The Ganesh mantra is best known for its ability to remove obstacles from our psychological and spiritual lives. It may not be the most widespread mantra that you can try out, but like others of its kind it is powerful and with practice you will notice its wonderful benefits.
What is most interesting about the Ganesh mantra is its origins.
Who is Lord Ganesh?
Ganesh is the son of the God Shiva and the Goddess Parvathi, and also the brother of Kartikeya. Parvathi gave birth to Ganesh when she made him out of pieces of clay from her own body.
He is described (and depicted) as having a human body and the head of an elephant, with only one tusk. Although the number of limbs he has varies according to the stories and depictions, he is typically shown to have four arms, in which he carries a goad and a noose.
He is drawn with a big, fat belly (perhaps because he also carries a bowl of dumplings with him!).
Although there are many tales of how Ganesh lost his tusk, the favourite is that while guarding his sleeping parents; Parashurama, disgruntled with Ganesh for being denied entry to Mount Kailash, engaged him in battle.
Although Ganesh fought valiantly, and was set for victory, Parashurama threw his axe at Ganesh’s head, thereby severing his tusk. Ganesh took the hit without resistance because the axe was a gift from Shiva.
Ganesh is the embodiment of spirituality, wisdom and prosperity.
He protects beauty, grace and compassion.
The 6 Benefits of the Ganesh Mantra
1) The Ganesh mantra is known to activate the mind and various chakras of the body. This leads to better blood circulation and therefore improved metabolic rate in the body.
2) It is said that it is best to chant the Ganesh Mantra before undertaking a new venture, as he the bringer of success, prosperity, and good luck.
3) Chanting the Ganesh Mantra also brings peace, or more literally- It removes all enemies from one’s path.
4) It helps us focus.
5) It brings clarity into our lives
6) It is also said that if you chant the Ganesh Mantra 1008 times, it will remove fear from your heart.
When Should You Use the Ganesh Mantra?
As mentioned above, to make the best use of the Ganesh Mantra, and to maximize its effects on your spirit, use it when you are ready for a new beginning, or when you are about to delve into something different.
This could be a business deal, a new job, a new relationship, or even something as simple as practising this meditation every morning to have a peaceful day.
There are no set rules on when to chant the Ganesh Mantra, or what to chant it for.
Use it to call luck, happiness, beauty, and success into your life.
It is most powerful when used to remove negativity, obstacles and fears from your mind.
How to Chant the Ganesh Mantra
The Ganesh Mantra is chanted as:
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha Sharanam Ganesha
From Sanskrit, the Ganesh Mantra is commonly translated as:
“Lord Ganesh, son of Lord Shiva, remover of obstacles who guards the doorway to the enlightened realms. His blessings are essential for good beginnings.”
As with any form of meditation it is best to chant this mantra when you are alone, in a quiet area where you will not be disturbed. You must be relaxed while saying it, so make sure you are comfortable. It is best to do it consistently, so make a ritual out of it if you can.
It is recommended by most to do this ritual for 40 days.
Examples of the Ganesh Mantra
If you don’t know how to chant the Ganesh Mantra, here are two example videos for you to follow during your rituals. You can also start by simply becoming accustomed to the chant by meditating to the sound of it.
Once you have memorized it and can focus while saying it, you can chant along to it.
To start off the day:
To remove obstacles:
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