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"The time in which I find myself is no less sacred
than the times of the Ancestors when the laws were laid down.
This place in which I find myself is no less sacred
than the circles of stones beneath faraway skies.
I pray to all the beings that dwell in this world,
to stones and trees, to waves and breezes,
to persons and beasts, to deities and dust motes.
Do not let me forget.
Keep my eyes open
to the sacred that surrounds me
and in which I live."
-  From A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith, 2002, p. 201




             Shri Maha Lakishmi


I bow to you, O Mother of All Worlds, O Lotus Born, the one with eyes like lotus petals, sitting on the chest of Vishnu.

Sitting on a lotus, lotus-like hands, and eyes like lotus petals, Praised be you, O Lotus faced Devi.

You are Siddhi, Svadha, Svaha, Sudha. You are the purifier of this world.
You are the evening, the night, the light. You are Glory, intelligence, devotion. You are Sarasvati.

You are Yagya Vidya (the knowdlege of Yajya), you are the great knowdlege, the secret knowledge, O Auspicious.
You are the science of the self, O Devi, and you are the giver of the fruit of Mukti (freedom).

Logic, the knowledge of all Vedas, worldly knowledge, and Raja Neeti are all you.
You are fully filled and are present every where in this world with your peaceful and fierce forms.

O Devi, who other than you could reside in the heart of the him who is the real form of all Yajyas, who is contemplated by all Gods, and Yogis, and who bears a mace.

O Devi. When you give up these entire 3 worlds, this entire creation goes to destruction, and you yourself have again given life to it.

By your grace only, a person gets a wife, son, house, wealth, prosperity and friends.

Those on whom you you bestow your kindness, good health, prosperity, destruction of enemies, and happiness are not hard to attain.

You are the mother of these entire worlds, and the God of Gods, Sri Hari are the father.
You and Vishnu, O Mother are present every where in this moving and unmoving creation.

Please never leave our wealth, animal-houses, home, enjoyables, body, wife etc.
O Vishnu-Vaksha-Stal-Vaasini, never leave our sons, friends, animals and jewels.

O Pure, when you leave a person, his purity, truthfulness, cleanliness and good behaviour etc. goodness also leave him in no time.

And by your kind grace, even virtueless people very soon become full of virtues and goodness, prosperity etc.

The one of whom you bestow your kind look, is admirable, is virtuous, is fortunate, is full of goodness, is intelligent, and he is brave and oppulent.

"O goddess, he who is glanced upon by you, is praiseworthy, accomplished, fortunate, intelligent, high-born, heroic and possessed of power."

O Dear to Vishnu, O mother of this world, the one who is left by you, all his virtues become vices immediately.

O Devi, even Sri Brahma Ji is not capable of praising your greatness. Thus, please be satisfied with us and don't leave us ever.


Lakshmi (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मी lakṣmī, Hindi pronunciation: [ˈləkʃmi]) is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. She is the consort of the god Vishnu. Also called Mahalakshmi, she is said to bring good luck and is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows.[1] Representations of Lakshmi are also found in Jain monuments.

Lakshmi is called Shri or Thirumagal because she is endowed with six auspicious and divine qualities, or Gunas, and also because she is the source of strength even to Vishnu. When Vishnu incarnated on earth as avatars Rama and Krishna, Lakshmi incarnated as his consort. Sita (Rama's wife), Radha (Krishna's lover)[2][3][4] and Rukmini and the other wives of Krishna are considered forms of Lakshmi.[5]

Lakshmi is worshipped daily in Hindu homes and commercial establishments as the goddess of wealth. She also enjoys worship as the consort of Vishnu in many temples. The festivals of Diwali and Kojagiri Purnima are celebrated in her honour.







A Book of Pagan Prayer
By Ceisiwr Serith.  Weiser, 320 pages, 2002.  VSCL. 

The Celtic Devotional: Daily Prayers and Blessings
By Caitlin Matthews.  Harmony, 128 pages, 1996. 

A Pagan Ritual Prayer Book    
By Ceisiwr Serith.  Weiser, 336 pages, 2011.  VSCL. 






The Solitary Druid: A Practitioner's Guide 
By Robert Ellison.  Citadel, 224 pages, 2005.  VSCL. 

Northern Tradition for the Solitary Practitioner: A Book of Prayer, Devotional Practice, and the Nine Worlds of Spirit
Galina Krasskova and Raven Kaldera.  New Page Books, 254 pages, 2009.  VSCL. 

The Path of Druidry: Walking the Ancient Green Way 
By Penny Billington.  Llewellyn, 360 pages, 2011.  VSCL. 






Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner 
By Scott Cunningham.  Llewellyn, 240 pages, 1989.   VSCL. 

Solitary Wicca For Life: Complete Guide to Mastering the Craft on Your Own 
By Ann Murphy-Hiscock.  Provenance Press, 248 pages, 2005. 

Wicca For One: The Path Of Solitary Witchcraft
By Raymond Buckland.  Citadel, 256 pages, 2004.  VSCL. 

The Celtic Spirit: Daily Meditations for the Turning Year
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