Mother Lakshmi, due to Her benevolence and generosity, is one of the most loved Goddesses. But do we really see, what is the real lesson She is trying to teach us?
Goddess Lakshmi is often considered as pratyadi-devata or deity representing the highest nature of planet Venus. No wonder: Venus gets exalted in Pisces, the sign of Vishnu Aditya. Because it is here, that we learn the highest form of love: limitless love and devotion towards the Divine. Here watery Venus flourishes, because it is finally released of the material boundaries and starts to manifest as pure, unconditional love – love directed towards supreme, all-pervading consciousness, represented by Lord Vishnu. Here Venus also learns humility and finds its highest joy in serving the Lord. This is why Mother Lakshmi always seats at Lord Vishnu’s feet. After all, 12th house is also ruled by Shani (representing servitude and humility), who represents feet themselves.
Mother Lakshmi appeared from the ocean of milk (representing the vast ocean of our consciousness) during the process of its churning, when devas tried to obtain its essence: the amrit or nectar of immortality. Because She emerged from the ocean of cosmic consciousness, She is often addressed as ardra or “moist one”, as well as frequently depicted with two elephants on Her sides, bathing Her. This represents both Her purity, as well as “moisture” of Her compassion. Indeed, Mother Lakshmi is the embodiment of purity, process of purification and sattwa guna. It is said in Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra that three wives of Lord Vishnu and his three shaktis, Sri Shakti (Mother Lakshmi), Bhu Shakti (Mother Earth) and Nila Shakti (Lord Vishnu’s internal potency) represent three gunas respectively:
sattwa (mode of purity), rajas (mode of passion) and tamas (mode of ignorance).
Goddess Lakshmi herself, in the scripture, which is known as Lakshmi Tantra, a dialogue between her and Indra, explains that her appearance from the ocean of milk should be understood as a metaphor of the purest, the most sublime and the most innocent state of consciousness, which emerges as the first entity separated from God during the time of creation:

“The Great Goddess remains unmanifested during the time of Brahman’s non-manifestation and, enfolding the universe within herself, remains in Brahman. The first evidence of Brahma’s expansion, like the moon rising out of the ocean, is my own self.”

Mother Lakshmi represents, thus, the purest, sattwic state of consciousness, which elevates the soul to the feet of the Lord and to His heavenly abode. And what is this state of consciousness? Sri Krishna explains in Bhagavad Gita:

“That action which is regulated and which is performed without attachment, without passion or repulsion towards it, and without desire for its fruits, is said to be sattwic. (…) One who performs his duty without attachment, in liberated state of mind, without false ego, with patience, determination and enthusiasm, and without wavering in success or failure is said to be established in guna of sattwa.”

