Purification of the Mind is obtained through worship of Lakshmi Devi. Contrary to popular belief, Mother Laxmi is worshiped not for material wealth, but for good and noble values (spiritual wealth).
More important than material wealth is the inner wealth of spiritual values such as love, kindness, sincerity, self-control, self-discipline, etc. By the practice of such spiritual values in our daily lives, our minds become purified.
For non-Hndus: Laxmi, as well as ALL of the “gods” and “goddesses” encountered in Sanatana Dharma / “Hinduism,” is simply an aspect of the ONE GOD that exists. More precisely, “Goddess” represents the Power of the ONE GOD.
The Cham, or sacred dance, is a feature of many Tibetan festivals. Described as “meditation in action” this ancient dance possesses many levels of meaning and is seen as a practice for purification and overcoming negative obstacles.
This looks akin to the meditative dances that are done by dervishes in Sufism — perhaps one was inspired by the other?
I like the delightful “Lily Adams” character on the new AT&T commercials. Milana Vayntrub is a cutie, and the commercials are amusing — especially the one with basketball star Grant Hill. And how exotic to be born in a very ancient and historical city such as Tashkent, Uzbekistan!