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Who Is Ganesh ?


Ganesh  The elephant headed Ganesha is one of the most loved of the Vedic gods and goddesses. He is worshipped as the remover of obstacles and the Lord of wisdom and success. His plump belly symbolizes prosperity, and his large forehead represents intelligence and foresight. Ganesha, uses his elephantine strength and determination to remove the obstacles obstructing our path to union with the Divine. Ganesha is also the destroyer of vanity, selfishness, and pride (in short - our ego). He is the personification of the material universe in all its various and magnificent manifestations. Ganesha is invoked at the beginning of any important venture, journey, wedding ceremony, or enterprise.

Ganesha's Mantra

Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha
(OM GUM GUH-NUH-PUH-TUH-YEI NAHM-AH-HA)

  "We bow with praise to Ganesha, the Giver of Perfection and Remover of Obstacles." Ganesha's mantra is extremely powerful. When it is consistently invoked with intention focused at removing an obstacle in a manner that is, "the best for all concerned," the results are nothing short of magical. Ganesha's mantra can help us to resolve inner conflicts that we may be projecting onto external situations. By helping us discern which state of mind is creating disharmony within us, and shifting that particular vibration, Ganesha brings order to our outer world. The tangible effects often seem like a sudden and abrupt disappearance of obstacles in ways that defy the laws of nature as we know them. What actually happens is our awareness and perception have been shifted and/or expanded to the extent that we can see an alternative path or paths of less resistance, which are free of the obstacle(s). To be effective the mantra meditation should be practiced each day for a minimum of 40 continuous days.

Significance of the Ganesha Form

 Ganesha's head is symbolic of our Atman or soul, which is the ultimate supreme reality of human existence. His human body signifies Maya or the earthly existence of human beings. The elephant head denotes wisdom and its trunk represents Om, the sound symbol of cosmic reality. In his upper right hand Ganesha often holds a goad, which helps him propel mankind forward on the eternal path and remove obstacles from the way. The noose Ganesha sometimes carries with his left hand is a gentle implement used to capture all difficulties.  Ganesha is frequently seen holding a tusk, which he broke off for the writing of the Mahabharata, like a pen in his lower right hand. This is symbolic of the path of selfless service and sacrifice. The rosary sometimes found in his other hand suggests that our pursuit of knowledge should be continuous. The laddoo (sweet) he holds in his trunk indicates that we must discover the sweetness of our own Atman (soul). His fan-like ears convey that he is 'all ears' to our prayers. The snake that runs round his waist represents energy in all forms. He is humble enough to ride the lowest of creatures, a tiny mouse named Mooshika. Ganesha is often seen dancing with the abandoned joy which accompanies being liberated from ego.

 Ganesha is the son of Parvati the daughter of the Himalayas, and Shiva the Lord of the Transformation. One story of Ganesha's birth goes like this: "Once goddess Parvati, while bathing, created a fully grown son out of the dirt of her body and assigned him the task of guarding the entrance to her bathroom. When Shiva, her husband returned, he was surprised to find a stranger denying him access, and struck off the young man's head in rage. Parvati broke down in utter grief and to soothe her, Shiva sent out his squad (gana) to fetch the head of any sleeping being who was facing the north. The company found a sleeping elephant and brought back its severed head, which was then attached to the body of the boy. Shiva restored Ganesha's life and made him the leader (pati) of his troops. Hence his name 'Ganapati'. Shiva also bestowed a boon that people would worship him and invoke his name before undertaking any venture."


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