Today January 20th, 2010, within the hindu festival of Vasant Panchami, Shri Saraswati is celebrated, who is the goddess of knowledge, music and arts. The festival takes place every year in the fifth day (panchami) of the Indian month of Magh (January-February), the first day of spring. Traditionally during this festival children are taught how to write their first words and most educational institutions organize special prayers for Shri Saraswati.
Please find below an excerpt of Shri Mataji’s lecture with the occasion of Vasant Panchami, January 14th, 1983, in Dhulia, India.
"With love all kinds of creative action takes place. The basis of all creativity, of Saraswati, is love. If there is no love there’s no creativity. It’s even in the deeper sense, you see. People who have created all the scientific things are also out of love for the masses, not for themselves. Nobody has produced anything for themselves. If they make something for themselves it has to become for universal use, otherwise it has no meaning.
So, all the activity on the right hand side, of Saraswati, basically has to end up in love. Starts with love and ends up in love. Whichever does not end up in love coils up and finishes off. It just disappears. So you can see that even matter, which is not used for love, just finishes off. The basis has to be love. Otherwise all such matter that we create which has angularity, which is not fitting into the mass media which is not appealing to the masses.
Now this love of, that we talk of, this great love of God we talk of, we know it for definite through vibrations. People do not have vibrations, but still they can feel the vibrations in a very unconscious way. All the great paintings of the world have vibrations. All the great creative works of the world have vibrations. Only those who have vibrations have been sustained by time, otherwise all other things are destroyed. But they were all destroyed by nature, and they could not stand the impact of the Kala - that is the destructive power of time. So, all that is sustaining, all that is nurturing, all that is en-nobling, comes from this sense of love. Ultimately the whole world has to realize that one has to go to that ultimate love of God, otherwise it has no meaning.
Now you have seen in art people have taken to other methods of appealing to people by using cheap things and very vulgar things, just to make people think that this is art. But this will all disappear. It cannot sustain the impact of the time as I told you, it cannot. All these things have to disappear and already you can see the result, how things are changing everywhere, even in the West. There they have learned and they have tried to find out so many things. But only thing they forgot that it is a Goddess, Goddess of Learning. Everything comes from the Goddess. That’s what they’ve forgotten. And that's why all the problems have been created. If there is no Spirit in your learning, if there is no source of the Goddess in your learning, then it is absolutely useless.
Now Saraswati's blessings are so many, and the Surya has given us so many powers. But how we go against Surya and how we go against Saraswati. The main thing that one has to achieve through Surya is Vivek - the light within. And if Surya chakra at the Agnya level is occupied by Lord Jesus Christ then it is even more essential that the purity of life, what we call ‘Niti’, is the morality of life.
Now morality itself has become very much sort of an argument in the West. People don't have any sense of absolute morality and they have gone all against it. Those who are worshippers of Jesus, those who are the worshippers of the Surya, of the Saraswati have all gone against it. Against the powers of Surya, just disobeying it. Because you cannot be a Surya if you do not have a proper sense of morality and holiness. The Surya itself brings light, to see everything clearly.
So many qualities Surya has got. It dries up everything that is wet, dirty, filthy. It dries up all these places, which create parasites. But so many parasites are created in the West. Not only parasites, but there are horrible cults and horrible things which have come into those countries which are supposed to be full of light, and in that darkness they exist. Darkness about their Spirit, darkness about their own knowledge and darkness about love. These three things have taken over in the places where you are supposed to love light. Light doesn’t mean, light doesn’t mean what you see with your gross eyes. Light means from within - the Light of Love. That one should understand – Light of Love. And it is so soothing, it’s so sweet, it’s so beautiful, it’s so enamouring, it’s so abounding that unless and until you can feel that light within you - that light which is of pure love of purity, pure relationships, pure understanding. If you can develop that kind of a light within yourself, then the whole thing will be cleansed. 'Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.' This is what happens to you when you are completely cleansed.
The purest form of nature is within us. The purest form of nature is within us. Our chakras are made out of that purest form of nature. We are the only people who are spoiling it by our mental thinking, against the same Saraswati’s power. You are going against Saraswati itself. Saraswati cleanses all that is impure in nature, while, with our brain activity, we are spoiling all that. All our brain activity goes against pure intelligence. And that’s what one has to understand - that this pure intelligence, is not to be soiled by our thinking. Our thinking can make us so bumptious, so ego-oriented, so impure, that, we can really eat the poison and say 'what is wrong with it'? Just the opposite of Saraswati.
If Saraswati is within us, She gives us Subuddhi, wisdom. And that is why to worship Saraswati, to worship Surya; we must have that clear vision as to what we have to be. What we are doing. What filth we are living in. What our mind is getting into. After all we are here for emancipation and not for just for pampering our ego and living with our filth that is with us. So this light has come within us and we should try to rise above our own mental filth, which is being created around us.
Saraswati has a Veena in Her hand and that Veena is the primordial instrument, which She plays like music, and the smusic penetrates into the heart. You don't know how it goes into you and how it works out. And that's how we should permeate other people’s personality - like music.
She has so many qualities, as I told you, which cannot be described in one lecture. But one of the greatest qualities of Hers is that She ends up into subtler things. Like the Mother Earth will end up into fragrance. Music will end up into melodies, like that whatever She creates ends up into something greater. Matter, whatever She produces, ends up into aesthetics. If matter does not have aesthetics then it is gross. Like that everything. Now you will say what is water. Water becomes the river Ganges. These are the subtler things. So the matter gets into subtler thing because it has to permeate, it has to permeate. So everything whatever it is. And the best of all is the air. That air becomes the vibrations.
So you can see how, whatever has come out from this matter, from these five elements, becomes that subtle thing. Of course, the left and right side both work it out because the love has to work on this and when love acts on matter it becomes that, and that is how one has to look at your own lives, to make it a beautiful combination of love and matter."
article first published in Romanian on the Orizont Sahaj Online blog