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Birthday of Lord Ganesha

Dear Friends,

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.

ganeshNow 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,

Daaji

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  • B N Ramaa

    Simply Wonderful.

    September 9, 2016 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • Chandrashekhar B

    Wonderful explanation about Ganesha thanks for enlightening spiritual aspects of Ganesha.

    September 9, 2016 at 4:36 pm Reply
  • Satyanarayana VA

    Very revealing and put in very a subtle way. Thank you so much.

    September 9, 2016 at 4:48 pm Reply
  • Kamal

    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

    September 9, 2016 at 5:15 pm Reply
  • Yasmin Irani

    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.

    September 10, 2016 at 1:07 am Reply
  • 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.

    September 10, 2016 at 1:15 am Reply
  • Dr Ashutosh Kale

    Very nice explanation about Ganesh worship

    September 10, 2016 at 1:42 am Reply
  • 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

    September 10, 2016 at 3:08 am Reply
  • K.VENKATESH

    Excellent message beloved Daji

    September 10, 2016 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Urmila Baldoia

    So beautifully described. Thank you Master.

    September 10, 2016 at 5:59 am Reply
  • Ajeesh Abhyasi

    Daaji good story of Lord Ganesha

    September 10, 2016 at 6:20 am Reply
  • DSV Prasad

    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.

    September 10, 2016 at 11:01 am Reply
  • DSV Prasad

    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.

    September 10, 2016 at 11:06 am Reply
  • Rohini Mahindra

    So Simple yet a Profound philosophy
    Pranam

    September 10, 2016 at 11:55 am Reply
  • 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.

    September 11, 2016 at 7:32 am Reply
  • Jagan

    Dear Daaji, this was simple and sweet, as always 🙂

    September 11, 2016 at 10:39 pm Reply
  • Ramaprabha K

    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.

    September 12, 2016 at 6:59 am Reply
  • Nidhi Goyel

    This is so beautiful!!

    September 14, 2016 at 10:31 am Reply
  • P V Sreedevi

    It is wonderful , understandable description about Ganesha. Very nice comparison.

    September 24, 2016 at 10:53 am Reply
  • chirantan Rana

    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.

    September 28, 2016 at 4:02 am Reply
  • V Murali Krishna

    Well and real fact and we should become like him. Thank you Daji

    September 28, 2016 at 8:12 am Reply
  • Ravindra Tiwari

    Very touching description of Lord Ganasha, and the simple path of spirituality….. many thanks Beloved Master.

    September 28, 2016 at 8:19 am Reply
  • Sankaraiah Pasupula

    The analogy of mouse and refinement of ego is excellent

    September 28, 2016 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Swarali Joshi

    Totally different and beautiful explanation of Lord Ganesha’s form and mouse. Thank you so much!

    September 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm Reply
  • Dinesh nandlal

    Wonderful article give best guideline for life

    September 28, 2016 at 7:13 pm Reply
  • Udayan Jain

    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

    October 1, 2016 at 3:14 pm Reply
  • Dhananjay Singh

    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.

    October 1, 2016 at 6:46 pm Reply
  • Arumugam v

    Wonderful explanation thank you Master.

    October 30, 2016 at 5:55 pm Reply
  • anita gandhi

    Thank u master for giving us such a beautiful explanstion

    December 1, 2016 at 5:10 am Reply
  • Unnikuttan K R

    Its super message..

    December 8, 2016 at 12:16 pm Reply
  • Shankar Sindhuvalli

    Simple, yet profound message. Pranam, Daaji.

    December 13, 2016 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • Ravi Goplani

    Nice Article. touched my heart

    February 7, 2017 at 5:07 pm Reply

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