In Bharatiya tradition, any task, May it be a new business or a holy ceremony, is started only after worshipping and igniting Lord Ganesh. This is performed like a ritual. The underlying meaning associated with this practice is very profound. It is therefore essential for us to understand this, so that we can
it to others, especially the younger generation, because it would make them realise and comprehend our culture and its Vedic wisdom in its true perspective.Only when a pooja or ritual is performed, keeping in mind and understanding the philosophy and hidden messages concealed in the forms of the various deities, devi-devtas and their ritualistic worship, can it be said to be whole and complete.The curved trunk of Ganeshji represents the arousal of the powers of the kundalini. Vast ears represent the ability to listen to and comprehend all that other’s say. The big stomach inspires us to keep all that is within our minds under wraps until it is accomplished. The single tusk reminds us of that time during the Mahabharata, when the great rishi Ved Vyas, due to the ego of being very knowledgeable and a good writer could not even start writing the epic.
He then had to invoke Ganeshji, who though cursed by the moon to lack lunar energy (energy for creativity and romance), heard his soulful, truthful pleas, giving him one of his tusks to be fashioned into a pen so that the task of writing the great epic could be initiated. Hence, since then, the irreplaceable use of Ivory in precious works of art was started. The vehicle of Ganeshji is the mouse. The unique quality of the mouse is that, while the rest of the world sleeps with great abandon, it quietly keeps hoarding its burrow with all sorts of things, to be discovered only when its young ones start playing around! Similarly, before starting any task, it is essential to undergo the penance of collecting related information and making necessary preparations. This wisdom fuelled by hard work is the vehicle for success, signified by the laddoo’s in Ganeshji’s hands! This is his true worship or ‘stuti.’
A Stuti is the expression of a humble desire, of working towards realising and consequently actualizing these qualities.
•Om Vigneshvaraye Namha- May all tasks be completed without any unwarranted delays or obstacles
•Om Sumukhaye Namha – May it be full of beauty and grace, or visual appeal•
Om Ekdantaye Namha – May the task and its purpose be our ‘one point programme,’ till it is accomplished
•Om Rajanathaye Namha – May we become large hearted and attain the powers to view the subtleties involved
•Om Rajkaranaye Namha – Bless us with the powers of self-actualization
•Om Lambodaraye Namah- May we be able to have the power to keep to ourselves and be focussed, till the task is accomplished
•Om Dhumraketuvaye Namha – May we attain fame by having clarity of thought
•Om Bhalchandraye Namha – May we have high thoughts and ideals, maintain our humility, yet hold our heads high with self respect
•Om Vikataye Namha – Bless us with potent energies to eradicate negativity and win over our enemies
•Om Vinakaye Namha – Bless us with the qualities of leadership
•Om Gananakshaye Namha – May we lead the leaders
There is yet another important social message communicated by the symbol of Ganeshji. That is, if anywhere around us, at home or outside, there is someone with an unusual physical form, we should respectfully include such a person in our celebrations, especially when we are staring something new, because wishes from the truthful heart of such an individual, assist in making the task obstacles free and successful.
Symbols are perfect representations of hidden messages and wisdom. When performed with complete understanding, attention, meditation, awareness, and as ritually prescribed, these lead to miraculous experiences. If not, they still have some positive effects. This is because as mere rituals and traditions, they cannot attract wholly those powers, which assist in evolution, growth, success and true bliss. True pooja or worship is not just decorating and worshipping the idols, but also acquiring their qualities. Only by invoking the qualities of the lord of well being – Ganesh, can any new task be accomplished effortlessly and fruitfully. PRANAM extends its soul in gratitude to all the people who contributed to create India’s golden heritage, the great tradition of symbolism, the beautiful grand idols that contain it and their inherent hidden wisdom.