According to the Vedic tradition, we are now in what is called Kali Yuga, the age of darkness and ignorance. A time when people further down the path of dishonesty, and virtue is of little value. Liars and hypocrites rise. The human diet is now ‘dirty’, and the environment is now polluted. Supposedly this will last 4,000 years.
However, according to my friend, spiritual leader Roger Gabriel there is another, brighter point of view.
Here’s what he has to say:
“Unfortunately there are forces trying to preserve the illusion (of Kali Yuga) so it’s up to us to dispel the darkness and bring in the sunshine of Sat Yuga, the Golden Age. We do this by staying focused on our regular spiritual practices, meditation, pranayama and yoga asana, plus whatever we can do to help the world around us.
This year, from July 20th to August 19th is an auspicious time in the Vedic calendar to receive Divine blessings, prosperity, protection and the removal of obstacles.
During this month-long period, Lakshmi, the archetypal energy of abundance, grace and beauty, is said to overflow to all who seek her blessings. Tuesdays and Fridays are always important days for remembering the Divine Mother or Shakti, the animating force of the Universe, but are even more significant during this time. Tuesdays the focus is on Parvati or Gauri, the wife of Shiva, who brings protection, while Friday is for Lakshmi, who brings every kind of wealth–financial, spiritual, physical and emotional.
Recognizing them on these days helps to remove anxiety, confusion, poverty and ill health, and bestows peace, radiance, prosperity, and the fulfillment of pure desires.
During this period, we should try to eat a more simple, pure diet, follow our spiritual practices, doing our best to be pure, truthful and compassionate in our thoughts, words and actions and staying in harmony with our life’s true purpose.
While this whole period is auspicious, one day is particularly special this year.
July 31st, is known as Sri Vara Lakshmi Vratam. It is said that on this day Mother Lakshmi will grant every kind of auspicious boon. These divine gifts are often beyond normal comprehension and can be the fulfillment of desires that we never thought possible.
Every day during this period (start today!), but especially on July 31st, chant 108 repetitions of the mantra “OM SRIM MAHALAKSHMI NAMAH.”
Thank you, Roger for this uplifting message.
I’m getting out my mala and will begin chanting and asking Goddess Lakshmi for a boon!!
Wishing you love, laughter and magical kisses,