श्रीकनकधारास्तोत्रम्  (Shri Kanakadhara Stotra)

The dark Tamala tree in full bloom attracts the female beetle and even so MahalakShmi is attracted and finds happiness in the fragrant and dark-complexioned body of Hari and makes it tingle with joy. May she bestow on me prosperity by her auspicious glance.Note: The poet in Shankara compares the dark Tamala tree to thedark beautiful form of Vishnu, the dark beetle to the black lustrous eyes of Mahalakshmi. The glance of Lakshmi’s eyes on Vishnu gives him great happiness. A mere momentary flash of her eyes on anybody will bless him with prosperity..

The shy love-laden sidelong glance of the beauteous dark eyes of the daughter oof the Milky Ocean, returns again and again to the beauteous lotus face of Murari, just like the black bee constantly returning and flitting about the beautiful blue lotus flower. I pray that these glances be bestowed upon me to bless me with prosperity. Note: The dark beauteous face of the Lord is likened to the blue lotus. The dark glance rests upon the handsome face of the Lord and out of shyness the eyes are turned away but love again makes the glance rest upon the Lord. This series of sidelong glances are likened here to a string or Mala and they further look like the series of trips which the honey seeking black bee makes to the blue lotus. The devotee hopes taht he will be prosperous if a sidelong glance of the Goddess of Wealth falls at least momentarily on him…

The eyes of Mukunda remain closed in ecstasy. The beauteous dark eyes of LakShmi remain fixed on Mukunda in love and wonder and remain open without blinking. May these eyes of MahalakShmi fall on me and bless me with prosperity and happiness..

Lord Vishnu whose chest is adorned by the Kaustubha Mala is also adorned by the series of the beauteous glances of Goddess MahalakShmi. This string of glances resembles a necklace of precious blue stones of Indraneela and they are capable of fulfilling all the wishes of Hari Himself. May this string of glances be directed towards me so that it will bring me auspiciousness..

MahalakShmi shining on the dark broad chest of Mahavishnu is like the streak of lightning illuminating the dark rain clouds. May she, the daughter of the Sage Bhargava worshipped as Mother by the entire universe, bring me auspiciousness..

The God of Love, Manmatha, could gain access to Madhusudana (the destroyer of the demon Madhu, i.e. Vishnu) only because he was favored with the blessing glance from MahalakShmi . May her auspicious indolent sideglance fall on me (May she bless me with prosperity by looking at me in passing at least for a moment ..

The status of the king of kings or the exal;ted position of an Indra are given effortlessly by MahalakShmi by a mere momentary glance. Murari (Vishnu) who is supreme bliss itself is made happy by it. May this glance from the blue- lotus eyes of LakShmi fall on me for a moment at least. Note: The beautepus lotus eyes flashing momentarily on someone is capable of making him a king of kings ir even an Indra. Murari the seat of all bliss is thrown into ecstasy by it. Will she not glance at me , even for a second?..

The higher worlds like Swarga which are difficult of attainment and for which great sacrifices like Ashwamedha are performed become easily attainable by the compassion filled look of the lotus eyes of MahalakShmi . May she look at me so that I may attain my heart’s desires. ..

The dark rain clouds driven by the monsoon winds releases rain on the parched earth and quench the thirst of the Chataka bird and brings prosperity on the earth. In like manner may the dark eyes of MahalakShmi resembling the rain cloud wafted by the breeze of compassion relese the rain of prosperity on this devotee of a Chataka bird stricken with the load of accumulated sins so that the sins are washed away and prosperity bestowed upon him..

We offer obeisance to the Goddess MahalakShmi, the consort of Narayana, the preceptor of all the three worlds. She is variously known as Saraswati the Goddess of Learning, as Goddess LakShmi, the Divine consort of Mahavishnu, as Shakambhari or as Parvati the consort of Lord Maheshwara. Verily it is she who is playfully engaged in creation, protaction and final destruction of the Universe..

