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THE SECRET KNOWLEDGE OF
SARASWATI


Secret Knowledge of Saraswati

Dewi Saraswati, generally referred to as the ‘goddess of Science & Knowledge’, is the female counterpart of the Hindu god Brahma, the manifestation of the Almighty Infinite Spirit as the Creator.

At Saraswati Day, which is celebrated at the very last day of the Balinese Pawukon calendar (the Saturday of the week Watugunung), offerings are made for books and other written material such as the lontar at the libraries, and at the schools and universities the students pray for the success of their studies. Also, during Saraswati Day it is forbidden to read or to write. People should pray and meditate instead.

Obviously nowadays Saraswati's science & knowledge is interpreted as pure, secular science and knowledge, whereby books and other written material are seen as the vessels of knowledge, and the schools as the institutes that pass this secular knowledge on.

Of course there is nothing wrong with this interpretation, as far as the worldly education and development of the individual is concerned.

The true meaning of Saraswati's science and knowledge, however, does not surface in the mind of the average Balinese people - although the meaning ís explained in the lontar. Obviously again this meaning is insufficiently casu quo inadequately broadcasted by the pedanda, the educated high priests who hold this secret knowledge from the in old Javanese script language (Kuno and Kawi) written lontar.


THE SECRET KNOWLEDGE OF SARASWATI

Saraswati actually symbolizes knowledge that is based on a very simple and highly effective spiritual law, which may be referred to as the Law of Attraction.

The Law of Attraction is a scientific law, based on 'Sacred Science'. The working and effects of this law are predictable at all times and in all circumstances. Once one understands how this law works, how its effects are generated, one will unconditionally trust in it, and as a result there will be no more doubt and fear in one's life. In such a situation one is able to control one's life in a highly effective and independent way.

Saraswati's Knowledge is based on the simple fact that one's personal, physical reality is nothing more than a mirror of one's beliefs, ideas and thoughts. Each and every experience in the physical is just an effect of these, generated by the Law of Attraction. This means that if one replaces one's beliefs and ideas for others one automatically changes the effects - one will gradually have other, new experiences that are conform these newly held beliefs and ideas.

Thoughts and emotions play an important role in Balinese Hinduism. One of the basic teachings of Hinduism, 'pikiran suci, hati murni' (= clear, positive thoughts and feelings), has directly to do with Saraswati and the Law of Attraction. It teaches that negative feelings are caused by pure ego-clouded, negative thoughts, ideas and beliefs. The most prominent of these negative feelings and emotions are represented by the so called 'Sad Ripu', the six 'enemies' of the individual - jealousy, anger, hate, greed, laziness and confusion. If one wishes to alter negative personal circumstances for positive ones, one needs to swap these sad ripu feelings and emotions for unselfish and caring feelings first.

It are feelings and emotions that propel beliefs, ideas and thoughts into reality. The velocity with with this happens depends among others on the intensity and frequency one nurtures these specific feelings and emotions.

Pulling the switch often appears to be difficult a difficult task as one is used to regard the reality one experiences not as the effect of false beliefs and ideas but rather as an unconditional fact of one's personal life. An herein lies the challenge. Either one remains a '"victim of fate" or one becomes a "master of one's life".

 


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