Maha Lakshmi Yagna at The Ashram
Shree Peetha Nilaya, 18-19 May 2019
Over the two days of the Maha Lakshmi Yagna, Paramahamsa Vishwananda shared with the participants all the special ways that the Divine Mother cares for us: wealth of all kinds, spiritual transformation, personal attention, and intercession with the Lord. She even provides the longing for God Himself.
So, you had a blessed Narasimha Chaturdasi yesterday and today you had a blessed Maha Lakshmi. So, Lakshmi Nrsinghadev’s blessing is with you. Both of Them are with you all.
You know, many pray to Maha Lakshmi for wealth. In India, people pray because She is associated with wealth. But wealth can be many things. For those who are running into the material world, wealth is money. For those who are running on the spiritual path, wealth is spirituality. Spiritual wealth is an eternal wealth. Material wealth comes and goes. You work your whole life and tomorrow somebody else will enjoy all your wealth. You think that you will enjoy your wealth? No, you will not. Somebody else will. I know it is very important; both are very important, but you have one that is limited and one that is eternal. Which one do you want? That’s what you will ask of Her. You see, in spiritual wealth you have everything. It doesn’t mean that when you are on the spiritual path, you are a poor person. Actually, you are the richest, because She will provide for everything.
Spiritual wealth is an eternal wealth.
So, we have made this little booklet for you so that you can focus more on Maha Lakshmi because we come from the Sri Sampradaya. Very often people think that the Sri Sampradaya comes from Ramanujacharya. Actually, it is not true. Sri Sampradaya comes from Maha Lakshmi Herself directly. It traces itself from Maha Lakshmi onward. Of course, Sri Ramanujacharya made it more prominent, and revealed it more to the outside world because before it was kept secret. Even the mantra ‘Om Namo Narayanaya’ was kept secret. Imagine, Sri Ramanujacharya went 18 times to his Guru to get the Name. So, on the 18th time, he [his Guru] saw that he was so adamant about receiving that mantra that he gave it. So, it’s not just ‘like that’, you know. For all this generation to keep it strong like that, means there is something deeper inside. There is a wealth which you don’t see. There is one thing that you see on the outside and there is another thing that you don’t see on the outside which resides deep within yourself. Probably you know about it. Either you feel it, or you don’t feel it.
When we look at the deities, for example, we say they are very enlightened beings. So, what shows that they are enlightened? How does it show? The aura behind their head? No! So, how does it show that they are enlightened? If you look at all the devas, they are all clean shaven, no? Are they enlightened because they are well cleaned and well shaven? You see? Rama, Krishna, they are all well shaven. So, if that was a sign of enlightenment, then…what about people who have beards? What about the rishis and the munis? They all had big, big beards, long ones. Veda Vyasa: because of Veda Vyasa you have the Vedas and the Puranas, the Bhagavatam, and Mahabharat, and Gita, everything, no? He had a long beard; He is an incarnation of Maha Vishnu Himself. So, you see, it’s not the external things which reveal that one is enlightened. When you are around an enlightened being, an enlightened being very often doesn’t show the fullness of what he has inside. They like to keep it hidden. And those who have the eyes to see or have the perception of feeling, they will feel it. So, being among enlightened beings, automatically there is a change that happens, and that change itself is Maha Lakshmi.
As a Mother, She is very dear to Her creation. I will not say only human beings, because She is also the Mother of the animals, She is the Mother of the trees, She is the Mother of the whole creation itself, not only Mother Earth, but the whole creation. And She looks after everyone. When we call to the Lord, when we call to Bhagavan, it is Her inside that is awakened, that feeling of Love. It is a particle of Her inside that is calling the Lord.
When we look at the Leela of Srimati Radharani and Krishna, even if They are two separate beings, in reality They are one. They play different Leelas, they play different roles, but the Lord finds this enjoyment when someone calls to Him; longs for Him, not just calling, but longs for Him. Calling, yes, everybody, everywhere, they all call,they all believe in God, they all do everything, but it’s very often just superficial. But when you long for Him like Srimati Radharani: She had this deep longing inside of Her heart, so that longing called for Her Beloved. Like that, Maha Lakshmi gives that longing also: to call for someone who is eternal, to call for Sriman Narayana, to call for Krishna. So, this is what Maha Lakshmi represents. She is always sitting at the Feet of the Lord. At the same time, She is looking at everybody and is caring for everyone.
You know, when you see the Leelas which are enacted by the Lord Himself, you will see how much She cares for the saints. Bhagavan wanted to test them, and He will test till the end, you know, till they can’t go on, but as the Mother, She will always say, ‘Please, don’t be so hard on them.’ She will care.
There is this beautiful story of Annamacharya, when he was longing for Sriman Narayana, walking for days without food, and Maha Lakshmi Herself came in the form of an old lady. She brought the prasad which Bhagavan Himself had eaten, and then gave it to him. Of course, he could not recognise Her, but when he ate the Prasad he was filled with such bhav, filled with such Prem inside of him, that he realised that this was not a normal human being. Who could that be if it was not the Mother Herself?
Like that, in your life She comes in many ways. How ever your mind calls to Her, She comes in that form to you.
So, may Her blessing be with all of you. Now, have Darshan and then you can sit and meditate.
Oh, by the way, today also is a very auspicious day in itself. In this month, we’ve had very auspicious days. We had Akshay Tritiya, then we had Narasimha Chaturdasi, now we have Buddha Jayanti and it’s also Kurma Jayanti today. So, you see? It’s a blessed day.