Iridescence of Goddess Laksmi: Text With English Translation and Annotations of Sri-Sukta-Bhasyam
Sri-Sukta is a very popular hymn belonging to the supplementary portion of the RV. People believe it to be unfailing and totally effective, and look upon it as the 'body of sounds', belonging to the goddess Sri, and has got multifarious meanings. It is generally assumed that the continuous chanting of the hymn, along with a correct mode of worship of the goddess fetches all sorts of prosperity to supplicants. Wealth received by the grace of the goddess by an individual enables him to satisfy not only himself but others, too. Thus, Laksmi i.e. prosperity has to percolate down in the society, bringing about delight of fellow human beings as well as other species. This can be studied from the concept of gr.ia or debt of gods, sages and scholars, manes etc. If it so happens, then the satisfaction generated, will spread everywhere, creating a general mood of bliss and contentment. The hymn also enables a devotee to understand the importance of a special virtue -hygiene. Achieving purity, maintaining cleanliness is eradication of a Laksmi. Decluttering one's surroundings as well as mind and emotions, will enable a person attain inner peace and tranquility. This also can drive away lethargy and six inner enemies namely desire, anger, arrogance etc., making our free will victorious. An in depth study of this hymn will certainly lead for a better understanding of `eco- friendly' living which itself can be considered as a penance. If, we as the members of the society can practice it, many impediments can be removed, socially. This is the deeper understanding of the hymn and it is our duty to hand it over to our next generations for creating a conducive emotional, material environment for them. Thus, the goddess Laksmi can be understood in many ways through this social prayer and the present work attempts at bringing out her iridescence, in a nutshell. We are very happy that we could work on a rare book and an appealing as well as significant theme.