God

The Gods of the Sun

Because we are working on utilizing the power of the sun, I thought it might be interesting to share a list of solar deities. In my research for this post, I happened on to a translation of a very old Sumarian manuscript, this is one of the proverbs:

A man without a personal god does not procure much food, does not procure even a little food. Going down to the river, he does not catch any fish. Going down to a field, he does not catch any gazelle. In important matters he is unsuccessful. When running, he does not reach his goal. Yet were his god favourable toward him, anything he might name would be provided for him.

Who Are The Solar Deities?

A solar deity is a god or goddess who represents the Sun, or an aspect of it, usually by its perceived power and strength. Solar deities and sun worship can be found throughout most of recorded history in various forms.
The following is a list of solar deities found on wikipedia, the links to each one will take you to a wikipedia page about them. Enjoy!

African mythology

  • Anyanwu, Igbo god believed to dwell in the sun
  • Magec, Tenerife goddess of the sun and light
  • Mawu, Dahomey goddess associated with the sun and the moon
  • Ngai, Kamba, Kikuyu and Maasai god of the sun

Armenian mythology 

  • Ar, Arev, the sun god with its people as “children of the sun”

Australian Aboriginal mythology 

  • Bila, cannibal sun goddess of the Adnyamathanha
  • Gnowee, solar goddess who searches daily for her lost son; the light of her torch is the sun
  • Wala, solar goddess
  • Wuriupranili, solar goddess whose torch is the sun
  • YhiKarraur goddess of the sun, light and creation

Ainu mythology 

  • Chup Kamui, a lunar goddess who switched places with her brother to become goddess of the sun

Arabian mythology 

  • Malakbel, god of the sun
  • Shams/Shamsun, a solar goddess exalted in Himyar and by the Sabaeans.

Aztec mythology 

Baltic mythology

Basque mythology

  • Ekhi, goddess of the sun and protector of humanity

Brazilian mythology

  • Guaraci, god of the sun
  • Meri, folk hero and god of the sun

Buddhist mythology

  • Marici, goddess of the heavens, sun, and light
  • Surya, god of the sun (Suriya Pariththa, Suthra Pitaka, Pali canon, Theravada Buddhism)

Canaanite mythology

Celtic mythology

  • Áine, Irish goddess of love, summer, wealth, and sovereignty, associated with the sun and midsummer
  • Alaunus, Gaulish god of the sun, healing, and prophecy
  • Belenos, Gaulish god of the sun
  • Étaín, Irish sun goddess
  • Epona, horse deity occasionally linked with Étaín
  • Grannus, god associated with spas, healing thermal and mineral springs, and the sun
  • Macha, “sun of the womanfolk” and occasionally considered synonymous with Grian
  • Olwen, female figure often constructed as originally the Welsh sun goddess
  • Sulis, British goddess whose name is related to the common Proto-Indo-European word for “sun” and thus cognate with HeliosSólSol, and Surya and who retains solar imagery, as well as a domain over healing and thermal springs. Probably the de facto solar deity of the Celts.

Chinese mythology

  • Doumu, sun goddess sometimes conflated with Marici.
  • Xi He, sun goddess and mother of the ten suns
  • Yu Yi, god that carries the sun across the sky
  • Xu Kai, god of the sun star

Egyptian mythology

  • Amun, creator deity sometimes identified as a sun god
  • Aten, god of the sun, the visible disc of the sun
  • Atum, the “finisher of the world” who represents the sun as it sets
  • Bast, cat goddess associated with the sun
  • Horus, god of the sky whose right eye was considered to be the sun and his left the moon
  • Ptah, god of craftsmanship, the arts, and fertility, sometimes said to represent the sun at night
  • Ra, god of the sun
  • Sekhmet, goddess of war and of the sun, sometimes also plagues and creator of the desert
  • Sopdu, god of war and the scorching heat of the summer sun

Elamite 

Etruscan mythology

Finnish mythology

Germanic mythology

  • Sól/Sunna/Sunne, the common sun goddess among the Germanic tribes, from Proto-Germanic Sōwilō; was chased across the sky in her horse-drawn chariot by a wolf

Greek mythology

  • Alectrona, speculated to be the goddess of the morning and man’s waking sense, daughter of Helios
  • Apollo, god of light, healing, music and prophecy. His most common epithet was Phoebus (“Radiant”), and eventually he replaced Helios as the sun god, particularly during Hellenistic and Roman times.
  • Athena, goddess of wisdom and crafts, with solar deity characteristics
  • Eos, goddess and personification of dawn
  • Helios, Titan god and personification of the sun and sight, he drove across the sky in a chariot

Hindu mythology

  • Aryaman, god of the midday sun
  • Savitr, god of the sun at sunrise and sunset
  • Surya, the sun god, rides across the sky in a horse-drawn chariot ala Helios and Sol
  • Aruna, charioteer of Surya, god of the morning sun.
  • Tapati, sun goddess.

