Saturday, September 7, 2013

Lord Ganesha and the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Ganesha is the Power that removes obstacles by the force of Knowledge.

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Ganesha (among other things) is the Devata of spiritual Knowledge.

                   -   Sri Aurobindo

(On Yoga 2, Letters on Yoga, Tome 1, pp. 377-378)

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You see, this is how it happened: there's this Ganesh ... We had a meditation (this was more than thirty years ago) in the room where 'Prosperity' is now distributed. There were eight or ten of us, I believe. We used to make sentences with flowers; I arranged the flowers, and each one made a sentence with the different flowers I had put there. And one day when the subject of prosperity or wealth came up, I thought (they always say that Ganesh is the god of money, of fortune, of the world's wealth), I thought, 'Isn't this whole story of the god with an elephant trunk merely a lot of human imagination?' Thereupon, we meditated. And who should I see walk in and park himself in front of me but a living being, absolutely alive and luminous, with a trunk that long ... and smiling! So then, in my meditation, I said, 'Ah! So it's true that you exist!' - 'Of course I exist! And you may ask me for whatever you wish, from a monetary standpoint, of course, and I will give it to you!'
So I asked. And for about ten years, it poured in, like this (gesture of torrents). It was incredible. I would ask, and at the next Darshan, or a month or several days later, depending, there it was.

(Mother's Agenda, Vol. 1, July 6, 1958, page 175)

Europeans don't have the inner sense at all. To them, everything is like this (gesture), a surface - not even that, a film on the surface. And they can't feel anything behind. But it's an absolutely real fact that the Presence is there - I guarantee it. People have given me statuettes of various gods, little things in metal, wood or ivory; and as soon as I take one in my hand, the god is there. I have a Ganesh [[Ganesh (or Ganapati): The first son of the Supreme Mother, represented with an elephant trunk and an ample belly. Ganesh is the god who presides over material realizations (over money in particular). He is also known as the scribe of divine knowledge. ]] (I have been given several) and if I take it in my hand and look at it for a moment, he's there. I have a little one by my bedside where I work, eat, and meditate. And then there is a Narayana [[Narayana: another name of Vishnu, one of the gods of the Hindu trinity. He watches over the creation, whereas Brahma is the creator and Shiva the destroyer. ]] which comes from the Himalayas, from Badrinath. I use them both as paperweights for my handkerchiefs! (My handkerchiefs are kept on a little table next to my bed, and I keep Ganapati  and Narayana on top of them.) And no one touches them but me - I pick them up, take a fresh handkerchief, and put them back again. Once I blended some nail polish myself, and before applying it, I put some on Ganapati's forehead and stomach and fingertips! We are on the best of terms, very friendly. So to me, you see, all this is very true. ...

(Mother’s Agenda, Vol. 2, April 29, 1961, Page 193)


The Mother on total surrender to the Divine 

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Sri Adi Shankaracharya has commented on the Ganapati


