(Originally published on Feb.08, 2010)
Many people think Goddess Mahalakshmi is Lord Vishnu’s consort. This is not entirely true!
Mahalakshmi is the supreme Deity Who is also known as Tripura Sundari or Sri Vidya or Lalithambika or Lalitha. Mahalakshmi is the confluence of Lakshmi (satvic), Saraswathi (rajasik) and Kali (tamasik) powers. Here, the term “Maha” is not an adjective used for the noun “Lakshmi”.
While Lord Vishnu’s consort is Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu Himself is a Sri Vidya Upasaka, i.e., He worships Mahalakshmi. This is exemplified through Lord Hayagreeva’s chanting of Lalita Sahasranama Sthothram to Sage Agasthya.
(Originally published on Jan. 08, 2010)
Our Sanatana Dharma is NOT a religion. Sanatana Dharma in a religious costume may be called Hinduism. However, identifying Sanatana Dharma using the word Hinduism is not correct.
GOD is only One and is present in several forms. Of the various forms, three forms represent three important aspects which are not separate from one another. It is impossible to separate these three primary forms – Saiva (the core), Vaishnava (the vibrancy) and Saaktheya (the power). However, one can realize his Self by worshiping any one form which would initially act as a guide but ultimately causing a confluence with the devotee (upasaka) thus, leading to the Realization of the Self.