Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya 🙏🙏🙏

Adi Shankara – The Person Who Saved Vedic Dharma in India

Also known as Adi Shankaracharya, Adi Sankara is why the Vedic Dharma in India exists today. During his days, the forces that opposed Vedic religion was greater and in more numbers than they are today. There was a chaos in matter of religion and philosophy in India. Religions and sects such as Charvakas, Lokayathikas, Kapalikas, Shaktas, Sankhyas, Buddhas and Madhyamikas were competing. Not only them, there were about 72 sects in total and there was a conflict between them. Superstition and bigotry prevailed during the times.

Some of those threats are:

Greece, Turkey, and other Middle Eastern countries were invading India. Sanatana Dharma was starting to get corrupted. Preachers who were not complete followers of Vedas started to preach their own religious methods and their own ways of rituals. Vedas were difficult for even the intellectuals of those times to understand because of the complexity of the language. Since many did not know Sanskrit, people were ignorant about the religion. Vamachara of Tantric started to gain popularity, and it led to cruel practices such as Nara Bali. Buddhist and Jain religion launched right then. They were based on spoken language, so most of the people could understand it. Moreover, they picked these two because Sanatana Dharma was getting more and more corrupted. Other Hindu kings like Asoka and Harsha were attracted to Buddhism and Jainism rather than Sanatana Dharma.

During such heavy threats, Adi Shankara single-handedly restored the Vedic Dharma and Advaita Vedanta to its pristine form in India, and that too in a very short period of time.

Interesting Facts About Adi Shankaracharya:

By the age of sixteen, he mastered the Vedas. He understood Buddhism and ancient Vedic tradition, then he transformed the extant ideas, especially of the Vedanta tradition of Hinduism. He worked to make it the most important tradition in India that has lasted now for more than thousand years.He understood the importance of monastic life, and he sanctioned it as per the Upanishads and Brahma Sutra. He traveled across India and other parts of South Asia to spread the Hindu philosophy, not in a sense of preaching, but rather through discourses and debates with other thinkers. He founded four monasteries, Shankaracharya peethas, also called mathas, in four corner of India to keep up with his spiritual teachings:
Sarada Peetham at Sringeri Kalika Peetham at DwarakaJyotih Peetham,
Badarikashrama
Goardhana Peetham in Jaggannath, Puri.
He is regarded to be the greatest teacher and reformer of Smarta. He was the one who introduced Panchayatana form of worship – the worship of five deities in a simultaneous manner – Ganesha, Surya, Vishnu, Shiva and Devi. He explained that these were all different forms of the one Brahman, the Supreme being.He wrote many books – bhasya, prakarana grantha, stotra

Adi Shankracharya succeeded at doing all these at just the age of 32. He is, in fact, a profound philosopher, an able propagandist, a matchless preacher, a gifted poet, a great religious reformer.

BHAGAVAD GITA |6.7-15|SRI ADI SHANKRACHARYA

BHAGAVAD GITA | 6.7-15 | SRI ADI SANKARACHARYA

|| THE YOGA OF MEDITATION ( DHYANA YOGA ) ||

|| VERSE 6.7 ||

jitatmanah prasantasya paramatma samahitah
sitosnasukhaduhkhesu tatha manapamanayoh || 6.7 ||

BG 6.7 | The supreme Self of one who has control over the aggregate of one’s body and organs , and who is tranquil , becomes manifest . One should be equipoised in the midst of cold and heat , happiness and sorrow , as also honour and dishonour .

|| BHASYA || Parama-atma , the supreme Self ; jita-atmanah , of one who has control over the aggregate of one’s body and organs ; prasantasya , who is tranquil , who is a monk with one’s internal organ placid ; samahitah , becomes manifest , ie becomes directly manifest as one’s own Self .

Moreover , one should be equipoised sita-usna-sukha-duhkhesu , in the midst of cold and heat , happiness and sorrow ; tatha , as also ; mana-apamanayoh in honour and dishonour , adoration and despise .

|| VERSE 6.8 ||

jnana-vijnana-trptatma kuta-stho vijitendriyah
yukta ity ucyate yogi sama-lostrasma-kancanah || 6.8 ||

BG 6.8 | One whose mind is satisfied with knowledge and realization , who is unmoved , who has one’s organs under control , is said to be Self-absorbed . The yogi treats equally a lump of earth , a stone and gold .

|| BHASYA || A yogi , jnana-vijnana-trpta-atma , whose mind is satisfied with knowledge and realization — jnana is thorough knowledge of things presented by the scriptures , but vijnana is making those things known from the scriptures a subject of one’s own realization just as they have been presented ; one whose mind ( atma ) has become contented ( trpta ) with those jnana and vijnana is jnana-vijnana-trpta-atma — ; kutasthah , who is unmoved , ie who becomes unshakable ; and vijita-indriyah , who has one’s organs under control ; one who is of this kind , ucyate, is said to be ; yuktah , Self-absorbed . That yogi sama-losta-asma-kancanah , treats equally a lump of earth , a stone and gold .

