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Happy Dipavali - Festival of Lights

Day of Mahalakshmi

Saturday, October 17th

Day of Mahalakshmi

The day of Mahalakshmi is the most important day of the year in the Vedic calendar. The Sanskrit word ‘Mahalakshmi’ means ‘great wealth.’ Mahalakshmi is that impulse of creative intelligence in Nature that is responsible for prosperity, growth, affluence and happiness.

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Maharishi's Beautiful Comments on Mahalakshmi

 

Maharishi


... Maha Lakshmi...

the first syllable is Maha. Maha, great. And this great in the context of education is the characteristic of consciousness. This Maha is the goal of anyone who is not yet Maha. So, Maha goal is the meaning of the word Laksha... Laksha means the goal (Maha means unbounded, infinite, immortal, eternal, Brahm, Totality, whole). Maha is the goal of that which is not Maha. The goal of Maha is to swing in his greatness. It should be a living reality.

That the unbounded does not remain only silent. But in that silence, there should be lively all possibilities. So, the Laksha, the goal, the goal of Maha is to have many in its unified wholeness. And the goal of that what is not Maha, the goal of small is to be big and the goal of big is to swing in its own expressions. Infinity wants to flow from one end of infinity to the other end of infinity and it s flowing, it divides itself, it quantifies itself, it qualifies itself.

So it is the qualification which makes one look to the goal. Small wants to qualify itself into as big as possible. The big wants to qualify itself as the field of all possibilities from this end to that end. Maha is a goal and MI is a very, very significant word which is made of two values, MA and I. When we look to MA, naturally it is me, the first to the self, ME, even in English me, but in the Vedic terminology MI we understand as total value of all four Vedas. MA, what MA is, it s the HUM, Hummm.

Agnim-m-m. Rig, Yajur, Sama, Atharva. Then Atharva is a Hum. Hum of all the four Vedas... Agni, it s a collapse of all the progression of all the Vedas into a Hum.  Hum means the total values of all sounds; all sounds are inherent in Hum. And in that Hum which is focused on a point, that reality of the point is then transformed into dynamism, which is represented by I.

So, Maha Lakshmi this is the total Veda, concentrated into the Hum and made dynamism. Here is concentration at a point, which then in its nature is all dynamism.  So, in the word Maha Lakshmi we have that enormous, unbounded, total, infinite, eternal immortality expressed in all the Vedas and found located in a point. And then expanding a point in infinity, and dynamism again into Maha. So, here is the total __expression of the Veda, total __expression of pure knowledge. Along with its infinite organising power in one point concentrating and expanding. This point value, this is Maha Lakshmi...

So, the element of Maha Lakshmi is a composite of two values of opposite directions. Focal point and expanding in its nature, this is called Anyonyabhava. It has two kinds of directions, coming in, expanding and going out... So, the Laksha, the goal of expanding value is to concentrate.  The goal of concentrated value is to expand. And here is the seed of Maha. This is Maha Lakshmi, at the point, which is both, expansion and contraction, infinite potential of the expansion element we could see along with infinite expansion of contraction element.



Mahalakshmi


That means no matter where the situation is, there is all possibility, no matter at what level we are considering or at any level of contraction or at any level of expansion, here or here, at any level is Maha Lakshmi.  There is a field of all possibilities and the field of all possibilities in each cell is a concentrated point of silence within the quality of infinite dynamism. Silence and dynamism, that means completely fulfilled of wakefulness.

Completely fulfilled because it is not devoid of anything. Infinite silence concentrated, infinite dynamism concentrated and therefore it is eternal state of fulfilment.  It is a fulfilment of eternal value. Fulfilment of immortal value because there is a field of all possibilities and in this field of all possibilities is the element of fulfilment, infinite bliss. Infinite bliss is a quality of fulfilment and fulfilment the quality of lack of lack. Devoid of nothingness.

It is all fullness, completely fulfilled, self-sufficient infinity, eternity, capable of flowing in terms of waves, modified, qualified and still remaining unqualified at all time.  Unqualified qualified fulfilment, that means it is  unmanifest total potential of all qualifications that may be thought or desired.  Maha Lakshmi is an element of all possibilities,  completely self-sufficient at any time, and any place. It is the total potential of all possibilities. In the __expression of prosperity, the __expression of growing prosperity, it is not stagnant prosperity it is growing prosperity, growing and growing and growing. Growing up to what?

Beyond the capability of growth it grows and grows and grows. This is what is materialised in the ever-expanding universe. So, this ever-expanding value of universe and in every step of progress there is a wave of happiness, wave of happiness. Progress means successive waves of happiness. Progress is always progressive.

So, Maha Lakshmi is a basic of all progress, it is so self-sufficient in its self interacting dynamics that it creates and creates and creates itself in terms of infinite variety.  This is the progressive fulfilling Nature of Maha Lakshmi. And in this fulfilling Nature of Maha Lakshmi, because everything is growing, growing fulfilment, the progressive Ananda growing, bliss, moving around in waves and this, what we have in this is the power of Ananda, keeping everything evolutionary.

