Shree Ganapatyatharvashirshopanishad

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Listen to this wonderful Ganapati Mantra

“…Hindu worship is truly democratic in spirit. One can choose the form of the Lord suitable to one’s own disposition from among the forms presented by the Vedic sages. One of the most important and popular of these forms is Ganapati.
The Lord is called Siva, the auspicious, since for the devotee, the Lord alone is auspicious and sacred. The creative faculty, or the infinite power of the Lord is Sakti, also called Parvati in the Puranas. Ganapati is the offspring of Siva and Sakti, a combination of the attribute-less Brahman and the power that is the origin of the universe. Thus, Ganapati is the saguna (with attributes) Brahman.
Etymologically, Ganapati means the Lord of the groups. In this creation, all living beings exist and thrive in groups, each of these groups being a gana. This psychology of living in groups equally applies to the gods, the humans and other life forms. All these groups exist in one Supreme Reality, the Brahman. That is why It is called Ganapati – the Supreme Lord of the ganas.”
From the book Ganapati Upanisad by Shree Svami Tattvavidananda Sarasvati

 

Ganapati Atharvasirsa Upanisad

Oh, Gods! May we hear with our ears what is auspicious. While engaged in ritual worship, may our eyes see only auspicious things. While praising the gods with steady limbs and healthy bodies, may we wisely use the term of life allotted to us by them. May Lord Indra of ancient fame bless us. May the supremely rich Pusan, the omniscient, be propitious towards us. May Garuda, the thunder-bolt to adversity, be well-disposed towards us. May the Lord Brhaspati ensure our welfare. Om Peace Peace Peace

Oh, Lord Ganesa! I honor You with my deepest reverence. You are Lord and protector of all manifest countable things. You alone are the Reality of everything made manifest before us. From You alone the universe is made manifest. You alone sustain the universe. You alone are the all-devouring supreme Lord of the universe. You are Brahman appearing as all names, forms and functions. You are the immediate, time-less ‘I-am’ – atma. 1
May Vedic wisdom and the universal values of the sastra be well established in me. May I maintain a disciplined, daily practice of Vedic wisdom and the universal values of the sastra.    2
Protect me. Protect the teacher who describes your attribute-less attributes to me. Protect all who attain the knowledge of your quality-less qualities. Protect all disciples who thirst for the knowledge of your non-dual one-ness. Protect me from all obstacles that may obstruct my ability to gain that knowledge. Protect me from all adversity that may manifest from the east, the west, the north, the south, from above and from below. Protect me from all obstacles that may arise from any direction and in all possible ways.    3
The power of speech is You. You alone are absolute-existence and limitless- consciousness. You are boundless-fullness; one without a second. You are all that is sacred (perfect in its imperfection and imperfect in its perfection, while being neither perfect nor imperfect). You are infinite-knowledge; the source of all existence in the manifest universe.    4
From You the universe is made manifest. Because of You the universe is sustained. By You the universe is consumed – resolving unto You. Earth, waters, fire, air and space are You. You are and transcend the four measures of speech. 5
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You are uninvolved and unaffected by three gunas (sattva, rajas and tamas). You are in and through the three states of experience; (waking, dream and deep-sleep). You transcend the three material bodies; (gross, subtle and causal). You are uninvolved and unaffected by past, present and future (the three states of time). You are infinite-support, made manifest in the muladhara (root) cakra. You are the sacred trinity of creation; (manifesting, sustaining and destroying…while never manifesting, sustaining nor destroying). Yogis always meditate on you. You are Brahman, the creator; Visnu, the sustainer; Siva, the consumer. You are Rudra and Indra. You are Lord of the three fields of experience; bhuh, bhuvah and suvah. You are Agni – fire; Vayu – air; Surya – sun; Candra – moon. You are both imminent and transcendent. 6
‘Ga’ is the first utterance combined with the first vowel; following that, the anusvara ‘m’, which is indicated by the half-moon. This utterance is potentiated by first chanting the sacred sound om. This is the mantra; ‘g’ manifesting, ‘a’ sustaining and ‘m’ resolving. The last sound is strengthened and nasalized by the bindu, which is stretched and sustained into nada, uniting all the sounds of the mantra. When the mantra is chanted correctly, all these sounds flow, one into the other – samghita.
This is the vidya of Lord Ganesa. Ganaka is the Rsi; nicrd-gayatri the meter; Shree Mahaganapati the devata. Om gam ganapataye namaha! My deepest salutations to you, Ganesha. 7
Meditate on the single-tusked Lord with the curvilinear trunk. May the Lord Ganapati inspire us to seek knowledge. 8
I salute the Lord who has one tusk and four hands; His upper right wields a lasso; His upper left holds a goad; His lower left carries His broken tusk; His lower right blesses us with fearlessness. The mouse on His gonfalon is His vehicle. He is blood-red in color – huge-bellied in frame. His elephantine ears are shaped like winnowing baskets and He dons crimson vestures. He is anointed with vermillion sandalwood paste and is garlanded with scarlet flowers. He eternally blesses His devotees; existent before manifestation of the seen and unseen universe, yet beyond ‘creation’ and ‘manifestation’; ever creating and manifesting. The one who constantly meditates on Him is a supreme yogi; a true seeker. 9
Prostrations to You – leader of all deities, countable things and all beings. Prostrations to You – the commanding general of Lord Siva’s armies. Prostrations to You – the big-bellied one with the single tusk. Prostrations to You – the destroyer of all obstacles; the son of Siva. Prostrations to You – the divine Lord who grants boons. We bow to You, reciting Your names.    10
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Oh, Gods! May we hear with our ears what is auspicious. While engaged in ritual worship, may our eyes see only auspicious things. While praising the gods with steady limbs and healthy bodies, may we wisely use the term of life allotted to us by them. May Lord Indra of ancient fame bless us. May the supremely rich Pusan, the omniscient, be propitious towards us. May Garuda, the thunder-bolt to adversity, be well-disposed towards us. May the Lord Brhaspati ensure our welfare. Om Peace Peace Peace
Here ends the Ganapati Upanisad, found at the end portion of the Atharva-Veda.*
* Free (not word for word) translation by Swami Vagishananda Saraswati with reference to the book ‘Ganapati Upanishad’ by Shree Swami Tattvavidananda. The editors wish to thank Swami Tattvavidananda for his boundless generosity in allowing the use of direct quotes and supporting references to be taken from his book for use in this booklet.

Chanted by Sharada Devi, the chantresse offers her most profound gratitude and pranamas to her revered teachers, the teaching and the whole sampradaya.
Om shree gurubhyo namaha
Om sad guro saranam
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