Goddess Lakshmi and her eight forms
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Goddess Lakshmi with Parvati and Saraswati, she is one of the Hindu goddesses' Tridevi. Goddess Lakshmi is the consort of Lord Vishnu among the Tridev. Goddess Lakshmi, also known as Shri, is one of Hinduism's most prominent deities. The Sanskrit roots “laksh” used to create the term Lakshmi. Lak means 'perceive, observe, know, understand,' and Laksha means 'goal, aim, objective,'. Thus, believers recognize her for guiding people to their goals, helping create a positive perception towards goals, which otherwise may be considered as unachievable. The symbolism of Lakshmi is rooted from these roots: realize and comprehend your goal. Laksha is a Sanskrit word that means "sign," "goal," "objective," "symbol," "attribute," "quality," "fortunate mark," and "opportunity."
In the present day and age, when achieving any goal requires a fortune of money, the goddess is associated with money, which is not true. As if you have the money, then you can achieve all your goals. I wish people could see her beyond the goddess of money. Goddess Lakshmi is also about spirituality, fortune, power, beauty, and success, and is associated with Maya (the Goddess of illusion). The human mind requires Illusion to ignore all risks and have single-mindedness towards goals and ambitions in one’s life.
Lakshmi is shown as a beautifully dressed, golden-colored woman standing or sitting in padmasana (commonly known yoga pose) on a lotus throne, holding a lotus in her palm, which symbolizes fortune, self-knowledge, and spiritual emancipation in Indian art. Her iconography displays her with four hands, each representing one of Hindu culture's four pillars: dharma (righteous duties), karma (actions), artha (Wealth), and moksha (Liberation). One would observe these pillars in the twelve zodiac signs and the twelve houses of astrology. It is commonly believed that praying to Goddess Lakshmi can help you achieve any goal related to any of the twelve zodiac signs and the twelve houses of astrology.
Eight forms of Goddess Lakshmi
According to popular belief, the Goddess Lakshmi manifests in eight forms. The eight manifestations of Goddess Lakshmi are collectively known as Ashta Lakshmi. Goddess Lakshmi has eight forms, all of which are variations of Devi Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. She is responsible for eight various kinds of riches: prosperity, fertility, good fortune or good luck, good health, knowledge, strength, kid, and power are all represented by the word "wealth." The Ashta Lakshmi is always depicted and worshiped in a collective group in temples, according to ancient tradition.
Shri Adi Lakshmi
Adi Lakshmi, also known as Maha Lakshmi, is Lakshmi's primordial form. She is the most powerful manifestation of the goddess Lakshmi. She is said to aid aspirants in their quest for liberation and Moksha. She is said to protect seekers while also motivating them to take action toward their spiritual goals. The term 'Adi' refers to a source. As a result, Adi Laxmi is a heavenly principle of spiritual wealth that helps a seeker attain their way to source, also known as "atman" or "consciousness." Seekers can easily enter Dhyana and experience utter silence, bliss, and peace if they pray and meditate on Adi Laxmi. Adi Lakshmi assists those seeking to calm their racing and noisy minds. This aspect is responsible for increasing spiritual prosperity, out of all the Ashta Lakshmis.
Dhana Lakshmi, or the Goddess of Wealth, is the second form of Goddess Lakshmi. She is in command of the cosmos' finance department. She is in charge of luxuries. She also manages a person's finances. Dhana Lakshmi can help her devotees with their financial problems. She also possesses the ability to open communication channels to increase wealth opportunities. She also bestows the ability to collect wealth, allowing the seeker to attract all life's comforts. She also assures the seeker that she will handle the difficult moments. One does not have to worry about money difficulties, because she will take care of all such difficulties by sending financial resources from unexpected sources.
Dhanya Lakshmi is the goddess of grains and food. As the goddess of agricultural prosperity, she is usually close to farmers. Her favorite color is green. She is a symbol of hard work and transformation, as well as protection for people committed to putting in the effort necessary to make a significant change in their lives. Dhanya Laxmi is also the wealth principle, allowing people to consume and enjoy the blessings of one’s hard work and sincere efforts. If someone is under the bounteous blessings of Dhanya Laxmi, they can enjoy worldly pleasures without any guilty feelings.
Gaja Lakshmi, according to Swami Chidananda, is the giver of animal wealth (such as cattle) or royal power. The word 'Gaja' signifies 'elephant.' Elephants are symbols of strength, memory, royalty, and loyalty. According to Vasudha Narayanan, the name signifies "one who is revered by elephants." Elephants can also be used as a mode of transport. According to Hindu folklore, Gaja Lakshmi assists a fallen seeker in rising and advancing again. She helps one move forward in life. She assists the seeker in reclaiming the treasures misplaced. She also assists those seeking to improve their social standing. She bestows blessing and spiritual powers on those who seek them, allowing them to let go of their problems and reclaim their position and luxury.
The word ‘Santana’ means child. This form of Lakshmi helps the worshipers to manifest a child in their life. This can be literal that one worships her to give birth to a baby, but this is well beyond just a baby. One can pray to Goddess Santana Lakshmi to create a legacy that can be passed down from generation to generation. The legacy can be of culture, knowledge, innovation, or even wealth. Again, it depends on the perception of the seeker, what he or she perceives as a legacy and would like to leave behind for others (such as family, community or society). Santana Lakshmi also provides the seekers with the motivation to protect an existing legacy. Often we see people fighting to save a certain culture. Such people should pray to Santana Lakshmi to find creative ways to sustain the culture, rather than forcing the culture on younger generations.
The word ‘Dhairya’ means courage. Dhairya Lakshmi is also known as ‘Veera Lakshmi’. ‘Veera’ means Valuor. Dhairya Lakshmi helps the worshipers to go through tough times with determination that one will achieve their goals no matter how bad the situation is. Dhairya Lakshmi helps seekers find creative solutions for tough problems in their lives. She provides enough courage to the seeker to move from the contemplating phase to some real actions in the pursuit of their goal achievement. Praying to Dhairya Laskhmi is beneficial for people who lack self-confidence and cannot translate their thoughts into actions.
The word ‘Vijay’ means victory. Vijay Laskmi, also known as Jaya Lakshmi. The word Jaya means ‘Victorious’. Worshipers for different regions call her by different names. Vijay Lakshmi not only blesses the seeks with boon to be victorious in all their pursuit, but also helps the seekers stay spiritually grounded while they are desperate for victory. It is essential to remain dispassionate while pursuing one’s goals and achieving them without hurting anyone and generating any negative karma. Vijay Lakshmi is the guiding force behind such pursuits. Praying to Goddess Vijay Lakshmi, provides the seeker with a specialized and unique path designed for him or her to achieve his or her ambitions.
Vidya Lakshmi is the Goddess of knowledge. To achieve any goal in life, one needs some knowledge. Goddess Vidya Lakshmi provides all the required knowledge in the achievement of one’s goals. Some associate her with Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Brahamani (one of the eight Matrikas). All three of them (Vidya Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Brahmani) help the seeks learn new skills (such as emotional skills, arts, science, occult and many more) in life to innovate and achieve bigger goals.