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Title: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: ramana_maharshi on September 19, 2012, 06:18:44 PM (

Ganesha offers lessons in how to be successful for devotees familiar with his incarnations as it’s faith in the elephant-headed god that propels them. The neighbourhood temple to Ganesha is where they light a lamp, break a coconut and hope fervently that the deity also known as ‘Remover of Obstacles’ will pitch in to help. This belief comes with ancient stories of his prowess, even of his mount, the rat, which can reach any corner of the world and burrow through a mountain, even.

Ganesha took many forms as visualised in the Mudgala Purana to show the path to success. Of them, eight are particularly significant. First, in his incarnation as Vakratunda or the one with a curved trunk when he vanquished the demon Matsarasura. Matsara means jealousy and the anger born thereof. His very birth is ascribed to a remiss by Indra and true to his nature the demon desired to rule all the three worlds. His boon of fearlessness from Shiva helped him and soon he was tormenting everyone, heady with power. Vakratunda cut him down to size. He comes riding a lion. He says, however well endowed you are, wisdom lies in  knowing and understanding your limits.


Second, his avatar as Ekdanta or the one-tusked one was taken in order to subdue Madasura or the demon of vanity. In this avatar Ganesha stresses the need to not let illusions enter your head and intoxicate you with pride. This is possible only when you understand that you are but a part of the divine and that the divine energy is acting through you. So give up pride in the self.


Third, Ganesha as Mohadara teaches us to get rid of moha or attachment by killing the demon Moha. Fourth, as Gajanana he kills the demon Lobha or greed. Fifth, as Lambodara he overcomes krodha or the demon of anger. Lust is another demon of undoing and so sixth is Ganesha’s incarnation as a deformed Vikata who destroys the demon Kama. Seventh, as Vignaraja, he destroys the ogre of self-indulgence.


In his eigth incarnation as Dhumravarna he cuts at the root of it all, ahankara or arrogance. Brahma felt the sun, the sustainer of life, deserved the post of the minister of life actions and so appointed him as such. With this, the sun became  so arrogant, that when he suddenly sneezed, the personification of arrogance, Ahantasura, was born. The terror he was wreaking and the misery he was bringing by his sheer arrogance was unimaginable. Eventually the gods prayed to Ganesha, asking him to end their suffering at the hands of Ahantasura.


Ganesha appeared as a smoke-coloured deity riding a rat. Ahantasura was overcome. Arrogance is the root of self-destruction, says Dhumravarna. Even though the sun is so powerful, his arrogance created havoc in the world.


Ganesha is elephant-faced, pot bellied and with short legs because he has no ego. And that is why the attributes which would otherwise be seen as disproportionate and strange now become endearing. We all have eight negative energies in some measure in us and we need to overcome them in order to control the ego. The ills that derive from these negative emotions manifest in a similar manner. It is divine power that makes you powerful, beautiful, desired… so do not ascribe it all to yourself, says Ganesha and that remains the most valuable lesson to success. Let the excitement of achievement be the celebration of your Muse.

Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Subramanian.R on September 19, 2012, 06:27:08 PM
Dear prasanth,

Nice write up Ganesa. His the remover of vigna (obstacles), dhukka (miseries), ever smiling and child-like simplictiy.
At the same time, he can create obstacles (vigna) and dhukka too. Whe Siva went to destroy the Three Cities, his chariot wheel got broken
because he did not pray before hand to Ganesa! Saint Arunagiri Natha speaks this story wonderfully.

Ganesa is easily pleased. One dhurva grass and a little water would do. One can if he can afford, parched rice, nuts and jaggery!

Arunachala Siva.     
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Subramanian.R on September 19, 2012, 06:38:38 PM
Dear prasanth,

Saint Poetess Avvyair was a great devotee of Ganesa. Her Vinayakar Ahaval - is said to the essence of Yoga Sastra.
Usuually Ganesa is said to be in Mooladhara in the various chakras. It is he who directs prana to move upwards
to reach Sahasrara.

There are a few saints who were Vinayaka devotees in Tamizh literature. Foremost is Avvayiar., Then comes Nambi Andar
Nambi. He was a young boy and took the prasadam as per his mother's advice to the temple in Tirunavalur. There the you9ng
boy thought Vinayaka would eat the prasadam! But he did not eat in the beginning. Later seeing boy's crying, he extended his
trunk and took the food and emptied the contents.

The mother and father did not believe this story. Next morning, the young boy took the prasadam, and the father hiding himself behind
a pillar was watching. But in fact, on that day too, Vinayaka took the food!  The father was amazed.

The same Nambi Andar Nambi later became the compiler of Tiiruthonda Tiruvandadi,, a detailed list of 63 Saiva Saints on the basis of
Sundaramurti Nayanar's brief work called  Tiruthtohnda   Thoahai. On the basis of these works, Sekkizhar composed Priya Puranam
and was read first in  Kanchipuram.

Arunachala Siva,
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: atmavichar100 on September 19, 2012, 07:00:23 PM
Hope Everyone would have celebrated Vinyaka Chaturti well today .
Lord Ganesha is the most accepted of all Gods . We cen see him in Shiva Temples , in Vaishnava Temples , Devi Temples , in Rich Man's house , in a poor man's house , under a tree . Rich people , poor people , children , Business man , Scholars etc every one worship Vinayaka .
Not much rules and regulations are there for his worship and even children can worship him . Yet Vinayaka represents the highest Truth .
Om Gam Ganapathaye Namah .
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Subramanian.R on September 19, 2012, 07:34:57 PM
Dear atmavichar100,

Yes. We all celebrated Vinayaka Chaturthi today. Since my wife was doing well, she could do only Payasam, and submit
along with it, parched rice, jaggery, and  fruits.  Ganesa is the kindest of all Hindu Gods. He takes any offerings and be happy.
The story goes that why he did not mart at all? He wanted a wife like Parvati!  How can there be any girl as beautiful as
Parvati? So he had to remain a bachelor!

He is the embodiment of Jnana. All Jnana comes from his kind gaze. A simple Ganesa made of clay is sufficient.
However in modern times, he is adorned with pants, shirts, colorful beads, a multi color umbrella, etc.,

It was Balagangadhara Tilak who introduced Vinayaka worship as a national festival of joy all over India. He found it
as the unifying force for Hindus, Even Vaishnavas, pray to him but call him as Thumbikka Azhwar. They call him a devotee,
with a trunk. And to take them into their fold, they have placed red and white marks on his forehead!

Jains also pray to Ganesa. In their religion, his name is different. In Buddhist literature, Vinayaka is called a different name.

In Cambodia, in a place called Angok Vat, there are several wall paintings which included Vinayaka also on a white elephant!

Sri Sankara says in Ganesa Pancharatnam: sadha vimukti sadhakam... one who ever is anxious to give his devotees the

Arunahchala Siva.   
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Subramanian.R on September 19, 2012, 08:02:06 PM
Dear atmavichar100,

In the year 1922, when Sri Bhagavan was staying in Virupaksha Cave, at the request of Iswara Swamimgal,
Sri Bhagavan composed a verse on the Ganesa on the niche. (You can see this Gansesa when you see the photograph
of Sri Bhagavan, when  He was 21).

You have made your younger brother, an alms-seeker but as the first son, you went around and had your stomach's full..
O the stone hearted Pillaiyar in the niche, have a glance on this younger brother too!

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on September 19, 2012, 10:47:55 PM
I wish to share kAnchi mahAswami's absolutely charming talk on piLLaiyAr(Ganesha)and pAttiyAr(AvviyAr):It is titled, 'Kuzhandai Swamy', that is, <b>'Baby God'</b>, in pages 01 to 16, of Deivathin Kural,Volume 2.

