What should we pray for from Ganesha? – Divine Discourse Summary – August 24, 2017
As is one’s Drishti or vision, so is the Srishti or the world to that person. The person who is filled with a Divine vision sees everything as Divine. What world means to you does not depend on the world; it is neutral – it depends on you. Divine vision is a prerequisite for one to understand the presence and existence of God in all parts of this creation. A person who is afflicted with this disease of Dehabhimana or body consciousness is unable to recognise Atmabhimana or the consciousness of the soul that pervades everything. The one who is suffused with Atmabhimana or the Divine consciousness, would not restrain or constrain these Divine forms into a limited form of a body. Such a person alone can understand the incarnations and the forms and the festivities that are associated with these Divine personalities.
What is Shiva? He is the Paramatma svarupa, the Atma svarupa. And who is Gowri? She is the very embodiment of the creative energy or Prakriti. When Shiva who represents the primordial principle of formless Divinity joins with the manifestation principle of Prakriti or nature, then is born Ganesha. Ganesha is Prakrate Purushat param – He is the one who is born as the result of the union of Prakriti and Purusha. Therefore, Ganesha signifies that realisation which comes that you are manifested in the Prakriti but your ultimate source is Purusha. Five Karmendriyas, five Jnanendriyas, mind which rules these Indriyas and intellect which rules the mind – twelve of these are the twelve Ganas, the master of which is Ganapathy. The one who has mastered all of these is Ganapathy. The one who is deeply installed and firm in the Atma bhava alone has conquered the mind, the senses, intellect and every other aspect of this physical existence. A person (in atmic state) will have a very brilliant intellect shining like a thousand suns. And all his senses will be under perfect control- Samyama.
You must pray, “O Lord Ganesha! Born to this Divine union of the Motherhood of Prakriti and the Fatherhood or Paramatma! The one who truly represents the Atman which is within us and without us. Grant us that Divine vision so that we see Your Divine form in all aspects of this creation. And those obstacles that come in our way given by our mind and senses, let them be destroyed by Your Divine grace. And help me master my senses, mind and intellect just as You have done so that I may reach the Divine destination that I have set out to reach”.Such a prayer alone is a truly fitting prayer to Lord Ganesha who is capable of bestowing this boon on one and all.