So, we say this is organising power, Maha Lakshmi is not only the element of progress but also an element of progress, which is always waves on this evolutionary direction.  So, this aspect of Maha Lakshmi is called Durga, action principle. Now, this action principle is the characteristic of pure knowledge. Knowledge is the characteristic of Saraswati. So, this Saraswati is present in Maha Lakshmi. Durga is present in Maha Lakshmi. Maha Lakshmi present at a point and in the unbounded infinity.

So, in this what we see is the element of Maha Lakshmi, that element is present everywhere, lively everywhere, action everywhere, silence everywhere. From this angle what we see is as the whole creation is nothing other than the _expression of Maha Lakshmi... 

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The Story of Samudra Manthan

The Churning of the Ocean of Milk

The Story of Samudra Manthan

Once Indra, the King of Devatas, while riding on an elephant came across a sage named Durvasa who offered him a special garland. Indra accepted the garland but put in on the trunk of the elephant. The elephant was irritated by the smell and it threw the garland on the floor. This enraged the sage as the garland was a dwelling of Sri (fortune) and was to be treated as prasada. Durvasa Muni cursed Indra and all devas to be bereft of all strength, energy, and fortune.

In battles that followed this incident, Devas were defeated and Asuras (demons) led by king Bali, gained control of the universe. Devas sought help from Lord Vishnu who advised them to treat asuras in a diplomatic manner. Devas formed an alliance with asuras to jointly churn the ocean for the Amrita ( nectar of immortality ) and to share it among them. However, Lord Vishnu told Devas that he would arrange that they alone obtain the nectar.

Churning the Milky Ocean

The churning of the Ocean of Milk was an elaborate process. Mount Mandaranchal was used as the dasher (churning tool), and Vasuki, the king of serpents, became the churning rope. The Devas (gods) held the tail of the serpent, while the Asuras (demons) held its head, and they pulled on it alternately causing the mountain to rotate, which in turn churned the ocean. However, once the mountain was placed on the ocean, it began to sink. Vishnu in his second incarnation, in the form of a turtle Kurma, came to their rescue and supported the mountain on his back.

(Note that the Mahabharata version of the story differs in many respects from the one in the various Puranas such as Bhagawat, Brahma-vaivarta, and Agni. For example, in Mahabharata, it was not Vishnu who took the Kurma avatara, but the Akupara, the king of tortoises, who did it on request from Devas and Asuras.)

Halahal (also called 'kalakuta')

Halahal

During the Samudra Mathan by the gods and demons, a pot of poison, Halahala, also came out of the ocean. This terrified the gods and demons because the poison was so toxic that it might have destroyed all of creation. On the advice of Vishnu, gods approached Shiva for help and protection. Out of compassion for living beings, Shiva drank the poison. It was so potent that it changed the color of Shiva's neck to blue. For this reason, he is also called Neelakantha (the blue-necked one, nīla = "blue", kantha = "throat").

Ratnas

Ratnas

All kinds of herbs were cast into the ocean and fourteen Ratnas (gems or treasures) were produced from the ocean and were divided between asuras and gods. These were

(This list varies from Purana to Purana and is also slightly different in the epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata)

Amrita - The Nectar of Immortality

Amrita - The Nectar of Immortality

Finally, Dhanvantari, the heavenly physician, emerged with a pot containing amrita, the heavenly nectar of immortality. Fierce fighting ensued between devas and asuras for the nectar. To protect the nectar from asuras, devas hid the pot of nectar at four places on the earth - Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. At each of these places, a drop of the nectar spilled from the pot and it is believed that these places acquired mystical power. A Kumbh Mela is celebrated at the four places every twelve years for this reason.

However, the Asuras eventually got hold of the nectar and started celebrating. Frightened, devas (demigods) appealed to Vishnu, who then took the form of Mohini. As a beautiful and enchanting damsel, Mohini distracted the asuras, took the amrita, and distributed it among the Adityas, who drank it.

One asura, Rahu, disguised himself as a deva and drank some nectar. Due to their luminous nature, the sun god Surya and the moon god Chandra noticed the switching of sides. They informed Mohini. But before the nectar could pass his throat, Mohini cut off his head with her divine discus, the Sudarshana Chakra. The head, due to its contact with the amrita, remained immortal. To gain revenge on the sun and moon for exposing this, the immortal head occasionally swallows the sun or the moon, causing eclipses. Then, the sun or moon passes through the opening at the neck, ending the eclipse. The story ends with the rejuvenated Adityas defeating the asuras.

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Celebrating Dipavali Day

The Festival of Lights

Celebrating Dipavali Day

During the global celebration of the Festival of Lights, the Vedic Day of Mahalakshmi, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace, performed global Puja ceremony of gratitude) to his Master, Guru Dev and then, following a brief speech in Hindi, addressed the assembly.