And so, sattwic state of mind is when it is liberated from all its likes and dislikes, when it is perfectly pure, detached, humble and free. Mother Lakshmi represents this perfected state of consciousness, as She was born from the churning of the symbolic “ocean of milk”, ocean of our own consciousness.
This is why She is so often compared to a lotus flower. Lotus flower, being born in the muddy waters, when it pierces the surface, blossoms as the most beautiful of all flowers – and not even a single drop of water can touch it or stay on it anymore. Similarly, when a soul is evolving and progressing on a spiritual path, growing above the mud of mundane reality, it slowly unfolds its potential and frees itself from worldly impurities, to finally blossom into a liberated, perfected being, who even though dwells in the world, is not touched by the world. This is also why the eyes of Lord Vishnu are so often compared to lotus flower petals, as they reflect the Divine purity, sattwa guna and detachment, with which Lord Vishnu creates and looks at His creation, without any desire and with unconditional love – reminding us the we should cultivate a similar purity, while looking at anything, remembering about the Divine Observer within us. Sattwa guna is where God resides with all His Divinity. His lotus throne, according to Srimad Bhagavatam, represents the guna of sattwa, too.
Mother Lakshmi, similarly like Lord Vishnu, is seated on a lotus flower and represents this perfected state of being. In Her two uppers hands She is also holding two lotus flowers, while Her two lower hands are always open in the gesture of blessing. Through that She is showing us that She is ever free – She never holds onto anything excerpt the purity itself, symbolised by the two lotuses (which are sometimes said to represent two lotus feet of Lord Vishnu). Even though golden coins fall from Her hands, She doesn’t hold onto them like Kubera. She is ever generous. She is the seat of prosperity itself. After all, She has married God Himself – what need does She have to hang onto anything limited, if She has married the Unlimited One? Through that She reminds us that instead of asking God for all those limited, worldly things, it is way wiser to just surrender to Him and ask Him for… Himself. That was Her choice.
Pisces, the sign in which Venus gets exalted, is also the most “liberated” and free sign, as well as the most sattwic one. It is firmly established in the guna of sattwa, as well as has sattwic ruler, Jupiter.
In fact, if you look at Mother Lakshmi herself, you will notice that the qualities of all three sattwic planets in Vedic Astrology are present in Her. As She leads us towards the path of liberation, purity, enlightenment and self-realisation, Her golden radiance is often compared in the Vedas to the effulgent Sun. As She is always moist with compassion, born from the ocean of consciousness, and being the sister of the Moon, She is always gentle towards Her devotees, She is often compared in Sri Suktam to the Full Moon. And She is always symbolising abundance, growth, progress, spiritual development, wisdom and prosperity. She is holding two lotus flowers in Her hands, as well as is often depicted with two elephants on Her sides, bathing Her – both lotus flowers and elephants are symbols of Jupiter. This is why by praying to Goddess Lakshmi we uplift all three sattwic planets in our birth chart (along with Venus, whose pratyadi devata She is), as well as we invoke into our lives more sattwic vibrations.
Sri Suktam, vedic hymn praising Goddess Lakshmi, is also traditionally sung on any auspicious occasion. It is to be chanted when we enter our home, when a married woman applies sindhur to her hairline or when we give a donation or give money in general. That is why, most likely, Mother Lakshmi in our times is mainly associated with the prosperity and material wealth. Originally, though, as per ancient scriptures, such as Vastusutra Upanishad, Mother Lakshmi was called liberating shakti of Lord Vishnu. This is why it is auspicious to chant Sri Suktam whenever we give or receive money, especially if it is any kind of donation – so regardless whether we give or receive, get or lose, we can receive it with a sattwic mind and detached attitude; so we can stay free and liberated from that action and so it doesn’t bind us karmically.
Mother Lakshmi also helps us to find our true goal in life. Her very name comes from the word lakshya, which means “the goal”. Therefore lakshmi means “the one, who has Her goal”.
It is said that Mother Lakshmi was born on Phalguni Purnima, when Sun is dwelling in the sign of Pisces, while Full Moon is dwelling in the sign of Virgo, Uttara Phalguni nakshatra (sometimes it may be also Aquarius and Leo). Interestingly, Virgo is the sign of debilitation for Venus. It is because before Mother Lakshmi manifested herself out of the ocean of milk, it is said that She was simply hidden in Lord Vishnu’s heart – but She was always united with Him. Thus when Lakshmi is born into the material world (symbolised by Virgo), She yearns to unite with Lord Vishnu once again. This is why She was born under Uttara Phalguni nakshatra, whose very power is cayani shakti – “the power of choice”.
Mother Lakshmi, right after She emerged from the cosmic ocean, knew what choice to make and whom to choose as Her husband. With shy smile She approached Lord Vishnu and put Her garland around His neck, thus making Him Her eternal husband. This is why She was called Lakshmi, “the one who knows Her goal” – because right after Her birth She immediately knew what is the highest goal and final destination of every being: to reach the feet of the Supreme Lord and serve Him eternally with love and devotion. This is why sign of Pisces also represents final fulfillment in our birth chart.
But along with Mother Lakshmi, there was one more goddess born out of the ocean of milk, representing Her shadow self: Alakshmi.
Alakshmi literally means “the one without a goal”. She is the antithesis of Mother Lakshmi. In the same way, how Mother Lakshmi knew from the moment She emerged from the ocean of milk, who is Her husband and seating at His feet eternally became the epitome of ideal wife, so Alakshmi is the only goddess, who was divorced from her husband. Similarly like Mother Lakshmi represents purity, sattwic mind, order, being regulated, pure and dedicated in one’s actions, so Alakshmi represents chaos, lack of order, lack of purity, laziness, poverty and tamasic state of mind.
In this story itself a powerful lesson can be learned: when mind (Moon) is focused on the Supreme Goal, it starts to manifest all the qualities of Mother Lakshmi: purity, progress, abundance, growth, spiritual development, contentment, prosperity, freedom, wisdom and guna of sattwa. But the mind, which has no goal and which is divorced from Higher Consciousness, will start to manifest the qualities of Alakshmi: laziness, chaos, stagnation, impurity, negativity, poverty, dissatisfaction, ignorance and guna of tamas.

HOW MOTHER LAKSHMI CAN HELP YOU?

Praying to Mother Lakshmi, especially chanting Sri Suktam, is a powerful remedy for easing and uplifting certain cosmic influences.
01.
UPLIFTING SATTWIC PLANETS

Whenever you feel you want to bring more qualities of sattwa guna into your life and uplift the energy of sattwic grahas in your birth chart (Sun, Moon and Jupiter), connecting with Mother Lakshmi, especially through chanting Sri Suktam, can help you greatly.

02.
HEALING WATER ELEMENT

Whenever water element is a bit “dried up” in our birth chart or due to transits (like current transit of Saturn and Ketu), we may feel lack of nourishment and emotionally dry. Mother Lakshmi, ever-wet with compassion, will help us to replenish the rejuvenating power of water element.

03.
HEALING VENUS

As Mother Lakshmi is pratyadi devata of Venus, planet of love, feelings, art, abundance and harmonious relationships. Praying to Mother Lakshmi helps to heal Venus and our heart chakra.

04.
CLARITY OF THE MIND

Mother Lakshmi also helps us to find the clarity about what we truly desire in life and focus on our goals. She helps us to prioritise things, choose our goals and desires wisely, as well as think long term.

This is the fragment of the book I am currently working on. “Twelve Vedic Suns” is going to be the first book ever dedicated exclusively to the topic of Adityas, twelve Sun-gods in Vedic Astrology and describing in detail all of their hidden meanings. Through different astrological principles, as well as mythological stories, you will learn on this journey with the Sun something more about Vedic Astrology and its 12 zodiac signs – but you will also learn more about yourself.

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