Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Navratri Special - Goddess Lakshami - Compasssion and Movement

Lakshmi is the second form of the Goddess worshipped
from the 4th to the sixth day during the 9 day Navratri festival
Where the first three days are spent in physically cleansing onself
of bodily flaws and toxicity and acquring physical illuminance so necessary
for commiting actions, the second phase is one that is spent
on utilising the fruits of the first phase in serving our fellow humans
Compassion and Sharing
That's the underlying mantra or mindset to be acquired or worked for
during this phase .. Three days may seem to be a microcosm in time
to acquire the gift of mindset, but the idea is to make one experience 
at least the effect of it even if ever so small ...
When the mind is single mindedly fixed on understanding and then
ingraining in oneself the sentiment of sharing, even a glimpse of it
would ignite in one the single minded desire to acquire it ...
The powers acquired in the first three days of worshipping Kali
are to expended for the good of society .. or ones spiritual progress,
for in sharing we gain much more than if we were to selfishly hoard it
There is a metaphorical significance attached to the image of
Lakshmi as the consort of Vishnu ..
One of the names of Vishnu is "Nara"
which is also used for denoting water
And "Ayan" refers to residence ...
Vishnu's name Narayan thus denotes one who resides in Water
Lakshmi is also referred to as residing in Rice - rather grains of rice ..
And we all know that rice is cooked in the presence of water ...
The fire required for cooking it is the effort...
In other words, only when one makes the effort and sweats it (releasing
water via perspiring) that one can attract Lakshmi (wealth and abundance)
The message is simple -
hard work has no substitute for abundance ..


The appearance of goddess Lakshmi is related to an ancient story.
Durvasa the short-tempered sage once presented Indra, the king of the
gods (devas) with a garland of flowers which would never wilt. Indra gave
this garland to his elephant Airavata. Sage Durvasa saw the elephant
trampling the divine garland and cursed Indra, for he had shown disrespect
to the sage. The sage cursed Indra that he and all the gods would lose their
power because it had made them so proud and vain.
Due to the curse, the demons vanquished the gods out of the heavens.
The defeated gods then went to seek refuge to the Creator Lord Brahma
who asked them to churn the ocean of milk, Ksheersagar, to obtain the
nectar of immortality. The gods then went to Lord Vishnu, to seek his
assistance. Lord Vishnu took the Avatar Kurma (Tortoise) and supported
the Manthara Parvata (mountain) as a churning rod, while the king of the
serpents, Vasuki, became the churning rope. The gods and the demons
(under the leadership of the pious and wise King Bali Chakravarti) both
helped each other in churning the ocean of milk.
Amongst the host of divine gifts which appeared from the ocean,
goddess Lakshmi appeared and then chose Shri Vishnu as her consort,
as only He had the power to control Maya (illusion).
Because of this, Lakshmi is also called the daughter of the sea;
since the moon also appeared from the ocean during the churning,
the moon is called her brother. Alakshmi, the goddess of misfortune,
is Lakshmi's older sister.
She is said to have also arisen from the sea of milk. 

According to the Vishnu Purana, Lakshmi is the daughter of Bhrigu and
Khyaati and resided in Swarga but due to the curse of Durvasa, she left
Swarga and made Ksheersagara her home.
The reappearance of Lakshmi after Samudra manthan and her marriage
to Vishnu thereafter, remain the same. Laxmi is the power and Maya
of Lord Vishnu. In some places She is seen in two forms, Bhudevi and
Sridevi, both either side of Vishnu. Bhudevi is the fertility form in which
She is Mother Earth. Sridevi is the wealth and knowledge of Her which is
seen with Narayan. Most people are mistaken that they are separate
beings although they are one, Laxmi.

