This powerful mantra relieves the stress of those who might face financial worries, whether due to some immediate need or longstanding in nature. Lakshmi also confers on devotees a greater appreciation for the beauty of nature and the wisdom to handle daily affairs. The mantra can best be used by chanting on a japa mala (rosary) 108 times before an image of the goddess. The mantra is chanted as follows:
Om mahalakshmyai cha vidmahe
Vishnu Patnyai cha dhimahi
Tanno Lakshmihi prachodayat.
A rather free and rough translation:
Om, let me meditate on that Great Goddess, the Goal of All Existence.
Oh, consort of Lord Vishnu, the Preserver, give me great knowledge.
May Lakshmi, Goddess of True Wealth, grant increase to my meditation on Her.
Try this mantra for 3, 9, or 27 days and see if the worries do not begin to ebb. She will speak to you throughout the day with little nudges or suggestions about how to make the situation better. Remember to avoid attachment to action and attachment to inaction. Just try to enter into the frame of mind imparted by the mantra and go about your daily business, leaving the results to Her. If you enjoy this mantra practice, consider offering a simple puja (worship, literally “acquisition of merit”), including offerings of water, fire, incense, fruit, grains, and sacred substances, to Lakshmi by way of gratitude.