Works -- Books and CDs
Attracting Abundance: Meditations on Lakshmi (CD and MP3)
The meditations on this album, created and narrated by Constantina Rhodes, Ph.D., will assist you in attracting the sparkling, creative energy of Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity, and generating it within yourself. In each meditation you will be guided gently to relax, visualize, and experience the vibrant source-energy of abundance. These meditations are inspired by ancient texts, and to deepen your experience this album also features several tracks of original mantras.
Lakshmi, gracious goddess of wealth, beauty, prosperity, and good fortune, is the embodiment of abundance itself. Hers is the divine power that makes like sweet, rich, and deeply satisfying. This goddess appears as a lovely, radiant woman with sparkling eyes that emit a gracious glance. On a deeper level, Lakshmi exists as the undifferentiated energy of prosperity. This is the rich, divine substance from which all forms of wealth are fashioned. The divine essence of abundance is everywhere, within and without. By invoking Lakshmi and meditating on her, you can align with that essence and experience your own abundance, right here and right now.
We invite you to relax, get comfortable, and enjoy these journeys for attracting abundance into your life. The more you practice these meditations, the deeper will become your connection to their inner source, and the more you'll experience the energy of abundance.
The Four Paths of Abundance: Meditations on Lakshmi, vol. 2 (CD and MP3)
This album offers guidance in drawing forth your own prosperity consciousness by applying it to four basic areas of your life.
Abundance. How wonderful it is to contemplate the sensation that there is always enough, that there is a rich, easeful, and continuous outpouring of prosperity and wellbeing. When we tap into that sensation consciously we can actually increase its presence and expand our experience of it. Learning to draw upon that sensation and to dwell in it is an art that brings infinite rewards.
In India, the beloved goddess Lakshmi embodies abundance and prosperity in all of its forms. She appears as a radiant woman with sparkling eyes that emit a gracious glance. On a deeper level, Lakshmi exists as the undifferentiated energy of prosperity, the rich, divine substance from which all forms of wealth are fashioned. According to ancient Vedic traditions, the prosperity of the goddess is expressed through a system of four paths called arthas -- literally the "wealths" of existence. Deeply contemplating and connecting to the divine energy of harmonious relationship, material prosperity, pleasure, and spiritual freedom can take you closer to achieving a rich, fulfilling life.
The meditations on this album, created and narrated by Constantina Rhodes, Ph.D., will assist you in connecting with the abundant energy of the goddess. In each meditation you will be guided to relax, visualize, and experience the divine source-energy of abundance as it is expressed in a particular aspect of your own life. We invite you to enjoy these journeys for attracting and manifesting abundance. The more you practice these meditations, the deeper will become your connection to their inner source, and the more you'll experience the energy of abundance.
Experience Your Intuition: Guided Meditations for Intuitive Development (2-CD set; MP3)
All of us have the capacity for intuition. Intuition is a skill... a gift, actually...and there is much more to it than mere hunches. It is an innate capacity for inner knowing that, like any other art or skill, can be developed with practice.
Whether you are completely new to intuitive development or whether you are a seasoned professional practitioner, these guided meditations will provide you the opportunity to develop your capacities for inner knowing. Each time you work with these meditations you'll increase and strengthen your intuitive muscles. These meditations foster an increasing trust in following your inner knowing. The more you perceive through that knowing, the more closely you'll come into alignment with your deepest wisdom and your heart's truest desire.
Invoking Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony
Beautiful, beloved Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, happiness, and abundant good fortune. This fascinating book is the first comprehensive guide to this celebrated goddess, her worship, and the deeper spiritual domain of prosperity that she reveals. It contains the only collection of devotional songs in English translation dedicated entirely to Lakshmi.
"Every page of this book breathes with the spirit of the golden goddess of abundance. The writing is captivating and engaging and drew me into the colorful, sumptuous ceremonial and meditative life centering on Lakshmi from the very first sentence. The book is based on time in India among worshippers of Lakshmi and study of Sanskrit songs that praise and invoke her, which are beautifully translated here. The author divides the book into devotional practices that envision the goddess as a divine being and Tantric methods that awaken the presence of the goddess within. The book offers the best ~ most insightful and elegantly written ~ explanation of Tantra I have ever encountered in my decades of study. Invoking Lakshmi is an absolute must for anyone interested in Lakshmi or in Tantra or who wants to understand the true nature of wealth as a spiritual state of radiant well-being and free flow of resources into and through one's life in enriching, inspiring, enlightening ways. A magnificent book on a magnificent topic...to read it is to commune with Lakshmi and invite her blessings into one's life."
--Miranda Shaw, author of Buddhist Goddesses of India and Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism (both from Princeton University Press)
Meditations on Shiva: The Shivastotravali of Utpaladeva
"Here is the rejoicing, the cajoling, the longing of a great being in love with God and in love with His creation. For the devotee, the created is a reflection of the Creator. This book is an authentic delight."
--Swami Gitananda [Carlos Pomeda]
Shaiva Devotional Songs of Kashmir: A Translation and Study of Utpaladeva's Shivastotravali
"Though the Trika school is best known for its rigorous philosophy, the tradition also produced emotional poetry characterized by many of the themes and concerns found in other devotional movements. The moving Sanskrit hymns to Shiva of Utpaladeva (ca. 900-950), Shivastotravali, which are still chanted daily by some Kashmiri Hindus, serve to remind us that not all bhakti poetry is in vernacular languages. These hymns are featured in a highly accessible translation by Constantina Rhodes Bailly, Shaiva Devotional Songs of Kashmir.
--Philip Lutgendorf, "Medieval Devotional Traditions: An Annotated Survey of Recent
Scholarship," in The Study of Hinduism (ed. Arvind Sharma), pp. 224-225