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Invoking Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony Hardcover – October 8, 2010

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Beautiful, beloved Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, happiness, and abundant good fortune. This fascinating book is the first comprehensive guide to this celebrated goddess, her worship, and the deeper spiritual domain of prosperity she reveals. Constantina Rhodes presents over five hundred elegantly translated Sanskrit verses, including devotional songs, mantras, visualizations, and ceremonial instructions that devotees use to invoke Lakshmi.

Rhodes uses these texts to develop a richly detailed portrait of Lakshmi, revealing unexpected dimensions of this enigmatic deity. Even as Lakshmi is best known as a goddess of wealth and well-being, she also maintains a strong esoteric presence, expressing herself as Siddhi, the magnificent Tantric goddess of spiritual power, and as Kundalini Shakti, the transformative cosmic force that exists within each individual. These identities express the "prosperity consciousness" that is the essential nature of the goddess and the divine source of all wealth. Invoking Lakshmi is not only a matter of calling upon the external form of the goddess but also of aligning one's consciousness with the very essence of prosperity.

About the Author

Constantina Rhodes teaches in the Program in Religion at the City University of New York's Hunter College. Her books include Shaiva Devotional Songs of Kashmir: A Translation and Study of Utpaladeva's Shivastotravali and Meditations on Shiva: The Shivastotravali of Utpaladeva, both also published by SUNY Press.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 291 pages
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (October 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438433212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438433219
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,450,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cloud Walker on February 25, 2012
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Every page of this book breathes with the spirit of the golden goddess of abundance. The writing is captivating and engaging and drew me into the colorful, sumptuous ceremonial and meditative life centering on Lakshmi from the very first sentence. The book is based on time in India among worshippers of Lakshmi and study of Sanskrit songs that praise and invoke her, which are beautifully translated here. The author divides the book into devotional practices that envision the goddess as a divine being and Tantric methods that awaken the presence of the goddess within. The book offers the best ~ most insightful and elegantly written ~ explanation of Tantra I have ever encountered in my decades of study. Invoking Lakshmi is an absolute must for anyone interested in Lakshmi or in Tantra or who wants to understand the true nature of wealth as a spiritual state of radiant well-being and free flow of resources into and through one's life in enriching, inspiring, enlightening ways. A magnificent book on a magnificent topic...to read it is to commune with Lakshmi and invite her blessings into one's life.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linda on March 20, 2013
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I wanted to understand more about Sri Lakshmi, in particular what chants invoke Her Grace and their meaning, and this book does that and much more. I am familiar with this author which drew me to preview this particular book. It is easy to read and contains so much food for thought. I find that sentences from this book play in my mind during the day and draws me into a deeper place within myself. I tend to flit like a butterfly in reference books and that tendency works with this book. As someone who continues to search for a personal relationship with Supreme Consciousness, I am fortunate to have found this book. I highly reccommend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diane L. Caffey on March 22, 2013
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I have really just begun to ready about Goddess Lakshmi and her beautiful blessings. She is the Goddess of wealth and all women. She will bless you in every area of your life. There are beautiful prayers to her which are very peaceful when you read/pray for her blessings. I feel her beautiful presence with me daily now. I am very thankful and excited to see what is to come. Thank you Goddess Lakshmi!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Devi Spring on November 3, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book, finding it a fantastic resource for those interested in the worship and devotion of Lakshmi.

It's also a fantastic resource for learning more about Hindu devotional practice in general, using Lakshmi as the focus example. The different types of devotional practices are covered in-depth, with extremely erudite explanations and breakdowns as to the "whys" of the various ritual elements.

As a long-time student of Eastern-oriented religious studies, I found this book to be refreshing, easy-to-read, and packed full of resources that one could almost immediately put to use. Though, one would not have to be aiming to put this into practical use, to gain a great deal from the knowledge contained in here. In fact, looking back on my university class on Hindu Ritual Worship, this book far outstrips what was used as a textbook, really educating the reader on how and why certain actions are taken, certain words and songs are said and sung & mantras are chanted. It's really great.

This would be an excellent resource for anyone studying Hindu ritual, as well as for any devotee of Lakshmi to help them deepen their understanding and practice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aiz on August 6, 2013
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This is a great book for anyone interested in either the study of Hinduism in general or those wishing to deepen their practice as it offers explanations and translations of pujas and prayers related to Lakshmi. A very comprehensive guide. MY only wish is that it included the the Sanskrit scrip of the Lakshmi puja in addition to the transliteration.
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Thanks a lot for this well written book! Translations of the Mantras and Shlokas are commendable. The image of beautiful Shri Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth, affluence and prosperity, is a very powerful subconscious programing. Think of her, her grace and what she bestows upon you...for at least 5 minutes a day, when the mind is fresh and receptive. Keep a journal to document your dreams...
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