Known by over 108 names, Ganesha the lord of warding off evils is welcomed in every house in India with a lot of cheer. Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated to mark his birthday with celebrations everywhere. Talking of Ganesha, his very existence is a mystery. There are many myths and stories around him. Like everyone else I was also made to believe that he was created by Parvati and slayed by Shiva. On seeing her son dead, Parvati got ferocious and ordered Shiva to bring him back to life and hence an elephant head was put on him.
But my question is, how can a boy have an elephant’s head and walk around with a minimum of 100 kgs on his head? Would he not topple?
Upon reading Master Choa’s book on Hinduism Revealed, I am now able to tell you why? When Ganesha was created by Parvati (shakti), he was not spiritually evolved i.e. he lacked the essence of Shiva. The slaying of Ganesha (lower nature) by Shiva (higher soul) signifies that the higher soul must slay the lower nature to attain enlightenment. An elephant’s head symbolised the basic chakra in human body. To spiritually evolve, a person’s kundalini (located near the basic chakra) needs to traverse up towards his/her crown chakra. Elephant head is used here to symbolise that Ganesha was highly evolved with a fully awakened kundalini which made him super intelligent, super strong and super powerful.
Why does he wear a crown?
Ganesha is depicted as wearing a crown, with a ball like thing on its peak. It signifies that his crown chakra is big in size and the small ball suggests that his 12th chakra is highly evolved.
Why Ganesha has a broken tusk?
Ganesh’s right tusk is broken, it signifies that he practised ahimsa. The right side of the body relates to harshness and aggression. The broken tusk suggests that Ganesha did not use his power to harm, he had mastered ahimsa in words. What came out of his mouth was harmless.
So why did he have a big belly?
The big belly signifies his over activated kundalini energy which he had stored in his navel. And to contain it, he tied it up with a snake. This is the guru belly symbolising power, and the snake represents a highly activated kundalini energy.
Now when Ganesha would sit on a small mouse, do you think the mouse would survive? Obviously not. So, what does this mean? It just goes to prove that a vehicle as small as a mouse (blue pearl) can lead you to spiritual enlightenment. When Ganesha meditated on the blue pearl he united with Param brahma and when he circled Shiva and Parvati he became one with the omnipresent.
What is Ganesh Asan?
If you look at Ganesha closely you will always find him sitting with his left leg folded and his heel near his perineum. Why? Because it creates a circuit and it causes the kundalini energy to go up. This makes the crown chakra bigger, energy flows to the brain in large quantities as the spiritual cord becomes bigger and hence makes you more intelligent.
Now that you know some of the facts about Ganesha, do share it with your folks and enjoy this festival happily. Meditate and awaken the Ganesha in yourself.
Happiness and sunshine
Disclaimer: I do not intend to challenge any religious beliefs or values. Depicting Ganesha is beyond the scope of this post.