Meditating with mantras is one of the most powerful ways to quiet the fluctuations of the mind. A mantra is a tool for the mind, and it allows our awareness to more easily turn inward. Mantras are dedicated to the divine, to the supreme ones above humanity who protect the humans from harm and evil. Mantras are a way to connect to the higher universe, every sound and vibration of the mantra connects the being to the larger Brahman. They offer inner peace, stable mental functions and prosperity to the chanter and hold great value in Vedic cultures.
Lakshmi is the divine consort of Lord Vishnu the preserver of the universe. But that is not all she is. In Vaishnavism she as the consort of Vishnu is the divine force that helps him maintain the universe. In Sri Vaishnavism her worship is essential to attain the Lord Vishnu. She is worshipped and revered in many forms. She is the goddess of wealth, fortune, power, beauty, fertility and prosperity, and is associated with Maya. She is Shakti, the divine raw power that energises the universe and keeps it well. She brings prosperity, wealth and beauty to her worshippers. Lakshmi along with Parvati and Saraswati make the tri-devi or the three principal goddesses.
She is known by many names and is worshipped in many forms. She is called Padma because she appeared from the ocean with a lotus in her hand and because she sits on a lotus throne. She is called Sri (Noble) because of her elegance and high status. Lakshmi is popularly called Chanchala (mischievous or whimsical) because she does not stay in one place and changes her adobes quickly. She is also called Vishnupriya (beloved of Vishnu) and as Vaishnavi.
She is also worshipped in various epithets. As Mahalaxmi, she is in her greatest form. She is as grand as ever and all power in this form. According to Garuda Purana, Lakshmi is considered as Prakriti (Mahalakshmi) and is identified with three forms — Sri, Bhu and Durga. The three forms consist of Satva ('goodness'), rajas, and tamas ('darkness') gunas, and assists Vishnu (Purusha) in creation. Without her creation and sustenance would be impossible. She is popularly worshipped as Ashtalakshmi (eight Lakshmis) each of which represents one source of wealth. Another popular version of her is the Varalakshmi (Lakshmi of Spouses) who is popular during weddings ceremonies.
According to the Vishnu Purana, the universe was created when the devas and asuras churned the cosmic Kshirasagar. Lakshmi came out of the ocean bearing lotus, along with divine cow Kamadhenu, Varuni, Parijat tree, Apsaras, Chandra (the moon), and Dhanvantari with Amrita ('nectar of immortality'). When she appeared, she had a choice to go to Devas or Asuras. She chose Devas' side and among thirty deities, she chose to be with Vishnu. Thereafter, in all three worlds, the lotus-bearing goddess was celebrated.In the Garuda Purana, Linga Purana and Padma Purana, Lakshmi is said to have been born as the daughter of the divine sage Bhrigu and his wife Khyati and was named Bhargavi.
In Book 9 of Satapatha Brahmana, Sri emerges from Prajapati, after his intense meditation on the creation of life and nature of the universe. She is described as a resplendent and trembling woman at her birth with immense energy and powers. The gods are all taken aback, desire her, and immediately become envious of her and her powers. The gods approach Prajapati and request permission to kill her and then take her powers, talents, and gifts. Prajapati refuses, tells the gods that men should not kill women and that they can seek her gifts without violence.
The gods then approach Lakshmi. Agni gets food, Soma gets kingly authority, Varuna gets imperial authority, Mitra acquires martial energy, Indra gets force, Brihaspati gets priestly authority, Savitri acquires dominion, Pushan gets splendour, Saraswati takes nourishment and Tvashtri gets forms. The hymns of Shatapatha Brahmana thus describe Sri as a goddess born with and personifying a diverse range of talents and powers. Meaning it is through her that they receive their powers and truly no one is kept from her generosity.
Beej mantras are understood to be the powerful Mantras from which all other Mantras of that deity appear. Lakshmi Beej Mantra is raw in its power. It is full of energy and zeal and yields great power.
|| ॐ श्रीं श्रीये नम ||
|| Om Shring Shriye Namah ||
Meaning - I meditate upon the great Goddess, the wife of Lord Vishnu to bless me with higher intellect and bestow upon me riches and opulence in abundance.
‘Aum’ is the cosmic vibration that goes through the universe and is used as almost an astral pathway to connect with the divine. The beej mantra is said to be the one through which all other mantras of that particular deity originate. The beej mantra of Goddess Laxmi is the word “Shreem” and by reciting this mantra you can attract fortune, prosperity, and intellect. In this Mantra she is referred to by her name Shri. It means ‘Goddess Shri I bow before you.’
Mahalakshmi Mantra calls to the highest form the goddess Lakshmi. It prays to the great Lakshmi who will rid her children off poverty and despair.
|| ॐ सर्वाबाधा विनिर्मुक्तो, धन धान्यः सुतान्वितः।
मनुष्यो मत्प्रसादेन भविष्यति न संशयः ॐ ||
|| Om Sarvabaadhaa Vinirmukto, Dhan Dhaanyah Sutaanvitah |
Manushyo Matprasaaden Bhavishyati Na Sanshayah Om ||
Meaning - I pray to Goddess Laxmi to destroy all the evil forces around us and bless us with a prosperous and bright future.”
Mahalakshmi Mantra is an ode to the grandest form of goddess Lakshmi, a form in which she is all powerful and all encompassing. It calls to the remover of all hurdles, the one who frees from all evil. Who is the giver of wealth, knowledge and progeny. In simpler terms it means “I pray to Goddess Lakshmi to destroy all the evil forces around us and bless us with a prosperous and bright future.”
Chanting the Gajalakshmi Mantra helps in improving money inflow, diminish the losses, and improve the financial situation. It is the most powerful mantra to get rid of financial problems. Gajalakshmi is the most prosperous form of Lakshmi who is believed to grant cattle and livestock. She is one of the eight Lakshmis.
|| ॐ श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं गजलक्ष्म्यै नमः ||
|| Om Shreem Hreem Kleem Gajalakshmaye Namah ||
Meaning - I worship the one who is prayed by the Elephants.
Elephants are seen as a symbol of immense wealth and prosperity. The Gajalakshmi sits in a position in which Elephants who bring wealth worship her and she bestows the same wealth unto her worshippers.
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