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Title: Lakshmi, Number 8 and Shrimad Bhagavatam

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-05-02 23:10:13

 

Even the "side-effects" of such a great and perfect masterpiece as the

Srimad-Bhagavatam are wonderful.  Here we give one example of this that is

easily and quickly verifiable by anyone.  Let's take the example of

"ashta-lakshmi" or Lakshmi #8 [8 forms of Lakshmi are usually

worshiped-apd].  It is known that Lakshmi is usually associated with the

number 8.  In the Shrimad-Bhagavatam, there is the story of the churning of

the ocean of milk.  By this churning the following items

were produced:

 

(1) Halahala poison

(2) Cow (surabhi)

(3) Horse (Uccaihsrava)

(4) Elephants (Airavata, and others)

(5) Gems (Kaustubha-mani, Padmaraga-mani)

(6) Flower (parijata)

(7) Apsaras

(8) Lakshmi (known as Sri, Ramaa, or the goddess of fortune)

 

It should be noted here that Lakshmi was the 8th unique item generated from

the ocean of milk.  Given that Shukadeva Goswami was spontaneously answering

Maharaja Pariksit's questions, is it not quite a wonderful thing then that

Lakshmi manifesting from the ocean of milk is mentioned in the 8th Canto of

the Shrimad-Bhagavatam?  Is it not more wonderful that this reference to

Lakshmi is mentioned in the 8th Chapter of the 8th Canto?  Is it not even

more wonderful that this reference to Lakshmi is mentioned in the 8th verse

of the 8th Chapter of the 8th Canto of the Shrimad-Bhagavatam?  Let us look

at the first 16 Sanskrit syllables of this verse (SB 8.8.8) more closely:

tatas'caavirabhuutasaaksaac chriiramaabhagavatparaa.  You should find it

quite amazing that the 8 syllables following the first 8 syllables all mean

Lakshmi-- Srii, Ramaa, and Bhagavat-paraa.