The Ganesha Mantra
The Ganesha Mantra
Om parvati pataye
O elephant-faced God, Ganesha,
Student: I would like to hear more about the significance of Ganesha. Is he a symbol?
ShantiMayi: Ganesha is not a symbol. He has symbols, but he is not a symbol.
His ears are so that he can take every drop of the Guru’s word, of his fathers word, his father was the original Guru: Shiva. First and foremost only Guru was Shiva; the destroyer of ignorance.
And his trunk… this elephant trunk can move and can uproot trees and pick up a peanut.
Ganesha rides a rat! His vehicle is a rat because he shows the highest wisdom is not rational and does not have to conform to our idea of ‘how things should be’.
It is not illogical, but it is certainly not logical that an elephant so big and so mighty could ride a vehicle of a rat.
There are many reasons for the symbology.
Ganesha holds a noose; he holds a noose to draw up his disciples out of the sea of samsara.
And he has a goad, it means: get going, don’t rest here, this is not a place of resting. Carry on! Push! Push yourself past your limits! Push yourself past your ignorance! Push yourself to excel!
He also holds amrita. He has a little vessel in his trunk, this is the nectar. This is the sweetness, the nectar of the teachings, the nectar of the heart, the nectar of the oneness, the nectar of the Truth. Drop by drop you get it, not poured on you. It is such a little vessel and he keeps it right next to his heart.
This particular Ganesha has also a something like the Vajra in one of his hands.
In another hand he holds his tusk. There are many stories of this tusk.
Ganesha is also the male, protective energy
So his symbols are powerful and his heart is very sweet, and the beauty of Ganesha is that he is also very comical. He is very comical, he is very funny, very joyous, very much laughing, he dances, he is silly and he is also like a great king: he is royal.
Once I told Ganesha: “No matter what happens in my life, I will never forget you. I will make your name famous all over the world, although it already is.” So I could hardly do anything of that. So I decided to make the foundation ‘Ganesh foundation’. He is my foundation. These symbols are the very foundation of the Mahayana teachings.
Ganesha puja (ceremony) in SachaDham ashram, Laxmanjuhla, India