Copyright Len Rosenberg (Kalipadma)
This Quarter Call utilzes four different forms of Saraswati for the four directions.
It is followed by a traditional Sanskrit shloka (invocation), along with an
English translation for those who may prefer that for either reference or practice.
This is a great resource for those working with Saraswati, in any of Her aspects.
It can also be used as a template for the creation of other Deity Quarter Calls.
Saraswati Quarter Call:
Turn to the east:
Goddess Gayatri, keeper of the 24 syllable mantra!
Dawn-giver, light-bringer, born from Brahma's brow!
Bearer of the crystal mala, sweet speaker, lead me to enlightenment!
Gayatri Devi, namaste!
Facing the south, or the zenith where the noon sun would be:
Goddess Savitri, scholar and teacher!
Noon-bright, descending into mortal form like Vishnu!
Bearer of the palm-leaf book, writer of letters, inspire me with poetry!
Savitri Devi, namaste!
Turn to the west:
Goddess Saraswati, musician and artist!
Effulgeant as the setting sun, making melodies for Shiva's dancing feet!
Bearer of the many-stringed veena, plucking music from the ethers!
Saraswati Devi, namaste!
Facing the north, or the nadir beneath the earth:
Goddess Matangi, hidden and sorting through refuse!
Dark as night, unclean and yet still a source of beauty!
Breaker of taboos, bohemian, solitary, transforming the polluted!
Matangi Devi, namaste!
Saraswati maha bhage/ vidye kamala lochane//
Vishva roopa visha lakshi/ vidyam devi namostute//
(Saraswati of great gifts/ knowledge comes from your lotus eyes//
Taking all forms, and all-seeing/ grant us knowledge, O Goddess, we bow to you//)