by wil — May 21, 2011


In the Hindu framework, there is a goddess who gives us words and language and music and numbers. That goddess is called Saraswati. Today the Hindu world celebrates that name joyously and ceremoniously. By tradition, we are not allowed to read today. Books in the house are placed on a pedestal and worshiped. But tomorrow, at crack of dawn, children are expected to rise early from bed and read from a book, with a resolve to do that every day of the year.Varadaraja V. Raman, via The Heart’s Reason: Hinduism and Science

The veneration of knowledge, music and the arts — by way of Saraswati and the festival of Saraswati Puja — seems like such a wonderful notion…I just might join in next year (Jan. 28, 2012).

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