Wednesday was Vasant Panchami, Saraswati's birthday. Saraswati -- the goddess of the arts, creativity, and knowledge. Not just the knowledge that comes from education, though. Divine knowledge.
I love that her name can be broken down into three words:
sara, meaning essence
swa, meaning self
wati, meaning one who has
Thus, when Saraswati brings us divine knowledge, we become one who has the essence of the self/Self.
In yoga, there is also the teaching of the pancha koshas, the five sheaths of being. We start with annamaya kosha, the physical sheath, the body -- that which gives us the impression of being separate, our illusory proof of individuation. But as we move through the sheaths, as we journey from the physical through the energetic, the mental, the intellect, and even beyond the bliss body, we come to jiva atman, the "thumb print at the center of the chest'. We arrive at the seat of the soul, that space where the individual divine touches the universal divine.
And so we learn, that this science of yoga which takes us on the journey of involution, which gives us the tools to profoundly understand the self, leads us to the divine knowledge of the Self and teaches us how we touch the divine in each other, how we connect, how we overlap.