I have posted the question below in an existing thread
, thinking it would be the wise
thing to do because people might benefit from the thread's revival.
I did receive a perfectly valid reply. But I think my question - which is very specific - might get more attention on its own than within a thread
with a less specific title.
So here it goes.
I have heard and read many times that the "seed" mantra SHRIM is supposed to attract wealth, abundance etc. In fact, there is
in the aforementioned thread that says just that:
For Abundance, Prosperity, Wealth: Shrim (shreem) seed mantra associated with the Goddess Lakshmi who provides wealth, health and prosperity.
Now, I have no doubts whatsoever about the (re)creative power of sound.
(I do have certain doubts regarding its relation to the language in question itself, but more on that some other time.)
My main question at this particular point - and please, forgive my "naivety" - is simply this:
If chanting this mantra ("shrim") provides wealth - and considering the fact that even WE (in Europe and the USA, among other places) know about
it... why are there so many desperately destitute people in India (among other places where Hinduism is also well rooted)?
The only answer I can see at this point (besides the possibility of it simply not working at any level, of course) would be that there has to be
something else involved - perhaps a specific religious belief? (The mention of Lakshmi alone seems to indicate just that; but practically every text
I've read about mantras affirms that Hindu beliefs are NOT at all essential to the practice.)
It cannot be just belief in its efficacy, because I am sure many of those destitute people (yes, they are abstract, but I doubt they would be purely
"hypothetical") have at least the same degree of belief in its efficacy as any of us.
And besides, that would mean it IS bogus in a sense (the equivalent of a placebo pill with indifferently attributable qualities); or at least there
would be no need of singling this particular mantra as the bringer of abundance.
I really don't know; but I do think it's a question that deserves to be discussed.
[edit on 15-4-2008 by Vanitas]