Aug 25


Guruji talked about Ganapati in a very different way the other day during Satsang. The Universe is made up of groups of atoms called Ganas. And specific groups behave in specific ways. The groups of atoms that make gold for example somehow remember at all times that they are gold… They don’t suddenly turn into rice. The groups of atoms that are wood remember at all times to be wood. And so on.

There is an unseen force that binds these atoms together to be what they are supposed to be. A sweeping power that holds things together in the way they should be. This force is represented by Lord Ganesha. He is called Ganapati. The Lord of the Ganas. The Lord Ganesha’s elephant head symbolically personifies the vastness of this terrific force.

To console His wife after chopping off the head of the child she had created (click to read the long crazy story), Lord Shiva asks His ganas to go and bring Him the head of any one sleeping with their head to the North. In the entire world there was only one elephant sleeping that way. And so Lord Shiva’s ganas chopped off it’s head and got it to make the head for Lord Ganesha.

Our Bangalore Ashram Ganu :)

Our Bangalore Ashram Ganu 🙂

The Sanskrit word for North is Uttara. Another meaning of Uttara is answer. Uttara also means the future. So Lord Ganesha has the head, which is has limitless vision and has all the answers!

BTW, the story also says that you should never sleep with your head to the North. The ancients knew that the magnetic field should cut through the body (east west) for a deeper more restful sleep. So there is a not so subtle message here to never sleep with your head to the North J

I remember a Knowledge sheet about Lord Ganesha as the Lord of the Ganas… find it and read it.

Have a very happy 10 days with Lord Ganesha in your homes and before the Visarjan remember to invite Him back into your heart.

Jai Gurudeva!



ps Here are links to some of the posts i wrote in 2008 on Lord Ganesha I, Lord Ganesha II, Lord Ganesha III

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10 Responses to “Ganapati”

  1. Archit says:

    Bauuu!! Lovely post as usual (you must be tired of us saying that…) You know, I just LOVE all the symbolic representation behind all our mythological stories. The stories about Krishna, Kaaliya, Radha-Krishna and today Ganapati. Thank you soooo much for sharing these and please continue to do so. The more one reads or listens to such knowledge, the greater is his thirst to dive deeper into it. I remember your session during our DSN in Mumbai where you were discussing a lot of such stories and I remember thinking, ‘This is all so beautiful! Where do I read more?’ 🙂 By the way, have you come across this book ‘The Holy Science’ by Sri Yukteshwar Giri? ( It has some amazing connotations of the Vedas and compares those to the Bible. Highly recommended!

    Can’t wait to meet you again in Mumbai!

    Archit B

  2. sudha says:

    Dear Bawa,

    U interpretation of stories makes us think who divine is how powerful yet subtle he can be? happy ganesh chathurthi

    LOve u Bawa,


  3. omkar nisal says:


    love you for your gracious sharing heart!

    jai gurudev

  4. Prashant says:

    love you bawa.
    tons of thanks for giving so much.
    Jai Gurudev!

  5. Suparna says:

    I recall reading somewhere that since your head represents the north, one shouldn’t sleep with the head in the north. Since like forces repel, its likely to cause sleep disturbances.

    Can someone please tell me the dates of the upcoming Part 1 courses in Mumbai, preferably in the Nariman Point area?

  6. Vinay Subrahmanya says:

    bau, please do ask dinesh da to post something. It been ages since he wrote something on the blog 🙂

  7. Arya says:

    It seems all nano -tech scientists should invoke blessings of ‘Ganapati’ before research…:)

  8. Gautam says:

    Ever since Guruji mentioned about not sleeping with the head towards the north (in Kannada it was more like ‘who will sleep with the head towards the north?’), I was wondering what the reason could be. Thanks for the explanation!

  9. Anshika says:

    Thanks for the lovely pic 🙂

  10. Neha Sharma says:

    OOPS!!! i was suppose to know this story tomorrow!!! But why in the world am i reading your blog and specifically this page?

    I need an answer!!

    Jai Guru Dev.

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