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.
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.