Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-7. Part -13.

YOUNG SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

Chapter 7: Lord Ganesa – The Remover of Obstacles -13.

A person becomes smaller and smaller as he approaches God, just as a candle flame becomes dimmer and dimmer as it goes nearer and nearer to the sun; and just before the sun, it is not there.

We cannot even see its existence.

It vanishes.

Likewise, when we approach God we become smaller and smaller, humbler and humbler, littler and littler, until we become nothing.

In this nothingness, we will find God Himself filling us.

When there is total emptiness created by an abolition of ourselves, in this emptiness or vacuum created, God fills it Himself.

"Empty thyself and I shall fill thee."


The Mahaganapati Purana, the Ganapati Atharvasirsha Upanishad, the Ganesa Gita and several anecdotes occurring in the Mahabharata and the other Puranas glorify this aspect of the Supreme Almighty which requires our submission at His feet and expects us to recognise Him as the sole power that can remove all obstacles on the path of the spiritual seeker towards the attainment of Godhead.

This seems to be a part of the meaning hidden behind the holy worship of Bhagavan Ganapati or Sri Ganesa or Mahaganapati.

A dread enters our minds when we think of His Name on account of the feeling that any displeasure on His part may be doom to us.

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued  ...


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