Celebration in Hindu society

Hindus worship Lakshmi the most on Diwali, the festival of lights.
According to tradition people would put small oil lamps outside their
homes on Diwali and hope Lakshmi will come to bless them.
The prefix Sri (also spelled as Shri, pronounced as shree) renders as
'one who takes delight in Sri' Lakshmi, meaning wealth,
wealth of any kind.
Primarily eight kinds of wealth are established,
associated with goddess Lakshmi.
They are:
1) आदि लक्ष्मी Ādi Lakṣmī [The main goddess]
2) धान्य लक्ष्मी Dhānya Lakṣmī [Granary wealth]
3) धैर्य लक्ष्मी Dhairya Lakṣmī [Wealth of courage]
4) गज लक्ष्मी Gaja Lakṣmī [Elephants, symbols of wealth]
5) सन्तान लक्ष्मी Santāna Lakṣmī [Wealth of progeny]
6) विजय लक्ष्मी Vijaya Lakṣmī [Wealth of victory]
7) विद्या लक्ष्मी Vidyā Lakṣmī [Wealth of knowledge]
8) धन लक्ष्मी Dhana Lakṣmī [Monetary wealth]
Any thing that need be affluent gets the auspicious prefix or suffix
'Lakshmi', or 'Sri' like Rajya Lakshmi (Wealth of Empire),
Shanti Sri (Wealth of Peace), etc.
In modern India, common titles standing in for the English Mr. and Mrs.
are Shri (also Sri or Shree) and Shrimati (also Srimati or Shreemati),
as in "Sri Gupta" or "Srimati Mangeshkar".
Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped by those who wish to acquire or to
preserve wealth. It is believed that Lakshmi (wealth) goes only to those
houses which are clean and where the people are hardworking.
She does not visit the places which are unclean/dirty or
where the people are lazy.
In Uttarakhand, after the worship of the goddess on Diwali night,
the Shankh or Conch is not blown. This is because the shank is also
from the ocean like the goddess herself, so it is given a day of rest.
Laxmi is the patron goddess of Kolhapur city, Maharashtra.
Lakshmi is also known by the name "Chanchala"
meaning  one who is fickle which is again a misnomer
and misunderstanding of a great concept
Its said that Lakshmi doesn't stay (remain stable) at any one place ..
One never knows when she'll just get bored and get up and leave ..
If one were to study the history of money and how it came into being,
one comes across metal as a medium of exchange that gave way
to coins ... in different shapes and ultimately stabilised in the round one
It denoted a key concept of economics
That money must circulate inorder to increase
A stagnant water body decays and harbours disease
while a flowing water body (river) is not only fresh in itself
but also fertilises all the lands that it passes through (even if it is
not the son ..ooopppss .. river of the soil) 

 ” Then there are two other symbols  that we see.
With Her hand
She gives.
If you open one door the air won’t come in.
You have to open the other door.
She must give.
So people think what they have to give, but they give the worst they have,
just like the waste paper basket. “O, this is useless so I can give to this
friend”. All friends are used as waste paper baskets.
Whatever is the worst is given.
How can you touch your depth like this?
Whatever is the best, you should give.
If you are free to give then you should give the best. …..
we are very ego oriented, we understand what will give joy to us.
We don’t understand what will give joy to others
and when we understand this
then the joy reflects on us thousand times more.
This river ultimately merges into the ocean
where it experiences tranquility ...
Compassion and sharing is what keeps your
abundance and prosperity
moving and multiplying, ultimately increasing it ..
When you share, you bond with another heart ..
The joy of giving multiplies your happiness and
inspires one to give ever more
resulting in more coming your way ...
you are suddenly prosperous and popular and liked by everyone
Vishnu also represents compassion and Love for one's fellow beings
and all of creation ... and only a compassionate force is the ideal
receptacle of the favours of the Goddess
who represents wealth and abundance 

The Heart of Vishnu is the seat of Divine compassion and discrimination
It does not dole out favours indiscriminately but with an awakened mind
and thus it is that the in the Heart of Shri Hari Vishnu, Lakshmi resides,
secure in the knowledge that her powers and abundance will find their
optimum and ideal purpose in creation ...
And where Vishnu (Hard work, compassion and discrimination ) is,
can Lakshmi (Wealth and abundance and prosperity) be far behind??
Something that the Goddess is asking you to consider
and think over .... Will you do that and more importantly,
once you do, will you ACT on it ??
May the Goddess bless you all with the abundance mindset

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