In this wonderful celebration of the heart, Sadguru Kedarji speaks about the Lord Ganesh and the Ganesh-principle, victory in the removal of obstacles to becoming awash in Supreme Love – using the poetry of Mevlana Rumi. This talk is followed by Lord Ganesh Abhishek, the ritual bathing of the Ganesh Murthi while liberating mantras are chanted.
Ganesha or Lord Ganesh, also known as Ganapati, Vinayaka and Binayak, is one of the best-known and most worshiped deities in our approach. His image is found throughout India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Nepal. In fact, Ganesh has become highly revered the world over. People worship him regardless of affiliations. Devotion to Ganesha is widely diffused and extends to Jains and Buddhists.
Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the Deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honored at the start of rites and ceremonies.
Ganesha likely emerged as a deity as early as the 2nd century AD, but most certainly by the 4th and 5th centuries AD, during the Gupta period, although he inherited traits from Vedic and pre-Vedic precursors. Hindu mythology identifies him as the restored son of Parvati and Shiva of the Shaivite tradition, but he is a deity found in the study and worship various traditions and spiritual paths. The principal texts on Ganesh include the Ganesha Purana, the Mudgala Purana, and the Ganapati Atharvashirsa. Brahma Purana and Brahmananda Purana are other two Puranic genre encyclopedic texts that share stories of Ganesh.
Jaya Ganesha, Jaya Ganesha, Jaya Ganesha Pahimam. Shri Ganesha, Shri Ganesha, Shri Ganesha Rakshanam!