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She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

May, 2015

SHAKTI GODDESSES

Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo
Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo
Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Namo Namo
Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo Namo

Translation:
I bow to the primal power.
I bow to the all encompassing power and energy.
I bow to that through which Goddess creates.
I bow to the creative power of the Kundalini, the Divine Mother Power.

You Tube Link for above Mantra:

Shakti is, at it’s root, power; divine feminine creative power. This power is infinite and is always present; it manifests itself in awareness, in peace, in ecstacy, in our willfullness, in our intuition.

There are many Shakti Goddesses and here, we will meet four of them.
DURGA

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O Queen of the Universe, you protect
the universe. As the self of the universe,
you support the universe. You are the
goddess worthy to be adored by the Lord
of the universe. Those who bow in
devotion to you themselves become the
refuge of the universe.
~~ From the Devi Mahatmyam
Durga is usually seen riding a lion or a tiger. She is the Divine Feminine in action. She carries a discus, a spear, a mace, a sword and a lotus. Durga was brought forth by male gods, who found themselves unable to defeat an attacking demon. They sent their power out as light and Durga was born. As she is the Protector of the World, she is victorious in fighting the gods’ battle.

Later, when two brothers attempt to take over the world, the male gods once again turn to Durga, begging for her help. She assents and goes to them, whereupon she is insulted and offended by comments that she will be “of use” to the brothers. She informs the brothers that they both must fight her. Laughing, they agree and a great bloody battle ensues. Again, victory is hers.

Invoke Durga when you are in need of her help, when you find yourself lacking in strength and courage.

Mantra to Durga: Aum Dum Durgaye Namaha

(oom doom door-gai-yay nuh-muh-huh)

I bow to Durga
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KALI

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O Warrior Goddess with streaming
black hair,
One swing from your sword of wisdom
Will cut every egocentric root
And clarify the heart forever.
I will tame the primal obsesssions,
Greed, anger, pride, hatred,
and use them as powerful bullocks
To plow the field of consciousness.
Sowing the seeds of Om Kali Ma,
Transmitted to me by a skillful farmer,
I will reap a vast harvest of illumination for all living beings.
~~ From the Ramprasad Sen
Kali, Divine Kali, born from the eye of Durga at the battle with the demon brothers, born with a sword in her hand, cutting down the demon hordes. It is said that she used her long tongue to lick and drink the blood of her enemies. The battle puts her into a frenzy and she begins to dance her dance of death, faster and faster, destroying her enemies, crushing them under her feet. This is the dance of Kali.

In more recent history, she is also Kali Ma, the Mother Kali, a loving presence to whom to pray.

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As with so many Goddesses, Kali is both light and dark, Destroyer and Nurturer.

Invoke Kali when you are in need of having obstacles removed, when you need freedom from negative situations. Remember, though, do not call on Kali lightly, as she is fierce when invoked.

Aum Adyayai vidmahe
Parameshwarayai dhimahi
Tanno Kali prachodayat

Ohm ahd-yah-yai vid-muh-hey
pah-rah-mesh-war-ay-ai dhee-muh-hee
ta-no Kah-lee pra-cho-dah-yaht

Oh, may I know the primordial one
My the supreme goddess illuminate my intellect
May I meditate on Kali

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LAKSHMI

lakshmi
I hereby invoke Sri Lakshmi
Who is the embodiment of absolute
bliss;
Whose luster is that of burnished gold;
Who is as wet as it were (from the Milky Ocean)
Who is blazing with splendour, and is the
embodiment of the fulfillment of all wishes;
Who satisfies the desire of her devotees;
Who is seated on the lotus and
beautiful like the lotus.
~~ From the Sri Sukta
As she floats on a lotus, Lakshmi is spiritual enlightenment. She is the symbol of spiritual prosperity, love and happiness. She embodies goodness. She is the symbol, also, of material prosperity and wealth. Her worship, in Hindu India, is the basis for the reverence of cows.

Lakshmi serves as a balance to both Durga and Kali.

