This past weekend I was working on a project that seemed overwhelming to me. As I sat at my desk wondering how I was ever going to come up with all the words needed to finish this project, I remembered this story. I brought my picture of the beautiful statue of Lord Ganesh in Gurudev Siddha Peeth and set it at eye level. I then closed my eyes and invoked his guidance as I began my work. As I worked throughout the day and into the evening, I felt Lord Ganesh guiding my hand, guiding my thoughts, and providing me with the stamina to keep focused on my task.
a Siddha Yogi from Missouri, USA
Reading this story, I was surprised to discover that Shri Ganesh had served to scribe the Mahabharata
! And I did not know that this was why he had one tusk.
As a writer, I found so many inspiring aspects of this story. I was reminded of how vital meditation is to my creative impulses. When I think I don't have time for meditation and must get to work instead, how I have turned the truth on its head!
I’m grateful for this story and the stunning images of dear Lord Ganesh.
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA
I was amazed by the part of the story where Ganesh breaks off a tusk to use as a pen in order to continue offering his seva
without interruption. His unstoppable commitment to his dharma as a scribe touched my heart.
I had been wondering why Ganesh has only one tusk. Now, when I recite the Shri Ganesh Gayatri Mantra
, I will have a deeper context for and understanding of the meaning of this phrase: "Ekadanta, whose single tusk breaks the illusion of duality."
From these posts, I learn that I can invoke Ganesh's blessings by worshiping him through reciting the Gayatri Mantra and also by focusing wholeheartedly on my dharma and offering service selflessly.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
One thing that stood out for me in this account was how much Vyasa accomplished for the world through meditation. His vision of the story came in meditation, the actual verses came through contemplation, his support came from meditation on Lord Brahma, and his scribe came in meditation on Lord Ganesh.
I have come to see how so much happens from meditation, even though it may not look like much is happening. Now, every time I meditate, I feel that it is helping me to offer seva
in better ways.
Thank you, Gurumayi. I am grateful for this insight and this experience of how meditation supports me in offering seva
a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA
Two things stood out for me as I read this account of the manifestation of the great scripture, the Mahabharata
The first was the word “stamina.” As I read this word, I immediately noticed a renewal of my own sense of stamina and of my commitment to pursue sadhana
to its ultimate fruit, the state of the Self.
The second was Lord Ganesh's selfless act. I saw so clearly the transformative nature of selfless action—how powerful and how catalytic selfless action is for all. What a beautiful offering it is to do something in true service.
Thank you to everyone who performs a pure action, however seemingly small, whether seen or unseen, and wherever you may be. You support my sadhana
in unfathomable ways. I am grateful to you.
a Siddha Yogi from Castlemaine, Australia
What a revelation! In scribing the Mahabharata
, Lord Ganesh himself was offering seva
with the sage Vyasa. In seva
, Ganesh served with his intelligence and understanding, he fulfilled dharma
, offered his commitment, and gave his full focus—the ultimate example of performing seva
. This is so inspiring.
a Siddha Yogi from Toronto, Canada