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Ashta Lakshmi (अष्टलक्ष्मी माता के 8 रूप )

श्री अष्टलक्ष्मी साधना सभी प्रकार के धन, धान्य, सुख, समृद्धि, पुत्र, ऐश्वर्य, भोग, विद्या, आरोग्यता व वाहन आदि की प्राप्ति हेतु की जाती है ! इस साधना में भौतिक ऐश्वर्यों की पृथक पृथक आठ स्वामिनी शक्तियों की साधना की जाती है जिन्हें इस जगत में अष्टलक्ष्मी के नाम से जाना जाता है, तथा उनके नाम व प्रभाव इस प्रकार हैं :-ने के मार्ग प्रशस्त करने वाली शक्ति ! 7 :- विद्या लक्ष्मी

1 :- आद्या लक्ष्मी :- समस्त प्रकार की तुष्टि - पुष्टि व शान्ति प्राप्त होने के मार्ग प्रशस्त करने वाली शक्ति !

2 :- धान्य लक्ष्मी :- समस्त प्रकार के अन्न, वस्त्र, भूमि आदि प्राप्त होने के मार्ग प्रशस्त करने वाली शक्ति !
3 :- धैर्य लक्ष्मी :- समस्त प्रकार की आन्तरिक व मानसिक क्षमताओं तथा धैर्य व धर्म आदि प्राप्त होने के मार्ग प्रशस्त करने वाली शक्ति !
4 :- गज लक्ष्मी :- समस्त प्रकार के हाथी, घोड़ा, रथ या आधुनिक वाहन आदि प्राप्त होने के मार्ग प्रशस्त करने वाली शक्ति !
5 :- सन्तान लक्ष्मी :- वंश वृद्धि व उत्तम गुणों से युक्त सन्तान प्राप्त होने के मार्ग प्रशस्त करने वाली शक्ति !
6 :- विजय लक्ष्मी :- समस्त प्रकार की अवस्थाओं व रोग आदि पर विजय प्राप्त हो :- समस्त प्रकार के ज्ञान, विज्ञान, विद्या आदि प्राप्त होने के मार्ग प्रशस्त करने वाली शक्ति !
7 :- विद्या लक्ष्मी :- समस्त प्रकार के ज्ञान, विज्ञान, विद्या आदि प्राप्त होने के मार्ग प्रशस्त करने वाली शक्ति !
8 :- धन लक्ष्मी :- समस्त प्रकार के रत्न, स्वर्ण, धन, राज्यसुख आदि ऐश्वर्य प्राप्त होने के मार्ग प्रशस्त करने वाली शक्ति !

इस श्री अष्टलक्ष्मी साधना को मुख्य रूप से शारदीय नवरात्र, वासंतीय नवरात्र अथवा दीपावली के पांचरात्र काल में गुरु से विधिवत दीक्षित होकर संपन्न किया जाता है ! क्योंकि सौरमण्डलीय व ऋतुओं के विशेष प्रभाव के कारण यह समय समस्त भौतिक धन, धान्य, सौभाग्य व ऐश्वर्य वर्द्धक साधनाओं की सिद्धि के लिए सर्वोत्तम समय होता है, और इसमें भी शारदीय नवरात्र के प्रथम दिन से विजयदशमी तक, और कार्तिक कृष्ण पक्ष एकादशी से दीपावली की रात्री तक का समय सर्वोत्तम समय होता है !

अतः उपरोक्त प्रकार के धन, धान्य, सुख, समृद्धि, पुत्र, ऐश्वर्य, भोग, विद्या, आरोग्यता व वाहन आदि की अभिलाषा रखने वाले सज्जनों के लिए यह स्वर्णिम अवसर है कि वह अपने अपने गुरुजन से श्री अष्टलक्ष्मी साधना हेतु शारदीय नवरात्र के प्रथम दिन अथवा कार्तिक कृष्ण पक्ष एकादशी के दिन विधिवत् श्री अष्टलक्ष्मी दीक्षा ग्रहण करें व श्री अष्टलक्ष्मी साधना विधान प्राप्त कर साधना विधान के अनुसार ही शारदीय नवरात्र अथवा दीपावली के पांचरात्र काल में यह भौतिक सौभाग्य, ऐश्वर्य, समृद्धि प्रदायिनी साधना अवश्य संपन्न करनी चाहिए !

(इस वर्ष यह श्री अष्टलक्ष्मी साधना प्रारम्भ करने का शुभ समय 21 सितम्बर 2017 व 15 अक्टूबर 2017 से प्रारम्भ होगा !)

 

