Today we celebrate the Fifth Day of Pancha Ganapati and count our blessings and tune into the flow of abundance. Abundance the flows from a life built on a foundation of love and harmony; abundance that then flow out through us to the rest of the world.
As Yogaswami says in his famous song:
“We are Servants of Siva…
Getting and Giving Through Countless Generations!
Here is our Pancha Ganapati shrine in Kadavul Temple.
We are learning a new bhajan here at the Aadheenam, one which is known in Mauritius and popular worldwide.
The first line is :
“Maanasa Bhajare Guru Charanam; Dustara Bhava Saagara Taranam” which means:
“Oh Mind! Worship the Feet of the Guru; Then we can cross over the difficult ocean of existence.”
AS we sing we think of Gurudeva and all that he gave us, all the tools and gifts of catalysts to carry us along the path of life.
Pancha Ganapati is one of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami’s gifts to the world. Thank you Gurudeva! Jaya Maha Pancha Ganapati!
Padmaja: thanks for fixing the “dustara” spelling. As for words like “Saagar” we try to use the full Sanskrit form where the final vowel is retained: “saagara” (ocean). it is a “Hindi thing” to drop the final vowels in words. Thus we get:
The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness