Saturday, 11 September 2021

Is Ganesha Real?

Myth 1: Ganesha is only symbolic, not real.
Fact: what is your definition of real? What you see is real? Sky is blue, oceans are blue, earth is flat, mirage in the desert, snake on the rope…all are seen but not real. Atom, Quantum consciousness etc are not seen but they exist. Perceptibility js not the only criteria to determine Reality. What is changeless in past, present and future is Real. Everything in this world changes. Consciousness or which illumines this, is changeless. Ganesha is that Consciousness. Ganesha alone is Real truly. Rest is all an imagination.

If our form is real and world appears real to us, then Ganesha's form is also real. The reality of God's form depends on the reality we have given to our form. Think!

Myth 2: Ganesha exists only in imagination
Fact: Dream is only imaginary but appears real. When one is in a dream, waker appears imaginary. Upon waking up one realises what is real and what is imaginary. This ego is imaginary & Ganesha is Real. But right now it appears opposite. That is Maya.
So many historic devotees, sages have had darshan of His Form. Eg. Avaiyyar from Tamilnadu, Morya Gosavi from Maharashtra etc.

Myth 3: Elephant head on human body is impossible
Fact: It definitely appears so. If we can resize photos, make caricatures and play around using filters and masks, what is not possible for the Supreme Lord from whose mere thought the whole creation manifests? Elephant’s head can definitely be resized and fit on a human body by the Supreme Lord.

Myth 4: Hindus are primitive
Fact: Hindu way of life has been most loving, accommodative, eco-friendly, accepting Divinity of all beings, very scientific and rooted in knowledge. Time and again it has been proved when the world has adopted so many Hindu practices. Covid also proved it. Namaste, washing hands, burning the dead, ayurveda, pranayama, yoga etc. are just a few examples. Change your primitive thinking about Hindus.

Myth 5: Ganesha is not a Vedic God
Fact: Read the Ganapati Atharvashirsha Upanishad and several other mantras of the Vedas which indicate Ganesha as Consciousness, Creator, Sustainer, Destroyer and also having a specific form with an elephant head. The form of Lord Ganesha is also described in the Ganapati Atharvashirsha Upanishad along with the mantra to invoke HIM - Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Enclosed are some of the other Vedic Mantras about Lord Ganesha

May Lord Ganesha help us to overcome the obstacle of skepticism and strengthen our faith.