O Goddess as the very manifestation of the Vedas, you grant the fruits of godd action. Beautiful in form like Rati Devi you are the very ocean of superlatively beautiful qualities. Having your abode in the beautiful lotus of a hundred petals, you are Shakti personified. O consort of Purushottama, You are the Goddess of plenty. Please accept my obeisance ..

O Consort of Narayana! Whose face is as beautiful as the lotus in bloom, I bow down to thee . Born out of the milky ocean, along with the moon and the Divine nectar, O Goddess! accept my pranams..

I prostrate before you, O Goddess, who are seated on the Golden Lotus, who is Goddess of the earth, the consort of Narayana, compassionate to the Devas..

My obeisance to you, O daughter of Bhrigu, consort of Damadara. O LakShmi, seated on Lotus and adorning the broad chest of Mahavishnu, my salutations to Thee..

O Consort of Gopala, the son of Nanda, you are worshipped by the Devas. You are Jyoti incarnate, I prostrate before Thee. Your eyes are like lotus petals. You have created the world and you bestow prosperity. Please accept my salutations..

May I always have the desire to prostrate before you because a pranam to you is capable of bestowing all prosperity and will bring happiness to all the senses. Worshipping O Lotus-eyed Goddess not only removes all miseries but it confers happiness and plenty..

The devotee who worships your KatakSha (sidelong glance) is blessed with wealth and prosperity. To you, the queen who dominates the heart of Vishnu, my pranamas, through word, thought, and deed..

Seated on the lotus with the lotus flower in your hand, dresed in dazzling white and adorned with garlands and sandalwood paste, you gladden our hearts. O Goddess, the consort of Vishnu you who confer prosperity on all the three worlds, please show compassion towards me..

O mother of all the worlds, consort of Vishnu the lord of the Universe, the Dig-gajas (the celestial elephants guarding various directions) bathe you everyday with waters of the Deva Ganga poured ouitfrom golden vessels. O daughter of the milky ocean, I prostrate before Thee..

O Goddess LakShmi, consort of the Lotus-eyed Mahavishnu, direct your gaze filled with compassion at me, your devotee who am the poorest of the poor, so that I may become the true recipient of the benefits of your compassion..

O Goddess, controller of the Universe and protector of the people, blessing with your limbs, and gazing with your lotus-like eyes, forgive me. With my heart filled with fear of poverty, I surrender myself wholly to you, that you may watch over me every day with unbroken compassion..

Those who sing the praise of MahalakShmi who is the vedas personified, by these stotras everyday will be blessed with all good qualities, unsurpassed good fortune and powers of the intellect which will earn praise from even the learned…

Thus concludes the Kanakadhara Stotra

Ganapati Atharvashirsam

Aum! Let us listen with our ears to that which is auspicious adorable one. Let us perceive with our eyes what is holy and auspicious. With strong, stable body and limbs, may we seek the divine grace and accept the noble order of all our life.

Ganesha, Salutations to you, you are actually A Brahma Tattvam. Only because you bless an action, it happens. Only you are the one who holds us from falling. Only you remove obstacle and ignorance. You are the Brahman, the ultimate divine power. You are the soul that is part of everything.

I surrender to you, Lord Ganesha. You are the speaker. You are the listener. You are the giver. You are the sustainer. I am your disciple. Protect me from the front and back. Protect me from the north and the south, from above and below. Protect me from all directions.

You are full of perfect knowledge of truth and awareness. You are full of bliss and pure consciousness. You are truth, consciousness and bliss. You are the absolute awareness. You are full of supreme wisdom and knowledge.

You are the earth, water, fire, air and the space. You are the root foundation of speech. You are beyond the three gunas: sattva, rajas, and r
tamas. You are beyond the physical, mental and causal bodies. You are beyond the three aspects of time: past, present, and future. You are eternally established in the muladhara chakra. You have three shaktis: action, knowledge and will.

Salutation to the Ganapati whose send mantra is Aum Gam. We know Ekadanta, the One-tusked God, the unique God. We meditate upon Vakratunda, the curved-trunk God. May that unique elephant God illuminate our consciousness and direct us along the right track.