Further ,

|| VERSE 6.9 ||

suhrn-mitrary-udasina-madhyastha-dvesya-bandhusu
sadhusv api ca papesu sama-buddhir visisyate || 6.9 ||

BG 6.9 | One excels who has sameness of view with regard to a benefactor , a friend , a foe * , a neutral , an arbiter , the hateful * , a relative , good people and even sinners .

|| BHASYA || The first line of the verse beginning with ” benefactor ” , etc , is a single compound word .

Visisyate , one excels , ie one is the best among all those who are established in Yoga — ( a different reading is vimucyate , one becomes free ) ; sama-buddhih , who has sameness of view , ie whose mind is not engaged with the question of who one is and what one does ; with regard to a suhrd , benefactor — one who does some good without consideration of return ; mitram , a friend , one who is affectionate ; arih , a foe ; udasinah , a neutral , who sides with nobody ; madhyasthah , an arbiter , who is a wellwisher of two conflicting parties ; dvesyah , the hateful , who is repulsive to oneself ; bandhuh , a relative ; — to all these as also sadhusu , with regard to good people , who follow the scriptures ; api ca , and even ; papesu , sinners , who perform prohibited actions — with regard to all of them .

Therefore , to acquire this excellent result —

|| VERSE 6.10 ||

yogi yunjita satatam atmanam rahasi sthitah
ekaki yata-cittatma nirasir aparigrahah || 6.10 ||

BG 6.10 | A yogi should constantly concentrate one’s mind by staying in a solitary place , alone , with mind and body controlled , free from expectations , free from acquisition .

|| BHASYA || A yogi , a meditator ; satatam yunjita , should constantly concentrate ; atmanam , one’s mind ; sthitah , by staying ; rahasi , in a solitary place , in mountain caves etc ; ekaki , alone , without any companion ; yata-citta-atma , with mind and body controlled ; nirasih , without expectations , free from hankering ; and aparigrahah , free from acquisition .

From the use of the qualifying words , ” in a solitary place ” and ” alone ” , it follows that one has to undertake all these after espousing monasticism . And even after renunciation , one should concentrate one’s mind by desisting from all acquisition . This is the meaning . . .

|| VERSE 6.11-12 ||

sucau dese pratisthapya sthiram asanam atmanah
naty-ucchritam nati-nicam cailajina-kusottaram || 6.11 ||

tatraikagram manah krtva yata-cittendriya-kriyah
upavisyasane yunjyad yogam atma-visuddhaye || 6.12 ||

BG 6.11 | Having firmly established in a clean place one’s seat , neither too high nor too low , and made of cloth , skin and kusa-grass , placed successively one below the other . **

BG 6.12 | Sitting on that seat , one should concentrate one’s mind for the purification of the internal organ , making the mind one-pointed and keeping the actions of the mind and senses under control .

|| BHASYA || Pratisthapya , having established ; sthiram , firmly ; sucau, in a clean ; dese , place , which is solitary , either naturally or through improvement ; atmanah , one’s own ; asanam , seat ; na ati ucchritam , neither too high ; na ati nicam , nor even too low ; and that made of caila-ajina-kusa-uttram , cloth , skin , and kusa-grass , placed successively one below the other — the successive arrangement of cloth etc here is in a reverse order to that of the textual reading — .

What follows after thus establishing the seat ?

Upavisya , sitting ; tatra , on that ; asane , seat ; yogam yunjyat , one should concentrate one’s mind .

To what purpose should one concentrate one’s mind ?

In answer the LORD says : atma-visuddhaye , for the purification of the internal organ .

How ?

Krtva , making ; manah , the mind ; ekagram , one-pointed , by withdrawing it from all objects ; and yata-citta-indriya-kriyah , keeping the actions ( kriyah ) of the mind ( citta ) and senses ( indriya ) under control ( yata ) .

