Mahalakshmi represents the Divine Power and Godhead of true prosperity, nay opulence, that comes only when all the conditions for her descent are fulfilled. For even if she appears where there may be squalor of thought or feeling, she will move on swiftly, leaving a nation or region far poorer and desolate than before she manifested.
To invoke her and prepare for her descent, rid yourself of all ego and fear, all lethargy and slovenliness of thought and feeling. For though she loves deeply, she is also the mother who brings her errant children back to her fold with one smite. For she hates imperfections, most of all any insincerity in one’s nature that hides the flaws she needs to eliminate. An utter openness to her without any attempt at concealment, even of one’s greatest deficiencies or weaknesses, prepares for her aagaman and establishes her presence firmly within oneself.
Mahasarasvati is perfection in action, at the most granular level.. Maa Sarasvati is here, working out with immeasurable patience, with the surgical precision of a surgeon, with the plier of a mechanic building a satellite, with the brush of a painter creating works of great art, with the pen of a student elaborating what he has learnt with years of labor. Those who love detail and particular attention adore her and emulate the poornta that she sets up in everything she does.
Of all the emanations of the Mother, Maheshvari is the wisest, most patient, grand, noble and august. For she deals with vast scales and tracks of infinite universes. Eons and ages in her vision are a blink of time. And light-years but laggards to her speed of thought.
She can see beyond time for she is time. And no space bars her view for she holds it in her compass. And it with her unrelenting patience of eternity the galaxies and supernovae move, and the Milky Way flows, and the Universe evolves. The Sun is barely a point in her sight and the darkness of space and matter her playground.
According to Sankhya all that manifests is She. This expression in name and form, in roopa and gati, is not just in the gross world but also in far subtler worlds that are not perceived by our gross senses. Thus she is our vital energy or prana, our mind and intelligence, and our sense of ego. As soon as one understands and sees clearly that the personality that is so dear to us are only her energies, something else emerges. An awareness that is free of all manifestation, that is niranjan, pure, without any tendencies or direction. This awareness is the purusha.
And it is not as unique to the Hindus as it might seem to the Western mind. For the maternal principle has existed since the earliest preoccupations of mankind with divinity. Even in Christianity (at least some denominations), the Virgin Mother, who gave birth to the divine child is honored and worshipped. This principle is expressed in various depictions in our archetypes such as the Earth Mother, our nation as Motherland, our own language or alma mater, or the entire Universe as a nurturing and pervading Might.
The US has lost its focus. It has attempted to observe decorum while China eats away its lunch; whether it is in stealing technological knowhow or decimating American agriculture or manufacturing or manipulating the Renminbi to give unfair advantage to Chinese exporters and businesses. The eagle has dissipated its energies and is trying to outsmart the cunning adversary. In the process, it has steadily lost its strength and advantage to a far more incisive enemy. The US attempted to challenge the usurper not on its own strengths but on its weakness, a surefire way to rapid evisceration.
The dragon will outlast the eagle, if this continues.
Every sensation, every breath. To lose everything their child might hold special, every memory. With a trauma that one does not wish to imagine for one’s worst enemies. Each instant, a fist rising from nowhere and bloodying their face, with numbness and humiliation, with a laceration so deep only a Jesus or Buddha could heal. Even today, when Modi attempts to reverse those decades of betrayal, I do not see a sense of victory or euphoria in them. Who will recover them their home? Their childhood? Their trust in their people?
It is possible that his celebrated address at the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago on September 11, 1893 did not have the effect that has been claimed by his apologists. For in those days, one did not go ‘viral’, nor had a marketing strategy for social media or Twitter handles with a huge following and likes. But it is definitely true that he had a greater impact on the Indian psyche and our self-confidence and belief in our own culture and darshana. His own letter about the event mentions that there were more than ‘five to seven thousand in the audience’. That seems to be a significant number. If we look at his tireless efforts in reaching out to the West, it does appear that he was able to create an awareness about the Indic civilization and values in Europe and the US. To me, it seems like the beginnings at the Gangotri, where drop by single drop, a glacier melts to gather eventually into the vast Ganges that nourishes almost 500 million people in its plains today.