One should meditate upon Lord Ganesha having one tusk and four arms; holding the noose and goad with two of them; with the other two indicating varada, the giving of boons and blessings, and abhaya mudra, the fear removing gesture; having a mouse as the emblem on his ensign; possessing a big; beautiful belly and large, lovely ears which look like winnowing baskets; having a red cloth and his whole body covered with red sandalwood paste. He should be worshipped with red flowers. He manifests himself as the universe and is beyond prakriti, matter, and Purusha, the manifest God. One who worships Ganesha in this way forever is the best of yogis.

Prostrations to Vratapati, the Lord of Plenty. Prostrations to Ganapati, the Lord of various groups of Gods. Prostrations to Pramathapati, the Lord of Shiva’s hosts. Prostrations to Lambodhara, the full-bellied God with a single tusk, destroyer of obstacles, the Son of Shiva, the Bestower of all Blessings.

THINGS TO LEARN FROM LORD GANESHA :

A Big Head – To Think out of the Box.

Big Eyes – To Look Beyond what you see.

Large Ears – To Listen to others Attentively.

The Axe – To Cut off all the bonds of Materialistic Attachment

Large Stomach – To Peacefully digest all the good and bad in life.

The Mouse – Represents the Desire and Ability to Reach Into Every Nook and Cranny of the Mind.

The Broken Tusk – Represents that a Sacrifice is needed for The Pursuit of Wisdom.

The Laddoos are the Rewards of Hard Work. The Sweetest thing of all.

The Prasad – Represents Giving and Sharing.

Salutations to Lord Ganesha

Garga Rishi Spoke thus

1. Let us worship Lord Ganesha, the one who is unborn, beyond imagination, without definite form, beyond happiness, the absolute happiness, the one and only one, the best among the best, without material qualities, easily obtainable, desireless and the form of the Supreme.

2. Let us worship Lord Ganesha, the one who is transcendental to the material modes of nature, the form of the supreme happiness, one who can be experienced through the mind, the all pervading, one who can be approached through knowledge, meditated by sages, the form of the sky, the best of all and the form of the Supreme.

3. Let us worship Lord Ganesha, the one who is the cause for the existence of the Universe and the knowledge, Premier of the Gods, primal happiness, Lord of qualities, Lord of Deva group, one who pervades through the Universe, worshipped by the Universe, Lord of the Gods and the one who symbolizes the Supreme.

4. Let us bow down to Lord Ganesha, the one who is beyond passion, the form of the Creator, knower of the Vedas, always with the actions, the form that is inconceivable by heart, cause for the existence of the Universe, responsible for all knowledge and the one who symbolizes the Supreme.

5. Let us salute Lord Ganesha, the one who is manifestation of the truth, blissful, appeased by the activities of people, one who is victorious over demons, governs the Universe, who takes many incarnations, carries the supreme knowledge and the form of Vishwarupa.

6. Let us salute Lord Ganesha, controller of tamas, the form of destruction, one who has three eyes, destructor of the Universe, the carrier across the bonds of life, the cause of knowledge, preaches to many people who seek Him and the form of everything (Shiva).

7. Let us salute Lord Ganesha, the one who removes tamas qualities, removes ignorance of people, the essence of the three Vedas, the essence of the Supreme, cause of knowledge in the sages, looks misshaped from distant and always the form of the Supreme.

8. Let us salute Lord Ganesha, the one who makes the plants happy by his rays, one who makes Gods happy by the tarpana of streams of nectar, one who cools down the heat of the Sun, the best of the Brahmins and the one who is the form of the Moon.

9. Let us salute Lord Ganesha, the one who is the form of light, the form of the sky, the form of wind, the cause for changes, one who supports the arts, cause for many activities, form of strength and the form of Shakti.

10. Let us salute Lord Ganesha, the one who is important form of the nature, great form of qualities, wanders over the Earth, form of Lord of the directions, form of the existent and the non-existent, the cause for the Universe and always the form of the Universe.

11. People who prostrate to your feet would be freed from obstacles. The one who is like the shining Sun who is vast, when you are present, how would people be subjected to darkness?

12. We, who are illusioned, always linked with ignorance, we have bowed down to your feet. The Supreme one, the one who has the manifestation of the Universe, it is because of your grace your feet are found, protect us.

13. O Great Sage! One who prays Lord Ganesha in the above mentioned way, is happy. By His grace, I begin to pray Him to obtain the Supreme knowledge.

A PRAYER TO LORD GANESHA

With your infinite Mercy water in the river ceaselessly flows

With your boundless Mercy man abundantly incessantly grows

With your illimitable Mercy away misfortune in an instant flees

With your endless Mercy happiness smiles as the verdant trees!

Fathomless mains of sorrows turn into nectar at Your graceful glance

Health, wealth, prosperity and contentment do steadily enhance,

Your bounty rains to dispel the dark, bleak and deadly ignorance

Your generosity keeps pouring on earth the much needed sustenance!

May Your celestial blessings shower on all till eternitty

May Your panacean blessings remove all futile negativity

May Your rare blessings infuse purity, loyalty and integrity

May Your unique blessings establish love, harmony and humanity

May Your sublime blessings end malice, jealousy, violence and cruelty

May Your sweet blessings protect the Earth from all evils till perpetuity!

Lord Sri Ganesha 🙏

Lord Ganesha is the epitome of wisdom and auspiciousness. He is the Divine remover of the obstacles in our lives. “What this brings home is that it is wisdom and knowledge that removes obstacles. This means it is ignorance and lack of wisdom that turn situations into problems. On this auspicious day, let us not only pray to Lord Ganesha to remove all obstacles in our lives, but to grant us wisdom and knowledge to understand the miraculous power of our own thoughts to see obstacles as challenges and to overcome them with grace.

The primary icon of India`s knowledge based civilization is Sri Ganesha, who represents the power of knowledge on all levels.

India since the time of the Veda, which means knowledge, has always been a knowledge-oriented civilization. This Indic pursuit of knowledge has not been limited to the outer world but uniquely contains a full exploration of the inner world of consciousness.

The primary icon of India’s knowledge based civilization is Sri Ganesha, who represents the power of knowledge on all levels. Sri Ganesha is the lord of wisdom, speech, science, mathematics, philosophy and practical spirituality. He is invoked first before any sessions of knowledge, performance of rituals or yoga practices. Worshipping Ganesha means connecting to the great gurus and ultimately to the supreme guiding power of cosmic intelligence.

Why the head of an elephant, one might ask? Ganesha indicates superhuman intelligence, beyond the limitations of the human mind and brain. The elephant indicates vastness, steadiness and mystery. Only when we lose our heads, meaning silencing the mind, can we access the power of infinite space and discover the real meaning of our magical existence.

Sri Ganesha indicates the cosmic mind and its storehouse of wisdom, the Mahat Tattva of Samkhya philosophy. Yet, Ganesha ultimately brings the knowledge of the Self (Atma Vidya) that is the foundation of all forms of knowledge as well as the highest truth.

Ganesha, though arising through Parvati as Mother Nature, has a head given to him by Lord Shiva, meaning representing the transcendent truth beyond all name and form.

Ganesha is the cosmic guru who reveals our unity with the entire cosmos. If we don’t make a cosmic connection with Ganesha what we do will be merely human, limited by ignorance, desire and attachment to the material world.

Maharishi Ved vyas requested lord Ganesha to write the epic Mahabharat which will be dictated by him.
Ganpati being a playful God kept one condition that once he starts writing he wouldn’t stop.
Maharishi offered him a counter condition that before writing he should understand…

Each and every stanza written by him but soon Ganpati realized he had underestimated the sage.
So out of respect he broke his own tusk and started writing. They took 3 years to compile the epic.
Hence the name ‘Ekdant’ !!

Vedic knowledge teaches us to awaken the buddhi or higher intelligence at the summit of the mind, which is its ability to reflect the Self and universal awareness. To truly learn we must give up the arrogance that we already know. The highest knowledge is a form of unknowing or deconditioning of the mind. This is the Ganesha Vidya, the wisdom of Ganesha that teaches us the formless essence of all.

