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Shamir Singh’s very own Ganesha Experience!

Namaste U know I have done a lot of research and through this I have come across something really interesting, if u want success in all field then rise up early in the morning n take ur bath and start reciting’ OMGANG GANAPATAYE NAMAHA 108 TIMES OR even more mentally but please don’t expect the answer on the spot u have to wait. The fruit of patience is really very juicy so please wait for the result.

 

Thangaraju Bhupalan’s Ganesha Experience

After finishing my technical college graduation in mid eighties, I was jobless. It was beginning of recession, I really needed a job to sustain my living and indirectly reduce the burden of my father who was at the end stage of renal failure. A friend of my father offered me a temporary job with a very minimum wage. So I had to rent a room nearby to my workplace, I shared a room with my college mate. This was about 6km away. the Batu Caves temple was in between my workplace and room, so every day without fail, I stoped over there and offer my prayers to the Kutty Ganesha sitting under the Arasamaram tree. I prayed to this particular Ganesha because I didn’t have money to buy the Arachennai ticket. And after 6 months, I got a permanent job in the tin mining. I was very happy. I took the appointment letter and kept it at his feet and offered him my prayers with flowers and garlands. I’ve been doing this ever since then, as I got thru my exams, my promotions rank and file. I carry a photo of him with me since 12 years now. I made a promise that when I reach the age of 50, I would visit him at Batu caves temple and to Pulliyar Patti temple which I did last month. I cant leave my house without praying to him, if I do, I feel the day is not complete till I go back home and after having my shower, I complete the day after praying to him.

 

Vaneedha’s Ganesha Experience

My name is Vaneedha.
I am from Gauteng in South Africa.
I have a beautiful elephant on my tree trunk .I worship every morning at my Ganesha tree.
I have also learnt recently, that the elephant is my power animal.
Love and blessing
Vaneedha.

 

Anusha Devi Bhutto’s Ganesha Experience

Namaste U know I have done a lot of research and through this I have come across something really interesting, if u want success in all field then rise up early in the morning n take ur bath and start reciting’ OMGANG GANAPATAYE NAMAHA 108 TIMES OR even more mentally but please don’t expect the answer on the spot u have to wait. The fruit of patience is really very juicy so please wait for the result.

 

Kishore Kapita’s Ganesha Experience

Lord Ganesh is my favorite, me my-self and my daughter who is a 17 year old, we both perform a fasting day on the Tuesdays every week. And this thing we are doing it for the past several years.

I have felt Lord Ganesha’s presence in my life to a greater extent. Although having several statues and photos and pictures of Lord Ganesh in our house temple but still Lord Ganesh shows himself to me in several others poses either through e-mails, or posts on the Facebook or while watching any serials or films on the Television.

jaya jaya jaya gaNapati devaa
maataa paarvati pitaa mahaadevaa || 2 ||
gajaananaa gajaananaa gajaananaa he gaNapati devaa || 2 ||
jay gaNesha jay gaNesha, jay gaNesha devaa
maataaji paarvatii, pitaa mahaadevaa || 2 ||

gajaananaa gajaananaa gajaananaa he gaNapati devaa || 2 ||

 

 

Tecia Linville’s Ganesha Experience

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I’m a Lord Ganesha devotee for some years, every morning I chant His mantra Om Gam Ganapatye Namaha for protection and remove all the obstacles in life not just for me but for everybody around the world.
I have Lord Ganesha everywhere…but I have one very special Ganesha. Jai Ganesha.
Love, Light and Peace

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Several stories of Ganesha’s childhood and adulthood are depicted in the scriptures. These help in learning important lessons in life that may be implemented. One of the stories that goes back to the childhood of Lord Ganesha teaches us to take onus of our action and try to control them lest the actions cause harm to someone.

One day Lord Ganesha was wandering in the forest in search of an activity to amuse himself. In his childhood he was known for being naughty and impulsive. In the forest of Mount Kailasa he took his bow and arrows and decided to hunt.

