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Ganesha Chaturthi

Ganesha, the obstacle remover

Ganesha = Gana + isha = God/Leader of the deva gana (deva clan).

Vinayaka = Vina + nayaka = God/King of karma (vina or vinai means karma and nayaka means the king).

Ganesha Chaturthi, the birth of Lord Ganesha is celebrated on the 4th waxing tithi of Bhadrapada month (Āvani in solar calendar). It is a huge festival in India and in parts of the world where people celebrate it by buying the idol of Ganesha to do puja for 3 to 10 days at home or in a temple then immerse the idol in a river, lake or sea.

He’s the Adhipati (leader) of the devas, also called Gana Adhipati (Ganadhipati or Ganapati), the overlord of all the planets in vedic astrology. Lord Ganesha gives you the strength and endurance to face tough times. Worshipping Ganesha will make you see through obstacles. In the Pranav mantra “AUM”, Ganesha represents the letter “U” (pronounced as vu). “U” represents the preservation among Tri-Shakti (creation, preservation and dissolution). That’s why he’s been given the primary importance among all Gods and Goddesses. Worshipping Ganesha gives you the power of preservation as in "lasting longer" through Siddhi and Buddhi. Siddhi is the supernatural powers while Buddhi is the intelligence. There is a story in the purana that Lord Brahma started creating universe without worshipping Ganesha but he couldn’t create it properly. He then realised from God Vishnu that he has to worship Ganesha before doing any activity. So he went to worship Ganesha but Ganesha gulped him. Brahma was shocked as he thought he was under the wrath of Ganesha but he saw the entire universe already manifested inside Ganesha’s stomach. Ganesha then took him out and advised him to make it accordingly. This story tells us the importance of Ganesha worship. In other words, worshipping Ganesha should be the first act in any activity.

Ganesh resides in the Mooladhara Chakra (Root Chakra) and Ajna Chakra (3rd eye). Since Chakra principle is believed across the world for ages, we see Ganesha idols everywhere from America to Japan (from Mayans to Buddhists).

Ganesha: the mooladhara and ajna chakra

The tip of coccyx is the mooladhara and the pineal gland is the ajna

Ganesha Chaturthi: an enthusiastic festival

People will get the energy from God knows where to dance in front of everyone. Ganesha brings that out of them i suppose, it also binds the people together regardless of the societal, cultural, religious or ethnic differences. I’ve seen in India and South East Asia where people from other religions also get involved in it due to their enthusiasm. Lord Ganesha is a child among Gods so worshipping him is easy and simple and in fact the best way to approach the holy realm of Gods and Goddesses. For example, befriend a kid to befriend their parents easily. Likewise befriending (worshipping) Ganesha will bring everything at your disposal. Puranas say that even Tri-murtis (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) worship Ganesha first.

Ganesha numbers and astrological significance

Lord Ganesha is cool, funny and sarcastic (based on the stories), he took numbers 4, 6 and 9 to teach us about the universe. Thus, numbers 4, 6 and 9 are nothing but Ganesha himself.

Number 4 resembles the first stage of creation

  • the Chaturthi, connected to Moola nakshatra, the black hole,

  • the Chatur Mukha (Brahma, creator God with four heads),

  • the Chatur Veda (rig, yajur, sama and atharva),

  • the Chatur Disha (4 main directions),

  • the Chatur Yuga (satya yuga, treta yuga, dwapar yuga and kal yuga),

  • the Chatur Upayasa (art of diplomacy likely sama, dana bheda, dandam),

  • the Chatur Guna (sattva, rajas, tamas and sandhi),

  • the Chatur Ashrama (4 stages of life namely brahmacharya, grihastha, vanaprastha and sannyasa)

  • the 4th house of heart, home and the mother's womb

Number 6 resembles the next stage of creation i.e., preservation. It denotes everything (materials) that helps running the universe. Everything, in other words, the obstacles aka prarabdha karma due to which we're bound to this universe. The planets, nakshatras and the rashi in the 6th house will show what's blocking you from reaching your highest potential. Only by overcoming your obstacles you can reach it, in other words, your obstacles are what showing you who you are. So you need 6th house to reach the highest stage (it’s a duo, works based on the principle of cause and effect i’ve explained before). It’ll make you work repeatedly and consistently so that you’ll gain the comfort in life, the 4th house (11th from 6th). 6th also shows your cognitive skills, critical thinking and problem solving abilities, its where you sit and contemplate. These abilities are what separates us from animals.

