitude to the earth for giving us ground stable enough to crawl, walk, run and dance upon in the first place.

The lyrics, tune, and melody of this mudra dance are taught by the Yasodhara Ashram yogins on Kootenay Lake, BC. Please note that the Sanskrit portion of the video is sideways at the beginning, but turns upright after a few seconds.

Here are the words to the English part of the song, which start at about 1:24 minutes into the video:

Let my mind always abide at your feet. x2

Let my speech always sing of thy glories. x2

Let my hands always be at they service. x2

Let my ears always hear thy stories. x2

OM namah Shivaya, OM namah Shivaya, OM namah Shivaya, namaho x4

Let me always contemplate on you. x2

Let my eyes always see thy glorious form. x2

Let the aim of my life now be to know you. x2

O, my lord, of my heart, thou art my refuge x2

OM Namaya Shivaya, OM namaya Shivaya, OM namaya Shivaya, namaho x4

Lotus mudra