Invoke Lakshmi for her blessings, for good fortune, wealth, success and goodness in life.

Aum Shrim Maha Lakshmyai Namahah

Ohm shreem muh-huh luhk-shmyai nuh-muh-hah

Om, I offer salutations to the Great
Goddess of good fortune

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SARASWATI

swar

May Saraswati – goddess of knowledge,
who is praised by the wise, reside on my
tongue.
~~ Hymn to Saraswati
She whose name means “the flowing one”, you will find her on the lotus of upon a swan. She is the Goddess of water, from which all life flows. She is the symbol for creativity, writing, music. She has been here since the beginning and will always be here. She is the womb, the waters of life. She is there when we are inspired, when we are moved to *create*.

Invoke Saraswati when you need help with communication of all kinds, in music, in literary ventures, and when you need inspiration, or to just trust in your intuitive creativity.

Aum Aim Saraswatyai Namaha

ohm aim suh-ruh-swah-tyai nuh-muh-huh

I bow to the Goddess of Speech

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Each of these invocation mantras can be used to not only invoke, but to meditate upon each of these Shakti Goddesses. The mantras should be chanted 208 times, the easiest way being to use mala beads (http://paganpages.org/content/2015/03/a-moment-for-meditation-7/)
These are just some of the Shakti Goddesses. For further reading, I highly recommend the book, “Awakening Shakti” by Sally Kempton. For mantras, I would recommend the CD, “Goddess Blessings” by Mary Marzo

I am the sovereign queen, the treasury of all treasures,
whose breathing forth gives birth to all the worlds and yet
extends beyond them – so vast am I in greatness.
~~ From the Devi Sukta

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(My own personal Shakti Goddess altar)

May the Goddess Bless you!

Girl Talk: Getting to Know the Goddesses

September, 2013

 

Lakshmi

Hindu Goddess of Good Fortune and Beauty

Since I began writing girl talk the thing I’ve enjoyed the most has been researching different information to include, with Lakshmi, the amount was overwhelming and incredibly interesting.

Lakshmi was born , fully-grown, on a pink lotus that rose from the sea.  She appeared bearing gifts and was so strikingly beautiful that all of the Gods wanted her as their wife.  She chose to be with the sun god, Vishnu, and it is said that she was thereafter reborn to remain his companion in each of his lives.  In addition to wanting Lakshmi as a wife, she was also immediately given offerings, and jewels and the gods and sages prayed for her to come to their homes, and worlds, because it was believed that where Lakshmi is you will find riches and fulfillment.

Lakshmi’s name is derived from the Sanskrit word Laksya, I also found it spelled as Laksme, but the translation meaning goal or aim is the same for either spelling.  In researching her I also found that there are 108 other names she is also known by and on her holy days all 108 names are recited to honor her.

Lakshmi is always pictured, with four arms and hands.  She wears red clothes with a gold lining, and is standing or sitting on a lotus.  She has golden coins and lotuses in her hands.  In addition elephants, most often two but sometimes as many as four, are always pictured with her.  These specific symbols actually convey a specific spiritual theme, as follows:

The four arms represent the four directions in space and symbolize the omnipresence and omnipotence of the Goddess.  The color red symbolizes activity.  The golden lining, or embroidery, represent prosperity.  This is meant to convey that she is always busy distributing wealth and prosperity to her devotees.  The lotus upon which she sits or stands, signifies that while living in this world, one should enjoy its wealth, but not become obsessed by it.  To live this way is like a lotus that grows in the water, but is never wetted by it.

The four hands represent the four ends of human life:  dharma (righteousness), kama (genuine desires), artha (wealth), and moksha (liberation from birth and death).  The front hands represent the activity in the physical world and the back hands indicate the spiritual activities that lead to spiritual perfection.

A lotus in the back right hand conveys the idea that one must perform all duties in the world in accordance with dharma, which leads to moksha, or liberation, symbolized by the lotus in the rear left hand.  The golden coins from the front left hand shows she provides wealth and prosperity to her devotees and the front right is bestowing blessings.