The external seat has been spoken of . Now is being stated how the posture of the body should be :

|| VERSE 6.13-14 ||

samam kaya-siro-grivam dharayann acalam sthirah
sampreksya nasikagram svam disas canavalokayan || 6.13 ||

prasantatma vigata-bhir brahmacari-vrate sthitah
manah samyamya mac-citto yukta asita mat-parah || 6.14 ||

BG 6.13 | Holding the body , head and neck erect and still , being steady , looking at the tip of one’s own nose — and not looking around .

BG 6.14 | One should remain seated with a placid mind , free from fear , firm in the vow of celibacy , and with the mind fixed on ME by controlling it through concentration , having ME as the supreme Goal .

|| BHASYA || Dharayan , holding ; kaya-siro-girvam , the body ( torso ) , head and neck ; samam , erect ; and acalam , still — movement is possible for one ( even while ) holding these erect ; therefore it is specified , ” still ” — ; sthirah , being steady , ie remaining steady ; sampreksya , looking svam nasikagram , at tip of one’s own nose — looking at it intently , as it were ; ca , and ; anavalokayan , not looking ; disah , around , ie not glancing now and then in various directions — .

The words ” as it were ” are to be understood because what is intended here is not an injunction for looking at the tip of one’s own nose !

What then ?

It is the fixing the gaze of the eyes by withdrawing it from external objects ; and that is enjoined with a view to concentrating the mind * . If the intention were merely the looking at the tip of the nose , then the mind would remain fixed there itself , not on the Self !

In , ” Making the mind fixed in the Self ” ( 25 ) , the LORD will speak of concentrating the mind verily on the Self . Therefore , owing to the missing word iva ( as it were ) , it is merely the withdrawal of the gaze that is implied by sampreksya ( looking ) .

Further , prasantatma , with a placid mind , with a mind completely at peace ; vigata-bhih , free from fear sthitah , firm ; brahmacari-vrate , in the vow of celibacy . . . ; besides , mat-cittah , with the mind fixed on ME who am the supreme GOD ; samyamya , by controlling ; manah , the mind , ie by stopping the modifications of the mind ; yuktah , through concentration , ie by becoming concentrated ; asita , one should remain seated ; matparah , with ME as the supreme Goal . . . One not only has one’s mind on ME but has ME as one’s Goal .

After that , now is being stated the result of Yoga :

|| VERSE 6.15 ||

yunjann evam sadatmanam yogi niyata-manasah
santim nirvana-paramam mat-samstham adhigacchati || 6.15 ||

BG 6.15 | Concentrating the mind thus forever , the yogi of controlled mind achieves the Peace which culminates in Liberation and which abides in ME .

|| BHASYA || Yunjan , concentrating ; atmanam , the mind ; evam , thus , according to the methods shown above ; sada , for ever ; the yogi , niyata-manasah , of controlled mind ; adhi-gacchati , achieves ; santim , the Peace , the indifference to worldly attachments and possessions ; nirvana-paramam , which culminates in Liberation ; and mat-samstham, which abides in ME .

|| NOTES ||

* Ari ( foe ) is one who does harm behind one’s back .

* Dvesyah is one who is openly hateful .

* What is sought to be presented here as the primary objective is the concentration of mind . If the gaze be directed outward , then it will result in interrupting that concentration . Therefore the purpose is to first fix the gaze of the eyes within .

Birth Anniversary of Jagadguru Adi Shankracharya 🙏🏻

Today is Birth Anniversary of Jagadguru Adi Shankracharya. If there was no Adi Shankracharya, Sanatan Hindu Vedic Dharma would have perished.

Life of Adi Shankracharya:

Birth: Kalladi, Kerala, India

Date of Birth: 788 CE

Mother: Aryamba

Became Sanyasi; at the age of 12

Lord Adi Shankaracharya who founded and established the Four Maths (peaks/monastery):

Jyotishpeeth-Badrinath(N),
Govardhan Pithi-Puri(W),
Shardapith-Dwarka(E),
Sringeripith-Mysore(S)

All remain as four powerful pillars of Hinduism and Divided Hindu monks into ten categories.

In a short life span of 32 years, Jagadguru Adi Shankracharya achieved more than most people can in several lifetimes. May the life and teachings of Adi Sankaracharya inspire us to do our Dharma.

