Updated: Oct 30, 2020
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Women Are the Lakshmi in the Home
The women and the girls in the family are symbolic of Mahalakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. The feeling in Sanatana Dharma is that women are the very wealth in every home.
If women are not taken care of - if the husband abandons them, treats them harshly, manipulates them, gambles, drinks, or does anything where she is not treated with dignity and respect in the home - then that is a home filled with anger, and it will be stripped of Goddess Lakshmi's blessings. Chaos reigns in such an environment.
When the women in the family are unhappy, there you will find a family whose Lakshmi is disappearing.
On the contrary, when women are loved and respected, there you will find a home filled with kindness, spiritual pursuit, abundance, and harmony. The children in that home will be loved, nurtured, cared for, and respected.
Showing respect and dignity toward women has a profound impact on every aspect of life!
It Is Your Decision How to Prioritize Your Wealth
It is your decision where to spend the wealth that you have. It is your decision on how to prioritize the best use of this wealth. In this context, wealth is not just referring to the wealth of money. Mahalaksmi comes in eight forms, with eight general categories of wealth:
Adi Lakshmi: continuous flow of wealth and prosperity
Dhana Lakshmi: wealth of income, comfort, virtue, and character
Dhanya Lakshmi: wealth of grain and health
Dhairya Lakshmi: wealth of patience, spiritual strength and courage
Gaja Lakshmi: wealth of animals, power, royalty
Santan Lakshmi: wealth of desirable family, children, social connections
Vijay Lakshmi: wealth of victory to overcome all hurdles on path, strength
Vidya Lakshmi: wealth of wisdom, knowledge, arts, sciences
Given this myriad of possible wealths, combined with the bombardment of multiple priorities in life, it is no wonder that sometimes it is difficult to make the best decisions on how to deploy the wealth given to us.
Make Decisions with Eyes Wide Open
As you pursue the most righteous decisions according to your capacity, always remember that for those who give, Mahalakshmi stays. But for those who veer in the wrong direction, Mahalakshmi can leave you in a flash. She may stay with you in the form of money, but she may leave you in other forms of wealth, like contentment and happiness.
So pray to Her for the awareness to pay attention and to make decisions with your eyes wide open. Pray to her for the strength to use your wealth wisely.
Spirituality is giving more than we take, for it is those who give of themselves - their lives, their efforts, their time, and their financial wealth for the sake of others - who have attracted Mahalakshmi into their lives.
Mahalakshmi is the abundance that manifests in those who give and contribute beyond the call of duty. She manifests in every aspect of their life in a balanced way.
May you all be blessed with the attitude to attract Mahalakshmi in your lives.