My 11th article published in ‘The World Renewal’

Wonderful news! My 11th original article has been published in the September 2018 issue of ‘The World Renewal’ magazine!

It’s published on the occasion of ‘International Day of Peace (21st September)‘, and it’s a very very clear & excellent article on how to experience peace & it’s benefits! You’ll really enjoy reading!!

As you know, The World Renewal is a renowned international spiritual magazine (monthly) by the Brahma Kumaris, with more than 2 lakh copies posted monthly worldwide!

Please find the published article below :

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Cover Picture of September 2018 issue of 'The World Renewal'
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Spiritual Significance of Shree Ganesh | Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Wishes

Spiritual Significance of Shree Ganesh | Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Wishes imageSpiritual Significance of Shree Ganesh | Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Wishes

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi has come again, and many of us will lovingly bring the idol of Shree Ganesh in our homes & societies.

The festival will be celebrated with great joy & excitement. Hence today, let’s also understand the spiritual significance of Shree Ganesh, this most lovable divne deity, so that the festival leaves a permanent benefit in our life!

Shree Ganesh = Embodiment of all Virtues

The most wonderful aspect is the picture of Shree Ganesh itself illustrates numerous divine virtues, explained below:

  • Eyes are short, denoting far sighted vision, ie making decisions not only looking at this birth but also what’ll go with the soul
  • Trunk denotes flexibility, since it can uproot trees as well lift child with love; hence the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances & adjust to different sanskars of people
  • Ears are like dustpans used to remove dirt; hence keeping a check on what we hear to ensure nothing waste, negative or impure goes in
  • Half teeth is broken; we may interpret it such that even if one has physical deformities, the one who’s filled with virtues inside is automatically loved by all
  • Stomach is large, denoting the power to accommodate ie not spreading any matters unnecessarily, forgetting the past, forgiving others, etc
  • Some idols of Shree Ganesh have one leg folded and the other just touching the ground; which means living in this society & world yet remaining above, ie free from negative influence
  • Some idols of Shree Ganesh have lotus in one hand, lotus grows in mud but is still above it; denoting again to live in society & world yet free from negative influence
  • Has weapon in one hand, denoting the power to face & become victorious over vices, weaknesses & negativity
  • One hand is giving blessings, denoting the power to cooperate
  • One hand has modak; it’s a sweet hence denoting to always be & speak sweet, making this sweet is difficult denoting determination; it requires all 5 fingers to make denoting unity
  • Has vehicle of mouse, mouse denotes vices, deceit; hence a soul filled with above virtues is victorious over negativity
  • Has wives Riddhi & Siddhi, which denotes wealth, name & fame, etc; hence the soul rich with values inside automatically attracts outside attainments.

The name Ganesh means Gan (Gathering) + Esh (Leader) ie the leader of people. Similarly, the name Ganpati, or Gan (Gathering) + Pati (Head) has a similar meaning. Hence, when we become rich of virtues inside & become a ruler over the self, we automatically become a good leader outside ie full of love, understanding & acceptance. 

There are some more wonderful features of not only Shree Ganesh, but all divine deities:

  • The face is always smiling & hand always giving blessings, inspiring us too to maintain an elevated state of mind always & keep giving pure wishes to all irrespective of situations & people’s behaviour
  • Eyes are always loving and full of compassion, forgiveness & mercy; this is automatic & natural when we see others as souls, originally very pure & divine, child of One Supreme Father, etc
  • Incense sticks or other fragrance is always kept around idols of deities; denoting that when we inculcate divine virtues, the resulting vibrations makes everyone around feel very comfortable & divine
  • The prasad, or food offering to deities is always given great importance. Since it’s cooked with the intention of offering to God, the resulting thoughts creates elevated vibrations which get absorbed in the food benefitting all eating. Similarly, we could also cook food in our kitchen daily with the intention of first offering to God, then it’ll also have elevated vibrations benefitting all eating daily
  • The coconut is always important in worship, the coconut is hard from outside but very soft from inside. Hence, even though we may need to be assertive or disciplined in our role, we can be very loving, caring & compassionate with all

Spiritual Significance of Shree Ganesh Stories

Birth of Shree Ganesh

It’s shown that Ganesh takes birth from the dust on Parvati’s body; and his father cuts off his head & then establishes an elephant’s head. This may sound strange to a rational mind, but it’s actually symbolic of a wonderful spiritual meaning.