Salutations to To the Hindu Reviver, The Poet, The Philosopher, The Visionary, The Strategist, The Advaitin & The Enlightened.
Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya,
Incarnation of Lord Shiva,
founder of Advaita Vedanta and one of the greatest spiritual masters of India.

Adi Shankara, who causes welfare to the universe, who is the repository of the Divine Knowledge of Vedas, Upanishads, and who is the embodiment of mercy.

Adi Shankaracharya brought India back to Sanatan Dharma simply by beating Buddhist monks in religious debates.

Adi Shankara revived Advaita Vedanta, composed the main stotras used today for honoring the Hindu Devatas (Deities), established four maths (peaks/monastery) at the corners of India, renovated the chardham in the Himalayas, honored Shakti.
Though born in Kerala embraced all India.

The more we learn to adore Shri Adi Shankaracharya, not as a divine incarnation but as a sincere man inspired to serve the country and reconquer the nation from its slavery to alien ideologies, the more we shall successfully pay our tribute to our own culture.

I wonder how we can pay our debt to Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankracharya, it’s impossible. He lived for just 32 years but prepared whole Hindu civilization for next 1000 years of invasions & plunder. If one must choose a ‘father of the nation’, who else deserves it more than Shankara?

Salutations to Jagadguru Adi Sankaracharya, the greatest benefactor of Universe by his teachings of Advaita Vedanta that emphasizes the oneness of this world. One needs to be afraid when something else does exist other than him. When none is there beyond himself, where does fear come from?

He just didn’t stop discussing his lofty ideals of Advaita philosophy with scholars. His mission was to revive Sanatana dharma at all levels. His advaitic view of the society helped him stoop to the level of children & innocent & made stotras & other philosophical works to help them realize truth

At social level, he brought in kind of unity among practitioners of Sanatana Dharma & integrated modes of worship of Gods under 6 branches & getting rid of all violent practices found in our religion.

In all the four corners of India with having Kanchi as the middle of entire universe, he established spiritual centres & appointed ambassadors of Sanatana dharma to move around society & help people realize their purpose of life by offering updesa (preachings) on spiritual matters.
Even in temples

The cultural centres of india, he brought in positive changes by appointing officiating priests from other regions in several important temples like Rameswaram, Badari, Kathmandu, Tiruchendur, Gokarnam, Kanchipuram, Kedarnath, Srirangam, Chidambaram, Tirupathy, puri, dwaraka etc.

From Kalady’s sweet streams to Kashmir’s snowy peaks; from Dwarkadhish’s sandy shores to distant Kamakhya, Jagadguru, you are our foremost teacher, guiding light & unifier. May we be your worthy students.

Shankara, the Great Yogi:

Shankaracharya, or Shankara the teacher, is one of the greatest spiritual masters in the history of India. Shankara has often been called the greatest philosopher of India, if not of all time and of the entire world. His teaching is highly rational, clear and concise, as well deeply mystical, unfolding all the mysteries of Self, God, the universe, the Absolute and immortality. Most of what today is called Advaita (non-dualistic) Vedanta reflects the mark of his insights. He is the main classical teacher of the Advaita Vedanta tradition.

Shankara’s greatness has been hailed by such monumental modern gurus of India as Swami Vivekananda, Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, Ramana Maharshi, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Paramahansa Yogananda, to name a few. In fact, most of what Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta taught as Advaita is pure Shankara Advaita. Perhaps more notably, most of the original Yoga that came to the West starting with Vivekananda was styled “Yoga-Vedanta,” reflecting Shankara’s influence, and aimed at Self-realization through meditation, not simply at skill in asana practice. Indeed Shankara has been a much more dominant figure than Patanjali in for these great Yoga-Vedanta masters and for India as a whole historically. He has been regarded as a veritable manifestation of Lord Shiva, the king of the Yogis himself, evidenced by his name Shankara, which is one of the main names for Shiva as well.

Travelled and Preached across:

Kollur, Trivandrum, Mysore, Srisailam, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rameswaram, Madurai, Kanakdurga (Vijayawada), Puri, Gaya, Dantewada, Kamakyadevi, Manasarovara, Muktinath, Pasupatinath (Nepal), Alampur, Kolhapur, Triyambkeshwar, Ujjain, Ayodhya, Dwarka, Somnath, Prayag, Bhimashankar, Mathura, Badri, Kedar, Kanchi, Jwala, Ambaji, Hinglaj Dev (Balochistan). etc

At the age of 32 Jagadguru took Samadhi in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, India.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.