The root derivation of the word ‘Lakshmi‘ is from Sanskrit, “Laksya” it means aim or goal. Lakshmi is both the material and spiritual goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Lakshmi is depicted as a beautiful woman or Goddess with a golden complexion either seated or standing on a pink lotus in full bloom. She has four hands one of which is holding a lotus bud, which represents beauty, purity and fertility.
Her four hands represent the four ends or pursuits of human life:
(1) Kama or “desires” “sensual gratification” “sexual fulfillment” “pleasure of the senses” “love” “the aesthetic enjoyments of life”
(2) Artha or “material prosperity” “wealth” “purpose” “cause”
(3) Dharma or “right way of living” “way of higher truth” “the underlying order of nature” “righteousness”
(4) Moksha or “liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth” The dissolution of Karma (causation) and Maya (illusion)” “transcendence to the highest state of pure consciousness”
Flowing from Goddess Lakshmi’s hands are cascades of gold coins that signify wealth and the nature of wealth to flow freely and abundantly. She is always seen wearing gold embroidered red or magenta clothes. Red is symbolic of activity while the gold lining is indicative of prosperity.
Goddess Lakshmi is also called ‘Shri’, the female energy of the Supreme Being. She is the goddess of light, prosperity, wealth, purity, generosity while embodying grace, charm and beauty.
From the moment of conception we hear the sound of our mother’s heartbeat, not with our ears but through our consciousness our awareness. It is the universal heartbeat of “Mother Divine.” The heartbeat that reminds us that we are all connected as a living, breathing expression of Divine Grace and by the time we are born our own heart beats the same way.
The heart is located at the midpoint of the 7 chakras (energy centers of the body).
It corresponds to the 4th chakra “Anahata” or heart chakra. It lies between the 3 lower chakras that correspond to matter, the material qualities and lower consciousness and the 3 higher chakras that correspond to the spirit and higher consciousness. It is the meeting point between matter and spirit integrating these 2 fields together, which gives rise to balance, equanimity, cooperation, harmonization and integration. It is where 2 contradictory or opposite forces come together to become a state of Oneness, openness and expansion.
The heart is the “Brahmasthan” of the body. “Sthan” means to be standing in, established in and “Brahma” is Totality. It is all of creation – from the unmanifest Pure Creative Intelligence that underlies everything to the ever expanding manifest Universe.
Your heart that beats inside of you contains the Totality of the Universe. Every human being has a heart and they all beat with the same life. Color, race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, social differences, class distinctions, wealth, age and anything else that we choose to identify ourselves with to make us “separate” or “different” ceases to exist in the realm of the heart. Separation is non-existent. There is only one thing – Unity.
The heart is about unifying, wholeness. “Sadhaka” is the emotional heart. It is the fulfillment of desires. “Lakshmi” resides in the 4 chambers of the human heart. Lakshmi is one of the aspects of Mother Divine with the qualities of unconditional love, overflowing wealth & prosperity, compassion, divine radiance, joy, beauty and grace. When we feed our spirit with that which is divine, our heart expands and swells with the qualities of Goddess Lakshmi. Everything melts and all obstacles dissolve when in the presence of the unconditional love of Divine Grace.
Goddess Lakshmi is the wealth, health and nourishing aspect of Mother Divine. Located in the chest, her seat is the heart. Goddess Lakshmi’s 4 hands represent the 4 chambers of the heart. At the molecular level, her hands correspond to the 4 chains of the hemoglobin molecule, which is the carrier of oxygen that brings life and sustains every cell of the body.
At the cellular level, Goddess Lakshmi corresponds to the red blood cells. By transporting oxygen, the red blood cells give vitality and bring life to every region of the physiology.The round and “coin-like” shaped red blood cells correspond to the gold coins that perpetually flow from Goddess Lakshmi’s hands.
Red blood cells are renewed approximately every 4 months (every 120 days.) The gold of new and beautiful baby cells filled with life force, perpetually flow bringing the nourishing power of Goddess Lakshmi. She is the light of Divine radiance, the regeneration of life that is the hallmark of true wealth and health.
At the level of the subtle senses the Tanmantras, Goddess Lakshmi’s divine presence in the heart develops the more refined qualities that lead to our evolution as a human being. The heart is the gateway to the spirit. Goddess Lakshmi’s divine radiance creates the scaffolding or framework of the 4 Pavilions that houses these qualities.
The 4 Pavilions Of The Human Heart:
1) Compassion – Unconditional Love: giving rise to Artha or material prosperity, wealth, purpose and cause. From the compassion to one’s Self and others gives rise to unconditional love. It also develops wealth and true purpose that flows from the unconditional love quality of Pure Creative Intelligence. This quality corresponds to the right atrium that receives oxygen-poor blood from the body and pumps it to the right ventricle.
