Lustrous as fire, radiant as gold, Resplendent as the sun, calm as the moon.
For the next several days I will be sharing one my treasured and privileged bond with you.
Goddess Lakshmi Pt.1
The ancient story of Goddess Lakshmi — also known as Sri; Bestower of power, wealth and sovereignty
Draped in red saree, bedecked with gold ornaments, seated on a lotus, pot in hand, flanked by white elephants, the image of Lakshmi adorns most Hindu homes and business establishments.
Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, fortune, power, luxury, beauty, fertility, and auspiciousness. She holds the promise of material fulfilment and contentment. She is described as restless, whimsical yet maternal, with her arms raised to bless and to grant.
For centuries Hindus have invoked her thus: Beautiful goddess seated on a chariot. Delighted by songs on lustful elephants, Bedecked with lotuses, pearls and gems.
Lustrous as fire, radiant as gold, Resplendent as the sun, calm as the moon. Mistress of cows and horses — Take away of poverty and misfortune Brings joy, riches, harvest and children.
The popularity of Lakshmi can be gauged by the fact that her sacred name
Shri is written atop most documents and spoken before addressing a God, a teacher, a holy man or any revered individual. The word evokes amongst other things: grace, affluence, abundance, auspiciousness, and authority.
When the word is spoken or written, an aura of holiness is established. Whatever follows the word is imbued with divine blessing. Married men and women are addressed as Shriman and Shrimati as they have Lakshmi’s blessings to harness the wealth of the world to support family and sustain society. Ascetics are not addressed as Shriman as they have renounced worldly riches; unmarried men and women are not addressed as Shriman and Shrimati as they are still in preparation for the householder’s life.
Just as the word ‘Aum’ is associated with the mystical side of life, the word ‘Shri’ is associated with the material side of existence.
• Entry 1 : Understanding the glorious beauty and beholder; Goddess Lakshmi; My divine connection to her, and her to me.