SEP 05. 2016
Warm wishes to you all on this happy and auspicious occasion when Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesha. But we neither need to be Hindu nor religious to appreciate the story of his wonderful life and what he represents.
In Hindu homes, this festival is usually filled with immense joy. There is often a retelling of the story of Lord Ganesha, as well as special food, decorations, music and offerings. For children, Ganesha is a magical, mythological being, and parents often refer to him and his life to teach values, such as “Having such large ears and a small mouth means you should listen more and talk less.”
There are also some very beautiful and profound spiritual messages we can learn from Ganesha that are universal in their appeal.
When you look at Ganesha, all you feel is joy and happiness. Whether you are religious or not, it is a natural response to smile when you see his image. That is the first message of Ganesh: be joyful, as after all only joy attracts Grace. You feel that joy radiating from him.
What else does he represent? He has an animal face, a human body and a divine function. Isn’t that the journey of spirituality, where we evolve from animal to human to divine in our nature? The sophisticated Murthi of Lord Ganesha is like three-dimensional infographics, detailing the spiritual journey and beyond, starting from the animal level of existence to a state beyond anandam or bliss! How to portray a state beyond bliss, where the very individual is no longer there in the form of consciousness to interact with non-bliss?
We have animalistic, instinctive tendencies that are associated with living in a physical body as part of the animal kingdom. Through developing our capacities to love, accept, understand and forgive, we become human, transcending the baser tendencies. As the journey continues, our existence slowly becomes divinized, so that we transcend even our humanness so that we can merge with the Ultimate. In that state, the animal, human and divine are integrated in the form of a divinized being. Ganesha symbolizes this journey; he represents the possibility that exists for all of us.
Now comes the mouse! Why should a big guy like Ganesha be riding a tiny country mouse? Here he is teaching us one of the most important principles of an evolutionary life. Our spiritual journey is all about the expansion of our consciousness, and this requires the refinement of our subtle bodies.
One of the four main subtle bodies is our ego, ahankar. As our ego is refined, the qualities of humility, innocence, simplicity and purity shine out in our behavior, as we are able to externalize the subtlest spiritual conditions.
Ganesha shows us this so beautifully and simply: we need to make our ego so light that even a mouse can carry us! He represents that carefree, joyful state of surrender, where the ego is light and utilized for universal, divine purpose.
So we have joy, happiness, integration of animal, human and divine, and the mouse: the lightness of a pure and humble ego. What a combination! No wonder Ganesha is loved by all. Instead of just loving him, let’s try to become like him.
All the best,
B N Ramaa
Daaji good story of Lord Ganesha
Wonderful explanation about Ganesha thanks for enlightening spiritual aspects of Ganesha.
Very revealing and put in very a subtle way. Thank you so much.
That's the best way of celebrating Ganesh utsav and in pray the whole humanity is able to see and feel the divinity of Ganesh festival like daaji. Completely spiritual and so well connected with religion in a beautiful way
Thank you Daaji for this amazing insight on lord Ganesha. This has helped me finally understand why Ganesh is revered by so many different cultures all over the world.
Mohan Lal Borana
"We need to make our ego so light that even a mouse can carry us" It is very beautiful to define relation with mouse.
Dr Ashutosh Kale
Very nice explanation about Ganesh worship
jinendra babu jain
its a beautiful description of ganesh birth.His qualities to be followed by everyone that will help us to attain God.jbjain
Excellent message beloved Daji
So beautifully described. Thank you Master.
A beautiful dimension of the symbolism of evolution...... explanation on values behind depiction brings respect to the spirit of celebration behind this ritual....a lot to be learnt, to be joyful..... Thanks a lot, Daaji...we are all blessed.... please keep posting more.
Interesting dimension of looking at the symbol of evolution. Explanation on looking at values increases respect on the spirit of celebration behind such a ritualistic celebration.... kindly keep posting more.
So Simple yet a Profound philosophy Pranam
Bhupendra Ambalal Patel
Respected Daaji, I like the post and it will be pleasure , let you know that the all meaning of Lord Ganesh as described by you has been described to me by Bapu in my early age. pranam from Pravin.
Dear Daaji, this was simple and sweet, as always :)
It's a cheerful ffortune moment in my life to read your article master. I learnt the value of Lord Ganesha 's wonderful features. As it teaches about animal,human and divine integration. Also about expansion of consciousness,mouse example and refinement of ego.Thank you very much. Beloved Daaji's.
This is so beautiful!!
P V Sreedevi
It is wonderful , understandable description about Ganesha. Very nice comparison.
Its new dimension of Ganesh portrayed to me in simple way however the meaning is deep and profound. I used to worship Ganesh before joining Sahaj Marg meditation and I enjoyed a lot after reading it.
V Murali Krishna
Well and real fact and we should become like him. Thank you Daji
Very touching description of Lord Ganasha, and the simple path of spirituality….. many thanks Beloved Master.
The analogy of mouse and refinement of ego is excellent
Totally different and beautiful explanation of Lord Ganesha's form and mouse. Thank you so much!
Wonderful article give best guideline for life
I particularly liked the significance of mouse. We need to refine our ego to an extant that it become so light, that it can be carried by a mouse. So simple. Thank you Daaji
Thanks Master for making us read the nice article on the life of Lord Ganesh .We can learn a lot from his life history.A very nice article from your pen.
Wonderful explanation thank you Master.
Thank u master for giving us such a beautiful explanstion
Unnikuttan K R
Its super message..
Simple, yet profound message. Pranam, Daaji.
Nice Article. touched my heart
Pranams Kamaleshji. Excellent analogy. I request you please continue this kind of references. It plays significant role in the minds of the reader. It also penetrates and reveals a habit of" How we can optimistically look at or visualise anything put before us". Thanks for providing a beautiful insight and an opportunity to read a blessed combination of religious reference towards expanding our spiritual vibrations from Heart.
Wonderful message !Thanks Daaji for making us understand the spiritual journey through Lord Ganesha.
Great Personalities always go beyond rituals. Deep in to the Reality. Showing the Mundane life the real path to Divinity. My Greatful Pranams for this great work. Namaskar.