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Welcome Lakshmi

People think Lakshmi is money- and on Diwali once a year they want to appease the symbol of money with prayers, decor, sweets, lights and flowers. Have you ever thought that why the Goddess has never tossed back a coin at you from that photo or that statue- you come every year, why not just toss one coin?

Let’s not say -‘there is no Lakshmi’ but let us really make space for a new way to look at her; instead of a money-making machine; the provider of all comforts, the giver of all things luxurious. 

Let’s make her more than that.

When a child is given a gift without asking have you seen the glee on their face? They are so filled with intense humility and joy that they forget their surroundings and just become elated. That’s the feeling of receiving. Lakshmi’s presence is the same feeling of abundance. Lakshmi is already in all our lives, to check it, you need to allow yourself to see the things you have received and feel her presence. 

Having received without asking and feeling elated is abundance. Even a person living in a meagre hut is living in abundance, a beggar sitting by the lane is in abundance, an orphan is in abundance— it is how the eyes can see. 

Now to be able to have that sight or be able to sense the abundance you first need to build some qualities. 

  1. You need to have peace, materialistically speaking contentment. When you’re at peace everything comes and goes and you remain unaffected by the world around you because you are enjoying something far more valuable within yourself. You need to value the peace, contentment and acceptance of the present reality. Only then will you be able to see the abundance around you. Vishnu is the peace-loving God and Lakshmi is rightly so his wife.
  2. Even if you want something beyond the peace— you want your children to get settled, you want a new house, you want a baby, this and that -all those human wants. You need to respect the goddess of Time. Kali. You need to understand as an unevolved mortal, your powers are restricted within the limits of Night-and-day, till the moment you meet death. Time is feminine energy and like all other feminine energies it flows, where it finds its need being met. Time follows belief. If you believe and have faith you need to have patience. When you are persistent with your belief, Time has to follow, change has to come. Whatever you seek, work for it, with faith and patience. With the flow of times, Lakshmi has to come- abundance will be seen, in some form or another. 
  3. If you’re unhappy about what you already have, you mostly lack the knowledge of its value. You could be in a toxic environment, stuck in office culture, bad relationship; or in any situation that you’re unhappy in. If you’re unhappy you have not developed the wisdom to see beyond your discomfort. Wisdom and knowledge, Goddess Saraswati comes when you have a certain level of humility and you seek. Humility lets you accept things and yourself, as they are (acceptance does not mean you don’t take action, it means it’s not affecting you mentally). Your will to seek a solution leads to the gathering of knowledge. This holistic knowledge gives a true understanding of the value of what you have and you see Abundance. Without the right wisdom, you will never see abundance in its true form. And then you could become happy with what you have and find solutions to more.
  4. Abundance is finally a sense of having, a sense of feeling lucky to have. When you’re in that emotion you always want to share with others, your happiness is so big that you cannot just keep it with you. The reverse is as good. When you give just for the sake of giving, not for anything in return, your mind senses that —you had enough that’s why you gave. You did not feel the need to hoard because you had enough and will always get more. Giving and sharing are not just a Christmas thing and do not stop at giving materialistic things. You could give your company, give time, give attention, give a listening ear, give a shoulder to cry, give a comforting hug, give an encouraging word, give them space, give respect and honour, and keep giving just for giving. Suddenly you’ll see abundance behind everything you’ve given away. You’ll still be left with more. If you can give with an attitude of “just happy to give” you’ll feel the emotion of having received manifold. That’s what they meant by “Give 10 you’ll receive 100”. 

Lastly, you don’t have to be Hindu, to feel abundance in your life. Understand that the symbolism of Hindu gods is not directly spoken of to maintain Godly supremacy or reverence. Truly though each of us can learn and grow these qualities within us. So Welcome Goddess Lakshmi this year into your hearts and not just your homes. Make her more by feeling her presence in your life. 

Wishing you and your family a very content, peaceful and joyful Diwali. May we value what we have and share whatever we receive from our endeavours. 

Sneha Bhuwalka 

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Diwali Purging

I’m back to my annual cleaning for Diwali, donating things I don’t use, arranging things, organizing, changing the liners in my cupboards and making space for good things to come in. I got this crazy idea synonymously. This is just the external environment we refresh annually; a lot of people do it for Christmas. Physically our bodies do it with the help of our kidneys and liver, which detox naturally (I just have to relate things to health after all). What about the mind? The mind works more and we are always using it. How about removing thoughts we don’t need? Arranging the limited thoughts that are useful and organizing them mentally (jotting it down). Making space for new thoughts to come in.



For all of us over-thinkers, I guess we’re just very materialistic in terms of the mind. Hoarding things is bad enough, we hoard thoughts, imagine how crammed our brains get. So the essential question here is “how” to de-clutter your mind and remove thoughts you don’t need?

I was at a point of time where a thought once held in my mind, it just got pasted there and won’t leave no matter what. It was like compulsive thinking. Feeling like a rat on a glue patch, I would go on attaching myself to it and all my idle time would drown me in it. Obsessive thought process is like a bald man buying too many combs and hair brushes. How did I come out of this?

When I was growing up I didn’t like yoga classes and I just couldn’t sit still. I can still remember the expression of Mrs.Dolly (my yoga teacher) every time I’d peek open my eyes in meditation. She had given up on me. It grew on me only recently, so much that I want to write about it.

I gradually moved into loving meditation since, one of the yoga sessions; we were told by our instructor, Deepti, to listen to different sounds lying in shav asana. The cycle bell went off, then I could hear a bus whizzing away till its sound faded in the distance. Someone was leaving, so the door opened and closed. It wasn’t like the usual relaxation but we were supposed to be actively focusing on things. It was annoying for someone who looks forward to the five minutes’ power nap. I realized only later that only my sense of hearing was active the whole time and the rest of the senses were on a holiday. Detaching the other senses made hearing smallest of sounds seem so natural.

Imagine detaching from all of your senses then. It doesn’t come naturally and takes years of meditation. There are Float therapies which put you in a sensory deprived state, yet to experience that one, for now I’m just incorporating meditating into my daily life.

I even had this weird idea that everywhere (at work, home, school or at the station) it would just be normal for people to stop whatever they were doing at a particular time of the day and meditate. Just like standardized time zones, living patterns, receiving newspapers, and many worldlier accepted habits, why not have a world over standard time for meditation.

I can only imagine how many people would still choose not to or not be able to, since it would be easier when everyone is doing it. It wouldn’t be something you need to teach anymore, since any child would see this from the day they are born and naturally want to imbibe it. Like how we can’t wait to start wearing watches and tell the time.

I picture my thoughts, like the yellow 3M post-its, knocking at my head. So meditating hasn’t stopped my thoughts or the knocking. Its just made it easier to hear the knocks and not answer the door. The knocking slows down and gets tired eventually. I now mostly let in (focus on) only the thoughts that help me live in a better way or become better at whatever I intend to do. Keeps my mental space roomy and airy enough to let the post its fly out when I’m done. This Diwali, or once in a while make sure you air out your mental space and use the right post-its to decorate your wall.

How to meditate has been answered by too many people but I’ve generally followed the Smile-and-sit technique for 10-15 min, also a few links bellow for whatever I’ve tried along the process.

Eat, Pray, Love- Elizabeth Gilbert 

Chanting Om-mani-padme-hum

Twin hearts meditation

Isha Kriya by Sadhguru

Disclaimer: The cover photo is not clicked by @mycoffeeweather Its available on the internet and its just got it edited as relevant to the article.