God reveals the spiritual significance of this story very beautifully. The dust on the body denotes body consciousness, our state at the end of Kaliyuga (Iron Age). In this state of mind, we are unable to recognise our Supreme Father who has descended, hence God cuts off our head of ego and gives wisdom to us (elephant head denotes wisdom & has features explained above). And with the help of this wisdom & our spiritual efforts, we get transformed from ordinary humans to worship-worthy deities.

Travelling the world

It’s shown that Ganesh & his brother Kartikeya once competed in a race to find who can travel the world fastest. Although Kartikeya swiftly finished making a round on the earth, Ganesh was victorious since he simply went round his parents denoting that parents are my world.

This denotes the one who develops a close loving relationship with the Supreme Parent God automatically becomes close to the world ie with everyone else, since:

  • When we remain connected to God, the Ocean of Love, we remain filled with His love, hence automatically sharing it with everyone we interact with
  • When we remain connected to God, we remember His Shrimat (elevated directions) of always looking at specialities & virtues of others rather than weaknesses, improving our relations with all
  • When we remain connected to God, we remember that everyone whom I am interacting with are His children, hence emerging natural love, respect & closeness with all

Cultural Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi

Before starting new venture

Before starting a new venture, Shree Ganesh is worshipped. This is to ensure the venture proceeds smoothly without obstacles because he’s called Vighna Vinashak, the destroyer of obstacles.

This teaches us that when we inculcate the above virtues like Shree Ganesh, we ourselves become capable of destroying our obstacles. Because obstacles arise as a result of our past karma, hence only we have the power to destroy our obstacles.

Further, Shree Ganesh denotes wisdom. Hence, it’s only the power of spiritual knowledge ie daily listening to knowledge that enables us to easily inculcate virtues & hence overcome obstacles.

Fulfilling aspirations behind the festival

We know our most respected national leader Lokmanya Tilak Ji started this festival to strengthen unity among people. And indeed, this spirit still continues today as many bring the idol at their homes, invite their near & dear ones, etc hence resulting in an auspicious get-together.

However, in routine life, we still find ourselves divided today perhaps not as much in terms of caste, creed, language, etc but subtly in terms of age, gender, education, position, etc.

To overcome this, let’s realise these differences arise only when we look at the body. If we look at the soul, we remember that:

  • We are all souls
  • We’re all children of One Supreme Father
  • We have the same original sanskars of purity, peace, love & happiness
  • We belong to the same home, have the same form, etc
  • We are One
  • Etc

developing a natural sense of unity & closeness with all.

Hence, the more we inculcate soul consciousness ie listen to spiritual knowledge & meditate, it develops such an elevated stage that whenever someone comes in front of us, we automatically remember he’s a soul. Thus, we experience an instant sense of unity & oneness, also radiating the same comforting vibrations to them.

Hence, let’s inculcate soul consciousness for developing true unity, to truly fulfill the aspirations behind the festival.

True Meaning of Shree Ganesh

God reveals that Shree Ganesh is actually symbolic of a soul at this auspicious Confluence Age, the small time between Kaliyuga (Iron Age) & Satyuga (Golden Age) when God Himself descends. It denotes the soul who, at this time, recognises God coming in incognito form, listens to His spiritual knowledge daily & becomes an embodiment of wisdom. Hence, he easily inculcates divine virtues & finishes weaknesses, becoming a worship-worthy deity from an ordinary human.

Hence, when worshipping Shree Ganesh this time, let’s remember what the idol is teaching us. It’s indeed the call of time now, when God Himself has descended as per His promise & is sharing jewels of knowledge daily, that we also reconnect to Him by listening to His spiritual knowledge and meditating daily. This will easily & naturally make us full of divine virtues, not only benefitting us in this life but several lifetimes, benefitting not only us but everyone around us, hence giving justice to the true meaning of Ganesh Chaturthi!

Om Shanti!

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Spiritual Inspirations from Monkeys

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19th August is World Orangutan Day 🐵. Hence today, let’s take some wonderful spiritual inspirations from monkeys! 🐒

Becoming full of all treasures!

