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Many of us are familiar with the very cute looking elephant headed deity, but do you really understand what he, Ganesha, is all about? Have you considered reasons why it might feel relevant to have a murti (a statue) or a picture of him in your home? 

Many of us are familiar with the very cute looking elephant headed deity, but do you really understand what he, Ganesha, is all about? Have you considered reasons why it might feel relevant to have a murti (a statue) or a picture of him in your home? 

The ancient sages in India were very wise in realising that unless the many aspects of the divine were made up into interesting and relatable (but sometimes crazy) stories people may not be interested. As a result, in hindu mythology these gods and goddesses all have specific qualities/elements of magic. These divine elements are all aspects of our own consciousness that we can invoke and raise to the surface of our own being in order to enhance our own lives.  

It was Ganesha’s birthday on Saturday 22nd August. Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival in India that begins on his birthday and runs for 10 days, so there is still a window of opportunity if you wish to connect to this auspicious time and bring some of the wonders of Ganesha into your life, in one of our yoga classes or at home.   

The 9 Sacred Wonders of Ganesha

Vedic culture recognises 108 as the number of the wholeness of existence; any derivative of that number is also seen as sacred. So here are 9 sacred wonders of Ganesha.  

  • Balance
    Representing the perfect equilibrium between Power & Beauty and between Force & Kindness.  Call upon Ganesha for Balance in your life.  He also enables us to find the perfect balance between living in our human existence but honouring our divine self. 
  • Stability & Nurture
    Often life can throw us into situations that induce fear and anxiety.  Ganesha sits at the root of our body, at an energetic vortex known as Muladhara where he resides with the nurturing energy of his mother Parvati.  Invoking him will help to make you feel more grounded and supported. 
  • New Beginnings
    Beginning a new project, starting a new job, moving home, embarking on a new adventure.  Ganesha symbolises auspicious beginnings and is believed to grant us luck in all our new endeavours. 
  • Wisdom & Intellect
    Ganesha is also known as Ganapati. ‘Ga’ symbolises Buddhi (intellect) and ‘na’ symbolises vijnana (wisdom).
  • Obstacle Remover
    Ganesha’s large size represents his metaphysical ability to remove obstacles in his devotees’ lives. 
  • Control
    Our ego can run riot if we let it.  Ganesha’s vehicle of choice, the mouse, represents the ego.  So it is said that the one who controls his ego has Ganesha consciousness.  
  • Discrimination & Strength
    Ganesha’s trunk symbolises that the wise person has both great strength and fine discrimination.
  • Non-Duality
    Duality is the screen keeping us from realising our real Self, atma which is beyond body and mind.  Ganesha’s broken tusk symbolises that a wise person is beyond duality.  
  • Discernment & Deep Listening
    With both Ganesha’s eyes symbolising discernment and ears symbolising deep listening.  These qualities enable us to only focus upon and listen to that which helps us on our journey home to Ganesha’s father Shiva (unbounded awareness) at Sahasrara chakra, the crown of the head.  

Ways in which to invoke Ganesha 

  • Have the mantra (above) playing in the background of your day. 
  • Use a mala 108 beads and repeat the Japa mantra Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha.  Short for time? Just repeat the bija (seed) mantra GUM on its own 108 times.  
  • Meditate with awareness to the legs and the feet areas governed by  Muladhara the vortex of energy at the root of the body where Ganesha resides.
  • Light a candle, some incense next to a picture or murti of Ganesha and repeat the above or the mantra in the above link which is as follows.

 

वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ

निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा

वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ

निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा

 

Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya 

Koti Surya Samaprabha |

Nirvighnam KuruMe Deva 

Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa ||

 

(Salutations to Sri Ganesha) Who has a Curved Trunk, 

Who has a Large Body and Whose Splendour is similar to a Million Suns; 

O Deva, Please Make my Undertakings Free of Obstacles,

By extending Your Blessings in All my Works, Always.

 

Ganesha Blessings
Faye & Samantha 

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