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The archetypal couple Vishnu and Lakshmi, visualized through meditation as a divine couple of god and goddess, represents the highest aspects of a human soul.

Living in spiritual communion with Vishnu and Lakshmi equals becoming one with the master and mistress of sustenance, the embodiments of wealth, and material prosperity. Vishnu and Lakshmi are also responsible for sensuality, spontaneity, humor and so forth.

The Hindu myths tell the story of Vishnu’s and Lakshmi’s spiritual son, the god of love Kama, who is in fact more or less a “Hindu” Cupid. He sends his arrows with flower-pointers from a bow made of flowers and bees.

Symbolizing the senses and erotic games, this description of “birds and bees” is in fact a conceptual variation of the Westal myth. Kama is extraordinarily handsome, as the god Shiva granted him eternal beauty and youth.

Kama embodies the eternal love between Vishnu and Lakshmi. He is mainly evoked during the spring and always during lovemaking.

Kama is always in the hearts of those in love and the famous love-treaty Kama Sutra is his very song. Rati, his beloved is the personification of refined, endless sexuality and erotic vitality.

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According to the Vishnu Purana treaty, “Vishnu and Lakshmi are eternally embraced in the game of love, and for this purpose they take on different forms. Their various external manifestations, ever changing, speak about the intimate, profound communion between the two. They represent The Eternal Divine Lovers.”

One common representation of Vishnu is sleeping on the surface of the causal ocean. He dreams the game of the world and offers different methods for the sustenance and identification with the superior divine aspects, characteristic to the Divine Self Atman, and he usually does this by choosing from the “waves” of the Cosmic Ocean of Existence the “beatitude waves”.

He is also considered the guardian of mankind, the keeper of Dharma – his role is to preserve order in the universe.

Every time that humanity decays, he takes on the form of an avatar, a divine model coming to earth to show people new paths for spiritual development.

The ancient texts mention nine incarnations of Vishnu, incarnations reminding one of an old interpretation of the evolutionist theory.

Thus, his first incarnation was a fish, Matsya ; the second a turtle, Kurma ; the third a wild boar, Varaha; the fourth a lion; the fifth a dwarf, Vamana; the sixth a warrior, Parasurama; the seventh a hero, Rama; the eighth Krishna; the ninth Buddha.

His tenth incarnation, Kalki is supposed to come about at the end of this age, Kali Yuga. He is said to be the cosmic rider of the Apocalypse, who will take on the role of destroyer of what is evil is left on earth.

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In the Veda -s he appears as a solar god, named also “he who acts”, the name deriving from the verb vish = to act. Although he manifested his action through his three steps alone.

These three steps allowed him to measure the universe and its three aspects: physical, astral and causal.

Very often it is considered that these steps represent the rise, the climax and the setting of the sun. The zenith, the “Vishnu’s supreme step” stands for the subtle secret realm of the fortunate.

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