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Devotion of criminals and black money - Brahma Purana 4.3
The owl is the vehicle of Laxmi (Lakshmi), who is a manifestation of Shakti associated with Vishnu. The reason for this is that the owl is a nocturnal bird of prey: those who cannot see or understand Vishnu, yet would still devote themselves to the Dharma of Vishnu, are her vehicle. This is why, too, Laxmi will accept devotions of black-money (criminal money), criminal actions, wrong action, and other abhorrent and regrettable things. The darkness symbolizes ignorance, specifically ignorance of Vishnu, of right and wrong, of duty; it symbolizes unskillfulness; it symbolizes weakness. It is because of weakness, ignorance and lack of skill that abhorrent and regrettable things are done, it is because of this that people become criminals, negligent in their duties. An owl, flying through such a mass of unskillfulness and ignorance, symbolizes the intention required to break through the darkness of misdeeds and unskillfulness. Like a mother or teacher, Laxmi will accept devotions of wrong action, and encourage improvement.