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Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Everybody Loves Lakshmi:
Here's How to Attract Fortune into Your Life
by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of Good Fortune and Beauty. Born of Indian heritage and worshipped daily by millions of Hindu people in all corners of the globe, she is also appreciated worldwide by adoring devotees and fans who take an interfaith or Goddess-based approach to religion and spirituality. She is a universal Goddess, and can be called upon by anyone of any faith who chooses to take a spiritual approach to bringing more good fortune into his or her lives.

Lakshmi, by nature and name, means Fortune. From a religious point of view, the Goddess herself is considered one who guides people to Fortune and, especially, a deity who has authority to grant and deliver Fortune. Fortune is seen as both material and spiritual.

Lakshmi can help you focus positive energy in the general direction of material and spiritual wealth. Here’s how she can assist you in having more prosperity, good health, love, success and joy in life:

Clarify Current Reality and Make New Choices: Buy a spiral note book that can be your special Lakshmi book. Over a period of time, at your leisure, make three lists:

  1. Things in my life that make me feel rich
  2. Things in my life that make me feel poor
  3. My financial goals

The first list is designed to help you get a sense of the good fortune and prosperity that already exists in your life. The second list is designed to help you to see the things in your life that deplete you or drag you down. It may feel like a bummer to write them down, but it is an effective way to dredge them from the depths of your subconscious mind so you can be aware of what is in the way of your prosperity. The third list is the first step to turning goals into reality. Putting your dreams and goals on paper helps you to organize your thoughts about what you would like to create – and it gives Lakshmi a sense of the direction you want to head toward. Next step is to bring her presence more fully in your life.

Look at her image: Like any Goddess, Lakshmi likes to be noticed and appreciated! It is a long-standing Hindu tradition to evoke Lakshmi by focusing on her image or icon. The Hindu culture produces these images in huge quantities because they love to share their deities and make them available to all.*

Offer her a prayer. Pray to her every day for 30 days and your life will change. The "Sri Sukta" or "Lakshmi Sukta" is considered to be one of the most popular and "well-tested" among Lakshmi devotees. It’s used in many forms of worship and uttered as a blessing during the building of Hindu temples. It is a composition of fifteen verses that have very specific intentions and guidelines for honoring Lakshmi. And a sixteenth verse contains the suggested method for attaining desires. This translation by J.L. Gupta for B.C. Butala Books embellishes the meanings of this ancient text in parenthesis. Keep in mind it is quite ancient. It may make more sense when brought up to modern times--such as substituting requests for "cows"(unless you’re a farmer) and "heirs" with prayers for a "new job" or a "beautiful home."

Before you begin this prayer, light a white candle or a pink candle to Lakshmi, focus on the image of the Goddess, and be still for a moment. Speak this prayer out loud or in silence. If you can do it at a specific time every day for 30 days it will help you establish a prosperity pattern: a sanctified time you give to honoring Lakshmi, and therefore, a time set aside to focus on fortune!

Sri Sukta

O Jatavada! Bring Laksmi (the Goddess of Wealth) of golden color to me, (bring her to me) who is remover of sins, who is (resplendent) with her garlands of (lotuses of) gold and silver, who is the source of pleasure like the moon (for the universe) and who possesses a lot of (wealth) gold, etc.(1)

O Jataveda! Bring me that Laksmi who will not ever desert me and by whose grace I may get gold, cows, horses and sons together with other descendants. (2)

I invoke Goddess Sri (Laksmi) who has the calvary before her and the chariots (carried by horses) in the middle, who delights the world by the resounding trumpet of elephants (attending on her). May she be graceful to me and reside at my place forever! (3)

I invoke Sri, the blissful goddess, who is sweet-smiling, who lives in a hall of gold, who is full of compassion and drenched with it from the heart (due to the fact of being bathed by attending elephants or having risen from the milky ocean), who is resplendent at the seat of the lotus, is lotus-hued, and who bestows all pleasures to her devotees.(4)

I take refuge in Sri who is the effulgent one like the moon, who shines with the fame of herself, who is adored by the Gods like Indra, etc. Who is benevolent in offering gifts, who dwells in the middle of the lotus, who protects all (her devotees). May the poverty be removed from my end, (and for that) I invoke you, O Goddess Laksmi.(5)

O (Laksmi) of sun-like lustre! The Tree of the name Bilva was produced by your penance. May the fruits of that tree remove all our ignorance, distresses and other extrinsic things by (our) penance.(6)

O Mother Laksmi! May the Gods like Indra, Kubera (friend of Mahadeva) come to me together with fame and gems. (Here the fame is Sati, the daughter of Daksa, and the gems are the friends of Kubera like Manibhadra) I am born in this world and may you (Kubera) give me fame and plenty for wealth.(7)

I destroy the poverty (Alakshmi) which is the cause of hunger and thirst, which is the elder sister of Lasksmi, and which is impure. O Goddess, please get the paucity of wealth from my abode obliterated and all the hurdles in the way of the acquisition of wealth be removed.(8)