Om ! O Devas, may we hear with our ears what is auspicious;
May we see with our eyes what is auspicious, O ye worthy of worship !
May we enjoy the term of life allotted by the Devas,
Praising them with our body and limbs steady !
May the glorious Indra bless us !
May the all-knowing Sun bless us !
May Garuda, the thunderbolt for evil, bless us !
May Brihaspati grant us well-being !
Om ! Let there be Peace in me !
Let there be Peace in my environment !
Let there be Peace in the forces that act on me !
Auspiciousness to those who hear —- thus the Santi.
1. Om Gam. I bow to Ganapati.
2. You clearly are the tattva. You alone are the creator. You alone are the maintainer. You alone are the destroyer. Of all this you certainly are Brahman. You plainly are the essence.
3. Always I speak amrta. The truth I speak.
4. Protect me. Protect the speakers. Protect the hearers. Protect the givers. Protect the holders. Protect the disciple that repeats. Protect that in the east. Protect that in the south. Protect that in the west. Protect that in the north. Protect that above. Protect that below. Everywhere protect! Protect me everywhere!
5. You are speech. You are consciousness. You are bliss. You are Brahman. You are being-consciousness-bliss. You are the non-dual. You are plainly Brahman. You are knowledge. You are intelligence.
6. You create all this world. You maintain all this world. All this world is seen in you. You are earth, water, air, fire, ether. You are beyond the four measures of speech. You are beyond the three gunas. You are beyond the three bodies. You are beyond the three times. You are always situated in the muladhara. You are the being of the three Saktis. You are always meditated on by yogins. You are Brahma, you are Visnu, you are Rudra, you are Agni, you are Vayu, you are the sun, you are the moon, you are Brahma, bhur-bhuvah-svar.
7 Ga is the first syllable, after that the first letter, beyond that m, then the half-moon all together. Joined with m, this is the mantra form.
8 The letter ga is the first form, letter a the middle form, m the last form. Bindu the higher form, nada the joining together, samhita the junction. This is the vidya of Lord Ganesa.
9 Ganaka is the seer, nricad-gayatri the metre, Sri Mahaganapati the devata. Om ganapataye namah.
10 Let us think of the one-toothed, let us meditate on the crooked trunk, may that tusk direct us.
11. One tusk, four arms, carrying noose and goad, with his hands dispelling fear and granting boons, with a mouse as his banner.
12. Red, with a big belly, with ears like winnowing baskets, wearing red, with limbs smeared with red scent, truly worshipped with red flowers.
13. To the devoted a merciful deva, the maker of the world, the prime cause, who at the beginning of creation was greater than nature and man.
14. He who always meditates thus is a yogin above yogins.
15. Hail to the lord of vows, hail to Ganapati, hail to the first lord, hail unto you, to the big-bellied, one-tusked, obstacle-destroyer, the son of Siva, to the boon-giver, hail, hail!
16. He who studies this atharva text moves towards Brahma. He is always blissful. He is not bound by any obstacles. He is liberated from the five greater and the five lesser sins. Evening meditation destroys the unmeritorious actions of the night. At both evening and morning he is liberated from the bad and he attains dharma, artha, kama and moksa.
17. This atharva text should not be given to those not pupils. If from delusion a person so gives, he is a bad person.
18. He who wants something may accomplish it by 1,000 recitations of this. He who sprinkles Ganapati with this becomes eloquent. He who recites this on a fourth day becomes a knower of vidya. This is an artharva saying: ‘‘He who moves towards Brahmavidya is never afraid.’’ He who worships with fried grains becomes famous and becomes intelligent. He who worships with sweet-meat (modaka) gains the desired fruit. He who worships with samit and ghee by him all is attained, all is gained by him. He who makes eight brahmËnas understand this becomes like the sun’s rays. In a solar eclipse, in a great river, or in front of an image having recited (this) he gets accomplished in the mantra. He becomes liberated from great obstacles. He is freed from great misfortunes.
Om ! O Devas, may we hear with our ears what is auspicious;
May we see with our eyes what is auspicious, O ye worthy of worship !
May we enjoy the term of life allotted by the Devas,
Praising them with our body and limbs steady !
May the glorious Indra bless us !
May the all-knowing Sun bless us !
May Garuda, the thunderbolt for evil, bless us !
May Brihaspati grant us well-being !
Om ! Let there be Peace in me !
Let there be Peace in my environment !
Let there be Peace in the forces that act on me !
Here ends the Ganapati Upanishad, as contained in the Atharva-Veda.

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19 Ganesha Veda Mantras For All Occasions

Lord Ganesha is referred to as the Pranava Svaroopa, the Embodiment of OM.

Ganesha Hindu God.
Lord Ganesha

Ganapati Upanishad speaks of Lord Ganesha.

He is the Remover of Obstacles, both material and Spiritual.

Sage Avvaiyar composed Vinayakar Akaval, which is a highly developed system of Yoga Siddhanta.

I am posting very important Ganapati Mantras from the Vedas for all to suit all occasions and needs.

