Today we share this lovely snapshot from the home shrine of Nandikesh Chandrashekharan, a Master Course student on the US West coast well on his way to becoming a formal sishya. Congratulations on keeping a clean, actinic shrine Nandikesh.
Our Lord Ganesha is well known for being the master of all siddhis, Varasiddhi Vinayagar, possessing the ability to manage the uncountable, intricate karmas of every single being that has existed, presently exists and will exist in the future. Mushika displays Lord Ganesha’s prowess in performing this function. Lord Ganesha is so massive and stabilizing, having the form of earth’s largest land animal the elephant, gently guiding devotees on the path with His goad steering them either towards or away from any number of thoughts, experiences, and behaviors. Yet, all the while, Mushika is earth’s smallest mammal, the shrew. Ganesha’s Mushika allows Him to enter every minuscule crevasse, nook, and cranny in the minds of devotees, clearing out the cobwebs of unsavory karmas and leaving behind a new mind, a new person. All you have to do is approach Him with love and sincerity in your heart, and He will work his magical siddhis on you. Aum Sri Siddhidayakaya Namah!
Vanakkam, dear Nandikesh
Humble prostrations to Maha Vighna Vinayaka and our beloved Gurudeva.
Lovely Ganesha shrine. Thank you for sharing.
By the way, i’m curios about the Hanuman Bell in your lovely shrine. That’s a very rare kind of bell and we had the similar looking one in our Kadavul Temple.
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Good eyes! That is in fact the bell from the temple. It had a crack in it and it was en route to a bronze foundry for repair. I was fortunate enough to help in this project and while I was setting the agreement up I used the time to keep the bell near Lord Ganesa in order to charge my altar. Jai Ganesa for allowing me to be so close to this bell! The bell section has since been re-cast with some of the original metal and is now back at Kadavul Temple for some fine tuning.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.