Tonight, it’s time to clean up the house and light a candle to welcome Diwali, the festival of lights. It helps to have colorful candy and to call your brother, too, as Diwali is a way to welcome luck and prosperity into your home, and also to bring harmony into your household.
Traditionally, Diwali is a Hindu festival that marks the end of the harvest season. In India, the celebration is a way of giving thanks for the abundance of the current harvest and for welcoming a prosperous harvest in the next year. In modern times, it corresponds with the close of the fiscal year in India.
Traditionally, Diwali is associated with goddess Lakshmi, the first of the gods to emerge from the “churning milk” of the cosmic ocean. She is also the goddess who triumphed in battle over the demons of darkness. So, women, this is a good night to meditate on the aspect of the feminine that is represented in Lakshmi, a major ass-kicking goddess who is said to be the power of material creation, the shakti that corresponds to Vishnu/creation.
Lakshmi is associated with abundance, inner wisdom, wealth, prosperity, fertility, luck, beauty and love. She is the feminine counterpart of the lord of creation, and it is said that in every incarnation of Vishnu (as in Krishna and Rama, etc.) so does Lakshmi, his consort also incarnate (as Rada, Sita, etc.) because the two cannot be apart.
2 thoughts on “Happy Diwali”
Is there a link between Lakshmi and the Greek concept of Sophia? I would think so. I see that, like Sophia, Lakshmi assisted in the creator God’s act of creation. I think that she, like Sophia-Spirit, Aphrodite and Athena, and Calypso are all amazing forces of the Feminine that MUST be recognized in both world religions and mythology. You know I stress this in my dissertation research, but I also believe it to be the truth in how we look at religion. I appreciated this read. I had heard of Lakshmi, but mainly in her links to Aphrodite (ehh…) — I sense she is MUCH more dynamic, again like Sophia, or Athena (my favorite!), who is both FORCE and WISDOM… salvation in balance. Oh well, light some candles for us… we are certainly looking forward to the new year!
Hi Zach, as I have been studying Sumerian mythology for many years, I am persuaded that Sumerian culture was derived from Hindu culture, or at least that the two had huge influence on one another. I am also persuaded that Ancient Greek culture was the surviver of the Sumerian culture. I can trace almost any of the Sumerian gods into either a HIndu or a Greek counterpart. Lakshmi is most definitely Sophia. I thought of this as I was reading your post on wisdom in your blog. But I was sure that Sophia is not Greek but Hermetic, that is, Egyptian, and also, Hebrew. She appears in the old scriptures of the Hebrew before the decision to excise completely the feminine from the Bible. But I cannot be sure.
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