Lord Ganesha

1.Aum ekadantaya vidmahe
vakratundaya dhimahi
tanno dantih prachodayat
We devote our thought to the one-tusked Lord.
We meditate upon Him who has a curved trunk.
May the tusked One guide us on the right path.
Ganapati Upanishad
2.Aum tatpurushaya vidmahe
vakratundaya dhimahi
tanno dantih prachodayat
We devote our thought to that supreme person.
We meditate upon Him who has a curved trunk.
May the tusked One guide us on the right path.
Narayana Upanishad
3.Aum tat karataya vidmahe
hasti mukhaya dhimahi
tanno dantih prachodayat
We devote our thoughts to the mysterious Lord.
We meditate on His elephant face.
May the tusked One guide us on the right path.
Maitrayani Samhita 2.6-9
 Special Ganesha Mantras
Ganesha mantras are siddhi mantras .
Each mantra contains certain specific powers of Lord Ganesha.
When chanted with the proper pranayama (rhythmic breathing) and sincere devotion, they will yield good results.
In general, Ganesha mantras will ward off all evil and bless the devotee with abundance, prudence and success.
Evil spirits dare not enter the home or the mind of the devotee where Ganesha mantras are recited.
Those so mystically inclined and knowledgeable of the seven chakras below the muladhara use these powerful incantantions under the direction of the guru to close off these regions of the mind one by one and free consciousness from deep depression, confusion, jealousy, rage, lingering anger and fear. Some such mantras are given below for the spiritual benefit of the readers.
One more point to remember is that one should bathe or wash the limbs before sitting for repetition of the mantra.
Also, one should do three or more pranayama before beginning the mantra. The minimum repetition of the mantra should be one full mala, or 108 times.
When this is done at a fixed hour and place regularly for 48 days, it becomes an upasana, which means intense meditation, that will yield siddhis, or spiritual powers.
These powers should not be misused.
Misuse of power may bring the curse of the asuras.
Ganesha Gif
4.Aum gam ganapataye namah
This is a mantra from Ganapati Upanishad.
One may always use it before beginning a journey, a new course in school, new career or job, or before entering into any new contract or business so that impediments are removed and your endeavor may be crowned with success.
5.Aum shri ganeshaya namah
This mantra is usually taught to children for their good education.
It increases their memory power, and they become successful in their examinations.
6.Aum vakratundaya hum
This is a very powerful mantra, as discussed in the Ganesha Purana.
When something is not working properly, individually or universally, nationally or internationally, or when the minds of the people turn crooked, negative, depressed or discouraged, the attention of Ganesha may be drawn by this mantra to straighten their ways.
The HUM symbolizes “Delay no more, my Lord, in straightening the paths of the crooked-minded ones.”
This mantra is used many times in the Ganesha Purana to curb the atrocities of cruel demons.
In addition, this mantra could also be used for healing any spinal deficiency, such as curvature of the spine or curved limbs. Dedicate 1,008 repetitions of this holy word to straighten and heal such deficiencies.
7.Aum kshipra prasadaya namah
Kshipra means instantaneous.
If some danger or negative energy is coming your way and you don’t know how to get rid of that trouble, with true devotion, practice this mantra for quick blessing and purification of one’s aura.
8Aum shrim hrim klim glaum gam
ganapataye vara varada sarva
janamme vashamanaya svaha
This is used in Ganapati Homa.
There are several bija (seed) mantras in this mantra .
Among other things, it signals, “Shower Your blessings, O Lord. I offer my ego as an oblation.”
9.Aum sumukhaya namah
By meditating on this mantra, very pleasing manners and a beauty comes on you.
Along with that comes peace, which constantly dances in your eyes; and the words you speak are all filled with that power of love.
10.Aum ekadantaya namah
For Concentration.
11.Aum kapilaya namah
Kapila (red) means that you are able to give color therapy.
You are able to create colors around yourself and around others, bathe them in that color and heal them.
As per the mantra you create, so will you create the colors.
Another meaning is “wish cow,” the “cow of plenty.”
It means that whatever you wish, that comes true. There is a wish-cow inside you. Whatever you wish, especially for healing others, comes true immediately.
12.Aum gajakarnikaya namah
The ears of Ganesha, the elephant, are constant fanning, which means people may talk a lot, but you are not receiving inside anything other than that which is important.
It also means that you can sit anywhere and tune this cosmic television (the body) with seven channels (chakras) and all 72,000 nadis, to any loka and be able to hear ancestors, angels, the voice of God or the voice of prophets.
That kind of inner ear you will develop through this mantra.
13.Aum lambodaraya namah
This means you feel that you are this universe.
It means that all the universes are within you.
For peace of Mind.
14.Aum vikataya namah
This means realizing this world as a dream or a drama.
When you are in that high consciousness, this whole world looks like a dream.
That consciousness comes to you by knowing this mantra.
15.Aum vighna nashanaya namah
This mantra invokes the Lord Ganesha to remove every impediment in you life.
16.Aum vinayakaya namah
Vinayaka is the name of Ganesha in the golden age.
For comfortable work/professional life.
17.Aum dhumraketuve namah
 For World Peace.
18.Aum ganadhyakshaya namah
For Group Healing.
19.Aum bhalachandraya namah.
For Mental Problems


pianomonika said...

I am very thankful, to see the Symbolism of Ganesha.

pianomonika said...

I would also like to have a figure in ivory or wood from Ganesha, like the Mother had.
I also want meditate in His presence, to feel the things behind, even when the Mother had doubts, that the Europeans are able to do this.
Maybe a stay in Pondicherry would help under guidance.

pianomonika said...

Sri Adi Shankaracharya: His devotion and gratitude swell up spontaneously in my heart reading his sentences,his pray.
His style is lucid , balanced expression and unshakable faith in the Divine.
''Protect us everywhere'' he said.
May this will will be.