Traditionally, at the beginning of a new venture, a journey, or a new year, the chant Om Gam Ganapataya Namah is recited to clear the path ahead of potential difficulties. This chant invokes Ganesh, the well known deity and ‘lord of obstacles’. Also known as Ganapati, The Lord of Beginnings, The Remover of Obstacles, and The Deity of Good Fortune, Ganesh is perhaps one of the most well known deities. He’s the loveable son of Shiva and Parvati. Today, it’s common to see images and statues of Ganesh at the entrances of temples and sacred buildings, as a way to protect them from negativity. Before any festivities or sacred rituals, Ganesh mantras are chanted as a way to bring protection, luck and power to all those involved, and remove any potential ‘obstacles’ that may lie ahead.
As well as removing obstacles, Ganesh is known to place obstacles in front of us, so that we may overcome them, and learn and grow as people. This is one of the reasons Ganesh is revered before any journey, teaching, or project.
Songs, from traditional bhajans to Western-style kirtan, celebrate Ganesha’s expansive qualities. As the guardian at the gate, Ganesha is associated with Muladhara, the first or root chakra, which guards the gate of the body and is symbolized by a square. The square is also Ganesha’s yantra, a geometric form used in meditative practices as a way of tuning into Ganesha’s frequency or energy. A way to embody Ganesha’s great strength and fearlessness is through asana that emphasizes the root chakra and square geometrics, such as Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II).
In the West, Ganesha has become one of the most recognized deities among Hinduism’s rich and colorful pantheon. An easier way to befriend Ganesha is to focus on the energy he represents, the macrocosmic field of intelligence and the ability to pierce through doubt and illusion. When your resolutions start to slip, who are you going to call?
Ganeshas trunk is a reminder to be discriminating—it is quite a process for an elephant to select something, pick it up, and carry it to the mouth. Ganesha’s large belly represents the ability to digest all that life brings, good and bad. 🌸🍃🌺🌸🍂🌷🐘🌸🍂🌷🌺🍃🐘🌸 @artiswellnl ...