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Meera Uberoi Pages: Tota Books This beautifully illustrated book is for children between years of age and talks about the story of Ganesha and his famous obsession of Laddoos. Amma, Tell Me about Ganesha! Bhakti Mathur Pages: Anjana Publishing The book is a perfect way for parents to introduce children to the mighty Lord Ganesha without being preachy and in fact in a very fun and creative way.

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Macaw Books Meant for children between ages years, the book is from the Indian Myths and Legends series. The story focuses on bravery, values, love etc and is a perfect way to influence the young minds in a positive way. Ganesha Amar Chitra Katha Author: Kamala Chandrakant Pages: The series has been ruling our hearts since This book is from the same kitty and tells us about the story of Ganesha in the familiar comic format.

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You made my work easier! Devoleena Hazarika says: August 11, at Sankalpita says: August 21, at 5: Vidya says: February 18, at As I explained in the previous lecture about the Divine Mother, Shiva and Shakti are a symbolic representation of the Third Logos, Binah in Kabbalah , which is the aspect of the superior trinity that creates.

In Buddhism, this is known as the Nirvanakaya, the body of formation, that level of Divinity that creates. Ganesh is the child of the union of Shiva and Parvati.

99 Thoughts On Ganesha: Stories,Symbols And Rituals Of India's Beloved Elephant Headed Deity

Here Shiva has a trident and an OM on his hand, he gives these to his son Ganesha. Parvati also infuses her power into her child, so Ganesha represents the collected power of Shiva and Parvati. We see this symbolism in Egypt as well; this trimurti or trinity is represented as Osiris and Isis who have a son Horus. In the Egyptian mythology, Horus is the same symbol as Ganesha. He is a son of God , an embodiment of Divinity who has a mission to accomplish in order to serve Divinity and act as their agent.

Ganesha means "lord of hosts," and thus he is the general of Shiva's armies. He is in charge of Shiva's military. All of the angels who battle against the demons are under Ganesha's command.

Ganesha is also represented as the bringer of wealth and prosperity; many Hindus worship Ganesha because they want money. This is mistaken.

Many Hindus worship Ganesha because they want success in business or power in the world. Unfortunately, they do not understand what Ganesha is and is not. Ganesha is also represented as the source of all wisdom and knowledge.

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Throughout many Asian countries, when students begin studies in school, the first thing they learn is a Ganesha mantra so they can chant the mantra when they are doing tests and preparing for their exams in order to try to get Ganesha's help to do well in school. It is great that kids learn that. I wish students would learn that way in the West, to learn in all activties to appeal to God.

But, ultimately, the knowledge and intelligence that Ganesha represents is not terrestrial, book knowledge. His knowledge is spiritual. Why Ganesh Has an Elephant Head There are many stories that explain why Ganesha has an elephant head; many of the stories are cute, children-oriented stories that are very clever, but they do not explain the real reason behind the elephant head.

The reason that Ganesha has an elephants head is because of the symbolism of the elephant in Asian mythology: it relates to the mind. You may know that the painting used to teach concentration practice in Tibetan Buddhism uses an elephant to represent the wild mind that we must learn to manage.

Moreover, if you look at the shape of the letter OM, you can see the shape of an elephants head as in a profile view; you can see a big ear and the face, and sometimes the way its drawn you can see the trunk. Nothing can be done without uttering it. This explains the practice of invoking Ganesha before beginning any rite or undertaking any project. His two feet represent the power of knowledge and the power of action.

The elephant head is significant in that it is the only figure in nature that has the form of the symbol for Om. AUM is the beginning. AUM is the invocation to call the Divine. AUM represents the three primary forces, the trinity above; they are encoded in AUM, which is Ganesha, the power of the trinity manifested.

When we talk about the unmanifested level of the Absolute, we are talking about Nirguna. Remember I explained in the first two lectures that Guna means a modality of nature or Prakriti, and there are three Gunas sattva, tamas, rajas.

The unmanifested level of those Gunas are Nirguna, which is the superior level of the Prakriti. When Nirguna moves into activity and manifests, it becomes Saguna, which refers to manifested modalities of Prakriti.

So, visualize unmanifested forces Nirguna emerging into manifestation Saguna. Thet boundary between the two is made possible by AUM. The emergence of unmanifested light and sound into manifestation is AUM, Ganesha, the spirit emerging out of creation. If you have studied Kabbalah , this is the son of God who comes through Daath in Briah. Each detail of that symbol represents something in us; for example, the little dot at the top represents our true nature, our Innermost.

Skanda, the Brother of Ganesha It is interesting that in Hinduism Ganesha is represented as having a brother; his name is Skanda, among many other names, like Kartakeya, Subramanya, or Murugan. In this drawing, Shiva represents the Third Logos, part of the trinity above, and we see his wife Parvati or Uma, and on her lap her two children, Ganesha and Kartakeya. On Shiva you can see the trinity several times, not only the trinity of his staff, but the trinity on his forehead and the OM on his palm; those are all his powers, which he passes through his wife Parvati into his children.

Kartakeya or Skanda is the God of war in Hinduism. Here we find a very beautiful symbol, which, if you have studied Kabbalah , you can immediately start to see what this all means.

Ganesh as the lord of knowledge and wisdom is the chief general of Shivas armies. His brother Skanda is also a God of war and a general of Shivas armies. What sort of war are we talking about? It is the war of The Mahabharata, in which Krishna advises Arjuna to battle against himself.

This is the real jihad: a spiritual war against our inner defects. This symbol is not unique to Hinduism; we see these two brothers who work together in other traditions also.

99 Thoughts on Ganesha by Devdutt Pattanaik

I mentioned Egyptian mythology in which we see Horus as the agent of the Divine; his brother is Seth. The conflict and ultimate resolution of that relationship provides the dramatic background for the Egyptian mysteries. In Egypt, Horus and Seth have been represented in many ways, but in this particular image you can see them as equals, both pulling on a central rod, a djed. The djed represents our spinal column.

Horus and Seth represent forces or energies, archetypes in us, that are working to stabilize our spinal column, to make it stand upright. The way they do that is by playing off each other. In the Egyptian mysteries, Seth places obstacles and Horus overcomes them. This is all embodied in Ganesha. Ganesha places obstacles and also overcomes them. In this sense, we can see he works hand in hand with his brother Skanda.

We do not have time today to go in detail into the story of Skanda, but we might in a future lecture. Abraham or Ibrahim is the great patriarch or founder of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. These three great world religions are all due to Ibrahim, Abraham—in other words, Abraham is Ganesha, "a lord of hosts. The Zohar says: "When Abraham appeared, as he is the secret of Chesed When we talk about how the ray of creation unfolds on the Tree of Life , we explain that the upper trinity creates through the third Sephirah, Binah Shiva-Parvati.

That process of creation is symbolized in Hinduism and Buddhism as two gods united sexually, and in Judaism, in Kabbalah that union is called Daath , which means knowledge, that is the nature of Tantra. Judaism represents this as the Ark, which had two gods united sexually.

You can read about that in the Talmud. Daath is a hidden Sephirah between the upper trinity and the second trinity.

Daath results in creation, but divine creation, immaculate conception, a way of giving birth in a superior level which has nothing to do with our animality. The result of that sexual creation is represented symbolically in the Kabbalah as Chesed , the fourth Sephirah, Abraham. Symbolically speaking, Abraham is an archetype; that is Abraham in us.

Ganesha - the Elephant Headed God, Art and Mythology

In the concepts of Hindu psychology, Abraham is related to Atman, which means "self. In other words, Ganesha. The Wives of Ganesha The reason this is important to understand is because of Ganesha's name Buddhipriya. Buddhipriya means "fond of Buddhi" or "husband of Buddhi.

Buddhi is a Sanskrit word that means wisdom.

It can also be translated as intellect or intelligence. These are all symbolic. When we see stories and representation of the gods having multiple wives, they are not committing Adultery , these are symbolic representations of divine forces moving deep within our Consciousness. Buddhi means wisdom, knowledge, or intelligence Riddhi means prosperity Siddhi means powers or attainment This symbolism is part of the reason why people in the exoteric levels of religion have taken Ganesha as their deity or God , because they want material prosperity; so you may find images hanging in shops, banks, and restaurants that have Ganesha and Lakshmi standing side by side.

Lakshmi is the goddess of prosperity, and Ganesha is the God of prosperity; businesses want to make money, so they think if they hang a picture of the gods there, the gods will be very impressed and give them money. Life does not work like that.The only thing that can fill our heart and soul and mind is our inner Divinity. The book has inspired me to learn more, much more, about the Elephant headed god so I would say it did its job.

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99 Thoughts on Ganesha by Devdutt Pattanaik (2015, Paperback)

Excellent service. It actually had some facts which I didnt know so found the book very interesting. I consider myself lucky when I won a copy of "99 Thoughts on Ganesha" in Giveaway. Maybe I the self-acclaimed Ganesha follower failed to fins much new in the book. Welcome back. Why Ganesh Has an Elephant Head There are many stories that explain why Ganesha has an elephant head; many of the stories are cute, children-oriented stories that are very clever, but they do not explain the real reason behind the elephant head.

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