Luscious Lakshmi… Lotus Mother

Via on May 9, 2010

lakshmi_goddess_webOn this Celebration Day of the Mother, I remember my beloved Mother.

And on a global level, honor our Eternal Divine Mother; the sacred feminine, source of all power and creation.

In Yoga, Shakti is the concept and personification of this divine feminine creative power. The Great Divine Mother in Hinduism.

Shakti is Creation, change, cosmic existence and liberation. She is in a  constant state of Svātantrya, interdependent with Creation itself.

Shakti शक्ति derived from Sanskrit “Shak” – to be able: a sacred force, the primordial cosmic energy, and dynamic forces in the Universe

Om Shrim Shriyei Namaha
Om and salutations to creative abundance that is this Universe

Spring’s abundance and growth can be represented by another deity of the Hindu pantheon, Lakshmi, auspicious Goddess of abundance, courage, fertility, generosity, light, wisdom and prosperity (material & spiritual). She embodies beauty, grace, charm and good luck.

Lakshmi लक्ष्मी derived from Sanskrit “Lakshay” – “aim” or ”goal”.

MahaLakshmi_1Lakshmi is Mother of peace and illumination, and only with her grace can we find inner peace and perennial joy.The sacred Vedas refer to her as the one who has the object and aim of uplifting mankind.

A Mother who creates, nurtures and supports.

Goddess Lakshmi is the consort and Shakti, or potency of Lord Vishnu and provides wealth for the maintenance and preservation of Creation.

The image of Lakshmi on a lotus, with golden coins flowing endlessly, symbolises the blossoming and blessings of wisdom and the good fortune and noble qualities that come with it. Goddess Lakshmi is the abundance of life, including all worldly and spiritual success.

She sits on an open  lotus, seat of divine truth, filled with an aura of divine happiness, with mental and spiritual satisfaction.

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Lakshmi has four hands representing the four ends of human life, Dharma (righteousness and duty), Kama (sensual desires), Artha (wealth), and Moksha (liberation) from the cycle of birth and death. She holds lotus bud in two hands, which are Beauty, Purity, Spirituality and Fertility. Elephants are often shown spraying water, representing material and spiritual prosperity of wisdom and purity.

The sacred name of Lakshmi is “Shri“, and written or verbal, Shri suggests the presence of goddess Lakshmi. It is spoken before addressing a God, or any revered individual. Shri evokes grace, affluence, abundance, authority and auspiciousness. Shri is associated with material life, as ”Om” is associated with the spiritual life.

lakshmi_wi20Lakshmi has many names, and as she is associated with the lotus, many epithets are connected with the flower.

Maha Lakshmi is also known as ”Laxmi”.

Prakruti – the  personification of nature, centre of all, manifested and unmanifested
Vikruti – Multi-Faceted Nature, who assumes many forms and names, yet is attributeless
Vidya – Goddess Mahalakshmi is personification of Wisdom
Padma: lotus dweller
Kamala: lotus dweller
Padmapriya: One who likes lotuses
Padmamaladhara devi: One who wears a garland of lotuses
Padmamukhi: One whose face is as beautiful as a lotus
Padmakshi: One whose eyes are as beautiful as a lotus
Padmahasta: One who holds a lotus
Padmasundari: One who is as beautiful as a lotus
Vishnupriya: One who is the beloved of Vishnu
Ulkavahini: One who rides an owl

Other names: Rama, Indira, Manushri, Chakrika, Kamalika, Lalima, Nandika, Rujula, Vaishnavi, Narayani, Bhargavi, Sridevi, Chanchala, Bhumi Devi, Jalaja, Madhavi, Aiswarya, Jaganmaatha (mother of the universe)

In honor of all Mothers Past Present and Future,
wishing you a Divine Mothers Day!

ॐ श्री महालक्ष्म्यै च
विद्महे विष्णु पत्न्यै च
धीमहि तन्नो लक्ष्मी प्रचोदयात् ॐ

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Om Shree Mahalakshmyai Cha
Vidraahe Vishnu Patrayai Cha
Dheemahi Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayat Om

May Divine Mothers generosity be ever upon us all,
to receive her divine grace
for befitting all beings in her boundless world.
Om Shanti

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About Cora Wen

CORA WEN grew up in a traditional Chinese family in Asia and the West, and took refuge in the Buddha as a teen. An international childhood growing up in Hong Kong and Indonesia, Switzerland, Australia and the US, has instilled the spirit of a travelling adventurer. After sowing wild oats in New York City in the 70s with rockers Deborah Harry and Patti Smith, she had careers in fashion and banking. Since 1994, Cora has taught Yoga, mentored by America’s most influential Yoga lineage. She has been dedicated since 2002 in support of indigenous culture for exiled Tibetan people and land mine victims. Find her at www.corawen.com.

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2 Responses to “Luscious Lakshmi… Lotus Mother”

  1. Cora, you write such beautiful blogs.

    Thank you for being here and for being you.

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