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Prosperity in Hinduism

How to Translate Ancient Wisdom to Transform Your Life Today!

By Anusha Wijeyakumar


When we visualize prosperity in Hinduism, we automatically think of Goddess Lakshmi — the Hindu Goddess of wealth, love, prosperity and the embodiment of beauty. She is the wife of Vishnu who is the Preserver in the Hindu Trinity of Gods. Lakshmi is said to bring good luck and is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows.

Prosperity can have many different meanings in different faiths and cultures. In Hindu philosophy, to be truly prosperous in life we must first look within ourselves. To have prosperity in one’s life is not to have an abundance of material possessions, but to understand the true meaning of life. Tapping into the power of you as an individual, and your inherent soul power that is always there but often never realized or utilized to its full extent, demonstrates prosperity in life.

Prosperity is to fully embrace your potential as a human being to fulfill your dreams and goals in life. It is to stop making excuses for why you have not followed your lifelong dreams or are always putting off your true purpose and what makes you happy. That mundane to-do list we all have to check off in order to survive in this world and paying the bills is not what makes us happy. We have to expand our levels of consciousness and understand that in the present moment anything is possible and achievable. Thought is like fire, and if we channel it, we can use its power to fuel us and consume all the obstacles in our path to gain true contentment and prosperity in this life.

To be prosperous, understand that we must be attuned to the spiritual realm and its cosmic powers. By inviting the universe in to enrich our lives and souls with its unique color palette, we allow and trust that every stroke from its celestial brush will only add to the rich story of the pages of our lives. We find meaning, beauty and joy in all that we see and do. We also look upon our fortune as good or bad depending on the day with equanimity and realize that all is unfolding for our greater good, even though it may not seem like it at the time.

One might ask how do we start this transformational process of tapping into our soul and the universe? To tap into this mental power and channel it to assist you on your journey towards realizing your dreams, start simply and spend time alone in thought. Use meditation, an ancient tool that has been around for thousands of years as a way to listen to your inner voice. Spend at least 5-10 minutes every day in silence. Start by repeating a positive mantra that reaffirms your belief in yourself. For example reciting three simple sentences, such as I accept myself, I am kind to myself, I love myself, will help to fill your mind and heart with positive imagery and thoughts about yourself.

For the remainder of time practice deep breathing or in yogic terms, Ujjayi Pranayama, and count the breath in and out silently as this will help to focus your mind. Observe your body rising and falling slowly with each deep inhale and exhale. This type of breathing helps to clear the chakras in the body, it clears out stale air and dislodges things that no longer serve us. If you commit to a daily meditation practice you will be surprised at the change you will feel in yourself, both mind and body!

In Hinduism we truly believe that the mind can and must be trained in order to resist the duality of life. Everyone can achieve their dreams in life if they truly believe they can. In the words of Sri Swami Satchidananda, the entire world is based on our thoughts and mental attitude. The entire world is our own projection. If we can fully grasp the meaning of this we can realize that true prosperity is within us and around us. We simply need to see it in all that we do, embrace it in all whom we meet, and welcome it with open loving arms into our lives. Prosperity will surely follow those who make this their life mantra.

Anusha Wijeyakumar is a certified and dedicated Life Coach and founder of Shanti Within Holistic Life Coaching. She has many years’ experience coaching people across the US, Canada and the UK. Anusha combines her Hindu upbringing and powerful spiritual background alongside her professional business experience, to create a tailored program of assisting her clients towards achieving their personal dreams and goals in life. Visit