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Suvarnahasta – The Hand of Goddess Lakshmi Showering Gold

Certain images of Goddess Lakshmi are shown as showering gold coins. This hand of Goddess Lakshmi which showers gold is known as Suvarnahasta. It symbolizes wealth, prosperity and peace in society. For a spiritual seeker, it symbolizes the spiritual values that are timeless and universal.

In modern society, Suvarnahasta of Goddess Lakshmi is limited to material prosperity alone. We often forget that material wealth cannot be truly enjoyed and sustained without proper spiritual values. This is one of the tragedies of present day as we find in spite of good wealth many people are unhappy.
To truly enjoy the blessings of Suvarnahasta we need to follow Dharma. Wealth should be earned through dharmic means. We should learn to curb our desires through spiritual understanding. Peace, prosperity and happiness will be constant when Dharma is followed.

Liberation Is the Total Abandonment of All Mental Conditioning – Yoga Vasishta

Birds are able to fly with their two wings: even so both work and knowledge together lead to the supreme goal of liberation. Not indeed work alone nor indeed knowledge alone can lead to liberation: but, both of them together form the means of liberation.

Neither freedom from sorrow nor realization of one’s real nature is possible as long as conviction does not arise in one that the world-appearance is unreal.
Moksha or liberation is the total abandonment of all vasana or mental conditioning, with the least reserve. Mental conditioning is of two types – the pure and impure. The impure is the cause of birth; the pure liberates one from birth. The impure is of the nature of nescience and ego-sense; these are the seeds, as it were, for the tree of rebirth. On the other hand, when these seeds are abandoned, the mental conditioning that merely sustains the body, is of a pure nature. Such mental conditioning exists even in those who have been liberated while living: it does not lead to rebir…