By Bhanumathi Narasimhan
Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Wealth is a vital ingredient bestowed upon us for maintenance and progress in our life. It is much more than just having money. It means abundance in knowledge, skills and talents. Lakshmi is the energy that manifests as the complete spiritual and material well-being of a person.
There are eight aspects of this divine energy that may be bestowed upon us.
Adi Lakshmi is the memory of the source. When we forget that we are a part of the entire creation, we feel small and insecure. Adi Lakshmi is that aspect which connects us to our source, thus bringing strength and calmness to the mind.
Dhana Lakshmi is the aspect of material wealth and Vidya Lakshmi is the aspect of knowledge, skill and talents.
Dhanya Lakshmi manifests as wealth in the form of food. It is said that we become what we eat. The right amount and the right type of food, eaten at the right time and place affects our body and mind positively.
Santana Lakshmi manifests as wealth in the form of progeny and creativity. People full of creativity, talented and skillful in the arts are bestowed with this aspect of Lakshmi.
Dhairya Lakshmi manifests as wealth in the form of courage and Vijaya Lakshmi is the aspect that manifests as victory. Bhagya Lakshmi is the aspect of good luck and prosperity.
At different stages in life, different aspects of this energy manifests in a person. For e.g., Dhairya Lakshmi may make a person courageous, but without Vijaya Lakshmi, one would not be victorious. Similarly, Knowledge, Vidya Lakshmi, may manifest but without Bhagya Lakshmi the Knowledge would not help one progress.
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