Saraswati, commonly known as the Goddess of learning or a river, is actually a Goddess of inspiration from the Riks. (Rig Vedic hymns are known as Riks). There are 72 verses in praise of Saraswati, that have a very few which refer to her as the river in the Vedic times, that dried away. In the 70's, BARC geologists recorded facts from their research on water samples collected from the wells of Northern India to reconfirm this river's existence. So, barring those few verses, the others are clearly towards raising inspiration.

Incidentally, Aurobindo was the only person in modern times who saw Veda-s in the light of Vedanta. His works, Savitri and the like, are nonetheless indicative of his deep knowledge on the subject. The honorary chief of SAKSIVC, Dr. R.L. Kashyap is carrying forward the ideas developed by Aurobindo into his works on Veda Samhita-s. Personally, his Taittiriya Samhita introduction itself has been quite insightful.

(For more details, please refer to Dr. R.L. Kashyap's books, published by SAKSIVC)
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