2) Forgiveness – Surrender – Letting Go: relates to Dharma or right way of living, way of higher truth, the underlying order of nature, righteousness. The rise of spontaneous right action. Letting go of the aspects that no longer serve us to reveal the Pure Consciousness that lies underneath. This quality corresponds to the right ventricle that pumps deoxygenated blood to the lungs.
3) Beauty – Bliss – Reverberating Bliss: at lower levels of consciousness this relates to Kama or desires, sensual gratification, pleasure of the senses, the aesthetic enjoyments of life, and at higher levels of consciousness it relates to the bliss of Pure Creative Intelligence. Beauty gives rise to bliss. Bliss gives rise to the reverberating bliss of Pure Consciousness, the joy of pure being. This quality corresponds to the left atrium that receives oxygen-rich blood from the lungs via the 4 pulmonary veins and pumps it into the left ventricle.
Kashyap Samhita (one of the 40 branches of Ayurveda) corresponds to the arterial system. It comprises the equivalency value of Pure Creative Intelligence. Kashyap as an extension of Goddess Lakshmi signifies the aspect that sits in the middle to create balance, equanimity, equivalency and nourishes both sides of Pure Consciousness – the infinite silence and the infinite dynamism, both matter and spirit. In our body, this corresponds to the activity of the arterial system, which nourishes each and every aspect of the physiology, nourishing all the organs and tissues providing them with the life giving nutrients that they need.
Kashyap also relates to the value of forgetting or letting go. When the blood leaves the lungs via the pulmonary veins, it becomes oxygen rich and is refreshed and revitalized. It also gets purified through the lymphatic system. From this, it is said to leave behind all the, “impressions and memories” that were gathered by the blood on its journey through all the organs and systems. This forgetting and leaving behind quality allows the blood to move through the organs with impartiality, a balanced view and equivalency. It further supports the quality of Forgiveness, surrender and letting go that has its origin in the right ventricle and the rise of Reverberating Bliss and pure being that has its origin in the left atrium.
While the blood vessels of the arterial system are a contained system, through the grace of Goddess Lakshmi, they permeate the quality of wholeness and unity through the entire body.
4) Wisdom – Infinite Silence: giving rise to Moksha or liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth. The dissolution of Karma (causation) and Maya (illusion). Transcendence to the highest state of pure consciousness, Pure Awareness. This quality corresponds to the left ventricle that pumps the oxygen-rich blood to the body.
The smaller chambers of the left and right atria pump blood into the ventricles. The ventricles have stronger pumps than the atria. The left ventricle is the strongest as it has to pump blood out to the entire body.
The heart has 4 valves that control the flow of blood in and out of the chambers. On both side of the heart there are valves between the atrium and the ventricle. The flow of blood out of each ventricle also has a valve. The left ventricle sends blood through the aortic valve into the aorta. The coronary arteries branch off the ascending aorta to supply the heart with oxygenated blood. The heart muscle needs its own supply of oxygen rich blood to stay vital and healthy. Through the coordinating, integrating and nourishing aspects of Lakshmi, the heart is optimally taken care of so that it can continue to beat 24/7.
The valves are designed to keep blood flowing in the forward direction only. With the contraction of each chamber, the corresponding valve opens to allow the blood to flow out. When they relax, the valve closes to prevent the flow of blood escaping back into the chamber and to allow the chamber itself to fill up with blood again.
The 4 chambers of the heart are made up of a specialized tissue called myocardium. Cardiac muscle tissue is only found in the heart and nowhere else. Cardiac muscle cells or cardiomyocytes are joined together by intercalated discs. The discs comprise the major portal for cell-to-cell communication, which is necessary for coordinated muscle contraction and maintenance of circulation. The intercalated discs contain gap junctions that allow the cardiac cells to be coupled together electrically so that they all beat in unison.
All 4 chambers of the heart work together in a coordinated and continuous flow to keep oxygenated blood circulating throughout your body. They synchronize together as one seamless unit, a wholeness that has no beginning or end.
Cardiac muscle is involuntary which means it is innervated by the autonomic nervous system and is not under your conscious control. The underlying field of Pure Creative Intelligence is what fills us with life force energy and beats your heart.
Life Force Energy brings more of the Mother Divine aspect of Goddess Lakshmi into our lives to maintain optimal heart health and functioning.
With every heartbeat Goddess Lakshmi, urges us to move forward. Just as the blood can only move in 1 direction, the 4 subtle qualities from the Tanmantras continue to fill up the space within the scaffolding of the 4 Pavilions and move us forward. Like fractals they continue to embed these 4 qualities deeper and deeper urging us to elevate to the more refined attributes of higher consciousness. Mirroring the self-contained system of blood vessels, through Goddess Lakshmi’s grace these 4 qualities endlessly flow into each other to become Oneness. They ripple out and permeate the quality of unity and wholeness to every aspect of the body.
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