Saraswati goddess of Learning

I’m a week back from #Bali where while there this time I had numerous teachers and seers ask me about my dedication to #Saraswati. In many conversations I was encouraged to invoke her as learning is the root of all dharma. And so I bought a #mala where I’ve only meditated to her.

And what I ask myself is “what did I learn that I can apply right now.”

The literal meaning of the name Saraswati is the one who gives the essential knowledge (Sara) of our own Self (Sva). The goddess Saraswati is also considered the Goddess of #Learning, or of education, intelligence, and the arts. As she is the consort of Brahma, who is considered the source of all knowledge, Saraswati is knowledge itself. Thus, many students or even scholars may worship her for her blessings.
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She is often depicted sitting on a #lotus, which symbolizes that she is founded in the experience of the Absolute Truth. Thus, she not only has the knowledge but also the experience of the Highest Reality. She holds in her four hands a vina instrument, a mala (prayer beads) in the right hand, and a pustaka (book) in the left, which represents the knowledge of all sciences.
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Holding the book in one hand also indicates that this knowledge alone can bring us to the Truth. The vina shows the beauty of learning the fine arts. Playing her vina, she tunes the mind and intellect with her knowledge, and thus the seeker can be in harmony with the universe. The prayer beads represent all spiritual sciences, like meditation and japa (chanting holy names), and, being held in the right hand, that it is more important than the secular knowledge contained in the book in her left hand. Her four arms represent her unrestricted power in the four directions. She also represents creativity, or the combination of power and intelligence, the basis of creativity.
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Her name literally means the one who flows, which can be applied to thoughts, words, or the flow of a river.
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She is also occasionally shown with five faces and eight hands, representing her additional powers. Other objects that she may hold include the pasha (noose), ankusha (goad), chakra (disc), padma (lotus), trishula (trident), and shankha (conch). Sometimes she is also seen riding on a swan, the carrier of her spouse, Brahma. At other times she is seen riding on a peacock or sitting with one nearby. The peacock represents the worldly beauty, which can distract the spiritual aspirant. The swan signifies the acquisition of wisdom and knowledge because of its ability to separate milk from water when eating, and thus acquire only the milk.
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Saraswati is also the shakti or power and consort of Brahma, the secondary creator of the universe. Thus, she is also considered a #motheroftheuniverse. In this way, she is also connected with fertility.

Give us What You’ve Got

“Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.

Do it or don’t do it.

It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself. You hurt your children.

You hurt ME. You hurt the planet.

You spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles


Give us what you’ve got. 

I get fatigued by the lack of action out in the world. I meet so many incredible people that are holding back their gifts from me and you. I wonder has it always been this way or are we more complacent than ever before?

What are we so afraid of? Or better yet, why are we afraid of being ourselves?

Steven Pressfield says it is not a selfish act to be creative, to be yourself. Yoga teaches us it is selfish. We start there. WE must begin with being selfish, and all about the “sva” the self. What you have is unique. No one else has the gifts you have quite like you. You are stealing from the world if you don’t offer them up. Even the Buddha says it’s criminal not to live your dharma.

This isn’t a “maybe” I’ll do it scenario.

There is no maybe about living your dharma as your True Self. There is either: you are making your contribution or you are hurting yourself, and our world by choosing not to share.

The world needs you now more than ever. Please consider really showing up today. Answer the call to ACTION.

Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

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Why I Love to Forward Fold

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This is really the story of why I love to forward fold. For me it helps me improve my sight, so I may see with the eyes of my heart. This process is internal, not at all about what is happening outside me. The way I experience the world is from the inside out.

‪#‎cobbler‬ with ‪#‎yogamudra‬ shoulder opener
‪#‎upavistakonasana‬ wide legged forward fold
‪#‎pascimottanasana‬ seated forward fold
‪#‎uttamasana‬ standing forward fold

Lens ‪#‎costarica‬ Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort

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Essence of Self-Study – To Make You Think

For 10 years I’ve held sacred space for self-study through @alchemyofyoga RYT200 Teacher Training. My program has been dedicated to the study of the SELF, through the self, to the self because this is the purest ‪#‎Alchemy‬ of Yoga. My intention in serving as your mentor is to “get you to think.” It goes way beyond teaching a class to developing ‪#‎Yoga‬ as an approach to daily life. This is the deepest soul plunge into SELF-inquiry.

This four part program based in practical elemental energetics is about your SELF-development where happiness again becomes your natural alchemy. This is the ultimate ‪#‎adventure‬, a hero’s journey in the Art of SELF-Discovery! 

You will become more SELF-Aware and SELF-confident in your ‪#‎Dharma‬. This is the part where you find out who you are. Transform yourself. Then be a leader in transforming the world. How? By teaching them to think for themselves.

Next immersions into SELF? 
Aug 1-22, 2015 Costa Rica
November San Rafael, California
Dec 7-15, 2015 Mayacamas Ranch, California

Details here: www.alchemyofyoga.com

Meditation – The Most Accessible Way to Know Thyself by Silvia Mordini

“In order to change, we have to change something. When you look at what you want for your life’s direction, you may find that something has to change from the way you’ve been living. By consciously understanding which habits no longer serve you, then you are able to realize your best transformation. This is the basis of why meditation serves your best health. It renews your awareness of what you’re doing and not doing.

– See more at: http://www.gaiamtv.com/article/meditation-most-accessible-way-know-thyself#sthash.ITp8KkaZ.dpuf

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