Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ganesh Chaturthi  Happy Birthday Ganesh part 1

In the eternal struggle between the Gods and the Demons, The demons would go to great lengths to get boons from lord Shiva. To counteract this blessing for the demons, Brihaspati went to Shiva and asked "great Shiva, please create an entity that will bring obstacles to malevolent energies and remove obstacles to the devas." 

Lord Shiva, in his state of transcendental wisdom said "So be it!"

On the fourth tithi (chaturthi) in the month of Bhadrapada the gods gathered at Mount Kailash for the blessings of Shiva and Parvati . As Shiva and Parvati were giving blessings, they both chanted OM. The sound of Om reverberated through every cell of space and heaven. 

Born from the resonating sound of Om, appeared Nritya-Ganesh (the dancing aspect of Ganesh).
The resplendent Ganesh, danced before Shiva and Parvati. As he danced he was revered and showered with flowers from all the devas and planets present.

 In the hands of Ganesh were a Trident and a Noose.

Parvati presented Ganesh with red clothes and Shiva gave Ganesh the Gayatri thread and the Gayatri Mantra. Then the loving Shiva sat his son on his lap and said;

"My son you have been born to protect good and destroy evil. You will bring the wicked to their knees when they stray from the right path, and you will remove the troubles and obstacles of your devotees who strive to live in accordance with Dharma."

Ganesh turned to his father and said "So be it!"

The Trident represents conquering the three evils lust, anger and pride. The trident also symbolizes proper  Iccha–will, Jnana–knowledge, and Kriya–action. The trident represents a host of trinities and their mastery; everything from Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva

The noose represents capturing difficulties and most importantly the subjugation and strangulation of Anava, Maya, and Karma;  pride and ego, illusion, and ones cycle of Karmic entrapment.

Ganesh Dancing represent lasya and tandava– creation and destruction, manifestation and dissolution for rebirth. His dance also represents the transcendence of illusion. Sometimes, depictions of Nritya Ganesh can be seen with the all auspicious KalpaVriksha tree hinting at the ability to grant wishes.