Ganesha integrates all the myriad levels of information, ideas and insights into a precise focus and unshakeable intent. The entire universe is a single person or Adi Purusha, of which everything manifest is but a particle, wave, expression or instrument. Ganesha is the lord of all mantras that are the key principles of cosmic intelligence and its vibratory energy. Such mantras are not mere words or sounds but the core creative forces that set everything in motion.

Ganesha is well known to provide the wisdom to overcome all the obstacles that assail us. Yet this does not mean ramming our way through our obstacles or forcefully pushing them aside. Sometimes, we need to go around our obstacles, which may be telling us that we are not on the correct path. The wisdom of Ganesha is very subtle and cannot reduced to any formula. He asks us to look deeply into the wisdom of life.

For thousands of years, Ganesh Chaturthi has lived on, and Ganapathi has become one of the most popular and most exported gods from India. He is very flexible. He takes on many forms and poses. He is also the god of learning. He was supposed to be a brilliant scholar. Ganapathi is always shown with a book and a pen, to show his scholarly capabilities. He had beyond normal human capabilities of scholarship and intellect.

So this is not just a day for eating. This is a day when you must multiply your brains, not your belly.

And he liked food. Usually, if someone has to look scholarly, he has to look skinny. But this is a nice, well-fed scholar. On this day, people generally believe that all you are supposed to do is eat well. People saw only the big belly, but missed the much bigger brain in the new head. That is the most important thing. His belly grew later. Maybe with such a big head, he did not feel like taking a walk! But the important thing is that his intelligence multiplied. So this is not just a day for eating. This is a day when you must multiply your brains, not your belly.

All the yogic practices in one way are about this, that your intelligence need not be stuck where it is. There are thousands of examples where people, starting simple spiritual practices, have multiplied their intelligence in many different ways. You will not grow a trunk, don’t worry, but you can strive for the multiplication of intelligence.

Humanity has always made the serious mistake of working towards producing good people. We do not need good people, we need sensible people. If you have sense, you will do the right thing. People do idiotic things only because they do not have sense.

Intelligence is not shrewdness. Intelligence is not about being clever. If you are truly intelligent, you would be 100% in tune with the existence because there is no other way to be intelligent. The sign of intelligence is that you are absolutely in tune with everything around you, you are going through life with the least amount of aberration within and outside of you.

Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi, the birthday of Lord Ganesha is celebrated every year during the Hindu month of Bhadrapada with much fervour and enthusiasm. The ten day long festival ends on Ananta Chaturdashi with the immersion of Ganesha idols. Slogans of Ganpatti Bappa Morya.

Much credit goes to revolutionary freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak for resuscitating interest in the festival. It was during 1893 when Tilak urged the masses to unite and come together to celebrate the festival. The main motive was to unite people and inculcate feelings of patriotism in them.

Lord Ganesha is considered to be the son of Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati. He possesses the head of an elephant on which there’s a tiara. His four hands hold a symbolic object like the trishul or trident. Other symbolic objects carried by Lord Ganesha are a goad or ankush and a lotus. Lord Ganesha is known as the deity of wisdom and auspiciousness and he is said to have a great sense of humor as well.

The association between Lord Ganesha and the Chaturthi is due to the fact that he was born on the 4th day of fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Magh. Hence, his birth anniversary celebration is known as Ganesh Chaturthi.

An interesting story behind Lord Ganesha’s birth is that his mother PARVARTI had once created a human figure and instilled life in it, thus asking it to guard the door while she had gone on a bath. During this time, Lord Shiva came to see his wife after a prolonged period and meditation at Mountain Kailash. When stopped by the human figure from entering the house, Lord Shiva was outraged and cut off the former’s head.

Very soon, Shiva came to know that the human figure was created by Parvati. So, he sent his attendants to look for the head of the first living object they could find. The attendants found an elephant and cut off its head to place on the human figure’s body so as to bring him back to life. This is why Lord Ganesha is seen to have an elephant head. He is known as Ganapati or Chief of Ganas or “Lord Shiva’s attendants”

Lord Ganesha is a symbol of auspiciousness, wealth, good luck and prosperity. His image is a composite of elephant and man with each part having its own significance. The elephant head represents great strength.

