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User: Neil LA Date: 2007-04-11 20:59:22
Pranams to Swami Gaurangapada and all the Devotees
This is a follow up question to the discussion about Shiva and Krishna.
What role, if any, does Ganesha have in Gauranga Krishna Consciousness? Do we invoke him at the start of things as other groups do?
From the discussion earlier, I assume that Ganesha is a great devotee of the Lord of whom we should ask for Gauranga Krishna Prema.
I've always liked Ganesha, but never have heard much about him in Vaishnava literature.
Title: Re: Ganapati
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-04-22 08:40:26
Brahma Samhita 5.50:
yat-pada-pallava-yugam vinidhaya kumbha-
dvandve pranama-samaye sa ganadhirajah
vighnan vihantum alam asya jagat-trayasya
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, whose lotus feet are always held by Ganesa upon the pair of tumuli protruding from his elephant head in order to obtain power for his function of destroying all the obstacles on the path of progress of the three worlds.
In The Nectar of Devotion Srila Prabhupada writes:
"One should begin the worship of the demigod Ganapati, who drives away all impediments in the execution of devotional service. In the Brahma-samhita it is stated that Ganapati worships the lotus feet of Lord Nrsimhadeva and in that way has become auspicious for the devotees in clearing out all impediments. Therefore, all devotees should worship Ganapati."
In this letter to Sivananda Dasa (August 25, 1971) Shrila Prabhupada writes:
"So far worshiping Ganesa is concerned, that is not necessary. Not that it should be done on a regular basis. If you like you can pray to Ganapati for removing all impediments on the path of Krishna Consciousness. That you can do if you like."
And finally, consider this letter, sent to "My dear Sons" in Evanston, Illinois, on December 28, 1974. (Srila Prabhupada sent nearly identical messages to several other devotees.)
"I do not encourage you to worship this demigod, Ganesa. It is not required, it is not necessary. Simply worship Krsna. Perform nice devotional service to Krsna. Then your lives will certainly become perfect. "
So we can conclude that since Shri Ganesha is a servant of Lord Gauranga Krishna, he can be remembered before any activity but those devotees who are fully dependant of Lord Gauranga Krishna's mercy and remember Him, then the remembrance of Ganesha is included in the remembrance and invocation of the Lord because the Lord is cumulation of all the demigods and all demigods are present in His divine body.
Title: Re: Ganapati
User: Neil LA Date: 2007-04-25 18:41:14
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!
Thank you Swami Gaurangapada for clarifying this for me.
I agree that by taking shelter of the Holy Names, one needs nothing else because all things are contained in the Holy Names.
I also wanted to point out something interesting that I feel shows how Gauranga Krishna contains Ganesha within himself.
I saw a picture of a certain festival at the Jagganatha temple where Lord Jagganatha and Lord Balarama and Lady Subhadra each wear elephant masks and dress up as Ganesha. I thought that was very nice and sweet.
Title: Re: Ganapati
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-04-26 10:06:07
I saw a picture of a certain festival at the Jagganatha temple where Lord Jagganatha and Lord Balarama and Lady Subhadra each wear elephant masks and dress up as Ganesha.
Yes, there is a story about how a devotee of the demigod Ganesha came to Puri and refused to see Lord Jagannatha because he wanted to see only Ganesh. But he was forcibly taken inside the Jagannatha temple and when he looked up to Lord Jagannatha, he saw Lord Jagannatha dressed as Ganesha with a trunk. Lord Jagannatha wanted to show him that He includes all the demigods within Him and His worship includes the worship of all demigods. From that day, they dress Lord Jagannatha as Ganesha sometimes remembering this pastime. Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! Pranams!