[Advaita-l] Saraswati is Shiva's sister?

Srirudra srirudra at gmail.com
Thu Feb 13 00:52:46 CST 2014

Yes.It is told so by Sri Mahaperiaval.R.Krishnamoorthy.

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> On 13-Feb-2014, at 12:19 pm, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com> wrote:
> Though this question is not directly related to Advaita, yet the saguNa
> forms as various deities require some clarity in understanding.
> Here is a verse from the mAdhavIya shankara digvijayaH': sarga 10. verse 70
> jAnAmi tvAm devi devasya dhAtuH bhAryAm iShTAm aShTamUrteH sagarbhyAm .
> vAchAm AdyAm devatAm vishvaguptyai cinmAtrAmapi AttalakShmyAdirUpAm.
> After ubhaya bhArati, verily Saraswati, decides to depart to her abode,
> satya loka (for mandanamishra and ubhayabhArati are brahmA and saraswati
> who have come down to aid the avatAra kArya of Shiva as shankaracharya),
> Shankara addresses her thus:
> O devi, I know that you are the consort of brahmA and the sister of
> Paramashiva, deity of learning and speech, that for the protection of the
> world you take incarnation such as Lakshmi etc. and that you are of the
> form of Consciousness.
> The questions that arise are:  If brahmA is the 'son' of Vishnu as per
> popular belief, how is Saraswati the source for Lakshmi who is the consort
> of Vishnu? And how is Saraswati the sister of Shiva?  There is a belief
> that Parvati is the sister of Vishnu. There is also a vaishnava belief that
> Shiva is the son of brahmA.  If Saraswati is Shiva's sister, she has to be
> brahmA's daughter too.  There is also a belief that Lakshmi is Shiva's
> sister.  And a brother-sister relationship will make both of them offspring
> of some other entity.  Then, Vishnu and Shiva will have to be sons of
> someone.
> Any answers that clarify the above 'riddles' are welcome.
> regards
> subrahmanian.v
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