Wealth and abundance are always welcome into our lives. However, finding wealth and abundance is not always easy. Life is full of many joys but also many lows. We go through life always seeking the joys and with that the fulfillment of happiness and in some cases, financial stability. Today we’ll be talking about the Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Abundance and how she can help you with seeking and finding the fortitude to achieve your financial goals and grant abundance and happiness into your life.
WHO IS LAKSHMI?
Lakshmi, or Laxmi, is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity. She is the wife and shakti of Vishnu. She is one of the principal deities of Hinduism and the Supreme Being in the Vaishnavism Tradition. In Buddhism, she is the goddess of abundance and fortune and is represented on the oldest surviving stupas and Buddhist cave temples. In the Hindu religion, Lakshmi was brought forth by the churning of primordial ocean and she chose Vishnu as her eternal consort. In India, all women are declared to be embodiments of Lakshmi.¹
The word Lakshmi means “goal.” Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of abundance one of the goals of life. She has four arms that represent the four spiritual virtues of righteousness, desire, wealth, and deliverance. The two upper arms hold a lotus flower, which symbolizes purity. She is often shown with her two lower arms dropping gold coins showing she brings prosperity both physically and spiritually. She is often depicted in Indian art as an elegantly dressed woman. Her dress is usually red with golden embroidered threads that symbolize beauty and wealth. An owl is shown as her vehicle and signifies the importance of economic activity in the maintenance of life. The owl represents her ability to move, work, and prevail in confusing darkness. ²
Typically, Lakshmi is shown standing or sitting like a yoga on a lotus pedestal and she holds a lotus in one or two of her hands. The lotus symbolizes fortune, self-knowledge, and spiritual liberation. Because the lotus is a flower that blossoms in clear or dirty water, it also symbolizes purity and beauty regardless of the good or bad circumstances in which it grows. This is a reminder that good and prosperity can bloom even in the evilest of surroundings or circumstances. ³
FESTIVALS THAT HONOR LAKSHMI
Many Hindus worship Lakshmi on Diwali, the festival of lights. It is celebrated in Autumn, typically in October or November every year. The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Before Diwali, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfits and light up lamps and candles (diyas) inside and outside of their homes.
Families participate in family prayers (puja) to Lakshmi. These prayers honor the goddess and the families hope to achieve wealth and abundance for their families for the following year. After prayers, there are fireworks and then a family feast. This feast includes sweets (mithai) and a gift exchange between family members and close friends. Diwali marks a major shopping period since Lakshmi is celebrated for her blessings of wealth and prosperity. This festival is considered by the Hindus to be one of the most important and joyous festivals of the year. ⁴
Gaja Lakshmi Puja is another Autumn festival that is celebrated on Sharad Purnima in many parts of India. It is celebrated on the full-month day in the month of October. Sharad Purnima, also called Kojaagari Purnima or Kuanr Purnima is a harvest festival. It marks the end of the monsoon season. There is a traditional celebration of the moon called the Kaumudi Celebration. Kaumudi means moonlight. On this night, Lakshmi is typically thanked and worshipped for the resulting harvests. ⁵
WHAT IS PERIDOT?
Peridot is an often overlooked lesser gem. It is small and easily obtained and relatively inexpensive. It is often considered simply as a birthstone for the month of August. Its popularity has fallen in and out of vogue for centuries. It is currently having a new resurgence and bringing to light what most Peridot lovers have always known: it is truly a remarkable stone.
Peridot is one of the few gemstones that only forms in one color; green. It evokes the lateness of summer and the onset of fall by mimicking the colors of green leaves changing to gold in the sunlight. Peridot is a crystal of warmth and well-being. It stimulates the mind and carries a gift of inner radiance. It sharpens the mind and opens it to new levels of awareness and growth. It can also help one realize their destiny and spiritual purpose.
Peridot is associated with the sun. It has often been prized since the earliest of civilizations for its protective powers to drive away evil. It cured cowardice, calmed anger, and brightened the wit. Peridot is still used today to celebrate these virtues. It protects the aura and purifies it helping to alleviate emotional burdens and guilt. It is particularly beneficial for overcoming fear and depression. It can also help release jealousy and resentment.Peridot promotes responsibility and forgivesness and instills confidence in one’s own ability to reestablish self-worth. It is a powerful generator of the frequency of increase and is a lovely talisman that can be utilized to manifest abundance in all areas of one’s life: wealth, happiness, and love.
USING PERIDOT TO HONOR LAKSHMI
Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and abundance is ready to help you achieve the goals you have in mind. As she is celebrated in India as the giver of wealth and prosperity, not only physically but also spiritually. She is the perfect goddess to call on to help you achieve these things in your life. Taking the time to meditate with the use of Peridot and call on Lakshmi is a great way to go about connecting with the goddess.
- As the Kaumudi Celebration is a celebration of the full moon, and Kaumudi means moonlight, this connection is best done in the light of the full moon.
- Find a peaceful place in or outside of your home that allows the moonlight to shine around you. Enhance the light and create a feeling of the festival of Diwali by also lighting candles in this place. Make sure this is a place you can sit or stand peacefully without interruptions.
- Place pieces of Peridot before you in the light of the moon. You may also choose to hold the Peridot against your chest just over your heart.
- Close your eyes and take several deep breaths, clearing the mind. Think about the goals you wish to achieve in your life. Focus on the importance and happiness these goals will bring you.
- Call out to the goddess Lakshmi by using this chant: “Om Shreem Maha Lakshmi Yay Namaha” You may hear more about this particular chant here.
- Speak to the goddess using her name and ask her for help in achieving your goals. Ask her to bless your life with prosperity and wealth, both physically and spiritually.
- When you are finished, thank the goddess for her help.
¹ – ⁵ Wikipedia