Ganapati: Song of the Self

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State University of New York Press, 1995 - Philosophy - 231 pages
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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John A. Grimes is the author of A Concise Dictionary of Indian Philosophy and Problems and Perspectives in Religious Discourse: Advaita Vedanta Implications, also published by SUNY Press. He has taught in universities in India, Canada, and the United States.

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