Salma Hayek Says She Meditates On Goddess Lakshmi To Connect With Her Inner Beauty. We Think It’s Beautiful!
I’ve always thought that it’s a little weird when the West thinks of India as this place to come in search of their ‘spirituality’. Oh and let’s not forget all the atrocious things they’ve done with yoga, from beer yoga to goat yoga. I’m not exactly snobbish or looking down on them, but come on, it does look a little frivolous, fake and lazy. But there are some who adapt to it by doing their proper homework, embracing the culture whole-heartedly and according it the respect it deserves. Hinduism (in its purest spiritual essence, not the corrupted one we often see today) is something a lot of international celebrities have been embracing. And the latest to join the club is Hollywood actor Salma Hayek.
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In a recent Instagram post, Salma Hayek revealed that she meditates often to connect with her inner beauty. But it is the subject of her meditation that was quite surprising, especially to her Indian fan—the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi! Hayek posted a picture of the goddess, and in her caption wrote about how the goddess’ image brings her a sense of joy, and how joy is the door to inner beauty. What impressed me was how she perfectly listed the qualities that are often ascribed to Goddess Lakshmi as per the scriptures.
“When I want to connect with my inner beauty, I start my meditation focusing on the goddess Lakshmi, who in Hinduism represents wealth, fortune, love, beauty, Māyā (literally meaning “illusion” or “magic”), joy and prosperity. Somehow her image makes me feel joyful, and joy is the greatest door for your inner beauty.”
Her post was met with a lot of love from her fans, with lots of Indian fans dropping in to say, “Jai Lakshmi Mata!” or remarking how beautiful this idea is. Bipasha Basu also commented.
I think this is pretty amazing, and not just because this indicates how the world’s grown so small that this beautiful exchange of culture has happened, where a Mexican-American actress can talk about Goddess Lakshmi. I, for one, have always thought that our scriptures have portrayed goddesses as powerful beings who are equals, often even more revered than their male consorts, the Gods. The fact that these qualities of the Goddesses are being understood, channelled and celebrated is a welcome change from the other, more macabre reasons that India, it’s women, and Hinduism are being discussed currently.
Salma Hayek will soon be seen playing badass characters in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and Marvel’s Eternals, in which she plays an immortal, God-like superhero. In case, she’s looking for some inspiration, might I suggest another Hindu Goddess, Goddess Kali?