We find sarasvatī in the ṛg ( rig , some like ṛk) ved 1.3.10. Some think Her a river, perhaps. But what of Her name? Does it give us a hint to Her greatness?
sarasvatī सरस्वती suggests abounding or connented with ponds, water, rivers. But there is more beauty to Her name.
sarasvatī - sa स by itself is considered a noun for Śiva and/or Viṣṇu; a noun for knowledge, or meditation. If we extend the 'a' and make it sā सा it becomes giving, bestowing, granting. This sā is also a noun for Lakṣmī or Gaurī, sā another name for them both.
sara is a lake, a pool, waterfall and She is known or connected to rivers. Yet ths sāra is essence, the best part, the chief ingredient of anything - and that is sattā or Being.
Her name in components is also a thing of beauty sa-rasa-va-ti: sa we know i.e. a noun for Śiva and/or Viṣṇu; a noun for knowledge, or meditation + rasa¹ is the best or finest or prime part of anything , essence ( note ra-sa is just sa-ra in reverse) and also means precious ,valuable. And va is auspiciousness, strong, powerful, and ocean-water. We can look at vati¹ as it means likeness or assemblence of 'like or as'.
She is the essense, the best of everything - the Ocean of Being (sa). It is She who is the essense of our being and existence. How so? When we consider our makeup of food composed of rasa¹. When we consider our SELF as 'sa', it is Śiva, the core of Being.
This sā सा and sa स are quite profund and is found in many bīja mantra-s due to its connections to Śiva-Viṣṇu & the connection to the various forms of śakti e.g. lakṣmī, gaurī, sitā, satī, sāvitrī, dākṣāyaṇī, sarasvatī.
words and additional posts
- rasa रस is associated with taste. Those tastes recognized in Ayurveda are:
- madhura or sweet,
- amla or sour,
- lavaṇa or salt,
- kaṭuka or pungent,
- tikta or bitter,
- astringent or kaṣāya.
- Yet rasa is the constituent fluid or essential juice of the body, some call ojas ओजस् - vigor , energy , ability , power.
- ti stands for iti - or iti refers to something that has been said or thought , or lays stress on what precedes is my undersanding , but am not sure it applies in sarasvatī's name. I look to stand corrected.
- Other places that discuss Śrī Devī in other forms i.e. the daśa mahāvidyā-s or the 10 great ( Maha) forms of power or knowledge (vidyā) see HDF post http://www.hindudharmaforums.com/showthread.php?t=3226
because you are identical with Åiva