Gaṇeśa is the well-known “elephant-headed” deity. Gaṇeśa is a universal symbol embodying our own inner virtuous energies of unlimited potentials, the power to manifest and for the removal of inner and outer obstacles to our life and spiritual path. The mantra is often invoked at the beginning of any endeavor for the removal of obstacles. Since every moment can be seen as a beginning, Gaṇeśa’s blessing power is always available. Through chanting the Ganesa stotra, we become more attuned to this purely auspicious and powerful energy. As practitioners of Dharma Gaṇeśa is particularly near to our hearts as he is known as he who bestows boons on practitioners of yoga and removes all obstacles on the path to realizing our True Nature.
See Lord Gaṇeśa, great friend and guardian of yogins, in his red light body in the red light bindu in your base. He has a wrathful expression that cuts through all delusory forces and appearances. He writhes with power. His large belly of Oneness contains the diversity of duality and his serpent belt symbolizes His relationship to your Kuṇḍalinī. Take a long, slow deep breath through the nostrils and down the side-channels to the red bindu in your base. Pause with the breath and feel Lord Gaṇeśa’s bristling power growing, and then exhale Him up the central channel to the heart space where He expands to the limits of your mind until you and all the beings and space He encompasses are now buoyant in His compassionate and protected heart-space. Enhance the experience of Lord Gaṇeśa’s benefic presence and protection through the visualization and chanting of His mantras in your native language or in Sanskrit.
Gaṇeśa Bija Mantra
For the short practice chant His salutatory bija mantra – oṁ gaṁ gaṇapataye namaḥ//
– three or five times in place of the longer contemplative verse.
Oṁ gaṇānāṃ tvā gaṇapatiṃ havāmahe kaviṃ kavīnām upamaśravastamam jyeṣṭharājaṃ brahmaṇāṃ brahmaṇas pata ā naḥ sṛṇvannūtibhiḥ sīda sādanam vakratuṇḍa mahākāya sūrya koṭi samaprabha nirvighnaṃ kuru me deva sarvakāryeśu sarvadā siddhi buddhi śakti sahita srīmanmahāgaṇādipataye namo namaḥ nirvighnaṃ kuru//
Oṁ– We invoke you Gaṇeśa who are lord of all the hosts, you who are the most renowned, full of inspiration, best of poets, King of elders, one among the high gods. Oh, divine father of all mantra, leader of all gods, listen to this humble prayer, come with all your divine protective powers and sit amongst us in order to protect us and fulfill our efforts to learn and grow wise. With curved trunk, great body, and effulgence equal to a thousand suns, O god, make me free of all obstructions in all my duties in every way. Perfect and accomplished, wise and all-knowing, with the power and capacity to do all, lord of Lord Śiva’s minions, to you O Lord, salutations. Make me free of all obstructions!