The human form is a symbol of wisdom and intelligence. Lord Ganesha’s mouse represents presence of mind. The four arms of Lord Ganesha depict the four directions are space. To all his devotees, Ganesha remains as the most important God; he is the universe.

The human body of Ganesha represents the “tvam” whereas his elephant head symblolizes the “tat”. Hence, the combination of these two (the body of Lord Ganesha) represents the highest reality of the Brahman.

Lord Ganesha’s ears resemble winnowing baskets. Just as one separates grain and dirt, one should also learn to distinguish the real (Brahman) from the unreal (maya) by listening to the scriptures from his Guru.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 😊🙏🏻👏🏻

Ganesha (Sanskrit: गणेश, Gaṇeśa, also known as Ganapati, Vinayaka, Pillaiyar and Binayak, is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon.His image is found throughout India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bali (Indonesia), Bangladesh and Nepal.

Hindu denominations worship him regardless of affiliations. Devotion to Ganesha is widely diffused and extends to Jains and Buddhists. Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him easy to identify.

Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles,
the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies.

Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions. Several texts relate mythological
anecdote sassociated with his birth and exploits and explain his distinct iconography.

Ganesha likely emerged as a deity as early as the 2nd century AD, but most certainly by the 4th and 5th centuries AD, during the Gupta period, although he inherited traits from Vedicand pre-Vedic precursors.

Hindu mythology identifies him as the restored son of Parvatiand Shiva of the Shaivism tradition, but he is a pan-Hindu god found in its various tradition.
the Ganapatya tradition of Hinduism,Ganesha is the supreme deity.The principal texts on Ganesha include the Ganesha Purana,the Mudgala Purana, and the Ganapati Atharvashirsa.

Brahma Purana and Brahmanda Purana are other two Puranic genre encyclopedic texts that deal with Ganesha.

Ganapati is personification of extraordinary intelligence. An intelligence that can break through all obstacles of life and hence he is Vighneshwara. Have a great Vinayak Chathurthi. It’s a day to boost your brain, not your belly.

Lord Ganesha is ” God of Wisdom ” manifestation of perfection already exists in a human being … Practice Wisdom of Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi Utsav miracle will happen in ur life.

Sri Ganesha is OM in its power of manifestation and guidance. Lord Shiva is OM in its unmanifest, transcendent form. That is why he is Shiva’s son and represents him in the creation.

Sri Ganesha holds and directs the power of Shakti as the Supreme Word (Para Vak). He stabilizes the root chakra (Muladhara) and through his strength we can bear the transformational Kundalini force. That is why he is Parvati’s son.

Sri Ganesha is the Cosmic Guru and the primary icon of India’s vast knowledge based civilization. He holds the power of all time from our ancient origins to all future transformations.

Sri Ganesha represents the power of knowledge, both outer and inner. His worship is a testimony to the wisdom of Bharat’s great gurus, rishis and yogis and the magnificent heritage of its enduring dharmic civilization.

Lord Ganesha is the eradicator of hindrances & destroyer of Evil & obstacles. Let the Lord Ganesha grace you with abundant harmony, Peace & Love; Let his blessings bestowed upon you & your loved ones today & forever.

Known for his cuteness, compassion, insatiable hunger & intelligence, He is revered as the Remover of Obstacles, the Patron of Arts & Sciences & the God Of Beginnings.

May Lord Ganesha bestow prosperity, health, and happiness on all of us. May we achieve the wisdom to spread this happiness to all sentient beings in the world.

May Lord Ganesha remove all obstacles of your life,
Provide you with auspicious beginnings,
Inspire you with creativity,
& Bless you with intellect and wisdom.

Lord Ganesh is our mentor and protector. May He enrich our lives by always giving us great beginnings and removing obstacles from our lives.

Prayers to Lord Ganpati the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. May Lord Ganesha shower upon you one of his finest blessings.