Hittite mythology

Incan mythology

  • Inti, god of the sun and patron deity of the Inca Empire
  • Ch’aska (“Venus”) or Ch’aska Quyllur (“Venus star”) was the goddess of dawn and twilight, the planet

Inuit mythology

  • Akycha, sun goddess worshiped in Alaska
  • Malina, goddess of the sun found most commonly in the legends of Greenland

Japanese mythology

Lusitanian mythology

  • Endovelicus, god of health and safety, worshiped both as a solar deity and a chthonic one
  • Neto, claimed to be both a solar and war deity
  • A possible sun goddess, whose cult has become that of Virgin Mary Nossa Senhora de Antime.

Māori mythology

Maya mythology

  • Ah Kin, god of the sun, bringer of doubt, and protector against the evils associated with darkness
  • Hunahpu, one of the Maya Hero Twins; he transformed into the sun while his brother transformed into the moon
  • Kinich Ahau, god of the sun

Mesopotamian mythology

  • Shamash, Akkadian god of the sun and justice
  • Utu, Sumerian god of the sun and justice

Minoan mythology

Muisca mythology

  • Sué, god of the sun and husband of Chía, the moon

Native American mythology

  • Jóhonaaʼéí, the Navajo sun god, known as The One Who Rules the Day
  • Kisosen, the Abenaki solar deity, an eagle whose wings opened to create the day and closed to cause the nighttime
  • Napioa, the Blackfoot deity of the sun
  • Tawa, the Hopi creator and god of the sun
  • Wi, Lakota god of the sun

Roman mythology

  • Aurora, goddess of dawn
  • Sol, god of the sun, rides in a horse-drawn chariot

Sami mythology

  • Beiwe, goddess of the sun, spring, fertility, and sanity

Scythian religion

  • Tabiti, ancient iranian goddess possibly connected with the sun.

Slavic mythology

Tocharian 

  • A “sun deity” (kaum näkte),possibly a goddess.

Turkic mythology

  • Gun Ana, common Turkic solar deity, seen as a goddess in the Kazakh and Kyrgyz traditions
  • Koyash, god of the sun

Persian mythology

Zunism

  • The Zunbil dynasty and the subjects of Zabulistan worshiped the sun, which they called Zun. They believed that the sun was the god of justice, the force of good in the world and, consequently, the being that drove out the darkness and allowed man to live another day.

A Tremendous Force

Surely, there must be a tremendous Force, Power, Being or Presence, which has brought forth the sunlight, the rain, or the snow of this day. There is a Something operating invisibly in this universe, sending forth all this glory into expression, a glory of which I am a part, for I, too, have been sent into expression by That which sent forth the flowers and the trees, the birds, and all that is.

I am one with all life. And just as this invisible Force is pouring sunshine into the room, so it is pouring life and being into me, and through me: intelligence, wisdom, guidance, direction, love, care, and protection. All of these are flowing in and through me.

~Joel Goldsmith

The 108 Names of Surya

The oldest surviving Vedic hymns mention Sūrya with particular reverence for the “rising sun” and its symbolism as dispeller of darkness, one who empowers knowledge, the good and all life.

The Mahabharata epic opens its chapter on Surya that reverentially refers to him as the “eye of the universe,” soul of all existence, origin of all life, goal of the Samkhyas and Yogis, and symbol  of freedom and spiritual emancipation.

Interestingly, Surya’s synonym Ravi is the root of the word ‘Ravivara‘ or Sunday in the Hindu calendar. In both Indian and Greek-Roman nomenclature for days of the week, the Sunday is dedicated to the Sun.

From The Mahabharata:

The Sun, which is the representation of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna, is known by 108 names.

These are the hundred and eight names of Surya of immeasurable energy, as told by the Brahma. These names were disclosed of old by Lord Brahma, the self created, to the illustrious Sakra, and from Sakra to Narada, and from Narada to Dhaumya, and from Dhaumya to the sons of Pritha, the Pandavas.

For the acquisition of prosperity, I bow down to thee, O Bhaskara, blazing like unto gold or fire, who is worshipped of the gods and the Pitris and the Yakshas, and who is adored by Asuras, Nisacharas, and Sidhas.

