The study of the Upanişads is futile and cannot bring about any spiritual awakening in the one who has not made his heart pure. One must weed out the false values of desire, lust, and passion and must cultivate love, charity, self-control, and other virtues. When one has thus invoked Kälī and had adored Lakşmi, one is fit to enter the temple of Sarasvati.
When such a mature student, properly prepared, come to listen to the songs of Mother Sarasvatī, he not only understands Her divine music (scripture), but he also comes to comprehend and experience that the Self in him is the Self everywhere. To experience this eternal oneness is the acme of peace and perfection the state of Godhood, the realm of pure Consciousness. Reaching this State Divine, the Upanişads declare that ‘there is no return’ – there is no chance to fall back into the earlier misconceptions arising from the body-mind-intellect identifications.
This state of perfect freedom from the little ego and the rediscovery of the supreme Self, the large divine personality within us, is called Liberation (mokşa). This is the supreme reward for a life of intelligent self-control (tapas), deep study (svādhyāya), continuous reflection (manana), and steady meditation (nididhyāsana) symbolized in the lotus the lady of learning holds in her fourth hand.
The divine book is in Her citta hand, Her veena is in Her manas and buddhi and the lotus is in Her ahankāra hand. When the truths of the Upanişads are brought to our constant awareness, and when our mind and intellect, through a silent self-discussion within ourselves (manana) sing the song of the Self in our reflections, the wisdom born of experience floods our being (lotus) lifting the dreary darkness of ignorance.
The kindly lady of wisdom is Mother Sruti, Sri Sarasvati. She leads us to the end of our slavery to the burning of the effigy of the lower nature, on the tenth day of Durga puja, called Dussehra. This day is also called the day of enlightenment, Vidyarambha.