Lakshmi is the mother goddess, and the consort of Vishnu. She is the patron of wealth (both material and spiritual), prosperity, good fortune and is the embodiment of beauty and grace. In this form, she is bestowing gold coins of prosperity and the elephants flanking her represent her royal power.
"An old Chinese Zen Master once said, "From birth to death it's just like this!" ...We always imagine that there's got to be somewhere else better than where we are right now, the great 'Somewhere Else' we all carry around in our heads. We believe 'Somewhere Else' is out there for us if only we could find it. But there's no somewhere else. Everything is right here." ~ Brad Warner