With regard to the number of elephants pictured, two symbolize the name and fame associated with wealth although the idea is that one should not require wealth merely to acquire name and fame, or for material reasons it should be shared with others in order to bring happiness to them as well as himself.  When there are four elephants spraying water from golden vessels onto Lakshmi, the four elephants again represent the four ends of human life.  The spraying water indicates activity and the golden vessels indicate wisdom and purity.  The message it is meant to convey is that with continuous self effort in accordance with dharma, and governed by wisdom and purity, leads to material and spiritual prosperity.

Another interesting finding is that Lakshmi and Ganesh are cohorts, who often work together.   Ganesh is known as a remover of obstacles so ideally one would invoke them together, Ganesh to clear the path for Lakshmi to assist.  Although he is not her mate, Ganesh adores Lakshmi, and is always happy to assist her.

It is believed if a person honors Lakshmi daily you can develop a channel of communication with her.  I also found reference made to the fact that she loves singing, chanting, bells and so on.

In India there are multiple holidays devoted to Lakshmi.  The special annual day of worship for her is known as Diwali which is marked with religious rituals, as well as colorful ceremonies dedicated to her.

Friday is the best day to work with Lakshmi.  Unlike other Goddesses that have items associated with them, or that represent them, my research found that for Lakshmi there are offerings which are given, among these are fruit, flowers, any type of sweets, money, yogurt and honey.  Sandalwood incense is also used.  In spite of her association with elephants her animal representation is the owl.

When a request of prosperity or abundance is made of Lakshmi, it is her way to not only provide abundance or prosperity of material things, but provide them in a way that brings abundance to the soul as well.  She is also most helpful to work with in bringing improvement or enlightenment to ones spirit as well.

If you are interested in learning more about Lakshmi the amount of information that can be found about her is truly amazing, there are so many more things that I found interesting they could never be contained in a format of this type.

Let it just be said that where abundance, prosperity and beauty are needed the sweet natured Lakshmi will surely answer.  Give her thanks, and hold her dear and she will not leave you in need.

Red Pixie’s Elements of a Magical Life

June, 2012

Lakshmi – Goddess of Wealth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, both material and spiritual. The word ”Lakshmi” is derived from the Sanskrit word Laksme, meaning “goal.” Lakshmi, therefore, represents the goal of life, which includes worldly as well as spiritual prosperity. In Hindu mythology, Goddess Lakshmi, also called Shri, is the divine spouse of Lord Vishnu and provides Him with wealth for the maintenance and preservation of the creation.

In Her images and pictures, Lakshmi is depicted in a female form with four arms and four hands. She wears red clothes with a golden lining and is standing on a lotus. She has golden coins and lotuses in her hands. Two elephants (some pictures show four) are shown next to the Goddess. This symbolism conveys the following spiritual theme:

  • The four arms represent the four directions in space and thus symbolize omnipresence and omnipotence of the Goddess. The red color syinbolizes activity. The golden lining (embroidery) on Her red dress denotes prosperity. The idea conveyed here is that the Goddess is always busy distributing wealth and prosperity to the devotees. The lotus seat, which Lakshmi is standing upon, signifies that while living in this world, one should enjoy its wealth, but not become obsessed with it. Such a living is analogous to a lotus that grows in water but is not wetted by water.
  • The four hands represent the four ends of human life: dharma (righteousness), kama (genuine desires), artha (wealth), and moksha (liberation from birth and death). The front hands represent the activity in the physical world and the back hands indicate the spiritual activities that lead to spiritual perfection.
  • Since the right side of the body symbolizes activity, a lotus in the back right hand conveys the idea that one must perform all duties in the world in accordance with dharma. This leads to moksha (liberation), which is symbolized by a lotus in the back left hand of Lakshmi. The golden coins falling on the ground from the front left hand of Lakshmi illustrate that She provides wealth and prosperity to Her devotees. Her front right hand is shown bestowing blessings upon the devotees.
  • The two elephants standing next to the Goddess symbolize the name and fame associated with worldly wealth. The idea conveyed here is that a true devotee should not earn wealth merely to acquire name and fame or only to satisfy his own material desires, but should share it with others in order to bring happiness to others in addition to himself.
  • Some pictures show four elephants spraying water from golden vessels onto Goddess Lakshmi. The four elephants represent the four ends of human life as discussed above. The spraying of water denotes activity. The golden vessels denote wisdom and purity. The four elephants spraying water from the golden vessels on the Goddess illustrate the theme that continuous self-effort, in accordance with one’s dharma and govemed by wisdom and purity, leads to both material and spiritual prosperity.

