Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Swami Vishwananda Maha Lakshmi Temple Colorado USA

This painting of Maha Lakshmi’s likeness was given to Swarupini of Czech
by Maha Lakshmi
Swarupini then painted the picture from her vision of Maha Lakshmi.
Maha Lakshmi communicated to Swarupini to paint the picture of Her that,
when finished, was to be gifted to Swamini Vishwa Lakshmi (Vishwalakshmianandama).
This painting will be placed in Swami Vishwananda’s Maha Lakshmi Temple now being created in
Colorado, United States of America, residence of Swamini Vishwa Lakshmi
Note: Maha Lakshmi communicated to paint the 'emerald and diamond ring' 
manifested by Sri Swami Vishwananda for Swamini Vishwa Lakshmi on Her right thumb
as you see.
Maha Lakshmi
Lakshmi is the consort of the god Narayana Vishnu. She is known as the goddess of wealth and purity.
What does Lakshmi look like?
Lakshmi is commonly portrayed as a beautiful woman with four arms, standing on a lotus flower. There usually is one, or sometimes two elephants behind her, anointing her with water. She is often depicted sitting beneath Narayana Vishnu, massaging his feet.
The rebirth of Lakshmi
One of the most compelling stories in the Hindu Tradition is the Churning of the Milky Ocean. It is the story of the gods versus the demons and their fight to gain immortality. It also tells of the rebirth of Lakshmi.
Indra, the warrior god, was given the responsibility of protecting the world against the demons. He had protected it successfully for many years, and the goddess Lakshmi's presence had made him sure of success.
One day, a wise sage offered Indra a garland of sacred flowers. In his arrogance, Indra threw the flowers to the floor. This display of arrogance was noted by Lakshmi, who left the world of the gods and entered into the Milky Ocean.
Without her, the gods were no longer blessed with success or fortune. The world became darker, people became greedy, and no offerings were made to the gods. The gods began to lose their power and the asuras (demons) took control.
Indra asked Narayana Vishnu what should be done. He told Indra that the gods would need to churn the Milky Ocean to regain Lakshmi and her blessings. He then told them the Ocean held other treasures which would also help them. This included the elixir of life, a potion bestowing immortality, which would enable them to defeat the demons.
The story of the Churning of the Ocean tells of how the gods worked together to churn the ocean. They churned for many years, but it was 1,000 years before anything rose to the surface.
Finally, the treasures began to rise to the surface. Among them, a beautiful woman standing on a lotus flower. This was Lakshmi, who had returned to the world. With her presence, the gods eventually defeated the demons and chased them out of the world.
This story highlights the good fortune and success that Lakshmi bestows upon those who work hard and seek help sincerely. It also demonstrates that during times of success, one must never become complacent or arrogant, as success has a way of slipping away from people.
Worshipping Lakshmi
Anyone who worships Lakshmi sincerely without greed, will be blessed with fortune and success. Lakshmi resides in places of hard work, virtue and bravery, but leaves whenever these qualities are not apparent any more.
Lakshmi is particularly worshipped during the festival of Diwali. This festival commemorates the epic story, Ramayana. Ramayana is the legend of Lord Rama's battle with the demon Ravana, in which Lakshmi features.
In the story of Ramayana, Sita (Lakshmi) is married to Lord Rama. In the Hindu Tradition, Sita is an incarnation of Lakshmi. The story tells us that Rama had been cast out of his rightful kingdom, and had gone to live in a forest with his wife and brother.
The battle between Rama and the demon Ravana begins when Ravana abducts Sita from the forest. The epic follows the story of Rama defeating the demon, and his eventual return to his kingdom.
As the three heroes,
Rama, his brother Lakshman and Sita, returned home, people lit candles to guide their way in the dark. In honour of this, on the second day of Diwali people light candles in their homes to guide Lakshmi, in the hope that she will bestow good fortune on their home for the coming year. 
Traditionally: Friday is the most auspicious day for Maha Lakshmi’s worship.

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