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Meditation And Goddess Lakshmi

Meditation is a very noble principle in value for it helps an afflicted person to get rid of his malady through a confidant. This act is considered to be highly elevation. In Visishtadvaita, this concept is attributed to Goddess Lakshmi.

Of the two schools of thought in Visishtadvaita, the Thenkalai sect, which reposes faith in Dravida Prabandham and in the tenets of philosophy propounded therein, speak of Lakshmi as the Supreme jivakoti. The adherents of the sect believe in her being a mere recommending being to Bhagvan Narayana, to convey his blessings to his devotee. She converts the ruler Ishwara into a savior by pleading for His compassion to the errant but repentant sinner. In the moral realm, it is only law that prevails. But in the field of ethical religion it is only love, compassion, and forgiveness that prevail.

Goddess Lakshmi being swamini to the self, and being mediator (purushakara), mediates with Narayana on behalf of the penitent sinner, thus forming an irresistible link between Bhagavan and the self. This is the basis for explaining pranva (aum) as ‘a’ standing for the supreme, ‘u’ for Lakshmi and ‘m’ for the individual self.

Goddess Lakshmi always resides in the heart of paramalina, not only as His spouse but also a mistress of the entire jivarasi. Since she is a confidant of both Bhagavan and the self, she mediates so as to transform Him for being a ruler into being a savior, thus converting His law of karma into bestower of compassion, and so enabling Him to reveal His benevolent qualities such a vatsalya (parental affection), madhurya (sweetness of disposition), saulabhya (easy accessibility) and kshama (forgiveness).