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Ganesha Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chavithi – Sep 10


Tomorrow Sep 10 is the auspicious occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi with the presiding nakshatra being Swati tomorrow.Lord Ganesha is the first born son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha is formed out of two words ( Gana +Isha ) , Ganesha is also known as Lord Ganapati or Lord of the ganas. The word gana has many different meanings in sanskrit

1.Everything that is perceived by one’s senses falls into the category of ganas. Everything that is desired by one also falls into the category of ganas. Please note the words perceived and not absolute reality .One can perceive a lot of things in this material world whereas the underlying reality might be different.

2.Ganas also refers to all possible forces of nature in this world.

In one word Ganapati is the Almighty Lord himself who has mastered his senses , has mastered nature and is the underlying reality of the material world. Nature is represented by the divine mother who is also Goddess Parvati !!! .Please notice the symbolism hidden in the story of the birth of Ganesha.

3.Ganesha is the Lord of the Muladhara chakra in the human body beneath which lies the Kundalini energy ( refer to the posts on Kundalini on the site ) . Within each human being a tiny fraction of the cosmos still exists .This is similar to a lamp lighting a different lamp. Will the new lamp function any different than the original lamp or would it be known by any other name ? . The same way the mother goddess resides within all of us as the Kundalini energy in her sleep state lying coiled beneath the Muladhara Chakra.

🙂 Lord Ganesha the lord of the senses which naturally have their seat in the Muladhara chakra is the guardian of the entrance leading to the Muladhara. ( Later in the story you will see the symbolism of Lord Ganapati guarding the doorway ) .

The very name Muladhara means the ” Adhara ” and the very first one of creation .

To understand the symbolic meaning of Ganesha’s personality we have to examine his personified form. Half human and half elephant, he represents human intelligence wedded to the strength of an elephant. The parts of his body are disproportionate: he has big ears, small eyes, a long trunk, a massive belly, and small feet. He is paradox embodied: although he is enormous, his vehicle is a mouse; he consumes huge quantities of food, yet he is an ascetic; he is fat and his legs are short, yet he is master of the dance. His boundless intelligence is symbolized by his big head. The epithet given to him in both Vedic and tantric scriptures is Brahmanaspati, “lord of knowledge and intelligence” or “lord of pervasiveness.” The scriptures also refer to him as Jyeshtha Raja, “the eldest son,” even though he was never born.

Ganesha’s massive belly symbolizes his capacity to consume and contain the universe that evolves from the Divine Mother. As the lord of gravitational energy he has thecapacity to pull anything toward himself and process it as he wishes. He also sets the wheel of karma in motion. That is why the scriptures describe him as Karma Adhyaksha, “the one who presides over karmic law.”

Ganesha is immortal. In him lies the seed of omniscience, and the most subtle mysteries of the universe are known to him, including the mysteries related to our mind, karma, and the cycle of birth and death. The rays of light emanating from him enable us to comprehend our deeply rooted karmic impressions and discover how to attain freedom from the binding forces of our mind. Only then are the obstacles emerging from its unlit corners fully destroyed. Hence he is called Vighnesha, “the lord who removes obstacles.”

Like fire, Ganesha consumes anything in his path with his enormous appetite. He is pleased with any offering we make to him with love – he gladly accepts our problems and con cerns and swallows them, granting us freedom once and for all. No force other than Ganesha is capable of consuming our ignorance, egoism, attachment, aversion, and fear of death. That is also why he is called Vighnesha, “the lord who removes obstacles.”

His big ears symbolize his limitless capacity for hearing. He hears our prayers regardless of how we recite them – he does not care whether or not we sing hymns in his praise, he considers our heartbeat and brainwaves to be forms of prayer

Any irregularity, whatever the cause, catches his attention. Being Ganesha, the head of the family, he rushes to our rescue. For these reasons, too, he is known as Vighnesha, “the lord who removes obstacles.”

The fluid that sometimes flows from the temporal gland of male elephants flows constantly from Ganesha, and drawn by its sweet aroma insects drink the nectar. Intoxicated, they buzz around his ears, which he flaps gently in order to ward themoff. This tells us metaphorically that Ganesha’s head, the treasure-house of wisdom, is so filled with the sweetness of love and compassion that it flows from him effortlessly and incessantly and is granted even to those who come to him with a noisy mind.

Set in his enormous head, Ganesha’s eyes are small because he has little use for them. However his third eye, the eye of intuition, is wide open, and he sees past, present, and future simultaneously. Seated as he is deep within every living and non-living entity, he sees everything. That is why he is called Adi Rishi, “the primordial seer.” He is the eternal source of knowledge – revelation flows through him. The scriptures refer to him as Parama Guru, “the master of all previous masters.”

The scriptures identify Ganesha with the sacred sound Om, and the shape of his trunk resembles the word written in Sanskrit. Because Om is the source of all mantras, repeating any mantra is tantamount to meditating on Ganesha. All sounds, words, and mantras in their dormant form rest in the muladhara chakra, where Ganesha resides.

The most subtle, vibrationless state of sound in the muladhara chakra is called “para.” At the behest of Ganesha, who presides over gravitational energy, a stirring arises in the muladhara chakra that can be detected only intuitively.

This vibrationless vibration can be felt when it reaches the navel center; when it reaches the heart center, it assimilates the power of thinking; and it becomes audible when it reaches the throat center. Ganesha oversees this entire process. Without his assistance and guidance we can neither gain access to the muladhara center nor receive the ensuing revelation. That is why Ganesha is said to be the gatekeeper at the palace of the Divine Mother.

Though Ganesha’s feet are quite small, he outruns all the forces of the universe – because he pervades everything, he is already everywhere. Without moving, the lord of gravita tional energy makes everything move. With his enormous body and tiny feet Ganesha dances to the song of the Divine Mother, and exhilarated by his movements, She joins in. Then, as mother and son perform their cosmic dance, all the arts and sciences spring forth. Unable to contain the divine ecstasy, the sages emerge from their absorption in Ganesha and assume their roles as our guides. This cosmic dance symbolizes the process of kundalini awakening. The forces of darkness can cast their spell of slumber on us only as long as we are outside the pale of this dance. Thus Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, is the one who awakens the divine force in the form of kundalini shakti. He blesses us with shaktipata (the bestowing of divine energy). It is he who sends a sat guru (a true master) into our lives, and through his grace the forces of love, compassion, self-motivation, self-confidence, and determination unfold. Thus the scriptures assert that the door to the Divine Mother’s palace opens when Ganesha is pleased.

I will put a separate post on the actual procedure of the Puja. May the Lord of the cosmos Ganesha bless all of us with Wisdom , Serenity and Peace.

Lord Ganapati

Jyestha Raja-The First Born of Creation

Lord Ganesha enjoying the dance of creation

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