While wondering what to hunt for Ganesha came across a white cat. Lord Ganesha started to pursue it and the cat made a run for his life. Ganesha had no intent to hunt the cat and just wanted to play. He thought the cat was playing along and chased it with more vigour. The cat in its escape got scratched off by the branches of the tree. When Ganesha saw the cat hiding behind a tree he shot arrows at the cat. Ganesha got hold of it and flung it to the ground. The cat got mud all over him and Ganesha’s feet were also immersed in mud. As Ganesha tended to his feet the cat made a run for his life and got lost in the woods. Ganesha was now too tired to pursue it and decided to go back to his mother.

At the doorstep he saw goddess Parvati waiting for Ganesha with a plateful of food. Lord Ganesha stopped in his tracks as he saw that Parvati had mud stains all over her and scratches oozing blood. Ganesha got upset and asked the reason behind his mother’s wounds. On being questioned Parvati asked Ganesha if he had done this to her. A perplexed Ganesha answered that he had been playing with a cat in the forest and must have hurt it in the process.

Parvati then explained it to her son that all life on earth constituted her body. As the protector of life she and her father had the onus of taking care of all life on earth. The scratches inflicted on her were because Ganesha had hurt the cat.

When Ganesha was upset and expressed remorse, Parvati explained that it is not possible not to harm anyone or anything. Sometimes we do it without the intent of harming something and sometimes we do it unknowingly. But it is possible to take onus of our actions and think hard before acting on them. It is possible to bring our mind to a state where it is aware of all the actions and cause as little harm as possible.

Ganesha thanked his mother for the lesson and promised to gain the wisdom of controlling his mind. He decided to advocate the same to his devotees and went off to nurse the cat back to its health.

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Discovery of trade routes and the quest for land has contributed to inter mingling of cultures in the world. It is because of commercial and cultural contacts that Hinduism has had a huge effect particularly on East Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Ganesha is one of the Hindu deities who landed in foreign land and became a popular figure. His teachings have now become universal because of globalization.

Trade not just help built economies but also evolved cultures. The popularity of Lord Ganesha spread across different parts of the world because of the traders and the merchants. It is known that any auspicious work marked by Lord Ganesha in the beginning turns out to be fruitful. Hence the significance of Lord Ganesha holds importance in the matters of trade.  Migration of Hindus in search of promised lands also contributed to the spread of Lord Ganesha’s popularity. The period from 10th century was marked by the development of new networks of trade and exchange. Evidence of the deity in the 5th and 6th century (the Gupta period) has been found but it is through merchants that the popularity of Lord Ganesha spread across borders. The merchant community’s earliest inscription is that of Lord Ganesha, before any other deity.

The globalization of the Lord Ganesha is further substantiated by the close association of some religious sects with trade. It is through this connection of commerce that the ideas of worship of this deity were exchanged. For instance, Ganesha is worshiped by Jainas because the connection of Jainas to the trading community is strong. In Buddhism the popularity of this deity was mainly because of the Gupta. The Gupta built sculptures that depict confluence of Buddhism and Hinduism through Ganesha. In some sects and countries such as Japan, Ganesha is believed to be an avatar of Buddha.

In the modern era it is the exchange of ideas through migration that has resulted in spread of Lord Ganesha’s affluence in places other then the Indian subcontinent and East Asia. Southern and Central America, Mexico, Britain, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and even parts of the Malay peninsula have seen a rise in Hindu population. Hence one can see many temples in these countries which are extremely popular. The region of Angkor Vat for instance thrives on Hindu temples and has elaborate temples and caves depicting Hinduism. We can also find idols and carvings of Lord Ganesha in this region.

It is not just the spread of Hindus in the modern era that has contributed to the popularity of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha’s teachings are more universal than any other deity in Hinduism. Although various religions may not practice the act of worship of this deity but they still hold his spiritual significance in high regard. It is the acceptance of this deity’s values that has led to the global status of Lord Ganesha.

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Lord Ganesha was a by product of the dirt and perspiration of Goddess Parvati. The reason Parvati breathed life into Ganesha was because she wanted a companion who shall drive away her boredom. After spending significant time with him, she became as fond of him as she would have been with her own son. Goddess Parvati wanted to take a bath and asked her son Ganesha to guard the doar. As Lord Shiva attempted to walk in after days of meditation, Lord Ganesha obeyed his mother’s instruction and didn’t allow Shiva to enter. In a fit of anger, and not knowing who Ganesha really was, Shiva beheaded Ganesha. After Parvati’s explanation, Lord Shiva gave Lord Ganesha an elephant’s head and brought him back to life.

