Lately I’ve been waking up and meditating and chanting every morning. I light the candles, maybe some incense, grab my cup of tea and sit quietly to start. Breathe and look out the window. Think about the day, set my intentions. Then I decide which mantra to chant. During this morning’s chanting session, I decided to do the Lakshmi mantra. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and fortune, and she is honored during Diwali, of the Festival of Lights, which was yesterday.
I had already come up with the “melody” to accompany this Lakshmi mantra: Om hreem shreem Lakshmi bhyo namaha. But I just wanted to check and make sure I had the words right, and did a quick search online. Apparently this mantra is used to attract material wealth and prosperity. Chanting a mantra to increase your wealth seems to go against the yogic grain – in yoga as far as I can tell, everything you do, you do with no expectation of getting anything in return.
At any rate, during the 108 recitations of the Lakshmi chant, these words popped into my head: True prosperity is love. Love is true prosperity. A sense of joy came over me and I began to smile, because I realized that I am prosperous in love. I’m not talking about another person loving me, but more the idea of experiencing a pure love that comes from within. And then it occurred to me that when you’re in a relationship, your partner helps you find that love, and the love shines more brightly. But they are not giving you love from an external source. You already have it there, and this love, the love we all have to give to ourselves and to others, that is the true prosperity. Again, you don’t “get” love. You already have it. And when you express it, it should be with no expectation of receiving anything in return.