Hindu goddess of eloquence and learning of the highest spiritual type. (2) As a compound word it consists of Sar and Swa; 'sar' meaning the essence (essential nature) and 'swa' the self. Mother Saraswati generally represented as playing her veena and singing eternally the song of Divine Wisdom in the soul of each. (3) As consort of Brahma, she is credited with the inven ion of Sanskrit language and letters. (4) As a suffix, it is added after the names of learned Rishis well-versed in t essential knowledge of the self, like Rishi Dayana Saraswati.