Lord Ganesh, Scribe of the Mahabharata

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This story gives me so much strength and inspiration to be more constant and faithful to my seva and to my sadhana—to be strong and full of faith like Ganesh, when he served as the scribe for the Mahabharata.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Torino, Italy

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 with excellence.

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