MANTRAS OM GAM GANESHAYA NAMAHA OM GLAUM GANAPATAYEI NAMAHA OM MAHA GANADHI-PATAYEI NAMAHA
Here are three very powerful mantras to aspects of Ganesh. Ganesh is invoked to deal with our inner resistances to aligning with our Dharma. These may include negative thoughts, images, feelings, etc. Ganesh is invoked at the beginning of any chanting session or any new endeavour to eliminate obstacles to success.
"Gana" means category and "esh" comes from "Isha" meaning "Lord" or Ruler. So Ganesh is the Lord of Categories! You can think of categories in the sense of ideas, concepts, and the words you choose to understand, experience, and describe your world. Because Ganesh is the Ruler of Categories he ultimately takes you beyond all ideas and concepts you currently have of the world and of yourself. He is Lord of your mind. He is the power to eliminate obstacles both inner and outer on your path.... which, really exist in your mind and are projected out into the world. He is the power within your own being to remove the obstructions that exist within you!
Ganapati is another name for Ganesh and in fact, the oldest name for this energy/power . "Ga" also means wisdom and "Na" means liberation. Of course, "gana" also means category because Sanskrit words have multiple meanings and impacts. "Pati" means Master. Ganesh/Ganapati is also master of Wisdom and Liberation.
"Dhi" (Ganadhipati) means intellect, understanding, imagination but of the highest spiritual sense. "Maha" means magnificent. Ganesh is also Great/Magnificent Master of all Spiritual Thought.
Ganesh is the energy residing in the root chakra. His image represents you: part animal, part human, part Divine. Ganesh is everything. Ganesh is a mystery... and Ganesh represents Divine Mystery.
PRACTICE 1. Start in silence connecting to Presence. Connect to the feeling of Presence all around you and above you. When you feel this Presence, then set your intention.
2. Visualize your goal. What do you want? Do you want enlightenment or are you trying to manifest something in your daily life? Visualize the result/goal in your mind's eye. If this is difficult, think of a word that encapsulates your goal such as "peace", "Wholeness", "prosperity or whatever resonates with you. You need to know what you want, why you want it, and how you want it. It is your intention that makes the difference. The mantras are the fuel for your intention. Make sure that what you are wishing for is Dharmic, that it supports your highest good. Otherwise you will create more obstacles for yourself! REMEMBER: In both processes you are asking for transformation and transformation means change. Often when we change something within ourselves we also affect changes in our outer world. This is the key: you will not be able to have what you desire unless you are open to transformation!
2. Chant each three times before meditating or before another chanting session. Remember: you are invoking the source of universal power itself! Do so with reverence.
3. If you wish to do a Ganesh sadhana (a focused practice to eliminate obstacles in your life) chant OM GAM GANESHAYA for: a. a set period of time each day followed by meditation to integrate. b. chant each syllable slowly with space in between. Really listen to each sound and allow the silences to hold the resonance of each syllable. Allow yourself to be pulled into meditation. (This is on the mp3)
EFFECT It is powerful as it opens the root chakra and it is possible it raises emotions into your consciousness. Allow this to flow through you. Be attentive to any inner and outer changes in your life!
REMEMBER In Tantra, the mantra “is” God. It is the sound form of an aspect of "God". Because of this, you are the protector of these sounds. You should not share them with anyone or talk about them until you have worked them sufficiently into your being and only then you share them in a certain context. There is a purification process in the beginning which is important to appreciate before sharing devotional mantras. If you share, then you limit the effect to relaxation or stimulation of energy. If you build spiritual power within yourself, eventually, you come to actually embody Ganesha and become the Master Creator of your life!