STORY OF GANESHA You maybe familiar with the story of how Ganesha became the elephant-headed God. At first glance, this story seems like a nice tale or a myth without any real substance. But there is a much deeper meaning here and this month we are practicing the GANPATI KRIYA to access this ESSENCE of GANESHA. Parvati is a form of Devi, the Parashakti (Supreme Energy). In the human body, She resides in the Muladhara chakra as the Kundalini Shakti. It is said that when we purify ourselves, ridding ourselves of the impurities that bind us, then the Lord automatically comes. This is why Shiva, the Supreme Lord, came unannounced as Parvati was bathing. Nandi, Shiva’s bull, who Parvati first sent to guard the door represents the divine temperament. Nandi is so devoted to Shiva that his every thought is directed to Him, and he is able to easily recognise the Lord when He arrives. This shows that the attitude of the spiritual aspirant is what gains access to Devi’s (the kundalini shakti’s) abode. One must first develop this attitude of the devotee before hoping to become qualified for the highest treasure of spiritual attainment, which Devi alone grants. After Nandi permitted Shiva to enter, Parvati took the turmeric paste from Her own body, and with it created Ganesha. Yellow is the colour associated with the Muladhara chakra, where the kundalini resides, and Ganesha is the deity who guards this chakra. Devi needed to create Ganesha, who represents the earthbound awareness, as a shield to protect the divine secret from unripe minds. It is when this awareness begins to turn away from things of the world, and toward the Divine, as Nandi had, that the great secret is revealed. Shiva is the Lord and Supreme Teacher. Ganesha here represents the ego-bound Jiva (living substance). When the Lord comes, the Jiva, surrounded as it is with the murky cloud of ego, usually doesn’t recognise Him, and maybe even ends up arguing or fighting with Him! Therefore, it is the duty of the Lord, in the form of the Guru, to cut off the head of our ego! So powerful is this ego, however, that at first, the Guru’s instructions may not work, as Shiva’s armies failed to subdue Ganesha. It often requires a tougher approach, but, eventually the compassionate Guru, in His wisdom finds a way. Devi threatens to destroy the whole Creation after learning of Ganesha’s demise. This indicates that when the ego thus dies, the liberated Jiva loses interest in its temporary physical vehicle, the body, and begins to merge into the Supreme. The physical world is here represented by Devi. This impermanent and changeable creation is a form of Devi, to which this body belongs; the unchanging Absolute is Shiva, to which belongs the Soul. When the ego dies, the external world, which depends on the ego for its existence, disappears along with it. It is said that if we want to know the secrets of this world, which is a manifestation of Devi, then we must first receive the blessings of Ganesha. Shiva restores life to Ganesha, by replacing his head with the first animal he comes across, an elephant. This means that before we can leave the body, the Lord first replaces our small ego with a “big” or universal ego. This doesn’t mean that we become more egoistic. On the contrary, we no longer identify with the limited individual self, but rather with the large universal Self. In this way, our life is renewed, becoming one that can truly benefit Creation. By receiving Ganesha's grace, we receive the grace of all. He removes any potential obstacles and enables our endeavours to succeed. It is said by practicing the Ganpati kriya we are able to redeem all negativity of the past and present, to create a positive tomorrow. Ganpati kriya allows you to let go of the attachments to the mind which keep you identifying to the limited self. When we practice this kirya for 40 days or more you remove the obstacles that block you to live a fulfilled life. If you'd like to join us on this special journey through the essence of Ganesha and open the first gate, access the Kundalini Shakti click the link below.