"I am going to talk to you about one old grand mother(called 'paatti', in Tamil). Paatti normally will be seated in one place, with her legs extended. But this Paatti was not like that. Instead of staying in one place, she kept moving from place to place, all over Tamil Nadu. Not sparing even a small, tiny village, she kept on spreading the word of God and a stream of advices on humaneness and good behaviour. Let us leave the Paatti to her circumambulations, and come back to her later.
Let us take a look at this Baby. It is a rolly-polly, well fed baby. Normally one would expect a baby to be running about, playing and prancing, without a second's let up. No. Not this baby. This one does not move easily and remains static in one place. Funny twosome! Baby like, the Paatti is ever active and mobile. Paatti like, the baby is inactive and static. But the baby is the reason for Patti's hectic power of mobility.
Who is this baby? If you ask this question in Tamil, it will sound, "pillay yar?". That will also be the answer, 'pillaiyar'. He is the Pillay or Son. With respect we add '' and call Him Pillaiyar. If somebody remains seated firmly in one place, we tick him or her off by saying, "why are you sitting on one place like a 'Kallu Pillayar'?" He is the first son of the Parents of the whole world and Universe, Parvathy Parameswara. So we call Him with respect, ' p i l l a i y a r '.
In other states, He is called Ganapathy or Ganesh. For the army of Siva's Bootha Ganas, He is the Pathy or Easar or Chief. So He is Ganapathy or Ganesar. As the Head of the Ganas, He is also known as Vinayaka. Nayak is Head. The prefix 'Vi' is added either to enhance the emphasis or indicate the opposite. So He is the 'vi + nayak = vinayak' to mean, the special chief or 'for whom there is no other chief'! There is nothing in this world that, He cannot bless us with! Especially, He can and does remove all obstacles in one's way. So He is also addressed as 'vigneswarar'. Before embarking on any venture, we invoke His blessings to off-set any likely obstacles enroute! So the first Pooja is to Him, as He is at the top of the 'pecking order'.
He is also known as, 'gajamukha or gajarajan', since He is depicted with the head of an elephant. Elephant is physically very powerful. Still it does not hurt or injure as does a Lion or Tiger. In places like Burma and Kerala, Elephant do the job of tractors and carriers elsewhere. Pillaiyar also does many big jobs as He is very powerful. But He does not show off His powers and never hurts but always does good to us all! Elephant has a sharp intelligence, incisive and analytical brains and a fine memory. So is Pillaiyar the embodyment of Knowledge and Awareness".
Whatever an Elephant does is a pleasure to watch. It's pendulous walk, it's use of the trunk and mouth while eating, it's ears and small tail flapping and relentlessly chasing away the flies, the way it uses the trunk to lift a flower delicately or a tree trunk effortlessly; is all a trmendous show! It's face is absolute peace. Those small eyes while being observant, seem to have so much Love in them, without any agitation. Out of all animals, we prefer to watch an Elephant. Similarly, out of all human beings in various activities, we prefer to watch a baby. A baby with no bad thoughts, absolutely innocent, happily playing, is again a 'sight for sore eyes'.
Pillaiyar is an elephant and a baby too. One can never have enough of Him. His is the innocent baby heart. Like an elephant He is powerful and brilliant and sharp. More than anything else, such a beauty that can never satiate; a fountain of happiness and a bundle of joy! Opposites and contrdictions coalesce in Him so beautifully naturally! Below the neck, a baby; human. Above the neck an elephant; an animal. In reality He is neither animal nor human; but a Deity! That too, foremost amongst deities.
Despite being a baby, He is the personification of immense, mammoth principles and ideas. In Him a variety of contrasts so beautifully merge; that everything seem to unify. For example, He has a piece of broken tusk in one hand and in the other a sweet 'kozhukkattai', (made of rice powder, kneeded, made in to small receptacles in which a mix of cocnut powder and jaggery is kept, sealed and steamed). This mix is known as 'Poornam', or complete / wholesomeness. So, in one hand is incomplete / half / broken tusk. In the other, complete wholesomeness. The totally complete being is Pillaiyar Himself. He is the 'poornam'. To know 'poornam' is happiness. Another name for happiness is, 'modam or modakam'. This 'kozhukkattai' is known as Modakam too.
Another contrast-Pillaiyar is a baby. He is a Brahmachari or ever celibate. He came as an elephant and drove Valli in to the hands of Subrahmanya, His younger brother, to enable them to get married. Even to-day, when people want to get married, they take Pillaiyar's help; this permanent bachelor! What does it mean? What He may not need in His State, He is willing to provide for the devotees and there by lift us slowly above our wants. As a 'kallu pillaiyar' made of stone, though He is static, He can lift us to the highest level of existance. He did so for 'Avvaiyar', lifting her in one fluent stroke, from South India to Kailasa in the Himalayas".

Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on September 19, 2012, 11:02:47 PM
kAnchi mahAswAmi on PillaiyAr continued...
"<i>As we keep looking at Pillaiyar, many such ideas and deep rooted meanings will become apparent. Actually the limitation is our brains and not His infinite abilities or grandeur</i>. They say that, 'kuzhandaiyum deivamum kondadum idaththil', meaning, 'children and gods thrive where they are adored'. The divinity itself has come as a baby, in Pillaiyar. So in Tamil Nadu, which celebrates Him as the Infant-God, He is there in every nook and corner, blessing all and sundry. It is His blessing that the old lady paatti, ran around every village of Tamil Nadu. 'Who is that paatti?', in Tamil will be, 'paatti yar?' She is 'paattiyar' or 'Avvaiyar'. 'Pillaiyar - Avvaiyar', what a combination, as a boon for Tamil Nadu!
There is nobody who has done more social and religious service for Tamil Nadu, as Avvaiyar. <b>If there was, good behaviour and devotion, for thousands of years, in this part of the country, it is undoubtedly due to Avvaiyar</b>. From early child-hood, if good behaviour and devotion to God becomes deep rooted, based on the correct attitude to self and the world; then that attitude and behaviour becomes permanent. <i>There have been many great poets and devotees in the past. But what they wrote or sang were mainly for elders. Avvaiyar did not lack in poetical abilities or devotional intensity. Actually she was too great a Gnani; extremely well grounded in Yoga Sastra. She correctly identified children as the target audience of her advices. So whatever she sang were in the form of 'teachings for children'. When it comes to these matters after all; even grown ups are children only</i>.
She adviced all the children with the same concern that any grand mother has for her grand children. Her love is so great that, even generations later, when it comes to teaching children, 'Aathichudi' comes first. <i>First puja is for Pillaiyar; first reading is Avvaiyar's teachings. For thousands of years, if her words have sustained and flourished; the power of her words is apparent. When you make a sincere true statement, soaked in love; that becomes universally and eternally acceptable. Avvai's words are such that they have retained their charm even after translations into other languages</i>! Amongst us there may be many who have not read the poetry of Kambar, Pugazhendi, Ilango; but there cannot be any who does not know at least one saying of Avvaiyar.
Where did Avvaiyar get such power in to her words? She was also very strong physically. Walking on foot, she went to every small Patty, Thotty, Kukgramam, Puri, Puram, Palli and Halli. Assembled the children and tought them her 'Upadesas'. Where did she get such power in her being? Both power of words and physical power are Pillaiyar's blessings. She was a great devotee of Pillaiyar. It is His blessings that she became an old woman, even in her young age! She wanted to avoid the normal route of falling in love; getting married and begetting children. She got this obstacle to a life of devotion and service removed, by praying to Pillaiyar to give her the looks of an old woman, in her youth!
Pillaiyar, who assisted Subrahmanya Swami to get married; helped this woman to short circuit the very process of growing. When the world is full of people who want to retain their youth even in old age, she asked for and obtained old age, so as to obviate lustful thoughts from the onlooker's minds! Pillaiyar agreed with her views totally. He decided that it is not enough to only retain her devotion. He spun her off as the Ambassador and Minister of Devotion, to catch the young minds of generations yet to come. From a woman with no family, He made her the grand mother of all children, including those yet to be born! She fulfilled her appointed role quite willingly. She spent her life in Pooja and Dhyana of Pillaiyar; and teaching children".

Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: ramana_maharshi on September 19, 2012, 11:04:11 PM
nice writeup ravi garu.

thanks once again to everyone and hope all had a blissful vinayaka chavati
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on September 19, 2012, 11:20:07 PM
kAnchi mahAswAmi on piLLaiyAr continued...
"That old woman went around thousands of years back. I have also done so now. She went around Tamil Nadu. <i>I have included the whole country in my ambit. What I have noticed is that, it is only in Tamil Nadu, that Pillaiyar is seated in every nook and corner, on the river banks, under a tree, with or without a roof! He is as happy under a tin roof, as with elaborate Praharam, Gopuram and Vidhanam. If nothing else, the sky as the roof will do most suffiently, thank you. This is the speciality of Tamil Nadu</i>. Wherever she went, Pillaiyar happily took station there.
Pillaiyar is easily accessible even to very poor people. You can invoke His presence in a spoonful of turmeric or clay or cow-dung! He is easily pleased. He comes and installs Himself, wherever and whenever You call Him, in stone or clay and bless you. You do not have to know elaborate procedures and mantras. Even an unread can get His response anytime, as He is always available 'on call / on line!'. With other devatas, it is said that a proper detailed procedure is adopted. You have to do 'Prana Prathishta' and invoke the 'life force' of that devata, in the statue. No such procedural formalities with Pillaiyar. You think of Him and He is there.
With other Gods, we have to look for a suitable time, have a bath, buy or collect the necessary 'pooja dravyani' and then, go to the temple. Even there, we cannot go to the particular deity directly. Go around the 'prahara', and not go too near either. Pillaiyar is not like that. Whatever time, on the way to the office or school or shop; just happen to raise your head and notice a Pillaiyar there, on the road turning or street corner or under a tree. We do a tap - tap on the head with the closed fists of both hands, and do a 'dobir karanam', in which, we catch both ears with crossed hands and do a 'sit -stand' action. That is all. The pooja is over. <b>We get a not easily definable mix of peace and satisfaction</b>."
All that He has as a temple is only a room. So without any restraint or differenciation, all are able to approach quite close and have His 'darshan'.
His ease of accessibility seems to contribute to His popularity, with which He is able to receive 'dobir karanam' from His devotees.
There are some special steps which have evolved by tradition. They are, 'sidaru thengai poduvathu', meaning 'to smash a coconut to cause its pieces to scatter in all directions'. Second is to lightly tap on your forehead with closed fists. Third is to hold your ears with hands crossed in front, sit down on your haunches till the knees touch the ground and stand up. This third action is called, 'dobir karanam'. Why do we do this?
There is a Yoga Sastra. It tells us as to how by various exercises, we can make the body supple, control the breath and cause it to become systematic. By this process we gain control over the mind, avoiding negative thoughts and cultivating positive vibrations. The light tapping on the forehead and 'dobir karanam', are part of this process of mind control through Yoga Asanas. These changes are accentuated by faith and sincerity. Avvaiyar who has written widely for the benefit of the children, has also written 'Vinayagar Agaval', full of very deep principles of Yoga Sastra. It is only a small stotra on Pillaiyar but has very subtle esoteric truths. It is worth knowing by heart. It is good to think of Pillaiyar and Avvaiyar simultaneously. Everybody should chant this 'Vinayagar Agaval' at least once every friday, in front of Pillaiyar and submit it to Him".
Everybody belongs to Pillaiyar and Pillaiyar belongs to everyone. He is related to the poor and downtrodden too. Even unread people and poor urchins have a direct access to this 'common man's God'. The 'sidaru thengai' are meant for poor children mainly. They have a right over the pieces of coconut so distributed in His presence. As an infant-God, He is very popular with children. He is also very close to woman folk, as He is very dear to the Mother's instinct in every woman. As Avvai Paatti is a woman, they have a direct special right on this sloka. So, it is in the rightness of things that, woman and children, should all learn this 'Vinayagar Agaval'. You need not worry if the meaning is somewhat difficult and the pronounciation in places is slightly tough. Avvaiyar's words have the power to directly appeal to the inner self. By the time it becomes committed to memory, the import will be known to your heart! That will benefit the family, community, country and the world at large!
Say there is a beautiful box containing gems but whose key has been misplaced. Will we forsake the box for this reason? 'Let the key be found in its time'. In the meanwhile, we will keep the box very safe, 'is it not so? As otherwise, even if the key is found later, there will be no gain! Vinayagar Agawal, is such a box of Yoga Sastra gems. It does not matter if we presently do not have the necessary understanding and grasp. We will keep chanting it. Slowly the inner meanings will reveal itself. Pillaiyar will grant us the 'key' of understanding."

Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on September 19, 2012, 11:28:08 PM
kAnchi mahAswAmi on piLLaiyAr continued...
Pillaiyar is good for all, dear to all. The symbols connected to Siva will not be seen in Vishnu Temples / Perumal Koils, such as, Shiv Ling, Ambal and Murugan statues. But Pillaiyar can be seen there too. He is called, 'Thumbikkai Azhvar', there. He is beyond the conflict between the devotees of Siva and Vishnu! That is why, He is accepted by Buddhists and Jainas too. Though He may not be found as preponderate as in Tamil Nadu, He is to be found in every religious kshetra, all over India. For example, in Gokarna on the west coast, as Bala Ganapathi, He is said to have taken the 'Atma Linga' from the hands of Ravana! He is the Vatapi Ganapathy of Middle India and Dundi Vinayagar of Kasi. He is also there in Kedarnath.
Not only in India, but all over the world, from Japan to Mexico, Ganesh statues are reverred and cherished and continues to be discovered in excavations! We should continue to be devoted to such a God, who is popular all over the world. We should offer sugar-cane, Modakam, all types of leaves, fruits, flowers and grass to Him and distribute them to the children. He is the God who came as the child. He should be fed with enough to retain His chubby - rolly - polly - ness. His 'thoppai' that is, tummy, should never be permitted to sag or shrink out of hunger! By 'sidaru thengai', we should make his children-devotees happy. As elders if we thus make children happy, as the son of Easwara, He will enable us too, to enjoy His company as children do.
<i>Growing up always increases responsibilities, care, stress, pressure and tension. We must raise above all this by making this Baby God, a partner in all our endevours and become as happy as He is. He is called, 'sumukha and prasanna vadana' meaning, sweet and pleasant faced. He can easily make us like Him, if we have true devotion</i>. As people of South India, we should consider Him as boon never to be forgotten. If we all make it a habit to visit Ganapathy Temple, chant 'Vinayagar Agaval' and offer 'sidaru thengai'; then the existing thousands of temples may not be sufficient. With the increase in the number of devotees visiting temples, we may have to construct more temples!
There is one peculiar tradition I have heard about when constructing a new temple for Pillaiyar. As per that tradition, instead of making a new statue for the new temple, an old one should be stolen and installed. You may ask as to how, 'when stealing is as it is forbidden, this sort of a tradition could have come into vogue?' The only answer I can think of is that, only when such a threat exists, the already installed ones will be well taken care of. The point to understand is that, 'If we take care of Him, He will not only take care of us, but shower all His blessings on us!' The best for us, our country and the world, is to catch hold of Pillaiyar through Avvaiyar!


Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on September 19, 2012, 11:34:24 PM
Yes,kAnchi mahAswAmi's talk is available as a mp3 CD and this talk in tamil is absolutely charming.The mahAswami has himself become kuzhandai Swami(Baby god)!
It is a joy to share this wonderful talk of the Great one.
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on December 06, 2012, 08:21:19 PM
Nagaraj had posted the VinAyakar agaval of Grandma Sage avvaiyAr.It recalled to my mind the talk of Kanchi Mahaswami on PillaiyAr that I have posted in this thread.Truly a wonderful and endearing narration by mahAperiyavA.
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Nagaraj on December 08, 2012, 05:48:06 AM
Fascinating speech of Mahaswami, i remembered the talk of Sri Nochur Acharya, where he talked about the significance of Modakam, the bestower of bliss, how children are more interested in the Poornam [the sweat within] than the outer cover [sheaths] Those who are not familiar may compare with cream biscuits, children are interested in the cream more than the biscuits :) cream being Poornam.


I have heard of many incidents in Mahaswami's journyes how the Elephant God has appeared in various instants in the form of elephant and otherwise and unfolded events such beyond the grasp of mind.

Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on August 29, 2014, 08:06:53 AM
Today is vinayaka chaturthi.'A Thing well began is half done' goes the proverb-goes to show the importance of Beginning anything on a sound footing.Lord Vinayaka represents the power of the Divine that enables one to start anything on this note.
Who else can describe the Beauty and glory of the 'Beloved son' PiLLaiyAr than our Kanchi MahAswAmi.Here is an excerpt from his talk:

புது வருஷம் பிறக்கும்போது பஞ்சாங்கம் படிப்பது வழக்கம். அப்போது முதலில் ஒரு ச்லோகம் சொல்லப்படுகிறது :

வாகீசாத்யாஸ் - ஸுமநஸஸ் - ஸர்வார்த்தாநாம் உபக்ரமே
யம் நத்வா க்ருதக்ருத்யாஸ்யு : தம் நமாமி கஜாநநம்

'கஜானன' என்று முடித்ததால், ச்லோகம் பிள்ளையாரைப் பற்றியது என்று எல்லாருக்கும் புரிந்திருக்கும். அவரைப் பற்றி இங்கே என்ன சொல்லியிருக்கிறது?
"ப்ரம்மாதி தேவர்களும்கூட எந்தக் கார்யத்தின் ஆரம்பத்திலும் எவரை நமஸ்கரித்தே எடுத்த கார்யத்தை முடித்தவர்களாகிறார்களோ அந்த கஜானனரை-யானை
முகரை - நானும் நமஸ்காரம் பண்ணுகிறேன்"என்று சொல்லியிருக்கிறது.

';அல்ப சக்தர்களாக உள்ள மநுஷ்யர்கள்தான் என்றில்லை, நிரம்ப சக்தி படைத்த தேவர்களும்கூடப் பிள்ளையாரை வணங்குகிறார்கள். எப்போதாவது,
முக்யமான ஸமயங்களில், பிள்ளையார் சதுர்த்தி மாதிரியான தினங்களில்தான் வணங்குகிறார்கள் என்றில்லை. எப்போது பார்த்தாலும், எந்தக் காரியத்தை
ஆரம்பித்தாலும் வணங்குகிறார்கள்';. என்று ச்லோகம் தெரிவிக்கிறது.

அது மட்டுமில்லை. வணங்கியதன் பயனைப் பூர்ணமாகப் பெற்றுவிடுகிறார்களென்றும் தெரிவித்துவிடுகிறது. அவர்கள் நமஸ்காரம் பண்ணினார்கள்,
இவர் அதை வெறுமனே வாங்கிக்கொண்டார். என்று முடிந்துபோகவில்லை. அவர்கள் எந்தக் கார்யத்தின் ஆரம்பத்தில் அவரை நமஸ்காரம்
பண்ணினார்களோ அந்தக் கார்யத்தைப் பலிதமாக்கி, நிறைவேற்றிக் கொடுத்துவிடுகிறார். அவர்களை எடுத்த கார்யத்தை வெற்றிகரமாக முடித்தவர்களாக,
அதாவது ச்லோகத்தில் சொல்லியிருக்கிறபடி ';க்ருத க்ருத்யர்களாக , ஆக்கிவிடுகிறார்.

தேவர்கள்கூடப் பிள்ளையாரை நமஸ்கரிக்கிறார்கள் என்பதற்கு ச்லோகத்தில் "வாகீசாத்யா: ஸுமநஸ:"என்று சொல்லியிருக்கிறது. "வாகீசன் முதலான
தேவர்கள்"என்று அர்த்தம்.

​ ​'​ஸுமநஸ்' என்றால் தேவர். ​

'​ஸுமநஸ்' என்றால் நேர் அர்த்தம் 'நல்ல மனம்'; நல்ல மன விசேஷம்தான் தேவ சக்தி. துஷ்ட மனஸ்தான் அஸுர சக்தி. புஷ்பத்துக்கும் ஸுமநஸ் என்று
பேர் உண்டு
. ஒரு செடி அல்லது கொடியின் நல்ல மனம் மாதிரி இருப்பது அதன் புஷ்பம். நல்ல மனஸுக்கு அடையாளம் என்ன அதில் அன்பு
ஊறிக்கொண்டிருப்பதுதான். இம்மாதிரி ஒரு செடியிலோ கொடியிலோ மாதுர்யத்தின் ஸாரமான தேன் ஊறிக்கொண்டிருப்பது அதன் புஷ்பத்தில்தானே?அதன்
பழத்தை விடவும் தித்திப்பு தேன்தான். கசப்பாகக் கசக்கும் காய், பழம் கொண்ட தாவரவகைகள் எத்தனையோ உண்டு. ஆனால் அவற்றிலும் புஷ்பத்திலே
ஊறுகிற தேன் கசப்பாக இருப்பதாக எங்குமே கிடையாது. ஒரு செடி அல்லது கொடியில் பார்க்கவும் ரொம்ப அழகானது, ஸ்பர்சத்துக்கும் ரொம்ப மென்மையானது,
வாஸனையும் அதிகம் கொண்டது, எல்லாவற்றுக்கும் மேலாக அதனுடைய பரம மாதுர்ய ஸாரத்தைத் தருவது அதன் புஷ்பந்தான். இப்படிச்சொன்னதால்
ஐம்புலன்களில் கண், சர்மம், மூக்கு, நாக்கு ஆகிய நான்குக்கும் ஒரு புஷ்பம் இன்பம் ஊட்டுவதாகத் தெரிகிறது. கண்ணுக்கு ரொம்பவும் அழகான ரூபம் பூவுக்கு
இருக்கிறது. சர்மத்துக்கு ஸுகமாக அதன் மார்தவம் (ம்ருதுத்தன்மை) . மூக்குக்கு நல்ல ஸுகந்தம். நாக்குக்கு ருசியான தேன். பாக்கி இருப்பது காது.
அந்தக் காதுக்கு இன்பமான வண்டுகளின் ரீங்காரத்தையும் ஒரு புஷ்பம் தன் தேனைக்கொண்டு வரவழைத்துவிடுகிறது ஸுமநஸ் என்றால் அழகானது என்று அர்த்தம்.
இப்படி நல்ல மனம், அழகு, தேவர்கள், புஷ்பம் ஆகிய நாலுக்கும் ';ஸுமனஸ்';என்று பெயரிருப்பதை வைத்துச் சிலேடை செய்து பல ச்லோகங்கள் உண்டு
(ஸ்ரீ அனந்த ராம) தீக்ஷிதர் பிராபல்யப் படுத்திவரும் மஹிஷாஸுர மர்த்தினி ஸ்தோத்தரத்தில்கூட இப்படி ';ஸுமநஸ்-ஸுமநஸ்';என்று மூன்று நாலுதரம்
அடுக்கிக்கொண்டு போயிருக்கிறது. ';நல்ல மனம் கொண்ட தேவர்கள் அர்ச்சனை பண்ணுகிற அழகான புஷ்பங்களின் நிரம்பவும் மநோஹரமான காந்தியுடன்
கூடியவளே!';என்று ஸ்தோத்ரிக்கும்போது, ';நல்ல மனம்';, ';தேவர்கள்';, ';அழகு';, ';புஷ்பம்';, ';நிரம்பவும் மநோஹரமான';என்கிற ஒவ்வொன்றுக்கும்
ஒரு ';ஸுமந';வைப் போட்டு அழகாக ச்லோகம் அமைந்திருக்கிறது.

Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on August 29, 2014, 08:14:43 AM
kAnchi mahAswAmi on piLLaiyAr continued...

தேவர்களாலும் பூஜிக்கப்படுபவர் பிள்ளையார் என்று சொல்லும்போதே நல்ல மனம்கொண்ட எவரானாலும் அவரை பூஜை பண்ணித்தான் பண்ணிவிடுகிறார்கள்
என்றும் தெரிவித்துவிடுகிற மாதிரி "வாகீசாத்யா:ஸுமநஸ:"என்று, தேவர்களைக் குறிப்பாக இந்த ஸுமனஸ் என்ற பெயரால் சொல்லியிருக்கிறது.

நல்ல மனமுள்ளவரெல்லாம் ஒருத்தரைப் பூஜை பண்ணுகிறார்களென்றால், அப்படிப் பூஜிக்கப்படுபவரும் ரொம்ப நல்ல மனஸ் படைத்தவராகத்தானே
இருக்க வேண்டும்?

பிள்ளையாருடைய மனஸ் எத்தனை நல்லது என்பதற்கு ஒன்று சொல்லிவிட்டால் போதும்,ஒருத்தரின் கிட்டேயே கோபம் நெருங்க முடியாது.
மஹா கோபிஷ்டர்கூட அவருக்கு முன்னால் தானாகவே சாந்தமாகிவிடுவாரென்றால் அப்படிப்பட்டவர் வெகு நல்ல மனம், உயர்ந்த அன்புள்ளம்
படைத்தவராகத்தானே இருக்க வேண்டும்?இப்படி ஒரு உதாஹரணம் பிள்ளையார் விஷயமாக இருக்கிறது. நம் எல்லோரிடமும், ஈ எறும்பிலிருந்து ஆரம்பித்து
அத்தனை ஜீவராசிகளிடமும் பரம கிருபையோடு இருக்கக்கூடிய ஒருவர் யார்?ஸாக்ஷத் அம்பாள் தான். இத்தனை ஜீவராசிகளுக்கும் தாயாக இருக்கப்பட்ட
அகிலாண்ட ஜனனி அவள்தானே?அப்படிப்பட்ட அந்த அகிலாண்டேசவரியே ஒரு ஸமயம் உக்ர ரூபம் கொண்டிருந்தாள். ஜம்புகேச்வரத்தில் (திருவானைக்காவில்)
இருக்கப்பட்ட அகிலாண்டேச்வரி கலிகாலத்தில் ஜனங்கள் போகிற போக்கைப் பார்த்து இப்படி உக்ரக் கோலமாக ஆகிவிட்டாள். ஸகல சக்தியும் அவள்தானாகையால்
அன்பில் பரம ஸெளம்யமான லலிதாம்பாளாக இருக்கப்பட்ட அவளே கோபம் வந்தால் அதன் உச்சியில் காளியாயிருப்பாள். இப்போது அப்படித்தான் ஆகியிருந்தாள்.

கலியைக் கட்டுப்படுத்தி வைப்பதற்காக அவதாரம் செய்திருந்த நம்முடைய ஆசார்யாள் அங்கே வந்தார். பரமேச்வராவதாரமானதால் அவரால் உக்ரகோலத்திலிருக்கிற
அம்பாளிடமும் போகமுடியும். ஆனாலும் அவர் இந்த ஸந்தர்ப்பத்தைப் பயன்படுத்திக்கொண்டு பிள்ளையாரின் அன்பு மனப் பெருமையை உலகத்துக்குத் தெரிவிக்க
நினைத்தார். அதனால் அம்பாளுக்கு நேர் எதிரே, கோவில் முடிந்து மதில் வந்துவிடுகிற அவ்வளவு தூரத்திலே, பெரிசாக ஒரு பிள்ளையாரை ப்ரதிஷ்டை பண்ணிவிட்டார்!

அவ்வளவுதான்!செல்லப்பிள்ளை எதிரே இருக்கிறான் என்றதும் அம்பாளுடைய அத்தனை உக்ரமும் போன இடம் தெரியாமல் போய்விட்டது!அநேக விநாயக
மூர்த்தங்களில் ஒன்றுக்கு 'செல்லப் பிள்ளையார்' என்றே பெயர்!அப்படிப்பட்ட பிள்ளையின் அன்பு மன விசேஷத்தால் அம்பாளுக்கும் கோபம் போய் வாத்ஸல்யம் பிறந்தது.

கருணாமூர்த்தியாக இருக்கப்பட்ட பராசக்திக்குமே கூடக் கோபம் ஏற்பட்டாலும், அது போய் அவள் குளிர்ந்த மனஸோடு லோகத்துக்கு அநுக்ரஹம் பண்ணும்படியாக
மாற்றிவிடும் சக்தி பிள்ளையாருக்கு இருக்கிறது.'சக்தி' என்றால் அவர் ஏதோ பெரிசாக மந்த்ரம் போட்டோ, அல்லது வேறே ஏதாவது பண்ணியோ அந்தப் பராசக்தியை
மாற்றவேண்டுமென்றில்லை. இவர் அவள் கண்ணிலே பட்டுவிட்டால் அதுவே போதும். அன்பே வடிவமான விநாயக ரூபத்தைப் பார்த்தமாத்திரத்தில் அம்பாளின்
கண் வாத்ஸல்ய வர்ஷம் பொழியத் தொடங்கிவிடும்.

அத்தனை நல்ல மனஸ் அவருக்கு!ஸுமனஸாகிய அவரை வாகீசாதி ஸுமனஸர்கள் நமஸ்கரித்தே ஸகல கார்ய ஸித்தி பெறுகிறார்கள்.

Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Subramanian.R on August 29, 2014, 10:33:16 AM
Dear Ravi,

Nice anecdote from Maha Sawmi.

Today is Vinyaka Chaturthi.  Vinayaka or Ganesa's celebration day falls on the fourth day of waxing moon every year
in the month of Avani (Simha month).

Kavyakanta Ganapti Muni felt that he was Ganesa and thus the elder brother of Sri Bhagavan. In fact,he was born by
prayer to the Lord by his father. 

Sri Bhagavan also prays to Ganapati while beginning His Aksharamana maalai singing: For making a garland of wedding
to Arunachala,. the compassionate and graceful Ganapati, You extend Your helping hand and  protect me to complete
these verses.

