If so, then try to worship Lord Ganesha, so that you can say “goodbye” to all of your problems and obstacles.
Lord Ganesha is extremely kind and compassionate, so whenever you worship him according to your ability, he happily accepts your love and offerings, and he removes all of your obstacles.
The Vedas say, “Kalau Chandi Vinaayakaa!” This means, in this age of Kali yuga, one obtains immediate results by the worship of Divine Mother Chandi by performing Chandi homa, or by the worship of Lord Sri Ganesha.
The Rig Veda says:
“Vinaayakaanaam veda priyaha bhadrapada chaturthi yajna mahaa priyaha.”
When one performs yajna, the sacred fire ceremony by following all the correct rituals, Lord Ganesha will surely grant the devotee the fruits of this sacred and meritorious action.
Lord Ganesha is referred to as Gananam pati. This means Sri Ganesha is Pati, the Supreme Lord who presides over all ganas or forms of creation, including: devatas, the demi-gods, nakshatras, the stars, millions of brahmandas, the galaxies, and sapta rishis, or the holy seven sages. This is the reason why his name is Ganapati, the Lord of all ganas.
The significance of the name Ganesha can be understood by learning about the meaning of each syllable in the name.
Gam stands for jnana, eternal knowledge.
Nam means mukti pradata or nirvana pradata meaning one who grants liberation.
Isha means the Divine Father who rules.
Thus Lord Ganesha is Nirakara Para Brahma Svarupa, the embodiment of the formless Supreme Consciousness, who grants jnana and nirvana.
The Sri Ganesha Tapini Upanishad says:
“Ganeshovai sadajaaya tavadvai Param Brahma!”
This means it is only akhanda satyam or the eternal supreme truth, and Para Brahma tejas, the effulgence of the eternal Supreme Consciousness that has assumed the form of Lord Ganesha.
It is a most difficult and herculean task for people to gain control over the ari shadvargas or the six enemies of desire, anger, greed, attachment, pride, and enmity.
However, one can remove all of these negativities and obtain auspicious benefits by worshipping Lord Ganesha and by chanting the mantra, “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha,” daily 108 times counting along with a rudraksha mala, a rosary of rudraksha beads.
Lord Ganesha confers supreme protection for all those that worship him. One can find a great amount of salient information about Lord Ganesha in the Mudgala Purana. In this purana it is mentioned that there are many divine forms embedded in the viswa rupa or cosmic form of Lord Ganesha
By performing homa to Lord Ganesha, one obtains various benefits through these divine forms.
The divine forms and the benefits are:
Sri Vakratunda Ganapati
This form of Ganesha is most pleased with homa or sacred fire ceremony. He removes “matsarya”, enmity, from the devotee’s heart.
Sri Ekadanta Ganapati
This form of Ganesha burns away “madam”, pride, from the devotee’s heart.
Sri Mahodara Ganapati
This form of Ganesha removes “moha”, attachment, from the devotee’s heart.
Sri Gajanana Ganapati
This form of Ganesha vanquishes “lobha”, greed, from the heart of the devotee.
Sri Lambodara Ganapati
This form of Ganesha burns away “krodha”, anger, from the devotee’s heart.
Sri Vikata Ganapati
This form of Ganapati burns “kama”, desire, which pervades the devotee’s heart, to ashes.
Sri Vighnaraja Ganapati
This form of Ganesha removes “mamata”, self-centered love, from the heart of the devotee.
Sri Dhumravarna Ganapati
This form of Ganesha burns down both “durabhimana”, evil-mindedness, and “ashta madas”, eight types of pride, from the devotee’s heart.
Devotees who are unable to worship Lord Ganesha on a daily basis will find the benefits one hundred times more powerful when they worship Lord Ganesha on the Wednesday.
By performing japa, that is, repetition of the mantra “Om Gam Ganapataye namaha” 108 times on a daily basis, the devotee receives one thousand times more immensely auspicious benefits and also fulfillment of all desires.
When one’s name is recited during the sankalpa before a homa, sacred fire ceremony, the devotee is sure to receive millions of times more powerful and auspicious results. The devotee will be liberated from “pancha maha patakas”, five types of the most heinous sins and also from all “upa patakas”, minor sins. “Vighnas”, obstacles, will not haunt these devotees anymore. Lord Ganesha removes all of their sorrows and grants them many auspicious benefits.
