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Monday, December 1, 2014
The Practice Of Saraswati (妙音天女)
Saraswati is worshipped in Hinduism as well as Buddhism. Chinese call her the ‘goddess of beautiful
voice’. In Tibetan foundation practices, Saraswati is invoked onto the tip of a
practitioner’s tongue when he/she recites vowels and consonents.
Goddess Saraswati is closely related to Manjushri and at
times they are practised together; the wrathful form of Saraswati is perhaps
the Vajra Vitali (金刚起尸母) and of
course the wrathful form of Manjushri is the famous Yamantaka.
As with Manjushri, Saraswati is also being worshipped for
her wisdom. So, ingenious folks worshipped Saraswati and Manjushri together to
be bestowed with the best wisdoms.
The mantra for Saraswati in Buddhism is:
Om Saraswati Hrim
A AA I II U UU RI RII LI LII E AI O AU AM AH
The Vedic mantra for Saraswati is:
Om Ainm Namhe
It is believed that by regular and sincere recitation of
Saraswati mantra would make a person wise, enhancing his/her memory, he/she
also would have a sweet voice and become victorious in debate. Whatever this
person says, others would be willing to listen. This practice is very good for
students as he/she would be brilliant and vibrant in his/her life.
·One must complete 170 rounds of mala recitations
a day for a consecutive of 7 days. A crystal mala is best for this ritual.
·During this time, he/she should only wear white
clothing, and that he/she only takes diet without salt; but ‘Khir’ prepared
from milk and rice is recommended.
·One should first offer white flowers and Khir
before the beginning of the mantra recitation. He/she should make a wish that
he/she wishes to be bestowed with sharp intellect.
·During the 7 days’ period, he/she should sleep
on the ground on mat.
For those who are
willing to try, I wish them good luck in trying.