Once He prayed to Ganapati, at the instance of Eswara Swamigal in a verse on the Lord at niche. (see the follwoing
post for the verse).

Nambi Andaar Nambi who collated the Tevaram verses was a great Ganapti Upasaka.  It is said that Ganapati took
the prasadam offered by extending His trunk!

I remember only the pujas done in Tiruchirapalli, Rockfort, to Uchhip Pillaiyar. I have no seen Pillaiyar Patti,in Sivaganga.

Arunachala Siva.

Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Subramanian.R on August 29, 2014, 10:48:05 AM
The following is the verse written by Bhagavan on the Ganesa in the niche:

பிள்ளையாய்ப் பெற்றவனைப் பிச்சாண்டி ஆக்கி எங்கும்
பிள்ளையாப் பேழ் வயிற்றைப் பேணினீர் - பிள்ளையான்
கன்நெஞ்சோ மாடத்துப் பிள்ளையாரே கண் பாரும்
பின் வந்தான் தன்னை நீர் பெற்று.

You have made Your father who gave birth to You, as an alms-seeker;
You as His son everywhere took care of your large belly by eating prasadam.
O is your heart made of stone, O Ganapati in the niche!
Please show your gaze to me who came after You, (as Subrahmanya) and give me food.

Arunachala Siva.   
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on August 29, 2014, 11:50:01 AM
Here is the invocatory verse on Lord Ganapathy  in Akshara MaNa mAlai by Sri Bhagavan:
அருணாசல வரற்கு ஏற்ற அக்ஷர மண மாலை சாற்றக்
கருணா கர கணபதியே கரம்  அருளி காப்பாயே .

Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: atmavichar100 on August 29, 2014, 02:59:17 PM
Ganesa PanchaRatnam

Ganesha Pancharatnam Stotram:-Prayer to Lord Ganesh
Lyrics of Ganesha Pancharatnam Stotram By Adi Sankaracharya. A highly revered devotional prayer song to Lord Ganapathi, the destroyer of obstacles.
The song is sung by the music queen Dr M.S.Subbalakshmi. (


Mudakaraatha Modakam Sada Vimukti Saadhakam
Kalaadharaavatamsakam Vilasiloka Rakshakam
Anaaya Kaika Naayakam Vinasitebha Daityakam
Nataasubhasu Naashakam Namaami Tham Vinaayakam.


I prostrate before Lord Vinaayaka who joyously holds modaka in His hand, who bestows salvation, who wears the moon as a crown in His head, who is the sole leader of those who lose themselves in the world. The leader of the leaderless who destroyed the elephant demon called Gajaasura and who quickly destroys the sins of those who bow down to Him, I worship such a Lord Ganesh.

Natetaraati Bheekaram Navoditaarka Bhaasvaram
Namat Suraari Nirjanam Nataadhi Kaapa Duddharam
Suresvaram Nidheesvaram Gajesvaram Ganeshvaram
Mahesvaram Samaasraye Paraatparam Nirantaram.


I meditate eternally on Him, the Lord of the Ganas, who is frightening to those not devoted, who shines like the morning sun, to whom all the Gods and demons bow, who removes the great distress of His devotees and who is the best among the best.

Samasta Loka Samkaram Nirasta Daitya Kunjaram
Daredarodaram Varam Vare Bhavaktra Maksharam
Krupaakaram Kshamaakaram Mudaakaram Yasaskaram
Manaskaram Namaskrutaam Namaskaromi Bhaasvaram.


I bow down with my whole mind to the shining Ganapati who brings happiness to all the worlds, who destroyed the demon Gajasura, who has a big belly, beautiful elephant face, who is immortal, who gives mercy, forgiveness and happiness to those who bow to Him and who bestows fame and a well disposed mind.

Akimchanaarti Marjanam Chirantanokti Bhaajanam
Puraari Poorva Nandanam Suraari Garva Charvanam
Prapancha Naasha Bheeshanam Dhananjayaadi Bhushanam
Kapola Daana Vaaranam Bhajaey Puraana Vaaranam.


I worship the ancient elephant God who destroys the pains of the poor, who is the abode of Aum, who is the first son of Lord Shiva (Shiva who is the destroyer of triple cities), who destroys the pride of the enemies of the Gods, who is frightening to look at during the time of world's destruction, who is fierce like an elephant in rut and who wears Dhananjaya and other serpents as his ornaments.

Nitaantikaanta Dantakaanti Mantakaanta Kaatmajam
Achintya Rupa Mantaheena Mantaraaya Krintanam
Hrudantarey Nirantaram Vasantameva Yoginam
Tameka Danta Meva Tam Vichintayaami Santatam.


I constantly reflect upon that single tusked God only, whose lustrous tusk is very beautiful, who is the son of Lord Shiva, (Shiva, and the God of destruction), whose form is immortal and unknowable, who tears asunder all obstacles, and who dwells forever in the hearts of the Yogis.

Mahaaganesa Pancharatnam Aadarena Yonvaham
Prajapati Prabhaatake Hrudi Smaran Ganesvaram
Arogatham Adoshataam Susaahitim Suputrataam
Samaahitaayu Rastabhootim Abhyupaiti Sochiraat.


He who recites this every morning with devotion, these five gems about Lord Ganapati and who remembers in his heart the great Ganesha, will soon be endowed with a healthy life free of all blemishes, will attain learning, noble sons, a long life that is calm and pleasant and will be endowed with spiritual and material prosperity

Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: atmavichar100 on August 29, 2014, 06:43:11 PM
On a Ganesh Chaturthi day in l912 a potter came to the Virupaksha cave with a small image of Sri Ganesa that he had made and presented it to Sri Bhagavan. A disciple suggested that both he and Sri Bhagavan should write a verse to celebrate the occasion, and this is what Sri Bhagavan wrote. Interestingly Ramana Maharshi has followed the tradition of invoking Lord Ganesha?s Grace before writing Aksharamanamali.
On the auspicious occasion of Ganseha Chaturthi we worship Lord Ganesha with the verses composed by Ramana Maharshi.
Him, who begot you as a child, you made
Into a beggar; as a child yourself
You then lived everywhere just to support
Your own huge belly. I too am a child.
You Child God in that niche! encountering one
Born after you, is your heart made of stone?
I pray you look at me.

Invocation in Aksharamanamalai by Sri Bhagavan

Gracious Ganapati! with Thy (loving) hand bless me, that I may make this a marital garland of letters worthy of Sri Arunachala, the bridegroom!
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: atmavichar100 on August 29, 2014, 08:36:15 PM
While Lord Ganesha has many names the following 16 names are considered to be quite sacred and worthy of being chanted daily especially before we start any work . They are recited either as individual namavali or like a verse

16 Names of Ganesha in various tunes ( ( (
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: atmavichar100 on August 29, 2014, 10:45:38 PM

For detailed explanations refer this link below : (
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on August 29, 2014, 11:11:18 PM
Here is a nice digest of Kanchi Mahaswami's talks on Pillaiyar,especially the 16 names are given a splendid treatment that only Mahaswami can! (
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Beloved Abstract on September 14, 2014, 06:31:16 PM
the only obstacle is your belief that there are obstacles .... Papaji
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on September 21, 2017, 06:52:57 PM
I recollect how our esteemed friend Subramanian had wondered whether the 'vishnum' in the sloka 'shuklam bharadharam vishnum' has anything to do with Lord Ganesha ...and moreover this is the opening verse in 'vishnu sahasranamam' ! better reason could be attributed to it than the tradition that all works begin with an invocation to Lord Ganesha and that the opening verse in vishnu sahasranama must be a similiar invocation to pillaiyAr.

