~pipa-playing, flowy woman illustration by an unknown artist - "Benzaiten (弁才天, 弁財天) is the Japanese name for the Hindu goddess Saraswati. She is the goddess of everything that flows: water, words, speech, eloquence, music and by extension knowledge."
"How aware are we of our own inner life, our spirituality - something so intangible yet so priceless? How much effort do we make to perceive that which is not obvious, which can neither be seen nor heard? I believe the exploration and enrichment of the human spirit is what determines our very humanity." —Daisaku Ikeda