Jay Shri Ganesh

A Gallery in Celebration of Shri Ganesh Utsava 2018

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Usually I think of a protector as a warrior—fierce and physically strong. For me, however, the images of Ganesh, with his endearing face and the round body of a chubby child, are not like this.
From my point of view, Ganesh’s visage exudes sweetness, generosity, and kindness. I am beginning to think that perhaps these gentle qualities and benevolent virtues are a greater protection than I’ve realized.
During this celebration of Ganesh Utsava, I intend to contemplate and practice these virtues that Shri Ganesh so beautifully communicates to me.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, United States

As I visited each image here in what felt like satsang with Lord Ganesh, I had a remarkable experience. I felt waves of energy rise from my base up through my center channel to my head and then exit with a little sizzle. I accept this as a most treasured gift at this auspicious time.
I offer deep bows to you, Gurumayi, for your love.

a Siddha Yogi from California, United States

I have participated in the celebration of Ganesh Utsava for many years, but with limited understanding. Because of this, I was not able to truly enjoy this great festival—I was only focused on the outer forms and superficial activities. But after reading about Ganesh Utsava on the Siddha Yoga path website, my mind has been opened to a deeper understanding, and I feel as if a blockage has been released from my heart. For me, this gallery is not just providing information, but also a true experience.

a Siddha Yogi from Navsari, India

The images in honor of Shri Ganesh Utsava are breathtaking. This morning, as each image in this gallery unfolded, I felt a deep sense of awe and peacefulness embracing me.
Now, I am captivated by the image of Ganesh’s abhayamudra, the gesture of fearlessness. I feel that I am contained within the vast expansiveness of his form and that in the palms of my hands he has placed a sweet ladu, a reminder of all the love and wisdom that Gurumayi has shared with each of us.
The day has begun so auspiciously.

 a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom

When I opened this wonderful gallery with the venerable presence of Lord Ganesh, I felt I should observe each image very carefully.  I even enlarged the photos in order to observe every detail, especially the beautiful and sacred eyes of Lord Ganesh. While I was doing this, my thoughts vanished and my breathing became very peaceful. I felt I was in the same space and time of each photo. I felt that I was having the darshan of Lord Ganesh. Tears of love, devotion, and gratitude flowed from my eyes.

After this amazing experience, I could see the face, eyes, and body of Lord Ganesh at different moments and in various objects as I went through my day. I feel so blessed.

a Siddha Yogi from Cancun, Mexico

This beautiful gallery brought tears to my eyes, as I appreciated how praying to Shri Ganesh has been a source of strength for me. I used to pray to Ganesh as "remover of obstacles," thinking he would make my life easier.

Now I understand that he has helped me to see my own attachments and aversions, which are the real obstacles on my path!

a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA