Ganapati: Song of the Self
Ganapati is the Hindu Lord of Beginnings, the Keeper of the Threshold, the Remover of Obstacles, Master of the Mind, Son of Siva, Elephant-headed, plump, and loveable. This book offers a wide range of information about Ganapati gathered from such diverse sources as hymns, poems, myths, shrines, practices, and theologies. It considers Ganapati's complexity: his transcendence of sectarian and territorial limits, his delayed but dramatic development into the religious pantheon, his paradoxical mythology, and his physical manifestation, an elephant's head on a human body.
Ganapati: Song of the Self fosters an understanding from within a tradition. It presents a positive interpretation of the material and encourages an inner quest for spiritual truth.
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action appeared asked Avvaiyar became become began beginning blessings bliss body boon born Brahman called chanting child Chinmayananda consciousness created deity demon desire devotees Divine eight elephant embodiment entire exist experience eyes face feet Finally fire four fruits Further Gana Ganapati Ganesa give gods grace hand head heart holds human immediately immortality incarnation individual inner interpret invoke knowledge known liberation light look Lord Lord Siva manifestation mantra māyā meaning mind mother mouse Mudgala mūrti Namaḥ Namah Salutations nature object obstacles obtained offered Once one's particular performed person physical present Protect pūjā Purāņa refers relation remover represents river sacred sage Salutations says sense Siddhi side Śiva song space spiritual Śrī stands story symbol temple things thou thought took trunk truth turns tusk tvam understand universe Veda Vināyaka wisdom worship