Today ,I received this wonderful excerpt from the talks of Kanchi mahaswami (who else!) that sheds light on this ...and he narrates this in his inimitable is in Tamizh and am copying it here:

'தூமகேது' என்பது அடுத்த நாமா. தூமம் என்றால் புகை. சாதாரண விறகுப் புகை, கரிப் புகையை தூமம் என்றும் நல்ல ஸுகந்தம் வீசும் சாம்பிராணி, அகில் முதலியவற்றின் புகையை தூபம் என்றும் சொல்ல வேண்டும் என்பார்கள். பஞ்சோபசாரத்தில் தூபம் காட்டுகிறோம். தூமம் : புகை. கேது என்றால் கொடி. புகையைக் கொடியாக உடையவர் தூமகேது. நெருப்பிலிருந்து புகை எழும்பிக் காற்றில் கொடி படபடவென்று அடித்துக் கொள்வதுபோலப் பரவுவதால் அக்னி பகவானுக்கு தூமகேது என்று பேர் இருக்கிறது. ஆனால் பொதுவில் தூமகேது என்றால் நல்ல அர்த்தத்தில் எடுத்துக் கொள்ளாமல் உத்பாதகாரகமாகவே [உற்பாதம் விளைவிப்பதாகவே] எடுத்துக் கொள்கிறோம். காரணம் தூமகேது என்றால் வால் நக்ஷத்ரம் என்றும் அர்த்தம் இருப்பதுதான். வால் நக்ஷத்ரம் லோகத்துக்கு அமங்களத்தைக் குறிப்பது.லோக மங்கள மூர்த்தியான பிள்ளையாருக்கு அப்படிப் பேர் இருப்பானேன் என்று புரியாமலிருந்தது.விநாயக புராணத்தைப் பார்த்தேன். விநாயகரைப் பற்றி இரண்டு புராணங்கள் இருக்கின்றன. ஒன்று ப்ருகு முனிவர் சொன்னது. அதனால் அதற்கு பார்கவ புராணம் என்று பேர். 'ரகு' ஸம்பந்தமானது 'ராகவ' என்பது போல 'ப்ருகு' ஸம்பந்தமானது 'பார்கவ'. முத்கலர் என்ற ரிஷி உபதேசித்ததால் முத்கல புராணம் எனப்படும் இன்னொரு விநாயக புராணமும் இருக்கிறது. ப்ருகு - பார்கவ என்கிற ரீதியில் முத்கலர் ஸம்பந்தமானது 'மௌத்கல்ய'. ஆனாலும் அப்படிச் சொல்லாமல் முத்கல புராணம் என்றே சொல்கிறார்கள். நான் இப்போது தூமகேது விஷயமாகக் குறிப்பிட்டது பார்கவ புராணத்தை.

அதில் உபாஸனா காண்டம், லீலா காண்டம் என்று இரண்டு பாகம். லீலா காண்டத்தில் ரொம்பவும் ஆச்சர்யமாக விக்நேச்வரருக்குப் பன்னிரண்டு
அவதாரங்களைச் சொல்லி, ஒவ்வொன்றுக்கும் ஒரு பெயர் கொடுத்திருக்கிறது. அதன்படி கணேசர் என்பது ஒரு அவதாரம்; கணபதி என்பது இன்னொரு அவதாரம். ஷோடச நாமாவில் வரும் வக்ரதுண்டர், பாலசந்திரர், கஜானனர் என்பவை அதில் வெவ்வேறு அவதாரங்களில் அவருக்குக் கொடுத்திருக்கும் பெயர்கள். அவற்றில் தூமகேது என்ற அவதாரத்தைப் பற்றிய கதையும் இருக்கிறது. அதைப் பார்த்தபின்தான் இந்தப் பெயர் அவருக்கு ஏன் ஏற்பட்டது  என்று புரிந்தது.
கதை என்னவென்றால்... ரொம்ப நாளுக்கு முந்திப் பார்த்தது, நினைவு இருக்கிறமட்டில் சுருக்கமாகச் சொல்கிறேன்.
[சிரித்து] சுருக்கமாகச் சொன்னால்தான் ரொம்பத் தப்புப் பண்ணாமல் தப்பிக்க முடியும்
.(Staggering integrity!-Ravi)

Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on September 21, 2017, 06:58:23 PM
'Dhoomaketu' -by Kanchi Mahaswami continued....

தூமாஸுரன் என்று ஒருத்தன். பாகவதத்தில் வரும் வ்ருத்ராஸுரன், மஹாபலி மாதிரி சில அஸுரர்களிடம் மிக உத்தமமான குணங்களும் பக்தியும் இருக்கும். ஆனாலும் அஸுரப் போக்கும் தலை தூக்கிக் கொண்டுதானிருக்கும். அப்படி ஒருத்தன் இந்த தூமாஸுரன். அப்போது ஒரு ராஜா இருந்தான். கர்ப்பிணியாயிருந்த அவனுடைய பத்னிக்கு மஹாவிஷ்ணுவின் அம்சமாகப் புத்ரன் பிறந்து அந்தப் பிள்ளையினாலேயே தனக்கு மரணம் என்று தூமாஸுரனுக்கு தெரிந்தது. உடனே அவன் தன் ஸேநாதிபதியை அழைத்து நல்ல ராவேளையில் அந்த ராஜாவின்ச யனக்ருஹத்திற்குப் போய் ராஜ பத்னியைத் தீர்த்துக்கட்டிவிட்டு வரும்படி சொல்லியனுப்பினான். ஆனால், அங்கே போன ஸேநாதிபதிக்கு ஒரு உத்தம ஸ்த்ரீயை, அதுவும் கர்ப்பிணியாக இருப்பவளைக் கொல்ல மனஸ் வரவில்லை. அந்த தம்பதியைப் பிரிக்கவும் மனஸ் வரவில்லை. ஆனபடியால் அவன் ஸதிபதிகளாகவே அவர்களைக் கட்டிலோடு தூக்கிக்கொண்டுபோய் ஒரு காட்டு மத்தியில்போட்டுவிட்டான். அங்கே விநாயக பக்தர்களான அந்த இரண்டு பேரும் ஸதா அவரை த்யானித்துக்கொண்டு அவரால்தான் கஷ்டங்கள் தீர்ந்து நல்லபடியாக ப்ரஸவமாகி ராஜ்யத்திற்குத் திரும்ப வேண்டும் என்று ப்ரார்த்தித்து வந்தார்கள்.

அவர்கள் வனாந்தரத்தில் தலைமறைவாக இருக்கிறார்களென்று தூமாஸுரனுக்குத் தெரிந்தது. உடனே அவனே அஸ்த்ரபாணியாக அங்கே போனான். அவன் ஸ்பெஷலைஸ் பண்ணியிருந்த அஸ்த்ரம் என்னவென்றால், அவன் பேர் என்ன? தூமாஸுரன்தானே? தூமம் என்றால் புகைதானே? அவன் ஒரே விஷப்புகையாகக் கக்குகிற அஸ்திரத்தைப் போடும் வித்தையிலேயே கைத்தேர்ந்தவனாக இருந்தான்.

இந்த நாளிலும் கண்ணீர்ப்புகை என்கிற ஆபத்தில்லாத tear gas-லிருந்து gas shell என்ற ப்ராணாபத்தான விஷவாயுக் குண்டுகள் வரை இருக்கிறதல்லவா? இப்போது கெமிகல்ஸை வைத்துப் பண்ணுவதை அப்போது மந்த்ர சக்தியால் பண்ணியிருக்கிறார்கள்.

