Amma's Special Guidance for Sri Vara Lakshmi Vratam

Friday, August 16, 2013

 

When we offer sacred flames to the auspicious Sri Chakra, Divine
Mother floods our inner being with light, peace, and inner joy

 

Jai Karunamayi!

This year, Sri Vara Lakshmi Vratam falls on Friday, August 16. This holy day is sacred to Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi, who showers her abundant motherly love and precious spiritual boons on those who perform puja to her on this day. “Vara” means “boon,” so this is the day when Divine Mother grants all of our noble wishes. Amma has given some specific guidance for some practices that can be done on this day in order to bring every auspicious blessing into our lives. For any questions about these practices, feel free to contact Jai_Karunamayi@yahoogroups.com, and a devotee familiar with the practices will be happy to assist.

 

Amma’s Guidance for Observing Sri Vara Lakshmi Vratam 

Ghee lamps are especially sacred to Sri Lakshmi Devi, so if a ghee lamp can be kept lit in the puja room for the entire day, this is very auspicious. If this is not possible, it is good to at least light a ghee lamp during the practices described below.

 

Before doing any of these practices, it is best to take a head bath (shower and wash the hair) and put on clean clothes. It is very good to recite the Samputita Sri Suktam five times on this day. The recitations can be split between the morning and evening, according to one's schedule. If it is not possible to chant five times, one can at least try to chant it just once. During one of the recitations, milk abhishekam can be performed to a Sri Chakra. If possible, keep a ghee lamp lit during the puja. While chanting Samputita Sri Suktam, offer spoonfuls of milk to the Sri Chakra, making sure to use only the right hand for offering. Any spoons, bowls or trays used in the puja should have always been used only for puja purposes. Items that have ever been used for eating or for any other purpose should not be used for puja. If no proper puja vessels are available, you can use new, unused paper plates or bowls.

 

After finishing the Samputita Sri Suktam, carefully wash the Sri Chakra with water and dry it with a clean paper towel or a new, unused cloth. You can do this in the puja room itself. The water used for cleaning should not be brought from the bathroom, and the Sri Chakra or puja vessels should never be taken into the bathroom.

Next, you can chant the Sri Lakshmi Ashtottara Sata Namavalih (The 108 Names of Sri Lakshmi Devi). While chanting each name, you can offer kumkum, flowers, or flower petals. The flowers would ideally be some shade of red or pink. One or two dozen red or pink roses can be gently separated into petals, and then one petal can be offered with each name. After finishing the archana, you can light some incense and offer it to the Sri Chakra.

Next, you can offer food (naivedyam). If you know how to make sweet pongal, this is a very auspicious offering. Otherwise, any sweet fruits, like apples, bananas, etc., can be offered. Simply place the fruits on a puja tray and keep that near the Sri Chakra. Finally, you can offer harati, preferably with five ghee wicks. If this is not possible, you can offer a single ghee or camphor flame.

 

Once the puja is completed, the offered milk and fruits will be highly charged with the divine vibrations of Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi. The milk and fruits can be distributed as Mother Lakshmi's sacred prasadam to one’s family and friends. The offered flower petals should not be thrown away; they can be respectfully placed in a clean, natural place somewhere outside. This will be a wonderful blessing for Mother Earth. If you have lit any ghee or oil lamps, please do not blow these out. Let them burn out naturally.

 

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On the holy occasion of Sri Vara Lakshmi Vratam, may the
whole Earth be drenched in a nectarean flood of Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi’s divine peace, compassion and motherly love.

 

 

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Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May All Beings Be Happy

Om Shantih Shantih Shantihi
May All Be in Peace

 


 

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