So much is constantly happening in the life and the world around us. There is so much darkness, so much falsehood, so much ignorance, so much suffering. Within us. All around us. It is so easy to be sucked in by all that. So easy to forget that there is a whole other way of being.
No, not to be unconcerned. But to be concerned in the right way, in a truthful way, in a disinterested way, in an inspired way. This is the way of constantly striving to walk toward light, truth, right knowledge, and bliss.
This is no easy walk. Too many distractions on the way. Too many ‘wanderlust’ moments.
Perhaps that’s why our ancients knew we will need constant reminders. For re-focusing. For inward turning. For detaching. For self-giving and offering. For seeking true inspiration. For invoking and inviting the gods to help us in the arduous yajña.
For a dedicated sadhak, each day can be a pilgrimage to the worlds of gods, inside and above; each act an act of self-giving. For the strugglers, the majority, special days come as reminders for re-dedication and re-affirmation. For renewed and rekindled prayer.
Basant Panchami, another day to invoke the Goddess Saraswati
“the Word, the inspiration…that comes from the Ritam, the Truth-consciousness”
“the impeller of happy truths”
“an awakener of the consciousness to right thinkings or right states of mind”
“represents the truth-audition, śruti, which gives the inspired word”
“Saraswati,…that power of the Truth which we call inspiration. Inspiration from the Truth purifies by getting rid of all falsehood, for all sin according to the Indian idea is merely falsehood, wrongly inspired emotion, wrongly directed will and action. The central idea of life and ourselves from which we start is a falsehood and all else is falsified by it. Truth comes to us as a light, a voice, compelling a change of thought, imposing a new discernment of ourselves and all around us. Truth of thought creates truth of vision and truth of vision forms in us truth of being, and out of truth of being (satyam) flows naturally truth of emotion, will and action. This is indeed the central notion of the Veda.
“Saraswati, the inspiration, is full of her luminous plenitudes, rich in substance of thought. She upholds the Sacrifice, the offering of the mortal being’s activities to the divine by awakening his consciousness so that it assumes right states of emotion and right movements of thought in accordance with the Truth from which she pours her illuminations and by impelling in it the rise of those truths which, according to the Vedic Rishis, liberate the life and being from falsehood, weakness and limitation and open to it the doors of the supreme felicity.”
~ Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, pp. 100-101
“That is the work of Mahasaraswati to move between the higher consciousness and the heart and through them establish the rule of the Truth in all details of the mind and life and physical nature.”
~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother and Letters on the Mother, p. 72