Satsang at Shri Sakthi Vinayagar Temple, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, 5th October, 2009
A large group of devotees stood on the steps of Shri Shakti Vinayagar Temple waiting to welcome Parama Pujya Shri Shri Nimishananda Guruji. The Satsang Hall below the temple was also packed with people who had gathered to listen to Pujya Guruji’s discourse. As His Holiness entered the hall, after offering His worship to Shri Shakti Vinayagar, loud cries of – “Nimishamba Roopa Shri Shri Nimishananda Sadguruji Ki Jai” [Victory to the Sadguru Shri Shri Nimishananda who is the Personification of Devi Nimishamba] filled the air.
Smiling benevolently Pujya Guruji asked the devotees who were standing reverentially to resume their seats and the melodious bhajans from the Ashram bhajan troupe began. After a few bhajans, His Holiness began the discourse – “Today we have all gathered at this shrine of Shri Shakti Vinayagar. As most of you are aware, ‘Shakti’ means power or empowering energy. Vinayagar is another name for Lord Ganesha who is the remover of all obstacles. So when we worship Lord Ganesha in this temple with total devotion, He will empower us to achieve and attain all our goals and aspirations in life. Before we begin any ritual of worship, important event or task, we always seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha first. We ask Him to remove all the hurdles in our path including the hurdle of premature death. According to the Scriptures of Sanatana Dharma, Lord Ganesha or Ganapathi, who is the deity presiding over all the 33,000 ‘Ganas’ or demi gods can prevent even Yama, the Lord of Death from disrupting the successful completion of any ritual, task or event we undertake. Such is His power.”
“That is why we do not worship any deity without worshiping Lord Ganesha first. All rituals in Sanatana Dharma begin with the shloka or hymn – ‘Shri Vakratunda Mahakaya, Suryakoti Samaprabha, Nirvighnam Kurume Deva, Sarva Karyeshu Sarvada’ which means – ‘O Lord Ganesha who has a broken tusk and huge body, whose radiance of knowledge is equal to ten million Suns, please bless us with Your Grace and ensure that all our tasks are free from hurdles all the time.’ This shloka which has tremendous strength and power is very important to all of us as human beings. Like the speed dial in our mobile phones, it is our direct communication channel to Lord Ganesha. However, we must never chant it mechanically. When we chant it with complete devotion, Lord Ganesha removes all our negative thoughts and fills us with His Divine Energy which activates our Will Power to make all our tasks successful. Otherwise the negative energy from our thoughts and emotions are stored in our aura. This negative energy in the aura depletes our Will Power and attracts obstacles which block our path whenever we begin any task. Effortless success only flows to us when our auras are completely free from all kinds of negative energy. That is why the Grace of Lord Ganesha is so important to all of us.”
“So Lord Ganesha does not merely remove obstacles from our lives, He removes the very source that generates these obstacles and He empowers us to accomplish any task through the power of our Will. The stronger our Will Power, the greater is our success in life. Whenever we are depressed or disheartened due to any reason, our Will Power slides down to zero. Without allowing this state to linger on, we should immediately close our eyes, chant the shloka and pray to Lord Ganesha – ‘My mind is full of doubts about my own capacity. Please remove all these doubts which are depleting my Will Power and disconnecting me from Your Divine Energy and fill me with Your Will Power and Determination.’ In this way after offering all our burdens, doubts and fears at the Lotus Feet of Lord Ganesha, with our eyes still closed we should begin chanting Om.”
“Om is the seed syllable or bija mantra of our Soul and it activates the energy of Lord Ganesha in us because He is called Pranava Swaroopa or the embodiment of Om. The way in which we chant Om is very important. We should sit with our backs erect and take a deep breath before we begin the chanting. The sound of ‘O’ should emerge from deep inside the belly, mix with our breath at the solar plexus and gradually merge into the nasal sound ‘Mmm…’ which culminates at the Ajna or brow chakra between the brows. This activates our will power tremendously and also charges our breath. Today we are racked by innumerable doubts, assumptions, presumptions, worries, fears and anxieties. We are upset and shattered by the smallest happening. For instance, if our friend or colleague utters a single abusive phrase, we feel deeply offended and brood over it for days. We allow it to completely shatter our mental peace and stability. In this way we convert every molehill into a mountain. All this is happening because our breath is not charged and also because we lack Will Power. When our breath is charged by Om, it is transformed into nectar and recharges our Will Power every time we breathe. When our Will Power is completely activated in this way, we can get things done effortlessly in any part of the world without even moving a little finger. This becomes possible because our Will Power which is now aligned with Divinity has the power to transform the whole world. Today all of have so many responsibilities and commitments towards others, but we find it impossible to give everybody everything 365 days a year. However, if we charge our breath and activate our Will Power, we can easily do it. So let us all take a Resolve or Sankalpa now with the blessings of Lord Ganesha – ‘I will charge my breath and change the world.’ If all of us chant Om for even a few minutes every day, we can change the vibrational frequency of the world. Then there will be no more pollution – only divine evolution. This will be our selfless service to the world.”
“May Lord Ganesha charge your breath and activate your Will Power. May your lives be free from all obstacles and may success, peace, contentment and happiness flow to all of you in great abundance. May all beings be happy.”
Jai Matha. Om Tat Sat.