The rebirth of Lakshmi

One of the most compelling stories in Hindu mythology is that of the Churning of the Milky Ocean. It is the story of the gods versus the demons and their fight to gain immortality. It also tells of the rebirth of Lakshmi.

Indra, the warrior god, was given the responsibility of protecting the world against the demons. He had protected it successfully for many years, and the goddess Lakshmi’s presence had made him sure of success.

One day, a wise sage offered Indra a garland of sacred flowers. In his arrogance, Indra threw the flowers to the floor. According to Hindu belief, this disply of arrogance upset Lakshmi, who left the world of the gods and entered into the Milky Ocean.

Without her, the gods were no longer blessed with success or fortune.

The world became darker, people became greedy, and no offerings were made to the gods. The gods began to lose their power and the asuras (demons) took control.

Indra asked Vishnu what should be done. He told Indra that the gods would need to churn the Milky Ocean to regain Lakshmi and her blessings. He then told them the Ocean held other treasures which would also help them. This included the elixir of life, a potion bestowing immortality, which would enable them to defeat the demons.

The story of the Churning of the Ocean tells of how the gods worked together to churn the ocean. They churned for many years, but it was 1,000 years before anything rose to the surface.

Finally, the treasures began to rise to the surface. Among them, a beautiful woman standing on a lotus flower. This was Lakshmi, who had returned to the world. With her presence, the gods eventually defeated the demons and chased them out of the world.

This story highlights the good fortune and success that Lakshmi bestows upon those who work hard and seek help sincerely. It also demonstrates that during times of success, one must never become complacent or arrogant, as success has a way of getting away from people.

Worshipping Lakshmi

Hindus believe that anybody who worships Lakshmi sincerely, and not in greed, will be blessed with fortune and success. It is said that Lakshmi resides in places of hard work, virtue and bravery, but leaves whenever these qualities are not apparent any more.

Lakshmi is particularly worshipped during the festival of Diwali. This festival commemorates the epic story, Ramayana. Ramayana is the legend of Lord Rama’s battle with the demon Ravana, in which Lakshmi features.

In the story of Ramayana, Sita is married to Lord Rama. Hindus believe Sita is an incarnation of Lakshmi. The story tells us that Rama had been cast out of his rightful kingdom, and had gone to live in a forest with his wife and brother.

The battle between Rama and the demon Ravana begins when Ravana abducts Sita from the forest. The epic follows the story of Rama defeating the demon, and his eventual return to his kingdom.

As the three heroes, Rama, his brother Lakshman and Sita, returned home, people lit candles to guide their way in the dark. In honour of this, on the second day of Diwali people light candles in their homes to guide Lakshmi, in the hope that she will bestow good fortune on their home for the coming year.

After worshipping Lakshmi on Diwali, many Hindus gamble and spend profusely, believing that Lakshmi has bestowed good fortune upon them.

In addition to this, two days before Diwali, a festival called Dhantares is celebrated to seek more blessings from her. During this time Hindus buy gold and silver and start new business ventures.

Hindus worship Lakshmi at home as well as in the temple. Friday is believed to be the most auspicious day for her worship

Try connecting with Lakshmi, and see all the blessings she bestows in your life, but remember never work with her for greed, she will not respond.

Look forward to hearing how you work together J

Bright Blessings

Pixie