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3-How to Meditate upon Ganesh Jee

"... he is to be meditated upon as seated on a lotus consisting of the letters of the alphabet. The Saadhak should meditate upon an island composed of nine gems, placed in an ocean of sugarcane juice; a soft gentle breeze blows over the island and makes the waves wash the shore thereof. The place is a forest of Mandar, Paarijaat and other Kalp trees and creepers, and the light from the gems thereon casts a red glow on the ground. The six gladdening seasons are always there. The Sun and Moon brighten up the place. In the middle of the island is a Paarijaat tree whereon are the nine gems and beneath it is the great Peeth (altar) on which is the lotus whereon is seated Mahaa-Ganapati.

His face is that of the great elephant with the moon on it. He is red and has three eyes. He is held in loving embrace by his beloved who is seated in his lap and has a lotus in her hand. In each of his ten hands he is holding a pomegranate, a mace, a bow, a trident, a discus, a lotus, a noose, a red water-lily, a sheaf of paddy and his own tusk. He is holding a jeweled jar in his trunk. By the flapping of his ears, he is driving away the bees attracted to his temples by the fluid exuding there from, and he is scattering gems from out of the jar held in his trunk. He is wearing a ruby-studded crown and is adorned with gem."
[Sharadatilakatantra, Agamanusandhana Samiti, 1933]

"Gam" - this is the Beej or root Mantra of Ganesh Jee. Before doing the Poojaa, the Saadhak or Saadhwee places this Beej on his or her body, using the long vowels of Sanskrit. Ganesh is often pictured with the Hindoo Swaastik mark (the word means little picture of good fortune) and this is formed from four Gam Beej put together.

Until the middle ages CE, it appears that there was a separate cult of Taantrik, the Ganapatya(s), who followed this Devtaa and his Shakti. Like Shiv, he was worshipped via a Ling, but in this case of red color.

Forms of Worship
Ganesh - His Yantra consists of a square, inside which is an eight petal lotus, inside this is a hexagon and in the centre an upward facing triangle. His Mantra is "Om Ganapataye Namah", while his Taantrik Gaayatree is "Ekadantaaya Vidmahe, Vakratundaaya Dheemahi, Tanno Danti Prachodayaat". His Dhyaan (meditation) image is as having one tusk, four arms, carrying noose and elephant goad, with the other two hands bestowing boons and dispelling fear. His Vaahan (vehicle) is a mouse, while he has a big belly and long winnowing ears. He is adorned with red flowers and various red scents.

[But according to the Shaaradaa Tilak Tantra, he holds a noose, a goad, a wine filled skull and his fourth hand touches his Shakti. She is seated on his lap and touches his penis with her right hand, while she holds a lotus in her other hand.]

Heramb Ganapati - His Mantra is "Om Gam Namah". He is as bright as a thousand suns and sits on a lion and has five faces, each of a different color, 10 arms and three eyes - the third eye in the center of eyebrows. The third eye is the symbol of all seeing.

Trailokya Mohanaakaar Ganesh - This name means the Ganesh who is the cause of delusion in the three worlds. His Yantra is similar to the above, except there is no triangle in the centre of the hexagon, which instead includes his Mantra, which is "Vakratundaayai Kleem Kleem Kleem Gam Ganapate Varavarad Sarvajanam me Vashaamanaaya Swaahaa". The Mantra's meaning shows that this form of Ganesh is worshipped in specific rites (Prayog).

Siddhivinayak Ganesh - His mantra is "Om Namo Siddhivinaayak Sarv-karyakartraaya Sarv-vighnaprashamanaaya Sarv-raajyavashyakaranaaya Sarv-gyaan Sarv-stripurushaakarshanaaya Shrem Om Swaahaa". As this Mantra indicates, again this is a form of Ganesh used in magical rites, in this case to obtain the Siddhi of subjugation over kings, men, women and the alleviation of all obstacles. Siddhivinaayak Ganesh has three other Mantras in a similar vein.

Shakti Vinaayak Ganesh - The Mantra of this form of Ganesh is "Om Hreem Greem Hreem". Bhaargav is the Rishi of this Mantra, Virat is the meter for pronouncing it, "Greem" is the Beej, "Hreem" is the Shakti, and the application is success in what is desired. The Dhyaan is Shakti Vinaayak, four armed, carrying Modak (Laddoo), Ankush, and rosary. The Yantra is of the hexagonal form with the Root Mantra inscribed in the centre.

Lakshmee Vinaayak - Again, the hexagon Yantra is used, but with the Mantra in the centre, which is "Om Shreem Gam Saumyaaya Ganapataye Vara varad Sarvajanam me Vashaamanaaya Swaahaa". The application is the desired wish, which in this case is Lakshmee, luck, good fortune, money.

Haridra Ganesh - The word Haridra means the yellow powder turmeric. The Mantra of this aspect of Ganesh is "Om Ham Gam Glaum", and the Yantra is similar to Lakshmee Vinaayak, with, however, the appropriate Mantra in the centre. Here, Ganesh is clothed all in yellow, has four arms, one of which touches his trunk, while the others hold noose, goad, and Modak bowl. The application is success in desires.

Uchchhisht Ganapati - Uchchhisht are the leftovers after Poojaa (worship). This form of Ganapati comes with a 9-lettered Mantra, a 12-lettered Mantra, a 19-lettered Mantra, a 32-lettered Mantra, and a 37-lettered Mantra.



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