I invoke Sri, who is to be gotten by offering fragrant flowers, who is unassailable, who has abundance of crops and wealth and cattle, and who is supreme of all beings. (9)

O, Laksmi! May we realise all the wishes of our hearts and willingness, the truth of our words, the wealth of cattle (milk, curd, etc.) and forms of food. May Goddess bring me fame and wealth too. (10)

O Kardama! Come dwell in me. Make Sri, who is the Universal Mother and who is adored with a garland of lotuses, dwell in my family. (11)

(It is said that Lord Varuna produces oily substances, i.e., beautiful things) (The beauty in substances is known as Laksmi. She has three sons--Kardam, Ciklita and Sruti. Here Ciklita is prayed: O Ciklita (son of Laksmi)! Come to dwell in my house, and, not only you but make your mother (also Mother of The Universe), Laksmi, also live in my abode.(12)

O Lord Agni, (God of Fire)! Bring to me Laksmi, who is very kind, who has elephants around her pouring water on her (for her bath), who is the goal of sacrificial rites, who is tawny-hued, who is decked with a garland of lotuses, who is lustrous like the moon and thus enlightening the living beings and also possessed of plenty of wealth.(13)

O Jataveda! Bring to me Mother Laksmi, who is always compassionate to her devotees, who punishes the wicked ones, who is golden (exquisitely beautiful) color, who puts on garland of gold, who is wealth (herself), and who makes the whole world illumine like the sun. (14)

O Jataveda! Bring to me Laksmi who will never leave me and by whose grace I may get plenty of gold, prosperity, cows, horses, servants and other descendants. (15)

One who aspires for the attainment of Laksmi, should regularly, in a sanctified and determined way, offer the cow-ghee in oblation and recite all the 15 verses of Srisuktam. (16)

- Sri Suktam, translated by Jawaharlal Gupta, published by B.C. Butala

© Copyright 2002  Reverend Laurie Sue Brockway  All Rights Reserved. 

* You can find unique Hindu devotional paintings at www.mahakali.com.


Getting To Know The Goddesses

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Urban Goddess
Reverend Laurie Sue will speak about Lakshmi, and all the Hindu Goddesses, at the Urban Goddess events on August 10, and October 13 and 27, 2002. She joins Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford and others as a featured speaker at this exciting gathering and celebration. Sign up as a member of the Delphi Circle to receive information and find out more at www.urbangoddess.net.

A Goddess Is A Girl’s Best Friend
Did you know that almost every religion and tradition in history has a Goddess or Spiritual Heroine who can guide you in life? Want more information on Rev. Laurie Sue’s new book, A Goddess Is A Girl’s Best Friend: A Divine Guide To Finding Love, Success and Happiness (Perigee Books, December 2002) and her special inspirational Goddess Nights in New York? She will be speaking about "Getting To Know The Goddesses" of various traditions and cultures and how to invite them in your life. Join Rev. Laurie Sue's mailing list at GoddessLaxmi@aol.com.

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway
Reverend Laurie Sue Brockway is an author, teacher and contemporary clergy person who specializes in matters of the heart and soul. As an ordained interfaith minister and non-denominational wedding officiant, it is her honor to regularly marry couples in love.

Prior to becoming a minister she enjoyed a successful and colorful 20 years in media as a widely published journalist, editor and author of several books on relationships and romance, as well as being a noted spokesperson on those topics. She was editor-in-chief of two national magazines and several regional publications, and her articles have been published around the world and in many newspapers and national magazines, such as the NY Daily News, The Washington Post, Women's News, New Woman, Ladies' Home Journal and Child. She evolved years of specialized reporting in the field of male-female relationship dynamics into a more spiritual pursuit that led her to train to be an interfaith minister, and then establish her wedding ministry along with a number of popular relationship enhancement programs. Her wedding ministry is based in New York.

She is also dedicated to bringing about a deeper awareness and understanding of the Divine Feminine. As a graduate of The New Seminary in NYC, the world's premier seminary for interfaith ministers, she was educated and trained in the tenants, spiritual practice and worship of many faiths. She became a specialist in the feminine aspects of God in all the world's religions. Today, she is widely recognized as a minister, teacher and scribe specializing in women's spirituality and The Divine Feminine from an interfaith and all-inclusive perspective. She is on the board of directors of World Light Fellowship, heading up their Feminine Faces of God programs, and is Founder of Our Mother's House, a cyber ministry at www.OurMothersHouse.org.

Long devoted to helping women access the "Goddess Within," she is currently working on two books that bring the wisdom of ancient archetypes to modern women. Her newest book, A Goddess Is a Girl's Best Friend, is due out from Perigee Books in December 2002.

To be placed on a mailing list for information about A Goddess Is A Girl's Best Friend: OurMothersHouse@aol.com


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