Number 6 is

  • the Shashti tithi ruled by Venus (the planet of love and beauty aka the attachments that binds us to live more and create more karma),

  • the 6 senses (to be a human),

  • the Shadripu (the 6 fundamental tenets of kali yuga namely kama, krodha, lobha, moha, mada, matsarya),

  • the 6 tastes (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent),

  • the 6 krittikas (the foster mothers of Lord Kartikeya, the representation of 6 types of dualities of the universe)

  • the 6 Disha (4 main directions denoting this world with upside and downside denoting the upper and lower worlds)

  • the 6th chakra, 3rd eye (pineal gland),

  • 6th house is 3rd from 4th (the efforts, skills and the outcome of 4th).

Number 9 resembles the third stage of creation i.e., dissolution/destruction. It denotes the last stage of creation that is dissolution, however dissolution is not the end, rather a transformation. It has two stages namely obscuration and revealment. Obscuration means hiding the true nature of the universe i.e., maya, so that souls will take birth time and again. Once the soul gets tired of this illusion it tends to finish its pending karma to get revealed by God finally (revelation). So number 9 consists the energy of all three stages you read above.

Number 9 is

  • the law and justice (dharma), virtue and fortune (bhagya),

  • ruled by Mars, born to destroy adharma and re-establish dharma,

  • the Nava Grahas: Nine planets to make us enjoy this maya and to take us out of it,

  • the Navadwara: Nine openings of the human body to discharge wastes and gather knowledge,

  • the 9 Avatars of God Vishnu, who reincarnated nine times to to teach us the way of life,

  • the Guru who teaches us both how to live and how to let go,

  • the Navarasa: Nine emotions (love, laughter, compassion, anger, courage, terror, disgust, surprise and peace/tranquility),

  • the Navaratri: Nine nights of Goddess Durga who destroyed the asura to re-establish dharma

The connection between 4, 6 and 9 is that, 9th house is 4th from 6th house (the heart of 6th), so you need a strong 9th house to steer through your obstacles. 6th house is your attachment to materialism, the material world is 8th house and the gains of 8th house is 6th house (11th from 8th). It means your obstacles are due to your own attachment, so to reduce your obstacles you need to carefully untie the knot of attachment bit by bit. Number 6 is the inversion of 9 and vice versa. From 6 you can easily jump to 9 which cannot be done by any other number. They both are the children of the same mother.

The following image shows the attachment of 6 and 9 and its significance in the universe. 6 and 9 are also the figures of Ganesha.

6th house denotes the inward spiral that starts from one arm (single attachment), then goes deep to become black hole (deep attachments), its the matrix and the entanglement we talk about in physics. 9th house is the outward spiral which brings you out of the black hole, its where you thrive from and strive your way out of chaos. It is clearly represented by Sagittarius (Moola, the black hole) and Pisces (universe itself). If you start from Cancer, the natural 4th zodiac (symbol is 69), then Sagittarius becomes the 6th and Pisces becomes the 9th. All are infact Jupiter's domain (exalted in Cancer and ruling both Sagittarius and Pisces).

Everything you enjoy today, the comfort of watching a web series while sitting on your couch, having a view of the sunset from your beach house, driving a Maserati on Riviera everything comes from here. Its indeed the 6th house that makes you reach your highest potential (and not just in material pursuit).

Ganesha: God of all beginnings and endings, God of the obstacles and remover of the obstacles, the Moola tattva (the primordial energy).

Worshipping Ganesha and chanting the mantra “Om Gan Ganapataye Namaha” before you pursue your daily routines is beneficial. Ganesha is an extremely simplistic God. To show the simplicity, the classics say that you can worship him by making his idol even from Cow dung and Bermuda grass (Arugampul). Dung is considered as the lowest of all non-living things and grass is considered as the the lowest of all living things. This is practiced till date in Tamilnadu, India.

| Om Ganeshaya Namah | ஓம் கணேஷாய நமஹ | ॐ गणेशाय नमः |

You can also perform the Ganesha Mudra with your hands for six times daily while sitting in a lotus posture for a better metabolism (6th house rules the digestive system).

Moola nakshatra is also associated with Mooladhara chakra and Chaturthi tithi. Its super beneficial for Moola natives to worship Lord Ganesha as Moola is also a Gandanta nakshatra. Apart from this, nakshatras like Ashwini, Bharani, Magha, Purva Phalguni, Purva and Uttara Ashadha and Revati are also strongly associated with Lord Ganesha.


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