According to mythology, the initial interaction doesn’t depict a strong parent-son bond between Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. It is depicted that the bond between Parvati and Ganesha developed over a period of time and became stronger with time. Shiva was oblivious of the existence of Lord Ganesha. After witnessing his grief stricken wife, Lord Shiva realized the bond that Parvati had developed with her son. In his quest to revive Lord Ganesha, Shiva developed affection for his son. Although many versions of the birth of Lord Ganesha exist, this story is the most popular one and shows the evolving nature of the bond the Shiva-Parvati share with their son Ganesha.

According to the scriptures, a competition between Ganesha and his brother Skanda was held to see who shall win the divine sweet of wisdom- the Modaka. Goddess Parvati asked her sons to encircle the world three times. The one who shall be the fastest will be declared the winner and get the sweet. Skanda went off on a journey to cover the three worlds while Ganesha simply went around his parents three times. When asked the reason behind his action, Lord Ganesha answered his parents Shiva and Parvati constitute the three worlds for him. This depiction of sincerity and devotion won him the sweet of wisdom.

One day, Parashurama, an avatar of Vishnu, went to pay a visit to Shiva. He met Ganesha along the way and was asked to explain his purpose to meet Lord Shiva before he proceeded further. Known for his short temper, Parashurama hurled his axe at Ganesha. Lord Ganesha knew that the axe was a gift given by his father to Parshurama. Out of respect for his father’s gift, Lord Ganesha allowed himself to be struck by it and in turn lost one of his tusks. The respect for his father’s gift made Lord Ganesha endure pain.

The above stories strengthen the fact that Ganesha shared a strong bond with his parents that was built on respect and affection. These are two of the most popular instances that reflect this relationship in an apt manner. For the God of wisdom and knowledge, it was indeed all about loving his parents…

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Ganesha, VedvyasaOnce the greatest saint of all time, Vedvyasa was meditating in the Himalayan range. Lord Brahma visited him and asked him to write the greatest epic of all times the Mahabharat for the benefit of the whole mankind. Vedvyasa told Lord Brahma that it would not be possible for him to write and compose the epic on his own. So Vedvyasa  asked Brahma to help him with a writer who should be wise enough to understand and write the verses.  Lord Brahma asked Vedvyasa to seek the help of Lord Ganesha.

 When Vedvyasa went and asked Lord Ganesha to write the verses, Ganesha refused, as he was busy. Seeing Vedvyasa’s disappointment,  Lord Ganesha asked him if he could quickly sing all the verses? Vedvyasa nodded.  The Sage replied that he wanted someone who can understand the meaning of all the verses that he composes and write them. Lord Ganesha agreed.

Vedvyasa started singing, and Ganesha started writing the verses. The scene of a God listening to a sage and writing for him was panoramic in itself. Lord Ganesha being a deity was fast in writing, so, whenever Vedvyasa thought that the speed has increased, he would come up with something exceptionally long.  Lord Ganesha became busy in understanding the meaning, and in the mean time Vedvyasa would compose more verses.  In this way six million Granths (holy scriptures) were created.  It comprised of Kandapuranam, Ramayanam, Savithri Puranam, Nala Puranam and many more to be named. The whole task of writing the epics was done while sitting at Mount Meru.

 Once, while writing,  Lord Ganesha’s pen broke.  Fearing that he would lag behind, Lord Ganesha tore his tusk and started using it as a pen. Of  the 6 million epics, 3 million are in the Deva Lokam (In the abode of Gods), 1.5 million in the Yaksha Lokam (In the abode of semi-Gods and angels) and 1.4 in the Asura Lokam (In the abode of Demons and Devils). The remaining 1 million are on the Prithvi Lokam or Mrityu Lokam (On Earth). Sage Vedvyasa had sung 8,800 Granthams, which were difficult for Lord Ganesha to decipher. He stated to Lord Ganesha that the meaning of all 8,800 Granthams should only be known to him, Lord Ganesha and his signs (his followers). Among all these 8,800 Granthams the greatest epic of all times, the Mahabharatam is considered to be the fifth Veda.

