24 Festive Tasks: Door 14 – Diwali, Task 2:
Goddess Lakshmi in her eightfold form is referred to as the Ashta-Lakshmi. Vidya-Lakshmi is the 7th of her 8 forms. “Vidya” means knowledge as well as education, not just degrees or diplomas from the university, but real all-round education. Thus, this form of Goddess Lakshmi is the giver of knowledge of the arts and sciences. – Which character from a book that you read this year could be a non-Indian version of Vidya-Lakshmi?
Among the (many) books I reread this year were several entries from Ellis Peters’s “Brother Cadfael” series. One of the main reasons why I love this series is Cadfael himself — who is not only a highly knowledgeable man (particularly for his time, though he’d be seen this way even today), but also a very wise one; and one of whose great strengths is the way in which he shares his wisdom and guides other characters — overtly with the novices assigned to him, but gently and unobtrusively with many another character as well. I would have loved to have had Cadfael as my teacher in my younger days.