Mantra to Ganesh
Lord Ganesh is the master of wisdom and knowledge. He is the remover of obstacles, and guardian of beauty, prosperity, grace and compassion. Lord Ganesh is the first deity to be reverenced in Hindu rites. He is a guardian of doors of houses and temples. He is the God that removes the internal and external obstacles of our success, and he is the one that grants the opening of your spiritual gifts. He is also the protector of all beings.
Stories about Lord Ganesh
There are many stories about this God as he is one of the most important Gods in Hinduism. There is a lot of speculation about his head and there is a story behind it too. It is said that Goddess Parvati, who is the mother of Lord Ganesh, carved a boy out of turmeric powder. Then, he breathed life into this idol. Lord Shiva, who is her husband, knew nothing about this. The goddess was bathing when her husband came home and Lord Ganesh did not let Shiva enter the abode. Shiva got angry and decapitated the boy’s head. Upon knowing the whole story, he went outside to get an animal’s head to replace Ganesh’s head. The first animal he saw was an elephant. This is why Lord Ganesh has an elephant’s head, which has become a mark of identification for him.
Hindu scriptures also narrate that Lord Ganesh wrote the Mahabharata. He was writing it as Vyasa was reciting it to him. They had a condition. Veda Vyasa would not stop reciting and Lord Ganesh would not stop writing. Another condition was that Ganesh would not only write it but also understand every word of this epic. According to traditions, it took both of them three years to complete this writing and recitation. When you look at Lord Ganesh’s idol, you would notice that it is broken. It is said that Ganesh broke his tusk during the time when he was writing the Mahabharata. During writing, his feather, which he was using to write, broke but he could not stop writing as it would break the condition between the two. So, he broke a part of his tusk and started writing with it.
Lord Ganesh in today’s World
Lord Ganesh is known as the Guardian of Knowledge, representing the sage, or a state of consciousness where a man reaches self-realization and plenitude of gifts. Today, he is very important for people who are out on a mission to look for themselves. It is very easy to lose ourselves in today’s world where everyone is trying to be someone that they are not. In this time and age, if you want to find your inner self and get in touch with the side of you that connects to your soul, you need to read up more about Lord Ganesh. From his stories, you can see that he is someone who would not give up. Having written the Mahabharata, he is also the protector of knowledge and traditions.Source: http://humanityhealing.net/2012/01/om-gam-ganapataye-namaha/
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