Have you heard of the Goddess Lakshmi? She is the Hindu Goddess of abundance (among other things).
In our house, we buy “flowers for Lakshmi” most weeks! It’s not a big deal. We just go to the local market and pick up a lovely bunch and put them on the table for all to see. We say “Here you are Lakshmi, thanks!” It’s my way of honouring Lakshmi, who is also the Goddess of beauty and motherhood (hubby plays along!)
Without wanting to get TOO personal, I also had this picture of Lakshmi as my computer wallpaper in the weeks leading up to conceiving my son at the ripe old age of 39239842894892. Lakshmi is the Goddess of pregnancy, too! Thank you Lakshmi!
I found this post about Lakshmi on this gorgeous blog body divine yoga the other day and am totally in love with it.
Body Divine Yoga writes “Feeling a little strapped? Bills getting you down? Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth, good fortune and prosperity can help. According to the Vedic science of Vastu (Indian Feng Shui) all you need to do is set up a shrine in her honour, light a few candles, intone a few mantras, offer a few treats, and voila, Lakshmi will pour blessings upon you.If this sounds well, a little materialistic – don’t worry. While most of us envision half-starved half-naked Sadhus smeared with ashes as embodying the yogic tradition, Lakshmi assures us asceticism is not the only path. Her two front hands stream with gold coins and material blessings, yet her back hands offer the lotus, symbol of spiritual realization.
According to the sacred Hindu text, The Rig Veda, Lakshmi’s name is derived from the Sanskrit word “Laksya”, meaning ‘aim’ or ‘goal’ . Her four arms signify her power to grant the four goals (purushartha) of a successful human life; prosperity and wealth (artha) worldly pleasure (kama) harmonious or righteous living (dharma) and spiritual liberation (moksha).”
These four purushartha are “for the purpose of the soul” and all four must be achieved to realize a fulfilled life. In other words, our desire for cold hard cash and creature comforts are not sins, they are part of achieving our highest potential. So relax, we don’t need to don loincloths or renounce worldly pleasures to be enlightened – Lakshmi wants us to have our cake and eat it too!”
This post first appeared on the wonderful body divine yoga blog. I looked and looked for contact details on the blog to ask permission to reproduce a little bit there but found none! If you are the owner of this blog, I would love it if you would contact me – I looked and looked but couldn’t find your contact details anywhere: You can read the whole post here. There is a lot of other fantastic stuff on the site worth checking out, too!
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