Money & Goddess Laxmi

Money, resources and wealth are a form of divine energy. It is here to serve you as a resource and powerful energy.

Hinduism advocates austerity, simplicity and detachment. Wealth is not an hinderance to self-realization but attachment to wealth is. Greed for wealth is different from desiring to have wealth.

Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of beauty, wealth and fertility is also considered a Mother Goddess when it comes to providing wealth in its 16 forms: Knowledge, intelligence, strength, valor, beauty, victory, fame, ambition, morality, gold and other wealth, food grains, bliss, happiness, health and longevity, and virtuous off-springs.

The eight-forms of Ashta-Lakshmi are believed to fulfill these human necessities and desires with resources through their individual nature and manifestations. The concept of God is so great, humans with their limited minds cannot comprehend everything so we can understand from different aspects of one powerful form. Here are the eight divine forms of Goddess Lakshmi or Ashta-Lakshmi comprising of:

  1. Aadi-Lakshmi (The Primeval Goddess) or Maha Lakshmi (The Great Goddess)
  2. Dhana-Lakshmi (The Goddess of Prosperity and Wealth)
  3. Dhaanya-Lakshmi (Goddess of Food grains)
  4. Gaja-Lakshmi (The Elephant Goddess)
  5. Santana-Lakshmi (The Goddess of Progeny)
  6. Veera-Lakshmi or Dhairya Lakshmi (The Goddess of Valor and Courage)
  7. Vidya-Lakshmi (The Goddess of Knowledge)
  8. Vijaya-Lakshmi or Jaya Lakshmi (The Goddess of Victory)

Today’s negative attitude towards wealth such as corporations, healthy foods, pharmaceuticals forcing their views upon humans may be hostile and negative. The industries want us believe something else and prevent its use of resources for righteous reasons but for greed, power and control.

Seeking wealth through human actions is not discouraged, however, they also emphasize the need for right intention, right means and moderation in the pursuit of wealth. Aiming for wealth is a virtue, but greed is not. Amassing wealth for the family and for the welfare of oneself is not sinful, but excessive accumulated wealth when not shared or contributed for good use may create disease. Also, taking what does not belong to one is unacceptable.

Is Making Money Bad for Spiritual Healers?

Many have a problem upon seeing holistic practitioners or spiritual teachers accumulating wealth.

Look, I’ll make it clear that everyone needs money, especially AUTHENTIC healers on the planet.  When they accumulate wealth without delivering true service, it is their karma that is highly active and will take care of them.  Accumulating wealth in the name of healing falsely is not a good thing and I’ll just say Karma will get them to mislead and misguide others.  However, for those who sincerely do their spiritual work on the planet must remove all old beliefs around making money is bad.  You have to sustain yourself to serve many others who need healing on the planet so stop beating yourself up for asking for an investment so you can have a sustainable business.

While they always help the poor and the needy, all experiences are self created and provide an opportunity to accumulate wealth. Living in poverty is a choice, everyone wants to get out of it unless they transcended this desire and have no attachments but live a simple, comfortable life.

True renunciation in seeking Moksha means detachment to accumulated wealth, to become indifferent to the comforts and discomforts of life caused by wealth. Moderation and balance in the pursuit of material and spiritual goals is the key to pursuing your aim.

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