Ganesh – Remover of Obstacles
When I was thinking about how to start my new year column, I could think of no one better than Ganesh to start the new year with, Ganesh (also known as Ganesha or Ganapati), is the elephant-headed, pot-bellied, Hindu God. He is one of the most beloved Gods in Hinduism. Even though there are many different sects of Hinduism in India and throughout the world, Ganesh is the one Deity that all Hindus love and worship. He is the “common thread” amongst all Hindus, or those practicing Hinduism. But, admiration of Ganesh is not limited to India, his influence is worldwide. Devotees and statues of Ganesh can be found around the globe, by both those who are practicing Hindus and those who are not.
Ganesh is known as the Remover of Obstacles and the God of Success and Prosperity. He is also known as the destroyer of evils and the god of education, knowledge, wisdom, wealth and domestic harmony. In India, no new undertaking, whether it is a new business, a marriage, a new job, taking an exam, writing a letter, starting a project or any other endeavour, is started without first making an offering to Ganesh and asking for his blessing.
There are many different ways that Ganesh is portrayed in the form of statues and pictures, but in many cases you will find the following traits and symbolism:
- His broken tusk, symbolizes sacrifice. It is said that he broke this tusk to use as a pen for writing the important Indian epic, the Mahabharata.
- His large ears indicate that he is always willing and able to hear our prayers and requests.
- In His upper-right-hand, he carries an axe to cut away difficulties and obstacles.
- In his upper-left-hand, he holds a “goad” or noose, to capture his devotees and help them move forward in life.
- In his lower-left-hand, he often carries a sweet called a “ladoo,” which indicates the sweetness of the spiritual path.
- His lower-right-hand is almost always extended in a gesture of blessing.
- By his feet, sits Ganesh’s “vehicle,” which is a tiny mouse. Ganesh has chosen the mouse as his vehicle because he is quick-moving and small enough to travel even into the smallest of places.
You don’t have to be a Hindu to ask Ganesh for assistance. He is an all-loving God, available to assist anyone who will take the time to connect with him. If there are obstacles that you are facing in life, if you feel stuck, if things are just not “going right,” then turn to Ganesh and ask him to help you. You may just be surpised by the assistance you receive!
Here is the easiest and most effective way to ask Ganesh for help:
- First study a picture of Ganesh, so that you may have a firm understanding of what he looks like and can recreate that image in your mind.
- Take a few deep breaths, close your eyes and bring that image of Ganesh to your mind. Try and see him in as much detail as possible. See his beautiful elephant-head, with welcoming eyes, large ears, long trunk and big, pot-belly. See him as clearly as you can.
- Now, simply speak to him, speak all of your concerns, worries, needs, etc. Know that as you speak he is hearing you and that you are making a connection with him.
That’s it! It’s that easy. When you have done this once, it is said that you will then have a permanent and ongoing relationship and connection with Ganesh. Speak to Him anytime you wish, as many times as you wish. It does not have to be a formal meditation. Take a moment in your day, if you feel the need, close your eyes and speak to him using the above method.
Another way that you can invoke the power of Ganesh is by repeating one of his mantras. In the simplest sense, mantras are ancient Sanskrit words of power. Each syllable of a mantra resonates a certain vibration. Mantras are used in meditation, to focus the mind, but they are also used to invoke the blessing of a Deity. What is happening when you repeat a mantra over and over, is that you are matching your own vibrational frequency to that of the mantra and its purpose (wealth, health, success, knowledge, etc.). Each of the Hindu Deities has their own mantra or mantras, which invoke the type of energy that the Deity represents.
This is one of the most popular and most powerful mantras to invoke the assistance of Ganesh and to remove the obstacles in your life. To work with it, simply repeat it aloud/ or in your head if you’re sat at work or with people, (chant) over and over again, or repeat it silently to yourself. You will see the most benefit from this practice if you do it daily, for at least 4-6 weeks. It may not take that long to see the benefits, but you will come to realize the full power of the mantra if you continue with its practice. I can can say from personal experience that this mantra is powerful and Ganesh has blessed me many times, removing many obstacles from my own life, and opening up new opportunities.
The mantra is:-
OM GAM GANAPATAYE NAMAHA
(OHM GUMM GUN-UH-PUT-AH-YAY NAHM-AH-HAH)
So you see why I chose him to be the column for the beginning of 2013, he’s a wonderful deity and as long as you are dedicated to your path way he will work along side you removing obstacles as you walk your path together. Try starting 2013 with Ganesh, see how he works for you, let me know how you get on, his energy is soft and gentle, and he really wants nothing more than to help you, go on give him a call, you never know just how wonderful life can be until Ganesh walks before you.
Until next time.