Who's Lord Ganesh?
Ganesha is your formless Divinity - encapsulated at a form that is magnificent, for the sake of the devotee. According to Hindu mythology, He's the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Gan signifies group. The world is a set of atoms and distinct energies. This world would be in chaos when there was no ultimate law regulating these varied groups of stuff.
The gist of Ganesha is brought out superbly by Adi Shankara.
- Although Ganesha is thought since the elephant-headed God, the kind (swaroop) is simply to signify the qualities of this Divine (parabrahma roopa).
- He's, 'Ajam Nirvikalpam Niraakaaramekam.' This implies Ganesha is Ajam (unborn), he's Nirvikalpa (attributeless), he's Niraakaar (formless) and he signifies the understanding that's omnipresent.
- Ganesha is the exact same energy that's the main reason behind this particular world. It's the energy where everything manifests and to which everything will dissolve.
The Story of Lord Ganesha's Birth.
As the story goes, Parvati became filthy when she had been observing with Shiva. After she realized that, she removed the dirt from her own body and made a boy from it. She then requested the boy to keep guard while she kissed.
After Shiva returnedthe boy didn't recognize him obstructed his path. Shiva in anger, chopped off the boy's mind and entered. She clarified to Shiva the boy was their son and pleaded with Shiva to rescue him.
Shiva then taught his helpers to proceed and receive the head of somebody who had been sleeping with his head pointing towards the north. The helpers captured the mind of an elephant, that Shiva affixed to the boy's chest and Ganesha had been born!
Truth to ponder in Lord Ganesha's narrative.
- Why should Parvati have dirt on her body?
Parvati is emblematic of energy that is joyous. Her getting filthy signifies that party can quickly become Rajasik or hectic, and may take you away from the heart. Dirt is emblematic of ignorance, and Shiva is emblematic of innocence, peace and knowledge.
- Was Shiva, that the epitome of serenity, so short-tempered he cut off the head of his son?
When Ganesha obstructs the route of Shiva, this usually means that ignorance, that can be an attribute of their mind, doesn't recognize understanding. Then knowledge must conquer ignorance.
- Why does Lord Ganesha have a head of an Elephant?
The elephant is blessed with unusual attributes, such as its fearless and its own royal walk. An elephant can also be a sign of endurance, authority, courage and strength. Thus, to signify all these qualities of the Divine, Lord Ganesha is depicted in the kind of an elephant. And if we worship Lord Ganesha, we have the ability to imbibe these qualities to our understanding.
The elephant is the only being which may carry out all of its functions along with it's back. It smells, eats, drinks, bathes and operates with its own trunk. The trunk is emblematic of the ideal equilibrium between Gyaan Shakti (understanding ) and Karma Shakti (activity ).
This implies,'Fear not, I'm with you', along with his reduced hand depicts his committing, in addition to an invitation to write down. This is also emblematic of the fact that we'll all dissolve in the Earth daily.
Symbolism and Significance of Ganesha
- Ganesha also has one tusk which suggests one-pointedness.
- He conveys in his hands on the 'Ankusa' (representing awakening) and also the 'Paasa' (representing control). With religious awakening, a great deal of energy is discharged, which without appropriate hands, can go awry.
- Ganesha, that the elephant-headed God travels something as small as a mouse? Is not that incongruous? Again there's symbolism here which runs deep. The mouse snips and nibbles off at ropes which bind. The mouse is similar to the mantra that may cut sheaths along with sheaths of ignorance, resulting in the greatest understanding represented by Ganesha!
- Our early Rishis proved so profoundly intelligent they opted to express Divinity in relation to symbols instead of words, because words change over time, but symbols remain unchanged.
- Let's maintain the profound symbolism in your mind as we encounter the omnipresent at the kind of the elephant God, nevertheless be fully conscious that Ganesha is quite much in us. Here is the wisdom we all ought to carry as we observe Ganesh Chaturti.