D.E.V.A (Divine Expressions of Vital Alchemy)


Dance Collaborative

"The Churning"

a Ritual-Dance invoking Lakshmi


Lachelle Hayes

Hazel L'Aura G.

Nancy Graham-Betend

Stacey Taheny

Shauna Taheny

Zennia Dillon

Ultra-Violet Archer



performing with: Amy and the Ananda Bliss Tribe -  Kirtan!


shiva Gold Coast
Friday, June 16, 8pm
$10 suggested donation

Kirtan is call and response devotional chant that is part of the path of Devotional Yoga. Chant contains all the frequencies of the human voice spectrum, but it is most focused in the rich overtones of higher frequencies of 2000 to 4000 hertz, which provide a healing energy to the human brain. Many believe this frequency enables us to see our own beauty.

When we see the beauty of our own being we are seeing the beauty of the Being that is the One of which we are all a part. And when we turn towards that One, love is the natural reaction of the heart.

Come sing love with Yoga Now studio founder Amy Beth Treciokas and her band!


Yoga Now Gold Coast
742 N. LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60610




WEDNESDAY JUNE 21, 7:30 pm.


@Heaven Meets Earth Yoga Center. 2736 Central St., Evanston.

$5 admission; offerings for readings and healings.

Celebrate the summer Solstice and enjoy readings with John Sacelli, shamanic healer Susan Waterman, tarot reader Lisa Faremouth Weber (HME spiritual director). Feel refreshed with therapeutic touch with Staci Smith massage and reiki therapist, and much more! 

Enjoy 20% off in the healing boutique




part of the Lake Street Church experience

Sunday August 20th



In Hinduism, Lakshmi or Laxmi (Sanskrit: lak) is the goddess of wealth, light, wisdom and fortune, as well as (secondarily) luck, beauty and fertility. In Puranic Hinduism Lakshmi is the Mother of the Universe and Vishnu's Shakti. Lakshmi is married to Vishnu, and also married his incarnations Rama (in her incarnation as Sita), Krishna (as Rukmini) and Venkateshwara (as Alamelu). Lakshmi has a son named Kama. Lakshmi may also be referred to as Narayani (Sanskrit: नारायणि), which is the equivalent of "The wife of Vishnu".


The birth of goddess Lakshmi is related to an ancient story. Durvasa the short-tempered sage once presented Indra, the king of the gods, with a garland of flowers which would never wilt. Indra gave this garland to his elephant, Airavata. Sage Durvasa saw the elephant trampling the divine garland and, short-tempered as he was, cursed Indra, for he had shown disrespect to the sage. The sage cursed Indra that he and all the gods would lose their power because it had made them so proud and vain. Due to the curse, the demons vanquished the gods out of the heavens.

The defeated gods then went to seek refuge to the Creator Lord Brahma who asked them to churn the ocean of milk, to obtain the nectar of immortality. The gods then went to Lord Vishnu, to seek his assistance. Lord Vishnu took the Avatar Kurma (Tortoise) and supported the Mandarachal mountain as a churning rod, while the king of the serpents, Vasuki, became the churning rope. The gods and the demons (under the leadership of the pious and wise King Mahabali) both helped each other in churning the ocean of milk.

Amongst the host of divine gifts which appeared from the ocean, goddess Lakshmi appeared and then chose Shri Vishnu as her consort, as only He had the power to control Maya (illusion). Because of this, Lakshmi is also called the daughter of the sea; since the moon also appeared from the ocean during the churning, the moon is called her brother.

Goddess Lakshmi is incorrectly connected only with money, and the popular public perception is that she is the goddess of money. This, however, is incorrect: the holy goddess is also the goddess of prosperity, divinity and purity. She is also the goddess of Brahma-vidya (divine knowledge) and one of her names is "Vidya" - which literally means knowledge. She is the goddess of whom we ask for happiness in family, friends, marriage, children, food and wealth, beauty and health. Hence she is a very popular goddess who is worshipped by every Hindu. As she is the goddess of prosperity, she is also called as Dharidranashini (destroyer of poverty) and Dharidradvamshini (one who opposes poverty).

Lakshmi is also known to very closely associated with the Lotus

Physically, goddess Lakshmi is described as a fair lady, with four arms, seated on a lotus, dressed in fine garments and precious jewels. She has a benign countenance, is in her full youth and yet has a motherly appearance.

The most striking feature of the iconography of Lakshmi is her persistent association with the lotus. The meaning of the lotus in relation to Shri-Lakshmi refers to purity and spiritual power. Rooted in the mud but blossoming above the water, completely uncontaminated by the mud, the lotus represents spiritual perfection and authority. Furthermore, the lotus seat is a common motif in Hindu iconography.

Hindu gods and goddesses, typically sit or stand upon a lotus, which suggests their spiritual authority. To be seated upon or to be otherwise associated with the lotus suggests that the being in question: god, human being-has transcended the limitations of the finite world (the mud of existence, as it were) and floats freely in a sphere of purity and spirituality. Shri-Lakshmi thus suggests more than the fertilizing powers of moist soil and the mysterious powers of growth. She suggests a perfection or state of refinement that transcends the material world. She is associated not only with the royal authority but with also spiritual authority, and she combines royal and priestly powers in her presence. The lotus, and the goddess Lakshmi by association, represents the fully developed blossoming of organic life.

Goddess Lakshmi's traditionally accepted vehicle, the owl (Ulooka in Sanskrit), is a bird that sleeps through the day and prowls through the night. In a humorous vein it is said that owing to its lethargic and dull nature the goddess takes it for a ride! She could be attained only by those who know how to control it; how to make best use of her resources, like the Lord Vishnu. But those who blindly worship her are verily the owls or Ulookas.

Celebration in Hindu Society

Hindus worship Lakshmi the most on Diwali, the festival of lights. According to tradition people would put small candles outside their homes on Diwali and hope Lakshmi will come to bless them.

Any thing that need be affluent gets the auspicious prefix or suffix 'Lakshmi', or 'Sri' like Rajya Lakshmi (Wealth of Empire), Shanti Sri (Wealth of Peace), etc. In modern India, common titles standing in for the English Mr. and Mrs. are Shri (also Sri or Shree) and Shrimati (also Srimati or Shreemati), as in "Sri Gupta" or "Srimati Mangeshkar".

Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped by those who wish to acquire or to preserve wealth. It is believed that Lakshmi (wealth) goes only to those houses which are clean and where the people are hardworking. She does not vist the places which are unclean/dirty or where the people are lazy.

In Uttaranchal, after the worship of the goddess on Diwali night, the Shankh or Conch is not blown. This is because the shank is also from the ocean like the goddess herself, so it is given a day of rest.

Laxmi is the patron goddess of Kolhapur city, Maharashtra.


Maha Lakshmi Mantras


Shring hring kleeng

Mahalakshmi namah



Om Srim Hrim Srim
Kamale Kamalalaye Praseeda Praseeda
Srim Hrim Srim
Sri Mahalakshmi Devyai Namah
Saubhagya Lakshmi Mantra
Om Srim Hrim Klim Em Kamala Vasinyai Svaha


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