தூமாஸ்திரத்தால் கர்ப்பிணியை அவள் வயிற்றிலிருக்கும் சிசுவோடும், பக்கத்திலிருக்கும் பதியோடும் சேர்த்து ஹதம் பண்ணிவிட வேண்டுமென்கிற உத்தேசத்துடன் அவன் போய்ப் பார்த்தால், அப்போதே அவள் மடியில் குழந்தை இருந்தது! பிள்ளையார்தான் அந்த தம்பதியின் ஸதாகால ப்ரார்த்தனைக்கு இரங்கி வைஷ்ணவாம்சமான புத்ர ஸ்தானத்தில் தோன்றிவிட்டார்! இதனால் தாம் ஸர்வதேவ ஸ்வரூபி என்று காட்டிவிட்டார். சிவகுமாரராகப்பட்டவர் விஷ்ணு அம்சமாகப் பிறந்தார் என்பதில் சைவ வைஷ்ணவ ஸமரஸமும் உசத்தியாக வந்துவிடுகிறது.
'சுக்லாம்பரதரம் விஷ்ணும்' என்று ஆரம்ப ச்லோகத்திலேயே வருகிறதே!

Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on September 21, 2017, 07:14:33 PM
'Dhoomaketu' continued...

தூமாஸுரன் சரமாரியாக தூமாஸ்திரம் விட, சீறிக் கொண்டு பெரிய பெரிய மேகம் மாதிரிப் புகை அவர்களை நோக்கிப் பாய்ந்தது. அத்தனையையும் குழந்தைப் பிள்ளையார் தன்னுடைய சரீரத்துக்குள்ளேயே வாங்கிக் கொண்டு விட்டார். இனிமேல் அஸ்த்ரம் போட முடியாதென்று அஸுரன் களைத்துப் போய் நின்று விட்டான். அப்போது, அவனை ஸம்ஹாரம் பண்ணுவதற்கு பிள்ளையார் தீர்மானித்தார். 'அதற்காக நாம் புதுஸாக அஸ்த்ரம் எதுவும் போடவேண்டாம். அவனே போட்டு நாம் உள்ளே வாங்கி வைத்துக் கொண்டிருக்கும் விஷப்புகையாலேயே கார்யத்தை முடித்து விடலாம்' என்று நினைத்தார்.
உடனே உள்ளே ரொப்பிக் கொண்டிருந்த அத்தனை தூமத்தையும் 'குபுக் குபுக்' என்று வாயால் கக்கினார். அது போய் துமாஸுரனைத் தாக்கி அழித்துவிட்டது.தூமத்தை அஸ்த்ரமாகக் கொண்டே வெற்றிக்கொடி நாட்டிக்கொண்ட பிள்ளையாருக்கு தூமகேது என்ற நாமா உண்டாயிற்று.
'தூமம்' என்பதை 'தூம்ரம்' என்றும் சொல்வதுண்டு. தூமகேதுவையும் தூம்ரகேது என்பதுண்டு.

Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on September 22, 2017, 03:15:36 AM
I found a translation of the Kanchi Mahaswami's talk on how Lord Ganesha came to be called as 'Dhoomaketu' (the original is posted in tamizh earlier)...sharing the same:
Dhoomaketu is the next name. Dhoomam means smoke. Normal smoke from firewood, coal is  called dhoomam, while the nice smelling incense, and herb smoke is called dhupam. In the five protocol rituals (panchoupachara) we show dhupam. Dhoomam is smoke, ketu means flag. The one who has the smoke as his flag is dhoomaketu. The lord of fire is also called dhoomaketu, because the smoke coming out of the fire sways like a flag in the wind. However, normally people do not take a good meaning for dhoomaketu, but only an inauspicious meaning (or something that will cause inauspiciousness). The reason is "dhoomaketu" also means a meteor. The meteor always causes destruction in the world. Then how come the lord vigneswarar who grants auspiciousness can have that name ? I could not decipher.I read the vinayaka puranam (epic on lord vigneswarar). There two epics on lord vigneswarar. One told by sage brugu. Therefore it is called bhargava puranam. Things related to "raghu" are called "raghava", in the same way "brugu" related one is called "bhargava". There is another epic of lord vigneswarar called mutkala puranam, because it was taught by sage mutkala. Like brugu ? bhargava ? mutkala related is not called "mautkalya" but just as "mutkala" puranam. I would like to point to bhargava puranam with regard to our discussion on dhoomaketu.
In that epic there are two chapters called upasana kandam (chapter) and leela kandam. In the leela kandam surprisingly, there are 12 reincarnations of lord vigneswarar mentioned, and each is given a name. Accordingly one reincarnation is called Ganeshar; other names for his incarnations are vakratundar, palachandrar, gajananar, which come in the 16 names. In these there is a story about the incarnation with the name dhoomaketu. After reading this only I understood how this name was attributed to the lord vigneswarar.
The story was --- I had read this many years ago and therefore I will try to narrate briefly to the extent I can remember. [The acharya laughs] only when I tell briefly, I can escape without making mistakes.
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on September 22, 2017, 03:18:07 AM
Kanchi Mahaswami on 'Dhoomaketu' continued...

There was a demon named dhoomasuran. Like the asuras (demons) who come in bhagavatam, such as vrudasuran, mahabali, some demons also have good qualities, and devotion. However, the demonic qualities will also be showing up dominantly in their behavior. One such demon is dhoomasuran. At that time there was a king. Dhoomasuran came to know that he will be killed by the lord Vishnu will be born as the son to the pregnant wife of the king. Therefore, he ordered his general to go at night time to the bedroom of the king and kill the queen. However, when the general went there, he had no heart to kill a noble woman, that too a pregnant woman. He did not also have the heart to separate the couple. So he picked them both a couple along with their cot and threw then in the thick of the forest. The couple who were devotees of lord vignewarar prayed to him constantly, seeking his grace to remove all obstacles and difficulties for a safe delivery of the child and to return to the kingdom.
Dhoomasuran came to know that the king and queen were hiding invisibly the forest. Immediately he went there armed with all his weapons. What do you think the weapon that he had specialized in? What is his name? Dhoomasuran? Dhooma means smoke? He was skilled in using a weapon which will create toxic smoke.
Even in these days, don't we have weapons such as the "tear gas" which are not so harmful, to gas shells which contain life threatening toxic gases? What is created using chemicals now was created using the power mantra in those days.
With the intention of killing the pregnant queen with the child in the womb, and the king next to her, when he went to them, he found that there was already a child in her lap! The lord vigneswarar had manifested there, listening to the prayers of the king and queen, in the form of the son, representing the incarnation lord Vishnu. He also showed by this miracle, that he is the embodiment of all deities. <b>The fact that son of lord Siva was born as the incarnation of Vishnu, also highlights the unity between saivism and vaishavism. This is acknowledged in the first sloka "suklambaradaram vishnum."</b>
Title: Re: Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
Post by: Ravi.N on September 22, 2017, 03:20:05 AM
Kanchi Mahaswami on 'Dhoomaketu' continued...

As Dhoomasuran kept throwing his smoke weapon, a large cloud of toxic smoke sped towards to the royal couple. The child lord vigneswarar swallowed all the smoke cloud in his body. The demon became tired unable to throw any more weapon. At that time, the lord vigneswarar decided to kill the demon. He decided not to use any new weapon for that purpose. He decided to kill him using the same smoke that he had swallowed. He ejected from his mouth the cloud of smoke vigorously. That smoke killed the demon. The lord, who used the smoke as a weapon and raised the flag of victory, got the name dhoomaketu.
Dhoomam is also called as dhoomram. Therefore, dhoomaketu is also called dhoomraketu .