Lakshmiyei

Definition - What does Lakshmiyei mean?

Lakshmiyei is the formal and endearing name of Goddess Lakshmi, one of the most popular Hindu deities because of her association with abundance and wealth. She is one-third of the divine feminine trinity that includes Saraswati and Parvati, and she is the consort and counterpart of Vishnu, balancing his masculine energy with her feminine, shakti energy.

The formal Lakshmiyei (meaning “one who is Lakshmi") is often used in Sanskrit mantras to call upon the goddess to bless the faithful with both material and spiritual abundance.

Yogapedia explains Lakshmiyei

In the context of yoga, mantras are chanted to calm the mind and focus on a single thought. In the case of Lakshmi mantras, the focus would be on spiritual abundance. A popular mantra that calls on Lakshmi to bless the yogi with this wealth is:

Om shreem maha Lakshmiyei namaha

Sanskrit mantras often don't translate because some syllables don't have literal meanings, but are chanted for the benefits of their sound vibrations and their symbolic meanings. The syllables in this mantra are usually ascribed these meanings:

  • Om – the cosmic sound of the universe that represents the Absolute
  • Shreem – the bija mantra of Lakshmi and the sound vibration of prosperity
  • Maha – the Sanskrit word meaning “great”
  • Lakshmiyei – the energy that represents Lakshmi
  • Namaha – a salutation often translated as “I bow”

Rather than ending with namaha, this mantra may conclude with swaha, which means “I testify.”

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