Prayer to Glorify the Goddess of Prosperity
Praise and glorification allow the heart to be uplifted, and in that expansive state the worshiper opens to receive the presence of the goddess and her blessings. These verses glorify Lakshmi by remembering just a few of her infinite forms, deeds, and names. She is the source of all auspiciousness and from her emanate all forms of abundance, beauty, delight, prosperity, and success.
Om. I sing the praises of Lakshmi,
Whose essence is pure auspiciousness
And whose body is formed of golden light.
Her entire being sparkles with the radiance of pure gold.
She bears the golden lotus
And the golden vessel filled with seeds.
Seated at the left side of Vishnu,
She is Shakti, mother of all creation.
I sing the praises of Lakshmi,
Beloved mother of auspiciousness,
The eternal one
Who confers delight,
Fulfills all desires,
And guides all endeavors to successful fruition.
With my mind focused
On her majestic sovereignty,
Ever do I call upon the queen of the gods.
Again and again I praise that supreme lady.
I sing the praises of Mahashri, source of wisdom,
Mahashri, source of every success and happiness,
Mahashri, source of all good fortune,
Mahashri, eternal source of auspiciousness.
-- From The Secret Heart of Lakshmi (Shri Mahalakshmi Hridayam), section on Song of Praise, verses 1-4, in Invoking Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony, by Constantina Rhodes (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010).
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