A new month means a new mantra will become the focus of the Monday Night Meditations, and the chosen mantra is that for the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity (both material and spiritual), the beautiful Lakshmi. Her name is derived from the Sanskrit Laksya meaning “aim” or “goal”.
Lakshmi is depicted as a beautiful woman of golden complexion, with four hands, sitting or standing on a full-bloomed lotus and holding a lotus bud, which represents beauty, purity, and fertility. Her four hands represent the four ends of human life: dharma or righteousness, kama (desires), artha (wealth), and moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death).
Cascades of gold coins flow from her hands, suggesting that those who worship her gain wealth. She wears gold embroidered red clothes, red being the colour which symbolises activity while gold symbolises prosperity.
Two elephants are often shown standing next to the Goddess and spraying water. This denotes that ceaseless effort, in accordance with one’s dharma and governed by wisdom and purity, leads to both material and spiritual prosperity.
Lakshmi is considered to be the active energy of Vishnu, the Preserver or Sustainer of life of the Hindu trinity. As such, Lakshmi is also called “Shri”, being the female energy of the Supreme Being.
The mantra that we will be using in honour of Laskhmi throughout the month of August will be her “beej” or seed mantra which is considered as the origin of all of Lakshmi’s powers. The mantra is Om Hreem Shreem Lakshmi bhayo namaha which means “Goddess Lakshmi reside in me and bestow thy abundance on all aspects of my existence”.
You can listen to her mantra being chanted here.
Monday Night Meditations is an open group that is suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced meditator. Every week we focus on opening our chakras (energy centres), aligning our energy with the cosmos above and earth below, and recite a chosen mantra (sacred prayer) in order to connect with and seek guidance from a chosen deity (aspect of the Divine), or Bodhisattva (enlightened being). As mantras are chanted, they can balance or enhance certain vibrations, which is considered to be an effective way to balance, or harmonize, the effects of the energies our energetic bodies encounter.