LAXMI (the goddess of wealth)Vedic Articles
Where peace, faith and lustre manifest themselves in different forms, there opens the way for the entry of the eight siddhis. Affluence begins to spread. Maya appears in the form of Laxmi (the goddess of wealth). This appears to be the permanent form of Laxmi which means that she is going to stay for a longer period. It is a novel pace of life. In fact, nature tests an individual at every turn. It tries to entangle him so that the firmness of his resolve may come to the fore. Having been entangled in small achievements a weak man forgets to move ahead. The temptation of Laxmi is also a big test. When a person gets wealth, he goes astray easily. In fact, he is drowned in the oceaon of riches. A trap of attachment and engrossment is laid. If a man conquers this infatuation, affluence begins to follow him.
In the Vedic lore ‘shree’ and ‘Laxmi’ have been referred to as the wives of Lord Vishnu. ‘shree’ stands for grace and ‘Laxmi’ for affluence. Laxmi means tokens i.e. gold, silver, jewels etc. It has also been mentioned in the Vedas that Laxmi’s elder sister is daridra. It is prayed, “alaxmimashyamyaham”, I wish to get alaxmi (poverty) destroyed.
The form of the elder sister has been described as follows: “kshutpipasamala jyestha.” Jyestha is filled with the faeces of hunger and thirst. Hunger i.e. kshudha – desire for food, wealth and fame never fades. Thirst means trishna or an ardent desire, a desire to get something new and more. Lord Krishna says in the Gita, “He who lives by scriptures, performs yajnas, gives dana and observes austerity does get money, house, vehicle and other riddhis but finds it difficult to get rid of thirst and hunger. It is the result of Jyestha’s dominance. A gain of rupees five crore may make a person happy but the same five crore rupees as debt may make someone’s life miserable. That is the practical aspect of Laxmi and Alaxmi. The root of all crimes and sins lies in hunger and thirst. Therefore, it has been called faeces.
The way to free oneself from this poverty, hunger and thirst has also been explained by Lord Krishna in the Gita. “karmanyevadhikaraste ma faleshu kadachan.” Engage in a karma only for the sake of karma. Don’t expect the fruit. The desire for reward generates thirst. The buddhiyoga sutra of the Gita also says the same thing. The result of a karma is not in our hands. Only to do our karma is within our power. Hence it is no use worrying about the reward.
Vishnu is the Lord of the parmesthi-mandal. parmesthi is the domain of the soma. Laxmi is the name of the power of Vishnu. It is only with the help of agni and soma that all the gross and the subtle yajnas are directed. soma is poured into agni and it is burnt. Whatever remains behind is the form of agni. It is very difficult to find out soma. Nor is it possible to understand its functions. What is beyond comprehension is known as Maya.
Laxmi, the power of soma is the creator of arthvaak. All living beings and material objects are created by the combination of soma. The same soma descends on the moon which nurtures our mind. It is soma which carries out this responsibility. Since Laxmi is fickle, our mind is also fickle and unsteady. As Laxmi manifests herself, the empire of greed, attachment and thirst begins to expand. Vanity holds us in its grip.
soma can be conquered by invoking agni which in its original form is rishi prana. It comes from Satya Loka. The Sun is the presiding deity of agni that we have. It is called Indra, the lord of gods. His is the world of pranas. All the gods exist here in the form of pranas. All this is an imperishable creation. Every letter of our alphabet is the beej mantra (seed mantra) of some or the other god. Therefore, intellect and knowledge are obtained from the Sun. Knowledge is dominated by fire. While living in the asat body one can catch hold of the eternal truth with the help of knowledge. Knowledge alone can turn intellect into prajna (wisdom). “ritambhara tatra prajna.” prajna has the power to understand rit-bhava and pranas. prajna alone takes us to the original mind i.e. shvovsiyas mind. There Laxmi cannot make the mind unsteady on account of the purity of science and bliss. Fickleness can continue its dance till the darkness of ignorance prevails.