Adi Lakshmi is another manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi in the Hindu mythology. She is above all and as the name suggests AdiShakti, Adi means the first power and therefore Adi lakshmi; the power that exists before everything else. No description will illustrate her truly and she is beyond understanding. It is believed that she is mother of all life; everything that lives is born by her. Adi Laxmi is figment of imagination of the Hindu scholars, and it is an attempt to name an amorphous Brahman- a superior being according to the Hindus.
The idea of Adi Lakshmi strives to unravel the enigma of conception of life. It is solitary among the frequent endeavors made by early diviners to get the notion of Brahman to the ordinary man all the way through symbolism. Adi Lakshmi is the regulator of all births and deaths yet she lives, she will never die. She is immeasurable and past imagination of the worldly creatures.
The Three Gunas of Adilakshmi
Adi Laxmi has been mentioned in the Puranas many times and there are various references to her. It is acknowledged that the three gunas (qualities) – rajas, sattva, and tamas – came out of her. Sattva (agreement and harmony) symbolizes Goddess Saraswati, Rajas (protest) refers to Maha Lakshmi and Tamas (indolence) points to Maha Kali.
AshtaLaxmi- The eight forms of Laxmi also contain Adi Laxmi as one of the forms. Other forms are DhanaLakshmi, Dhairalaxmi, Santan Laxmi, Gaja Laxmi, Vidya Laxmi, Vijay Laxmi and Dhanya Lakshmi.
The origin of the cosmos
In Brahmanda Purana- one of the eighteen puranas based on the theories of cosmos; there is a further advancement of the womb theory allied with Adi Lakshmi. Brahmanda meaning (Brahma: cosmic, Anda: Egg) is believed to have emerged from her. There were three eggs that gave birth to the cosmos.
The first egg gave birth to Ambika and Vishnu, the second to Lakshmi and Brahma and the final egg to Sarawati and Shiva. Adi Lakshmi is a shapeless, formless primordial force that existed when there was nothing, and from nothing Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were born.
Adi Laxmi then arranged marriage of Ambika with Shiva, Saraswati with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu with Lakshmi. It is with these three couples the task of creation started.
Appearance and the concept of Adi lakshmi
Adilakshmi is characterized with numerous arms in some small paintings. Her appearance depends on the perception that the artist has of the theory. In a way, a human mind here is trying to create a picture of the Goddess beyond his imagination and contemplation. Adi Laxmi is the name for the energy, which is responsible for life and death. There are many unfathomable mysteries of the cosmos and we as humans have answers for a very limited set of questions. So, the ancient gurus (knowledgeable people) have tried to explain the way our cosmos works and the reason for its creation. The reason and the meaning of all the texts may differ for every individual and totally depends on the way you understand it. As writing absolutely relevant and real details about the ultimate god or the power or force, whatever you may call it is not possible for living being since nobody living has seen him. There are various ancient contemplation’s of the knowledgeable people of those times about the absolute force.
Other forms of Ashtalakshmi
Dhairyalakshmi (Veera Lakshmi)