Maharishi: 'Jai Guru Dev, Jai Guru Dev, Jai Guru Dev. Having performed today's Puja to Guru Dev, the Puja of Mahalakshmi, on this day out of the 365 days of the year dedicated to Mahalakshmi—the inexhaustible source of affluence—Mahalakshmi, the source of all orderly, affluent administration of the universe is enlivened in our awareness in waves of offerings to Guru Dev, one after the other, offerings to Guru Dev. The impulse of creativity through the levels of administration of the ever-expanding universe is the Custodian, the Mother of all beings in our universe. The unified state of administration of the versified, infinitely-differentiated, but compactified, universe is unified, on the lap of Mother Divine, Mahalakshmi Maya.

‘Fortunate, very fortunate we are. Our fortune today is beyond description, beyond speech. It is on the transcendental level. Fortunately, we are aware on the level of our intellectual understanding and also on the level of our experiential, direct knowledge. We are aware of the source of all order, affluence, integration, and unification of all diversity in Mahalakshmi Maya—the Mother Divine of affluence, the affluence of infinite compactified divine bliss, the characteristic quality of the administration of the universe.

‘Our offer to Guru Dev takes away today all the disorders and distinctions and mutual challenges and restlessness in the administration of the universe. This is what we are sunk in today—transcendental bliss, self-referral Brahm. Aham Brahmasmi, Tat Tvam Asi, Sarvam Kalvidam Brahm, Ayam Atma Brahm. All our Puja to Guru Dev comes out with the Puja to this Paramba, Mahalakshmi, comes co-existing with our self-referral Purusha consciousness. We are a part of that divine, orderly administration of the universe today, having awakened the reality of Mahalaksmi Maya, Mother Mahalakshmi, Mother Divine.

‘This comes to us as representation of the silent administration of Brahm [Totality], of Raam Brahm, of Rajadhiraj Nader Raam, who is representing this great Lakshmi of human race at the basis of all that we call the universe—unified, versified reality in the state of unified existence—Mahalakshmi Maya. The most precious level of administration of the universe is inseparable from the personality of the administrator, Mahalakshmi Maya.

‘We are fortunate. On the surface, it is the Festival of Light, today, Dipavali—the Festival of Light in the Indian calendar. It is in the Festival of Light that the world is breathing its existence, its evolution, its fulfilment. That we have faced in all these waves of offerings to Guru Dev. Fortunate we are to have celebrated the Day of Light with the whole world family and with the administrator of the whole world family in silence—Maharajadhiraj Raja Nader Raam—the first ruler of the Global Country of World Peace, putting the fragmentations and differences of the world in a grand unity on the level of silence where this grand unity is undivided, eternal. And this eternally unified world is going to be the blessing of the silent administration of Maharaja Nader Raam, in whose presence and with whom, we have performed Puja to Guru Dev.

‘In that act of performance of Puja, we have celebrated the Festival of Light, the most awakened day out of the 365 days of the Vedic Calendar. And that momentum gained today, in the unification of the scattered awareness of the 6 billion people of the world, stands unified in complete light, the Festival of Light. And the world festival belongs to all the species, to different variations of the span of life of all the species—the Festival of Light.

‘We are fortunate. Dr Feldman, the Finance Minister of Rajadhiraj Raja Nader Raam, the Treasurer of Raam currency, is holding the inexhaustible treasury of Raja Raam. The currency of Raam, the treasurer of Raam currency, has an inexhaustible range of authority upheld and sustained by that inexhaustible treasury, which is a natural structure of Mahalaksmi Maya, Mother Divine in charge of inexhaustible affluence in the currency of Raam.

'Please, Dr Feldman, invite the Vedic Pandits to shower on us the traditional, eternal blessings of Mahalakshmi Maya, Mother Divine, the custodian of the administration of Brahm, to shower on us the blessings of Mahalakshmi Maya, the custodian of the treasury of Brahm, inexhaustible treasury of Kubera. And the turnkey operation to unlock it is in the custody of the Vedic Pandits.

‘Please ask them to unlock the inexhaustible treasury of Brahm through the recitations of the Constitution of Brahm—the Veda. Tell them all we have performed the Puja, and now we are waiting to bask in the sunshine of the showers of Mahalakshmi from the inexhaustible treasury of Brahm. Please invite them.

'[These are] very fortunate moments for our world family, very fortunate moments for the custodians and administrators of the world family, all the Devatas in heaven and earth, everywhere, everywhere, everywhere. Please invite them to bless us from their traditional expressions of the Constitution of the Veda, the actual items of that performance [of the] orderly administration of the universe. We are wanting to bask in the sunshine of those showers of blessings. 

All glory to Guru Dev. Jai Guru Dev.'

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Om Shri Mahalakshmi Namo'Stu Te

Om Shri Mahalakshmi Namo'Stu Te

 

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