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In Vedic philosophy, the goddess Lakshmi represents abundance, both in love and in wealth.  Lakshmi is often pictured in bright pink and gold garb, seated upon a lotus flower.  The lotus represents spiritual perfection.  While Lakshmi is seated upon the lotus she represents transcendence.  She can create great fortune, and yet she is detached from the material world.  Another symbol we can use to remind us of Lakshmi, and bring her energy into our lives, is the elephant.  Lakshmi is often seen surrounded by elephants bearing gifts.  The elephant is strong, but also agile.  It can pick up a log with its large trunk, but it can also pick up a peanut with the finger-like ends of its trunk.  Thus, it is discerning, which is a very spiritual attribute.

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