This is the recording of our Vedic Astrology Club call which occurred on Saturday May 10, 2014. Thank you to all the participants and to Rani and Bhairavi, our guest speakers.

Lakshmi with Elephants

Call Recording: Lakshmi, Purity and Other Discussion


Lakshmi’s Appearance and Symbolism Lakshmi in her images and pictures is depicted as a female inform with 4 arms and 4 hands, She usually wears red clothes with a golden lining and is either seated or standing on a lotus. She has golden coins and lotuses in her hands. She is frequently pictured with 2 or 4 elephants next to her.

This symbolism conveys the following spiritual theme:

~ Her 4 arms represent 4 directions in space and signify her omnipresence and omnipotence. The red color of her clothing signifies activity and the golden lining signifies prosperity. The lotus signifies that while living in this world one should enjoy the wealth, but not become obsessed with it.

~ Her 4 hands represent the 4 aims of life: Dharma (righteousness); Kama (genuine desires); Artha (wealth); and Moksha (liberation from birth and death). Her front hands represent activity in the material world, and her back hands represent spiritual activities that lead to spiritual perfection.

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Since the right side of the body signifies activity, a lotus in her back right hand signifies that you should perform all duties in accordance to Dharma. This leads to Moksha which is symbolized be the lotus held in her back left hand. The golden coins falling from her front left hand signifies she provides wealth and prosperity for her devotees. Her front right hand bestows Blessings.

~ The 2 elephants pictured beside her signify name and fame that is associated with worldly wealth. The idea portrayed here is that one should not acquire wealth for name and fame and only for one’s self, but share it with to bring happiness to others in addition to himself.

~ Some pictures show 4 elephants spraying water on Lakshmi from Golden Vessels. This illustrates the theme that continuous self-effort in accordance with one’s Dharma, governed by wisdom and purity leads to both material and spiritual prosperity.

Note: Lakshmi does not stay long with anyone who is lazy or seeks her only for material wealth.

Invoke Lakshmi by chanting: OM SHREEM BRZEE

Mantras for invoking Lakshmi for Purity:

Om Sarva Papa Hare (invokes aspect of Lakshmi for dissolving sins, including financial sins)

Harineem (a name of Lakshmi, invoking her in the aspect of Purity)

Mantra for Goal-Orientation: Om Iccha Shakti Uma Kumari (brings energy of authentic desire, especially for people who may not in be in touch with what they really want)

For Narasimha (Lion-faced form of Vishnu) JAYA JAYA NARASIMHAYA NAMAHA

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Suggestion: create a free account at AstroVed and run your own Vedic Birth Chart via the Reports Section and follow along with suggestions in the club session. See previous Vedic Astrology Club recordings for how to run this Report. Please email questions to Valli at valli@pillaicenter.com See information for our call next Saturday on the Events page.