The word monkey resembles man key ie the key of the mind… Hence, the easiest method of empowering the mind is to keep with us the Master Key “Mera Baba” ie my Supreme Father, to become full of all treasures!

The deity Shri Hanuman is shown as a monkey… Hence, let’s make our stage very pure & divine, like deities!

Monkeys are experts at climbing trees 🌳… Hence, let’s become experts at creating an elevated state of mind!

Monkeys are also found in hilly areas… Hence like hills, let’s become very cool from within!

Monkeys are light-weight… Hence, let’s also become very light from within!

The word monkey contains the word monk… Hence even while working, let’s keep our stage very pure & divine, by just keeping God alongside us!

Excelling at Workplace!

Orangutans have very strong arms 💪, allowing them to move quickly from one tree’s branch to another… Similarly, let’s empower the mind, to experience very fast progress & success in our career & work!

If we remove the letter ‘k’ from monkey, it becomes money 💸… Hence, let’s earn the wealth of spiritual wisdom, to make earning physical wealth very easy & simple!

Monkeys are very quick & agile… Hence, by silencing the mind through the power of meditation, let’s take quick & accurate decisions at every step!

Making relationships beautiful!

Monkeys make a loud screeching sound… Hence, let’s avoid disturbing others, by keeping our tone of voice very soft & sweet!

Monkeys have enlarged cheeks… Hence, let’s share a large amount of sweetness with all!

The Ape family is very large; consisting of gorillas 🦍, orangutans 🐵, chimpanzees, monkeys 🐒, etc… Similarly being children of the same Supreme Father, even we’ve a huge wonderful family, comprising of the whole world!

Caring for the mind!

Monkeys are experts at stealing food… Hence, let’s become experts at stealing (ie finding) time for empowering the mind, atleast on Sundays & weekends!

Some train monkeys to perform shows for them… Hence if even monkeys can be trained, we can definitely train our mind to think & feel positive, stable & happy in all situations!

Monkeys are deceptive… Similarly, even our old habits are quite deceptive, hence let’s keep full attention on our every thought!

Monkeys waste a lot of food… Hence, let’s avoid creating waste thoughts, which drain a lot of our energy!

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil Monkeys image

Gandhiji is shown with the 3 wise monkeys “See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Talk no Evil”… Hence, let’s also think no evil, to ensure our words & actions are automatically of the right quality!

Monkeys play many tricks in circuses… Hence, let’s trick our old sanskars to become victorious over them… e.g., postpone getting angry, thinking on issues, etc for the end of the day, then since their power will reduce till then, put a full stop later!

Going beyond Mischief!

Monkeys are mischievous 🙉… Hence let’s avoid playing pranks on others, since it earns us lots of negative vibrations, which instantly drain away our happiness!

Monkeys like to copy what we do 🙈… Hence rather than copying others’ behavior (when they behave wrongly with us), let’s stick to our original behavior of peace love & joy!

Monkeys easily lose their temper 😡, and a mad monkey can wreak havoc… Hence considering that psychology describes anger as temporary insanity, let’s protect ourselves from it!

Monkeys are full of the 5 vices… Hence, let’s always keep the image of monkey in front of us, to stay beyond all vices & weaknesses!

Even we were filled with negativity & weaknesses before, hence God says I’ve come to transform you from being like monkeys to worship-worthy deities (bandar se mandir laayak)… Hence, let’s fill ourselves with divine virtues through the power of spiritual knowledge & meditation, under God’s divine guidance… To once again become from humans to deities, hence also helping make the world into Satyuga again!  

Conclusion (Spiritual Inspirations from Monkeys)

Hence in essence, let’s go beyond mischief and make our stage very elevated, cool & light; by remaining connected to the Ocean of all Treasures God… This automatically makes our work & relations very beautiful, and we keep increasing the inculcation of divine virtues in our life, hence becoming instrumental in bringing the divine land Satyuga once again!

Om Shanti!

Apes resemble humans in some aspects, but lack intelligence… Hence considering our higher intelligence, let’s understand what true intelligence means!

Let’s also take some spiritual inspirations from elephants 🐘, lions 🦁, tigers 🐯, giraffes 🦒, cows 🐄, turtles 🐢, birds 🐦, honeybees 🐝, pests 🐞!

Orangutans live in forests… Hence, let’s also take some spiritual inspirations from trees & Forests 🌳!

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