Beauty, Fortune, Ma Lakshmi and Varalakshmi Vratam

If there were a goddess of fortune, wealth and beauty, her name would be Lakshmi. Learn about Ma Lakshmi in this 3-minute read.

If there were a goddess of fortune, wealth and beauty, her name would be Lakshmi. In Hindu mythology and yoga, Lakshmi is the counterpart of Vishnu, or Narayana, the sustainer. She is depicted sitting on a lotus flower and gold coins pour out of her hands.

I am inherent in existence.

I am the initiator, the potential that takes shape.

I manifest myself, I engage my creative power with activity

And finally dissolve myself back into my source.

I pervade all creation with vitality, will and consciousness,

Like ghee that keeps a fire burning.

I nourish the senses of living beings with the sap of my consciousness.

~ Lakshmi Tantra as translated by Mataji Vanamali in “Shakti: Realm of the Divine Mother”

Lakshmi is one of the forms of Shakti, pure energy (feminine), as compared with Purusha, pure consciousness (masculine) – together they are responsible for the world of form as we know it.

Ma Lakshmi – “ma” denoting “mother” – is beauty in all its forms. She gives blessings of fertility, beauty and good fortune. She gives the gifts of abundance, prosperity and wealth, both spiritual and material.

Lakshmi is known for her capacity to give both worldly enjoyment and spiritual freedom.  Pray to Lakshmi for gratitude, contentment, peace of mind, spiritual merit and divine love as you would for basic sustenance, abundance, romantic love, career success, social status and popularity.  She is the bestower of fortune and prosperity in all its forms.

Lakshmi teaches us to be generous and kind. To hold Lakshmi’s boons, we must be able to give as Lakshmi herself. Money and other gifts flow in easily when you are also able to give generously – one of Lakshmi’s quality is her boundless generosity.

Lakshmi is honoured extensively during the festival of Varalakshmi Vratam, which usually falls in early to mid-August. She is also honoured during Diwali – the festival of light, which usually falls in late October to early November.

Varalakshmi Vratam is a day to align with the energy and qualities of Ma Lakshmi. We clean our home and hearts and invite Lakshmi to reside therein.

Join us at the Lotus Room for the Living in Harmony Meditation dedicated to this holiday to prepare for abundance in your life.