Ganesha Dancing (Click to see the full image)  

"Now there are various ways people worship Shri Ganesha, but there is a simple way to remember him and sit before his photograph and take vibrations from him. That's the best way you can balance yourself. There are so many worries; there are so many struggles you have. All these can be neutralized by Shri Ganesha. Though innocent, He is extremely clever and when he comes to your help, you are amazed. How he works it out and how he removes all the hurdles and all the worries from you. So this is the most important deity we have, though it’s a very simple deity. This Mooladhara chakra is very very complicated. It is one of the most complicated chakras I think, because it has many waves, it has many compartments. We can say which all the time are vibrating and oscillating. So to steady down these you should try to be absolutely dedicated to Shri Ganesha." (25.09.1999, Italy)


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Mooladhara as the abode of Gauri - Why Gauri produced Shri Ganesha
The Qualities of Shri Ganesha
The Blessings of Shri Ganesha
The Ganesha Principle

Mooladhara as the abode of Gauri - Why Gauri produced Shri Ganesha

Gauri is the mother of Shri Ganesha and She produced Shri Ganesha because She was having a bath and to protect Her chastity She produced Shri Ganesha. In the same way, Kundalini is the Gauri and we have got Ganesha sitting in the Mooladhara chakra. So we have got Mooladhara as the abode of Gauri, of Kundalini, and the protection of the Kundalini is done by Shri Ganesha.

As you know, Shri Ganesha is the deity, which is for our innocence. Only Shri Ganesha could be there in that picture because, as you know, the pelvic plexus looks after all the excretory functions and it is Shri Ganesha only who can really stay there without getting dirtied by the surroundings. He's so pure. He's so innocent. While the Kundalini is the virgin, the virgin mother of Shri Ganesha, people have started talking against Mary by saying there was something wrong, "How could a virgin get a child?" Because we do not understand that it is God and in the area of God anything is possible. They're above all these things and they can create anything, and in any way, Ganesha had to be born out of a virgin because He was so pure.

So Kundalini has to be supported by Shri Ganesha. If Shri Ganesha is weak, then Kundalini cannot be supported. Shri Ganesha has to support Her in the awakening part, first of all. When the Kundalini is getting awakened Shri Ganesha stops all the functions that it has to work. All the functions are stopped so that, you must have seen, I sit for nine hours, ten hours sometimes;I don't get up because all functions of Shri Ganesha, everything stops when the Kundalini is rising. She's fully supported and looked after by Shri Ganesha. (08.04.1991, New Zealand)

The Qualities of Shri Ganesha – to please his Mother

There are so many qualities for Shri Ganesha, one of them is that he is a child and he is very humble. He is very playful and very interesting. Despite his size, he is very light weight because he can sit on a small little mouse. He doesn't try to show off. His Vahana (Vehicle) is very simple, the smallest creature, a mouse. With this mouse he expresses his own power that he doesn't need any other vehicle. His vehicle is his simplicity; he penetrates and affects the lives of people through very simple sweet methods. In Sahaja Yoga we have to realize how to impress others. In Sahaja Yoga nobody will be impressed if you have a very great car or if you have a wealthy expression of your life. What impresses people is the simple expression of your love through certain gestures, presents, and behaviours. I have seen people who are very sweet, who express themselves in a very innocent, simple, child like manner that goes into the heart of the people and then other Sahaja Yogis describe to me how they express their appreciation of others. It is very sweet, extremely loving and delicate; all that is like how a child plays around, how he amuses you and tries to do things for you, because they are not wise enough. They misinterpret. They want to say Mother this, that. It is not good. They try to show off themselves by saying that we have understood Mother very well. It’s not easy to understand. The only thing is, try and understand yourself. I am like a mirror for you. When you look into the mirror, you cannot understand the mirror, but you can understand yourself. This is a very simple thing, that's what is the quality of Shri Ganesha, that he knows what this Mother will like. He does everything that is good for him because by that he is pleasing his Mother. His complete dedication is to the Mother. He is not bothered with other Dieties. He fought with all of them. He goes to them through the understanding of Mother and respects them through the understanding of the Mother. But some people still cannot do that. They still stick on to a Diety they have been worshipping. Some sort of an ideology they have been having. They are not fully in connection with me. He is in connection with his Mother. To Him She is everything. She is the source of knowledge, joy and truth. He doesn't have to look to anybody else. It looks very egoistical to say these things in modern times. The other quality of Shri Ganesha is that he always tries to please his Mother. He doesn't want to do anything that will make her unhappy. One has to learn the respect of the Mother of Shri Ganesha. In that I find people are little over-smart. If I say something, immediately they will correct me. This smartness is not very helpful. (21.07.1993, Germany)

