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Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Saraswati: Goddess of Wisdom

Saraswati - encyclopedia article about Saraswati.





Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of wisdom, learning, and the arts. As the goddess of knowledge both earthly and divine, she is considered to be the "Mother of the Vedas," the oldest scriptures in Hinduism. 

She is also the consort of Brahma, creator of the universe. She is usually depicted wearing all white and is either seated on a lotus or riding a swan. Unlike some goddesses—such as Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth—Saraswati is depicted with modest clothes and little jewelry. 

The name Saraswati came from "saras" (meaning "flow") and "wati" (meaning "a woman"). So, Saraswati is symbol of knowledge; its flow (or growth) is like a river and knowledge is supremely alluring, like a beautiful woman.

Saraswati is known as a guardian deity in Buddhism who upholds the teachings of Gautama Buddha by offering protection and assistance to practitioners. 


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