All those devotees who constantly repeat the Ganesha Mantra, “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha” elevate themselves spiritually, and become eligible for attaining Brahmatva, the state of Self-Realization. Obstacles will not come in the way of a devotee who is in constant worship of Lord Ganesha.
Such devotees are freed from the load of “maha patakas” or the most severe sins from all of their past births, and they will experience shanti, peace and tranquility. When devotees chant the Sri Ganesha Mantra both morning and evening, Lord Ganesha removes the load of all of their sins.
When you are in constant worship of Lord Ganesha and when you continually chant the Ganesha Mantra, Lord Ganesha will not let any obstacles come in your way. Such devotees will acquire the fulfillment of all the four purusharthas
Even without your knowledge, Lord Ganesha, who is the embodiment of Supreme Consciousness, protects you at all times by side-stepping those that are about to harm you.
It is auspicious to worship Sri Ganesha with red hibiscus flowers, red roses or rose petals, garika grass, red sandalwood paste, and red akshatas or energized rice mixed with vermilion. Such worship will grant you “akhanda jnana”, boundless knowledge, and “aishwarya”, wealth, and you will be steadily free of your problems of debt.
"Gam" The following shlokas extol the benefits of repeating Ekakshara Ganesha Mantra or the single syllable Ganesha mantra, “Gam”:
“‘Gam’ beeja ekaakshara yogenaiva vishaantakaha
‘Gam’ beeja shabda mantrocchaarana maatrena visham daashaya chochyata
‘Gam’ beeja shabda maatrochaarana nena sarva rogaan hara hara”
The moment you chant the mantra, “Gam,” all the poisonous and negative thoughts in your mind will be burnt into ashes. The moment the sound “Gam” reverberates in your body, all diseases will disappear, much in the same way as people shout “Hara Hara! Hara Hara!” to cleanse their sins. When you repeatedly chant the “Gam” bija mantra, seed syllable, all the devious plans of your enemies will cease to work against you. The “Gam” bija mantra blockades all such harmful plans. In ancient times, when sage Kashyapa asked sage Marichi about the power of the Ganesha Mantra, sage Marichi revealed many secrets about this powerful mantra.
The Ganesha Upanishad continues with the following shlokas:
“Tvam guna traya titaha
Tvam avastha traya titaha
Tvam deha traya titaha
Tvam kala traya titaha”
Sri Ganesha is guna traya titaha—he is beyond the three attributes of “tamas”, dullness, “rajas”, activeness, and “sattva”, the state of harmony and purity.
Sri Ganesha is avastha traya titaha—he is beyond the three states of “jagrit”, the awake state, “svapna”, the dream state, and “sushupti”, the state of deep sleep. He is even beyond “turiya”, the state of Self Consciousness, awareness of the Self.
Lord Ganesha is deha traya titaha, beyond the three bodies—the “sthula sharira”, the gross or physical body, “sukshma sharira”, the subtle or astral body that is guided by “antakarana” or the inner conscience, and “karana sharira”, the causal body which veils the innermost Self.
Lord Ganesha is kala traya titaha, beyond the three time periods of “bhuta kala”, the past, “vartamana kala”, the present, and “bhavishyat kala”, the future.
The Ganesha Upanishad continues:
“Tvam muladhare sthitosi nityam”
Sri Ganesha resides in the muladhara chakra and guides the flow of kundalini shakti which is in a coiled state in the muladhara chakra.
“Tvam sakti trayatmakaha”
Sri Ganesha is beyond the three powers of “iccha Shakti”, the power of will, “jnana shakti”, power of knowledge, and “kriya Shakti”, the power of action.
“Tvam yogino dhyayanti nityam”
Sri Ganesha is being constantly meditated upon with utmost devotion by nija yogis, those who are truly in constant bliss or those who are in constant union with Brahman, Supreme Consciousness.
“Tvam Brahmastvam Vishnustvam Rudrastvam Indrastvam Agnistvam
Vayustvam Suryastvam Chandramastvam Brahma Bhur Bhuvas Suvar Om”
O Lord Ganesha! You are Brahma the Creator! You are Vishnu the sustainer! You are Maha Rudra, the One who presides over the dissolution of the individual into the Supreme! You are air, fire, the sun, and the moon! You are everything including Brahma Loka, the abode of Lord Brahma, Bhu Loka, the Earth, Bhuvar Loka, the astral plane, and Suvar Loka, the abode of celestial Gods!
Aum Gam Ganpataye Namah