The Blessings of Shri Ganesha

The first blessing of Shri Ganesha, which is, I think the highest, is wisdom. That we learn what is good and what is bad for us, what is constructive and destructive, what should we do to achieve our self-realization. Those people who have got wisdom are very lucky people. But wisdom comes from no source but your own understanding of life. When a person starts thinking: "Why am I doing such and such a thing? What is the effect of my doing it? What is the result of my behaviour? Is it good or bad for me?" Then wisdom comes. Even if some people know that something is bad for them, still they do not have the power to control themselves. The reason is that the power of wisdom is not there. A person is wise who does not only know what is right and wrong, but also knows very well that his own powers are - not to do something wrong. He just does not do it. Wisdom is a complete power within ourselves by which we try nothing. It just spontaneously works through us and we do things which are proper and right. One may say: "Mother, what is the source of this Wisdom?" The source is Shri Ganesha, who is the giver of Wisdom. Once Shri Ganesha is insulted and he disappears behind the clouds of ignorance, then people start doing things which are unwise. (21.07.1993, Germany)


Another power that Shri Ganesha has is that he generates innocence within you. We respect our innocence and our chastity; we respect a life style which is decent. In every scripture it is written that we should dress up in a way that is decent and decorous and our body should not in any way express an indecent feeling or behaviour on our part. This is the reason why in Sahaja Yoga we have to be very particular how we dress up. Our dress should be decent, dignified and in no way show vulgarity. Innocence is the most important thing a human being should have and it is the complete decoration of a human being one should look after one’s own chastity and morality. In some countries they think that chastity is meant only for women and not for men. It is meant for both. Like men trying to force women to be chaste and they themselves are not chaste, the women will not be chaste. They may try to be out of fear, but if they get a chance they will take to a life style which is wrong. They feel if men can do it, why not us. So the whole society has to take a very decent, decorous and dignified lifestyle. It's not only in dress but in day to day life, otherwise a kind of insecurity starts working among men and women and too much of a complicated life style starts. (21.07.1993, Germany)

The Ganesha Principle

We have to be wise and see what is destroying us and our inner being. For Sahaja Yogis it is very important. Because if there is a cloth or Sari which is blown off by the wind, even if you can hold it on one corner, then the whole thing can be saved. And this is what has to happen actually to the world when Sahaja Yogis will hold the Sari or Universe with their Wisdom and firm faith in Sahaja Yoga. Otherwise they can be blown off also. If they are not rightly placed or grounded, if they are not fixed to their own enlightened faith of Sahaja Yoga, they can be blown off with this wind which is there to torture and destroy the whole world. The responsibility of Sahaja Yoga is very important that their Ganesha principle should be alright. If it is not alright then the whole of Sahaja Yoga movement can collapse. Both ladies and gents should try to put their Shri Ganesha in a very respectable position in their life style. That should be the highest and the most important thing, everyday we should remember that we are very much blessed by Shri Ganesha to get our self realization. (21.07.1993, Germany)

This month we are showing a painting by a yogini from Montreal named Louise Ruelland. It is a sweet autumn painting called 'Amitié' which means Friendship in English. To see another painting by Louise (which depicts the great Canadian season known as winter) check the archives of the Sahaja Path issue from December 2004. 

To see the full painting, click here N

- All excerpts are taken directly from the Founder of Sahaja Yoga, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. (08.04.1991 - Auckland, New Zealand – Gauri Puja talk, 21.07.1993 - Berlin, Germany – Shri Ganesha Puja, 25.09.1999 - Cabella, Italy – Shri Ganesha Puja)
- This month's artwork represents Ganesha Dancing. To see the full images, click here

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