Adi Lakshmi (The primal mother goddess): In this form mother is four-armed, carries a lotus and a white flag, other two hands depicting the Abhaya mudra and varada mudra. Aadi means the 1st one. In this form the Mother Goddess
blesses an individual with Power and Respect and also blesses with recognition. Mother Lakshmi resides with Lord Narayana in the Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Narayana. She is known as Ramaa, her name here means – she who brings happiness to mankind. She is also known as Indira (who holds lotus or purity in the hands or heart.) Divine Mother’s this form is normally seen serving Sri Narayana. Lord Narayana is omnipresent. Aadi Lakshmi or Ramaa serving Sri Narayana is symbolic of her servingthe whole creation! Though Sri Narayana is attended to, by innumerable devotees, still she personally loves to serve the Lord. Actually mother Aadi Lakshmi and Narayana are not two different entities but one only. In many depictions, we see her form sitting in the lap of Sri Narayana.
Dhanyalakshmi (The bestower of Food/ good crop – one who eliminates hunger): In this form, the Mother is Eight-armed, in green garments, carries two lotuses, gadaa (mace), paddy crop, sugarcane,
bananas, other two hands depicting abhaya mudra and varada mudra. DHAANYA means food grains. The Mother ensures that there are enough food grains in
ones house to not only feed the house members, but also any body who visits the house. Just like ANNAPOORNA. In this form the Divine Mother also gives the
blessed, the power to be a Creator of opportunity to others. One is empowered to be a giver just like Lord Narayana. Lakshmi is the Goddess of the harvest and the Devi who blesses with abundance and success in harvest. This symbolizes the inner harvest, that, with patience and persistence, we obtain the abundance of inner Joy we obtain the blessing of Dhaanya Lakshmi.
Dhairyalakshmi or Veera Lakshmi (She who can bless with Courage and Strength): In this form Mother is Eight-armed, in red garments, carries chakra, shankh, bow, arrow, trishul (or sword), gold bar or book , other two hands depicting abhaya mudra and varada mudra. DHAIRYA means Courage and perseverance. This form of mother Lakshmi grants the boon of infinite courage and strength. Mother Lakshmi in this form bestows the courage to face any circumstances or adversities in life. To succeed in any and all undertakings in life, it is important to have courage. Those, who are in tune with infinite inner power, are always bound to be victorious. 
Gajalakshmi (She who is the giver of Power and Royal Splendour): In this form Mother is four-armed, in red garments, carries two
lotuses, other two hands depicting abhaya mudra and varada mudra, surrounded by two elephants bathing her with water pots. Elephants signify splendour and royalty. In this form, the Goddess is capable of blessing one with Royal Splendour - with wealth that cannot be quantified. This blessing is reserved for very-very few. In the holy book of Srimad Bhagavata, the story of the churning of the ocean by Gods and demons is explained in detail. Author, the Sage Vyasa
writes that Lakshmi came out of the ocean during the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan). She came out of the ocean sitting on a full-bloomed lotus and also having lotus flowers in both hands with two elephants by her sides, holding beautiful vessels filled with milk and pouring it over Sri Lakshmi. Many a times, we see Sri Lakshmi standing in the lotus and elephants are pouring nectar over her. The divine mother also blesses with protection from evils as well as
abundant grace and blessings for additional prosperities!
Santan Lakshmi (She who can bless with progeny): In this
form the Mother is six-armed, carries two kalashas (water pitcher with mango leaves and a coconut on it), sword, shield, a child on her lap, a hand depicting abhaya mudra and the other holding the child. The child holds a lotus. SANTAN means children. To be blessed with children who bring joy in your life, children who will make you proud of them, is the blessing of the Divine Mother in this form. Children are the greatest treasure. Those who worship this particular form of Sri Lakshmi, known as a Santan Lakshmi, are bestowed with the grace of mother Lakshmi and have wealth in the form of desirable children with good health and a long life. 
Vijaya Lakshmi (Mother who can bestow Victory): In this form the Mother is Eight-armed, in red garments, carries chakra, shankh, sword, shield, lotus, paash, other two hands depicting abhaya mudra and varada mudra. Vijay is victory. Vijay is to get success in all undertakings and all different facets of life. Some are strong physically but weak mentally, while others are economically rich but poor in their attitude and cannot exert any influence. Vijay is to have all encompassing victory. Vijay is to rejoice in glory of our real nature – Vijay is to conquer the lower nature. Vijay is the victory in external and internal wars and of course eternal wars! Hence those, with grace of mother Vijay Lakshmi, have victory everywhere, at all time, in all conditions. 
Vidya Lakshmi (The bestower Wisdom and knowledge): In this for the Mother is four-armed, in white garments, carries two lotuses, other two hands depicting abhaya mudra and varada mudra. Vidya is education. Education is not mere studies, but divine education also. Serenity, Regularity, Absence of Vanity, Sincerity, Simplicity, Veracity, Equanimity, Fixity, Non-irritability, Adaptability Humility, Tenacity, Integrity, Nobility, Magnanimity, Charity, Generosity and Purity are the eighteen qualities imbibed through proper education that only can give immortality. Vidya Lakshmi is the understanding and
the knowledge to mould the ordinary life into the Divine Life. A life of Service, a life of feeling for a fellow being, a life of charity and generosity, a life of purity, a life for seeking a soul within the soul and a life with an ultimate aim of the realisation of the ABSOLUTE is the only real education, which can come only with the grace of Vidya Lakshmi.
Dhanalakshmi (One who showers wealth): In this form the Mother is six-armed, in red garments, carries chakra (discus), shankha (conch),
kalasha (water pitcher with mango leaves and a coconut on it) or Amrita kumbha (a pitcher containing Amrita - elixir of life), bow-arrow, a lotus and one hand depicting abhaya mudra with gold coins falling from it. Dhana is wealth. But as per Rigved’s Purush Sukta, Dhana is not only a wealth in coins and currency, Wealth comes in many forms: Nature, Love, Peace, Health, Prosperity, Luck, Virtues, Family, Food, Land, Water, Will Power, Intellect, and Character etc. With the grace of mother Dhana Lakshmi we will get all these in abundance.
 
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