Atma tatvam, or the principle of Atman, is only for those who have pure hearts. This is the truth; this is what Swami is telling us. It is extremely important for a Sadhaka or the one who is a seeker to first and foremost purify his own mind, intellect and heart. Unless these things are purified, there is no way that he will be able to attain that realization that he seeks. Unless we have done the purification of our inner selves by getting rid of the six enemies that pollute the inner self, which are nothing but born out of Ahamkara that is ego or Mamakara that is attachment, there is no way any amount of Mantras, any amount of Japas or Tapas can help you.
The one who begins on this path of spirituality, before everything else, must invoke the blessings of Ganesha, who resides at the Muladhara or the basic Chakra at the very beginning. Ganesha is one who embodies or personifies the three kinds of energies. Jnana Shakti – the power of one’s wisdom or Jnana, the second one is Ichcha Shakti or the will power and the third is Kriya Shakti or the power of action. These three Shaktis also arise from the very basic Chakra of Muladhara which is where Ganesha resides. These Shaktis are present in the form of Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. He will give you healthy body which will help you to undertake activities. This is represented by the Ida Shakti. Then one also needs the intelligence, the mind which is bright and intelligent in order to undertake any Sadhana. That is what is represented by the Pingala or the right Nadi which helps you to attain that kind of sharpness of the intellect. And in between the two is the Sushumna Nadi which is the representative of the Paramatma tatvam or the Atma tatvam which takes you all the way till realization.
Worshipping Ganesha is extremely important not just for attaining worldly success but also spiritual success. He is the one who has to be worshipped first because He resides in the Muladhara and that is how He takes you up. He destroys all the obstacles on the way just like the elephant and makes the path for us to walk. Whether Sukha or Dukha, whether pleasure or pain, He digests everything with equanimity. With His four hands, He continues to bless, serve, save and transform. He rides on the Mushika, darkness and thereby He conquers the ignorance and gives us the bliss of knowledge.