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Lord MuruganOnce there was a king whose name was Nambirajan. He ruled the ghat (bay) region of Tamilnadu. He was the king of the tribes. He was keen to have a daughter as a child.  Lord Shiva told him that he shall find a girl in the woods nearby, and that girl would be his daughter. The king discovered the girl in the nearby woods and named her Vallinayaki. Gradually, the girl matured into a beautiful woman. The elder son of Shiva and Parvati Subramanya (also known as Murugan or Skanda) wanted to marry her. He disguised himself as an old bangle seller and sold bangles to her, which started off a conversation between the two. This conversation was interrupted by her brothers who were over protective of their sister.  Confused and agitated by their sudden appearance, and reluctant to commence a war; he took the form of Vengai Margam , an old tribal King (a stump is still at the Velimalai temple in TamilNadu). Vallinayaki’s brothers appeared from nowhere this time as well, and Murugan had to leave the talks in midway. Next, he took the form of an old Spartan from Himalayas. Then he went back to Kailasa, his heavenly abode. He discussed everything with his brother, Lord Ganesha , also known as Vinayaka. He sought his help for the same. Vinayaka is popularly known as the remover of obstacles.  After his discussion , Ganesha disguised himself as a mad elephant and came in front of Valli, when she was taking a stroll in a garden. A scared Vallinayki embraced Murugan and asked him for help. She promised him to give anything he asks for in return for saving her from the elephant. He saved her from the beast as promised and asked her hand in marriage. Vallinayaki accepted the proposal realizing her suitor was none other than Lord Murugan. The marriage was celebrated with grandeur by the King Nambirajan and his family.

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The authentic secrets that have made Ganesha the lord of wisdom and wealth are that of the ancient wisdom that has been the primary force behind the formation and evolution of the oldest religious faith on the planet.As the ever-blissful god in the Hindu mythology, Ganesha is the lord of auspiciousness and good luck who can dispel all the problems and obstacles from the path of life.

In every possible aspect regarding his physical appearance and in every legendor story associated with Ganesha there are secrets to learn. By learning the actual meaning and probable effect of those symbols on human life it is even possible for even an ordinary individual to improve his living condition by a considerable degree and attain the success that he has always wanted.

There is a profound and multi-layered symbolism in each and every part of the Ganesha idol. The big elephant head on his shoulders ganesha_astrologyis the symbol of that eternal wisdom that is possible to achieve with the blessing of the god. But acquiring wisdom is never enough and a wise man must ride upon his senses so that wisdom can be used when it is necessary just like Ganesha and his mouse. Proper utilization of knowledge is more important than knowledge itself and is also the most important factor behind any success story.

In order to reach his goal and climb the ladder of success a man must be able to overcome his own personal ego and by selecting the rat as his vahana Ganesha shows his followers that one must tread beyond ego. Though the mouse is too small still it is the greediest of all animal and is a symbol of our senses that can never be satisfied. They always crave for new experiences and a wise man is always expected to keep them under control and overcome his greed.The mouse lying at the feet of the lord depicts his victory over his sensuous cravings.

Learn the symbolic secrets of lord Ganesha and you will need no other lesson for attaining success and glory. In order to be victorious you must first understand what victory actually stands for and also the obstacles that stand between you and your success.

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In Indian mythology there are so many stories about Ganesha that determining his proper marital status is quite difficult and may easily be considered as a subject eligible for scholarly reviews. There are some myths that depict Ganesha as a confirmed bachelor – a bramhachari without any consort. While there are also some stories that shows him as the husband of Riddhi and Siddhi – known as the goddesses of prosperity and spiritual power respectively.

As per Mudgala Purana and Ganesha purana Riddhi and Siddhi are born from the mind of Bramha – the creator of the universe and were offered to Ganesha as his consorts by the creator himself. Ganesha accepted them as his wives and in many part of north India they accompany Ganesha but there is actually no rituals associated with Shakti worship to worship them. The story that relates Riddhi and Siddhi as lord Ganesha’s wife is quite interesting and fascinating at the same time.

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As Ganesha has an elephant head on his shoulders no girl was ready to marry him and the absence of a consort made him really angry. Out of frustration Ganesha started to create problems in the marriages of other demigods and asked his rat to dig up the path though which their marriage procession will pass. The demigods faced innumerable hardship to reach their bride’s houses and ultimately complained to Brahma who took the responsibility of solving the problem. To bring the situation under control Brahma created two beautiful women Riddhi and Siddhi to accompany Ganesha as his consorts and Ganesha was ultimately satisfied with the offerings.

In Hindu pantheon Riddhi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity and Siddhi stands for intellectual and spiritual powers – the ultimate goal of this mortal world and the means of achieving that. Anybody who satisfies Ganesha with his devotion and prayer are also blessed by Riddhi and Siddhi and can attain every success in their life. in Riddhi and Siddhi Ganesha had two sons – Subha the auspicious and labha, the profit. Ganesha has also one daughter – Santoshi Mata or the goddess of satisfaction.

There is another story describing Ganesha’s marriage with Riddhi and Siddhi and that is both Ganesha and his brother Kartikeya were rivals for marrying Siddhi and Riddhi. In order to decide who will get their hands a race was arranged in which both of them were to circle the globe and who comes first will get the twin girls. Promptly Kartikeya went away riding his peacock. But instead of following him Ganesha started circling round his parent lord Shiva and goddess Parvathi and when asked why he did so he said that his parents were the universe in themselves and by circling around his parents he has circled around the universe. No one even the great scholar Narada had any answer to this and thus there was no other way but to marry him with the twin girls Riddhi and Siddhi. When Kartikeya returned home Ganesha was already married and Kartikeya had to satisfy himself by listening to stories of how he lost to greater wisdom and intelligence.

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A lot of inspiration and zeal to become successful can be found in Ganesha’s wisdom and judgment. Ganesha can be called upon and worshiped by an entrepreneur because of his superb ability to solve problems and remove obstacles, his competence as a communicator, his goal-orientation and his malleability. These characters were much necessitated by our forefathers as they progressed from hunters to cultivators. More than strength, they required wisdom and judgment to continue to exist. These characteristics are no less important in the present, particularly for those who hold managerial positions.

In a corporate a ‘Ganesha’ manager appreciates all sorts of people with their various skills and abilities and is not one to shy away from hard work. They loves improving themselves, their work ethics and the things around them. They are innovative and like to determine goals and figure out problems and readily solve them. The more challenging the task the more they are energized by it. They love to help others understand their goals and fosteran understanding by musing on their own and others’ knowledge and experiences. They unremittingly maneuver those around them to give one hundred fifty per cent of capability.

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The reverse of the Ganesha manager is Gobarganesha (cow-dung Ganesha) or an incapable manager. Full of themselves they have no time for others. They are incessantly oppressed, always overburdened. They stockpile their troubles more or less rather than resolving them. They remain suspicious of change and have trouble leading others as they have no self-defined goals. The reality is, they don’t know what they want to be or do. A Gobarganesha type manager usually avoids action and squanders the possible potential within them.

SYMBOL OF WISDOM
The elephant head is the over-seeing, interminable spectator, the unsatisfactorily supreme. Beneath the head is the belly, the symbolic representation of the apparent, the mortal.All pervasive Ganesha is the lord of all, apparent and ambiguous. The retentiveness of an elephant is, naturally, well-known. The twisted trunk of Lord Ganesha symbolizes the meandering path to wisdom. It reminds us that there is no straight path that we must turn and twist in our path seeking the truth.

The elephant ears are like winnows that split up the wheat from the chaff. All knowledge and experience must be scrutinized to find out what is indispensable and what is inessential. This is a vital facet of judgment.

The lovely potbelly of Lord Ganesha is compared with space; it is huge enough to hold all wisdom and all life. Moderate and benignant, he uses his great strength only when evoked. All the good and potential managers can draw a life lesson from this and can excel in their corporate and personal lives both.

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