In Hindu spirituality, Lakshmi is the epitome of wealth and abundance in both the material and spiritual realms. She rules prosperity in all its forms, and widely bestows Her gifts to those who are open to receive. One of her names, Shri, translates as auspiciousness: the epitome of beauty, lovingkindness, health and well-being, good fortune, and material prosperity.
She is generally pictured wearing red and gold, standing on a blooming lotus with gold coins pouring from Her hands. While the Goddess blesses with inner abundance, she also supplies her practitioners with everything they need in the physical realm. In addition to beauty, financial prosperity, and success, Lakshmi offers the most lasting forms of wealth – empathy, compassion, integrity, and an open heart for giving and receiving love.
Her depictions often feature elephants as well; a nod to her connection to Hindu God Ganesha, the Remover of Obstacles. Lakshmi and Ganesha are often invoked and worshiped together, as the Elephant opens and clears the path of any obstacles to enlightenment, joy, and prosperity.
With Lakshmi, we have the ability to tap into the finer side of life. The blessings she bestows reflect her own generous nature, and her desire to make our lives sweet, happy, and wonderful. This Goddess understands that there must be a flow of money into a practitioner’s life, as the energy exchange of gold is the foundation of the modern world.
However, Lakshmi also guides us to understand the sacredness of money, and she will not remain where there is pride, arrogance, greed, or harshness. If her gifts are being misused, the Goddess will simply withdraw her energy, and take her blessings with her. She can help a practitioner overcome these shadow aspects through the center of her power – the principle of value, and of giving and receiving.
“The fundamental principle around Lakshmi and wealth is to find the balance between carefulness and generosity, between trusting in abundance and taking care of what you have. Knowing that the universe is always ready to offer support, you live without fear, and you use money generously. At the same time, when you look at material wealth as Lakshmi’s expression, you take care of it. On a day-to-day level, Lakshmi’s energy flourishes when we keep budgets, conserve water and energy, and maintain ecological balance in all its forms. So, one of the core practices for honoring Lakshmi is to take care of your money in all the obvious ways: from paying your bills on time and keeping down your credit card debt, to maintaining a savings account and managing your investments, and even to keeping the money in your wallet tidy.”
– Sally Kempton, Awakening Shakti
In all her auspiciousness, Lakshmi teaches us that money is only one type of currency. We give of ourselves in other ways; we barter our time, our words, our services in exchange for goods, peace of mind, even love and companionship. In this, Lakshmi does not rule ‘money’ in the traditional sense, but rather, prosperity that both nurtures and sustains itself – a constant flow of exchange, of giving and receiving love and support.
When we give more, we receive more. And it’s within this balance, along with an attitude on non-attachment, where we can experience the truth of Lakshmi’s blessings. If our motivation to give is solely based on what we are receiving in return, we are inadvertently blocking the complete manifestation of Lakshmi’s gifts. If we have difficulty receiving because we feel we “aren’t worthy”, we are not only turning our nose up at the way the Goddess tries to bless us, but we are also blocking the blessings of the giver.
We must train ourselves to give with an open and free heart, and we must receive the same way, in order to experience the bounty of Lakshmi.
On January 25th join Kimberly Moore and Brandi Auset in a sacred ritual to bring forth the blessings of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi. All you have to do is sign up, and be open to receive the energy!
This Altar Blessing will invite Shri Lakshmi to bestow upon us:
An abundance of love and joy, expressed in your life in sweet, gentle ways
Spiritual wealth, to open connections to the Divine and align with mystical energy
Financial prosperity of every kind, from every direction
Attracting new and strengthening present relationships, including romantic, familial, and friendships
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