Saturday, November 6, 2010

To Ensure Financial Success

'Shree Om' is always the entry made on the first page before starting new books of account. It is also the notation made at the top of every new page.

Shree. Or Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity.
Om. Or Ganesh, the Lord of Auspicious Beginnings.

Invoking them before starting an enterprise is the best way to ensure its financial success. Requesting them to bless your books of account is something only a fool would neglect to do.

In Northern India, 'Lakshmi-Ganesh' are worshiped on Diwali. It is any wonder that the Hindu Financial Year starts the day after?

A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.
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Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - Oh, that's really interesting! And it makes a lot of sense to start a financial year just after a celebration in honour of Lakshmi-Ganesh. I like that theme of new beginnings, too, even without the financial aspect to it. Every time I come here, I gain new insights; little wonder your blog is one of my daily must-visits...

Clarissa Draper said...

It fascinates me that your culture is do dependent on the gods. And you have so many gods. Your culture must be really religious.


Mason Canyon said...

I am constantly learning new things thanks to you. I heard Diwali mentioned yesterday on the radio and I thought to myself, 'hey, I know about that because of my friend Rayna.' We could all use good thoughts when starting something new, financial or otherwise.

Thoughts in Progress

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Margot - thank you for your kind words. And if you want an auspicious beginning, just think of Ganesha for a moment before starting!

@ Clarissa- we are a culture dependent on the gods. But so many of our festivals have got so commercialised, it is sad. But the same can be said about Christmas, I guess.

@ Mason - isn't that the best part of blogging- the learning about new things. When I was reading up on blogging a few years back, one of the constant complaints I heard about it was that you created your own world around you and tailored everything to how you wanted it to be. But I have found that far from making me narrow, blogdom has increased my world view manyfold.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Charming! I love little customs like this!

LTM said...

isn't it Diwali now? It seems like one of my local Indian friends said it's Diwali... did I miss it? sigh.

Hey, a Jewish friend of my husbands said I was born on an auspicious date. Guess what that means... ;p <3

Anonymous said...

Diwali celebrations are big over here. There were only a few people in the office yesterday so we all chipped in a for take-out from a delicious Indian restaurant near work. It was the perfect Friday lunch. There was so much food, I can't remember the names of all the dishes but they were so god and so rich! My friend was talking about Lakshmi yesterday and how she is worshipped on this special occasion with many prayers for wealth and prosperity. Happy Diwali!- G

rama said...

Happy Diwali!

Oddyoddyo13 said...

I love this, and the symbolism behind those two words....

Theres just life said...

Love learning about your part of the world. By the way, I like your new profile picture.

Anonymous said...

I love the carvings. Their eyes are stunning, almost real.

Jenn said...

Totally random, but I found a cute picture that totally reminded me of your blog. Check it out!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Debra- they are great, aren't they?

@ Leigh - yes, it is. But if I let you forget, I am not too good a blogger, am I?

@ Georgina- I am so glad you got to celebrate Diwali too. Isn't it fun celebrating each other's festivals?

@ rama- thank you, and to you too

@ Oddyoddyo13- thank you

@ Theres just life- thank you. And the picture was taken by my older one.

@ Niki- they are made of clay, and I do think they are lovely

@ Jenn- thank you so much. I loved it.


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