Description Of Ashta Laxmis

Srimad Bhagavatam 08.08.03-08 - Description Of Ashta Laxmis (download mp3)
by Jagannath Priya Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 8.8.3
tata uccaihsrava nama
hayo 'bhuc candra-pandurah
tasmin balih sprham cakre
nendra isvara-siksaya

Thereafter, a horse named Uccaihsrava, which was as white as the moon, was generated. Bali Maharaja desired to possess this horse, and Indra, the King of heaven, did not protest, for he had previously been so advised by the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

SB 8.8.4
tata airavato nama
varanendro vinirgatah
dantais caturbhih svetadrer
haran bhagavato mahim

As the next result of the churning, the king of elephants, named Airavata, was generated. This elephant was white, and with its four tusks it defied the glories of Kailasa Mountain, the glorious abode of Lord Siva.

SB 8.8.5
airavanadayas tv astau
dig-gaja abhavams tatah
abhramu-prabhrtayo 'stau ca
karinyas tv abhavan nrpa

Thereafter, O King, eight great elephants, which could go in any direction, were generated. They were headed by Airavana. Eight she-elephants, headed by Abhramu, were also generated.

The names of the eight elephants were Airavana, Pundarika, Vamana, Kumuda, Añjana, Puspadanta, Sarvabhauma and Supratika.

SB 8.8.6
kaustubhakhyam abhud ratnam
padmarago mahodadheh
tasmin manau sprham cakre
vakso-'lankarane harih
tato 'bhavat parijatah
purayaty arthino yo 'rthaih
sasvad bhuvi yatha bhavan

Generated thereafter from the great ocean were the celebrated gems Kaustubha-mani and Padmaraga-mani. Lord Visnu, to decorate His chest, desired to possess them. Generated next was the parijata flower, which decorates the celestial planets. O King, as you fulfill the desires of everyone on this planet by fulfilling all ambitions, the parijata fulfills the desires of everyone.

SB 8.8.7
tatas capsaraso jata
niska-kanthyah suvasasah
ramanyah svarginam valgu-

Next there appeared the Apsaras [who are used as prostitutes on the heavenly planets]. They were fully decorated with golden ornaments and lockets and were dressed in fine and attractive clothing. The Apsaras move very slowly in an attractive style that bewilders the inhabitants of the heavenly planets.

SB 8.8.8
tatas cavirabhut saksac
chri rama bhagavat-para
rañjayanti disah kantya
vidyut saudamani yatha

Then there appeared the goddess of fortune, Rama, who is absolutely dedicated to being enjoyed by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. She appeared like electricity, surpassing the lightning that might illuminate a marble mountain.

Sri means opulence. Krsna is the owner of all opulences.

bhoktaram yajña-tapasam
suhrdam sarva-bhutanam
jñatva mam santim rcchati

This peace formula for the world is given in Bhagavad-gita (5.29). When people know that the Supreme Lord, Krsna, is the supreme enjoyer, the supreme proprietor and the most intimate well-wishing friend of all living entities, peace and prosperity will ensue all over the world. Unfortunately, the conditioned souls, being placed into illusion by the external energy of the Lord, want to fight with one another, and therefore peace is disturbed. The first prerequisite for peace is that all the wealth presented by Sri, the goddess of fortune, be offered to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Everyone should give up his false proprietorship over worldly possessions and offer everything to Krsna. This is the teaching of the Krsna consciousness movement.