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.

Until Energy is Impregnated with Consciousness it is Blind

Invoking the balance of stability and flexibility, sleeping energy and action #shiva and #shakti #mudras and #crown and #root #chakras. In other words, unlimited abundance.

Lens #bali #chakravinyasa offered on my #yogaretreats and at #yogaconferences, festivals worldwide

SHIVA symbolises consciousness, the masculine principle.
SHAKTI symbolises the feminine principle, the activating power and energy.

Whenever a power becomes active, and wherever energy exists, Shakti is working. Other terms for these primal principles are PURUSHA and PRAKRITI; Purusha is consciousness and Prakriti is nature.

Shiva is generally portrayed holding a trident, which represents the trinity of Īshwara, Purusha and Prakriti.

Īshwara is the omnipresent, eternal, formless divine principle; Purusha is the Ātmā and Prakriti is the manifestation, nature. An electric light can be used to explain their relationship. The electric current, which is the source of the light, is Īshwara; the light is Purusha, and the object that is illuminated is Prakriti.

SHAKTI (or Prakriti) means energy, power, movement, change, nature. It is the maternal principle – the provider, abundance. In the human as well as in the animal kingdom the mother offers nourishment, warmth and security.

SHIVA (or Purusha), on the other hand, is pure consciousness – the unchanging, unlimited and unswayable observer. Purusha has no desires whatsoever; these are inherent only in Prakriti. Purusha is the empty, clear screen onto which Prakriti projects her colourful film.

Shiva and Shakti are manifestations of the all-in-one divine consciousness. The left side is the Divine Mother, Pārvatī, the “feminine” energy, and the right side represents Shiva, the “masculine” consciousness.

Only when Shiva and Shakti combine can action, movement and creation arise. Until energy is impregnated with consciousness it is ignorant, disordered, aimless and “blind”. Energy alone can produce nothing; consciousness bestows upon it content, form and direction. Conversely, consciousness without energy is dormant power, sleeping energy, and on its own is unable to be the cause of anything. Just as Prakriti without Purusha is unable to act, and vice versa, Purusha without Prakriti is also incapable of creating anything.

Shiva resides in the Sahasrāra Chakra and Shakti in the Mūlādhāra Chakra. When Prakriti and Purusha unite in the Sahasrāra Chakra, knowledge, knower and the object of knowledge become one. Once we have experienced this no desires remain within us because we realise unequivocally that everything we have ever yearned for is carried within us. In this state of absolute consciousness there are no polarities and therefore no more sorrows; there is only everlasting joy, unconditional love, unlimited compassion and total understanding for all living beings.
For as long as consciousness is connected to the physical body it is unable to remain constantly in the Sahasrāra Chakra and so returns to the residence of the Ātmā in the Heart Centre (Anāhata Chakra). A realised person always thinks, feels and acts from the heart. Embedded in eternal love and eternal happiness, that person is always conscious of the immortal Ātmā, the ocean of bliss, and their consciousness is forever connected to the divine consciousness.

High Times During Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training

Dearest Beloveds,

How can you tell if you feel the vibe of my Alchemy of Yoga Tribe? Well, here’s how:

  1. Your heart already speaks the language of enthusiasm.
  2. You have always been in love with love. (You are a Love Alchemist)
  3. All your life you’ve been more sensitive than most.
  4. Your capacity for compassion is bigger than what words can explain.
  5. You love to laugh!
  6. You never stopped believing in magic.

Enjoy watching this Vimeo video to learn more about who we are in all our glorious heart full Shakti moments!

Love in all ways,
Silvia

Vimeo Solar Times during Training 🙂

Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training- Costa Rica from alchemy tours on Vimeo.

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It’s Never Too Late

I’ve always wanted to make babies with my beloved.

I’ve dreamed of the day I become a mommy since I was a little girl. I’ve been practicing being a good mommy since the time I had families of dolls and stuffed animals. My nurturing side has been turned to high since I was born.

I never doubted for a second that motherhood was my dharma.

So why hasn’t it happened for me? Throughout my life I’ve heard two things related to this:
1. You will make an incredible mother.
2. Why aren’t you a mother already?

I have two general responses to this feedback:
1. I am so flattered and totally agree. I can’t wait!
2. I am embarrassed, partly ashamed, and deflated.

Most seem to think that I haven’t made time but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This part of my life has been a priority. I have been in two long time partnerships with men that said they wanted children but when it came time to move forward either they weren’t ready or changed their minds.

Or as I came to find out recently, the hesitation was that he didn’t want to make babies with me.

The reality is that I’ve lost most of my child birthing years to “waiting” for HIM to say yes, years I can’t get back.

Meanwhile, over the years I have quit successful careers, quit my high paying job, sold my business, moved across the country, given up rights to accrued financial wealth, changed my diet, dedicated myself to Eastern methodologies and Western medicine all to serve this intention.

For the wrong “him” it just hasn’t been enough.

However, it isn’t too late.

I trust in the divine purpose and plan and know the timing will reveal itself.

Inevitably I get asked what would I have done differently?
1. I would have stood more firmly with the men in my life to tell me their truth.
2. I would have started educating myself on my Women’s Code sooner.
3. I would stopped carrying around so much shame as I was “waiting.”
4. I would have short cut the waiting.

Don’t let other people’s schedules dictate the timings of your life. Don’t believe in just one way. Believe in your way, and remember it’s never too late.

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

pranam costa rica

Masculine and Feminine Beauty

Name     Time     Album       Artist
1 Sa Ta Na Ma 4:46 HARC: Inside Chants HARC
2 From a Closet in Norway (Oslo Blu… 3:16 Rose Ave. You + Me
3 You and Me 3:11 Rose Ave. You + Me
4 Beautiful Day 4:10 Anna Mix U2
5 Beatitude 5:18 Music For Active Yoga Vol 1 Lovespirals
6 Beautiful 4:58 Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss Snoop Dogg
7 The Beautiful 3:44 Sexy Beast Abyssinian Creole
8 Beautiful 3:51 Lemonade G. Love featuring Tristan Prettyman
9 Beautiful Dawn 3:23 40 Days The Wailin’ Jennys
10 Beautiful Girl 3:42 Thirty Three & 1/3 George Harrison
11 Beautiful Day 3:27 Donavon Frankenreiter
12 Before My Time 2:55 American III: Solitary Man Johnny Cash
13 Beautiful Rainbow 2:17 Sun, Sun, Sun The Elected
14 Michicant 3:46 Bon Iver (Bonus Track Version) Bon Iver
15 A Beautiful Mess (From a Raining… 5:17 We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Thi… Jason Mraz
16 Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) 4:04 The John Lennon Collection John Lennon
17 Om Namah Shivaya I 5:14 Moments of Silence Kristian Thorsager