Almighty Lord Sri Narayana or Mahavishnu is known for
looking after the welfare and well being of the phenomenal world or the
creation. The power or energy of
Sri Narayana is Sri Lakshmi. Mother
Lakshmi is always identified with the Lord, and hence they are known as Sri
Lakshmi Narayana. Mother Lakshmi is
a mother of prosperity, peace and illumination.
Without Her grace one can’t have inner peace or perennial joy.
Lakshmi is commonly known as Goddess of wealth.
Wealth is not only the money. Tradition
and values of life is also wealth. Our
family and progress is also wealth. Our
belongings such as land, properties, animals, grains, etc as well as virtues
like patience, persistence, purity etc in the form of a character are nothing
but our wealth and so also glory or victory.
Thus this eightfold Sri Lakshmi
is known as Sri Ashta Lakshmi.
Mother Lakshmi is the source and provider of the
following enumerated well-known sixteen types of wealth and many more.
(1) Fame (2) Knowledge (3) Courage
and Strength (4) Victory (5) Good Children (6) Valour (7) Gold and other gross
properties (8) Grains in abundance (9) Happiness (10) Bliss (11) Intelligence
(12) Beauty (13) Higher Aim, High Thinking and Higher Meditation too (14)
Morality and Ethics (15) Good Health (16) Long Life.
Let us glance upon the glory of mother Ashta Lakshmi’s individual
nature and forms.
Serenity, Regularity, Absence of Vanity, Sincerity, Simplicity, Veracity, Equanimity, Fixity, Non-irritability, Adaptability Humility, Tenacity, Integrity, Nobility, Magnanimity, Charity, Generosity and Purity are the eighteen “itis” that only can give immortality.
which cannot give peace to the soul or cannot give the knowledge of the Self and
the inner satisfaction, is not education. Education, which cannot wipe the tears
of others, known or unknown, is not education. Education is the understanding
the situation and silence or art of living and leading the life that can make
the life, the Life Divine, where the ultimate Goal of the life is the God-Realisation.
Such Education can come
only through discrimination and dispassion. One can have abundant amount of
money, but if he does not know how to make good use of it, it will work to his
disadvantage. If an alcoholic or a drug addict gets a big sum of money, it will
only hasten his downward journey to destruction. Vidya Lakshmi is the understanding and the knowledge to mold
the ordinary life into the Divine Life. A
life of Service, a life of feeling for a fellow being, a life of charity and
generosity, a life of purity, a life for seeking a soul within the soul and a
life with an ultimate aim of the realisation of the ABSOLUTE is the only real
education, which can come only with the grace of Vidya Lakshmi.
Thus all these eightfold Sri Lakshmi is ultimately one
single power only. That is Adishakti.
perennial and unchangeable, ever lasting, eternal truth or the absolute is this
Supreme blessedness, the mother Adishakti. She is the origin. She is the light.
She is the power, the wisdom and the strength. She is the Supreme Joy, peace,
bliss and illumination.
May Mother Adishakti’s and Sri Ashta Lakshmi’s grace be ever upon we all, to receive Her divine grace for being befitting servant of the mankind in Her cosmic kingdom. Om Shanti.
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