Amma's Special Guidance for Sri Vara Lakshmi Vratam
Friday, August 16, 2013
When we offer sacred flames to the auspicious Sri Chakra,
Mother floods our inner being with
light, peace, and inner joy
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May All Beings Be Happy
Om Shantih Shantih Shantihi
May All Be in Peace
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