Ganapati: Song of the Self

Ganapati: Song of the Self

by John A. Grimes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791424405

ISBN-13: 9780791424407

Pub. Date: 07/28/1995

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Ganapati is the Hindu Lord of Beginnings, the Keeper of the Threshold, the Remover of Obstacles, Master of the Mind, Son of Siva, Elephant-headed, plump, and lovable. This book offers a wide range of information about Ganapati gathered from such diverse sources as hymns, poems, myths, shrines, practices, and theologies. It considers Ganapati's complexity: his…  See more details below

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Ganapati is the Hindu Lord of Beginnings, the Keeper of the Threshold, the Remover of Obstacles, Master of the Mind, Son of Siva, Elephant-headed, plump, and lovable. This book offers a wide range of information about Ganapati gathered from such diverse sources as hymns, poems, myths, shrines, practices, and theologies. It considers Ganapati's complexity: his transcendence of sectarian and territorial limits, his delayed but dramatic development into the religious pantheon, his paradoxical mythology, and his physical manifestation, an elephant's head on a human body. Ganapati: Song of the Self fosters an understanding from within a tradition. It presents a positive interpretation of the material and encourages an inner quest for spiritual truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791424407
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Series:
SUNY Series in Religion
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Scheme of Transliteration
1Introduction1
From the Formless to Form1
Mythmaker, Oathbreaker5
2In the Beginning13
Sri Girijatmaja of Lenyadri13
Origins14
The Search Begins17
Sri Ganapati Atharvasirsa21
Peace Invocation22
The Eight-Syllabled Ganesa Mantra25
The Ganesa Gayatri27
Ganesa's Form30
The Eight Names of Ganesa30
The Results31
Peace Chant32
Translation of the Sri Ganapati Atharvasirsa33
3Naming is a Very Serious Business37
Sri Mayuresvara of Morgaon37
The Name Game38
Names, Legends, Literature51
108 Holy Names of Lord Ganesa55
4Fingers Pointing at the Moon63
Sri Siddhi Vinayaka of Siddhatek63
Map is Not Territory64
Gajamukha (Elephant-Face)68
Ekadanta (Single Tusk)75
Vakratunda (Twisted Trunk)77
Lambodara (Potbellied One)83
Pasa (Noose)84
Arikusa (Goad)85
Surpakarna (Large Ears)85
Musaka (Mouse)85
Modaka (Sweet)91
Sindura Rakta varna (Crimson/Red Color)92
Svastika93
Other Attributes94
Introduction to Jnanesvar's Jnanesvari97
What is Ganesa? One Possible Answer97
5Songs That Ring, Songs That Roar99
Sri Mahaganapati of Ranjangaon99
Four Yuga Avataras of Ganesa100
Asta Vinayaka Avatara105
Asta Vinayaka Temples110
Sri Mayuresvara of Morgaon112
Sri Girijatmaja of Lenyadri115
Sri Vighnesvara of Ojhar116
Sri Siddhi Vinayaka of Siddhatek117
Sri Cintamani of Theur118
Sri Ballalesvara of Pali119
Sri Varada Vinayaka of Mahad122
Sri Mahaganapati of Ranjangaon124
The One Clad in White; or, What You See Is What You Get124
This Song Is for You129
Jyestaraja - Elder Brother (Variations on a Theme)130
"Sri Mahaganesa Panca Ratnam"133
6Who Am I?137
Sri Cintamani of Theur137
Tat Tvam Asi (That Thou Art)139
Mahavakya (Great Saying)140
Interpretation of Mahavakya145
7Worship of Ganapati (Puja)157
Sri Vighnesvara of Ojhar157
How to Worship Ganapati157
Minimum Requirements165
Puja166
Sodasopacara Puja167
8Lovers of the Beloved173
Sri Ballalesvara of Pali173
Avvaiyar175
9Who Is Ganapati/Ganesa?189
Sri Varada Vinayaka of Mahad189
Ganapati190
Notes197
Selected Bibliography219
Index225

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