Everything that is good and necessary is called a sampada! Some examples of sampada are shown below…
- Physical well-being
- Mental well-being
- Beauty (definition of beauty is not that appeals to eye and heart – it is whatever form that is naturally given by God)
- Ability of expression
- Ability to share
- Pleasant surroundings
- Amicable friends, family and neighbours
- Devotion to God
- Believing in scriptures
- Understanding the right meaning of scriptures
- Adherence to scriptures in every action
Above enlists prosperity at a broad level, but when you go deep into each of it, there are different depths and levels of variance of that prosperity that one can possess.
One wants to have all this sampada, but it is important to use this sampada in the direction of righteousness as defined in the scriptures. That is when the prosperity can be called dy:vi: sampada, divine prosperity! To possess this kind of divine prosperity, we seek out to the mother of the existence, the source of all these sampada – Lakshmi Devi. (Just like a mother does not really wait for her children to ask for anything, Lakshmi Devi also does not wait to give us sampada that we need. But, it becomes our duty to recognise her as the source. Even if we recognise and realise this fact or not, she continues to bestow us with her divine grace in formats that we may or may not understand through the ultimate protector – God.)
Different forms depict different kinds of prosperity on the first 8 days of Navaratri as Maha Lakshmi, Dhana Lakshmi, Dhanya Lakshmi, Gaja Lakshmi, Santana Lakshmi, Veera Lakshmi, Vijaya Lakshmi, Vidya Lakshmi. On these 8 days, we remind ourselves that all the instruments we have: such as our body, memory, cattle, car, pen, books, etc as pockets of power bestowed by our mother, Lakshmi Devi.