Together with household matters, the family is the concern of the Left Nabhi, the Gruhalakshmi… the Goddess of the family… and of the household. The most important role of the wife is to produce and care for the children; The family is the most important basis of a healthy society – if the family is destroyed, then all society is destroyed; The family is the nest, for the children to be able to grow up with dignity (1981-0328)

The Left Nabhi… reflects our relationship with our wife (1985-0806), the qualities of family, and of the household; The centre of the Gruhalakshmi, the Goddess of the household. Men and women are equal, but not similar, both being important for a balanced family life. If the woman starts trying to compete with the man, then the family and children suffer. The wife is the shakti, the strongest point of the family and has to bear the angularities of the husband (1981-0328); One of nine Lakshmis… is the Gruhalakshmi, is the housewife (1996-0716)… the Goddess of the household – the wife. In our subtle system, is on the left Nabhi (1981-0926); The ‘Principle’ or ‘Essence’ of the family, and of the marriage, of the household, is the child, for whom all is created (1978-1218; 1987-1225)

The ladies have to be very good housewives, to be the Gruhalakshmi, the Goddess of the household. In India, the housewife is a very powerful institution, and regarded as the highest. It does not mean that you have to keep the house very clean. It means that you have to be very open-hearted, loving and devoted personalities. The Gruhalakshmi is the power of tremendous love, compassion and forgiveness. The ladies have to be very dharmic and chaste, innocent by nature, and not cunning or crafty (1986-0921.2)

In India, the wife gets up long before the husband, and does all the preparation of the food etc., and then sits down with him and fans him as he eats… so giving him a rhythm for the whole day… and so he does not get hectic. She does not discuss horrible things in the morning, but creates a feeling of peace in the household. She does so by absorbing. She is a very mature person, and sees the futility of unnecessarily arguing. She is so powerful that she does not take, but just gives. Where the women are respectable, and respected, there reside the Deities (1986-0921.2)

Tape References

Date/Ref – Title – Qual – mins

1996-0716 Mahalakshmi Puja, Moscow – see 1996-0710 good 40

1987-1225 Tapasyas – Poona – see 1987-1219 good 25

1978-1218 Agnya, Caxton Hall (first 15 mins poor quality) not good 70 1981-0328 Nabhi talk, Australia [some noises + 15 mins Q&A] good 55 1981-0926 Shri Mataji in America, NY, day 3 [+PP video set 2/1,2] 1985-0806.1 Lambeth Ashram Talk/part 1 – Chelsham Road not good 90 1985-0806.2 Lambeth Ashram Talk/part 2 – Chelsham Road not good 45 1986-0921.2 Role of Belgium and Holland, Mechelen good 65

– end – 21 Apr 2003