Yesterday was Saraswathi puja.

Puja is a form of Hindu worship and Saraswathi is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, wisdom, and learning. Since we brought our daughter, Ruchi, home from India over seven years ago, we have stepped up our participation in Hindu activities, and I love them!

I particularly like Saraswathi puja. I feel an affinity due to my work on knowledge management at the World Bank, my wife’s award-winning songwriting (wonderful songs to share at, my love of art including my past dedication to performance art, and an ongoing love of study.

I have the good fortune to work in downtown DC often, and every time I drive down Massachusetts Avenue toward DuPont Circle, I see the wonderful statue of Saraswathi pictured above. She stands in a garden in front of Indonesia’s embassy, glowing white and gold, with her four arms upraised and three studious children in front of her. And isn’t it a wonderful expression of religious freedom that the country with the world’s largest Muslim population chose a Hindu statue as a spiritual gift to Washington, DC? #iloveDC

What might you do this week that awakens your love of learning, music or art?

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
– Benjamin Franklin