Dhaumya said to Yudhistira:

Aruna, Sharanya, Karuna-rasa-sindhu, Asmanabala, Arta-rakshaka, Aditya, Adibhuta, Akhila-gamavedin, Achyuta, Akhilagya, Ananta, Ina, Vishvarupa, Ijya, Indra, Bhanu, Indriramandirapta, Vandaniya, Isha, Suprasanna, Sushila, Suvarchas, Vasuprada, Vasu, Vasudeva, Ujjaval, Ugrarupa, Urdhvaga, Vivasvat, Udhatkiranajala, Hrishikesha, Urjasvala, Vira, Nirjara, Jaya, Urudvaya-bhavaroopayukta-sarathi, Rishivandya, Rugghantr, Rikshachakrachara, Rijusva-bhavachitta, Nityastutya, Rikaramatrikavarnarupa, Ujjvalatejas, Rikshadhinathamitra, Pushkaraksha, Luptadanta, Shanta, Kantida, Ghana, Kanatkanaka-bhusha, Khadyota, Lunitakhila-daitya, Satyananda-svarupin, Apavarga-prada, Arta-sharanya, Ekakin, Bhagavat, Srishti-sthityantakarin, Gunatman, Ghrinibhrit, Brihat, Brahman, Eshvaryada, Sharva, Haridashva, Shauri, Dashadiksam-prakasha, Bhakta-vashya, Ojaskara, Jayin, Jagadanandahetu, Janma-mrityu-jara-vyadhi-varjita, Uchchasthana samarudha-rathastha, Asurari, Kamaniyakara, Abjavallabha, Antarbahih prakasha, Achintya, Atmarupin, Achyuta, Amaresha, Para Jyotish, Ahaskara, Ravi, Hari, Paramatman, Taruna, Varenya, Grahanam Pati, Bhaskara, Adimadhyantarahita, Saukhyaprada, Sakalajagatam Pati, Surya, Kavi, Narayana, Paresha, Tejorupa, Hiranyagarbha, Sampatkara, Aem Istarthada, Am Suprasanna, Shrimat, Shreyas, Saukhyadayin, Diptamurti, Nikhilagamavedya, Nityananda

Whoever with fixed attention recited this hymn at sunrise, obtaineth wife and offspring and riches and the memory of his former existence, and by reciting this hymn a person attaineth patience and memory. Let a man concentrating his mind, recite this hymn. By doing so, he shall be proofed against grief and forest-fire and ocean and every object of desire shall be his.

And a person, male or female, that recited this hymn every day in the two twilights (sunrise and sunset) his mind concentrated with ascetic abstraction, obtained every boon he desired, however difficult it may be that he ask for. If he is overtaken by danger, he is delivered from it; and if bound, he is freed from the bonds.

The Names as Mantras:

Here is a list of the 108 names in the form of a mantra along with the meaning. They can be used individually as a mantra practice, or you could recite them all as a long meditation. I especially love #30. When read aloud, in English, this makes an awesome invocation to the Sun!

  • 1. Om Arunaya Namah
    Adoration to the Reddish Brown one.
  • 2. Om Sharanyaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Who Provides Refuge
  • 3. Om Karunarasasindhve Namah
    Adoration to The Ocean of the Sentiment of Compassion
  • 4. Om Asamanabalaya Namah
    Adoration to The One of Unequalled Strength.
  • 5. Om Artarakshakaya Namah
    Adoration to The Protector from Suffering
  • 6. Om Adityaya Namah
    Adoration to The Sun or The Son of Aditi
  • 7. Om Adibhutaya Namah
    Adoration to The First Being
  • 8. Om Akhilagamavedine Namah
    Adoration to The Knower of All Scriptures
  • 9. Om Achyutaya Namah
    Adoration to Imperishable, The Steady One
  • 10. Om Akhilajnaya Namah
    Adoration to The Knower of Everything
  • 11. Om Anantaya Namah
    Adoration to The Unbounded One
  • 12. Om Inaya Namah
    Adoration to The Strong One
  • 13. Om Vishvarupaya Namah
    Adoration to The One with an All Pervading Form
  • 14. Om Ijyaya Namah
    Adoration to The One to be Revered
  • 15. Om Indraya Namah
    Adoration to Leader of the Gods
  • 16. Om Bhanave Namah
    Adoration to The Bright One
  • 17. Om Indiramandiraptaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Who has Gained the Abode of Indira (Lakshmi)
  • 18. Om Vandaniyaya Namah
    Adoration to The Praiseworthy One
  • 19. Om Ishaya Namah
    Adoration to The Lord
  • 20. Om Suprasannaya Namah
    Adoration to The Very Bright One
  • 21. Om Sushilaya Namah
    Adoration to The Good-Natured One
  • 22. Om Suvarchase Namah
    Adoration to The Brilliant One
  • 23. Om Vasupradaya Namah
    Adoration to The Bestower of wealth
  • 24. Om Vasave Namah
    Adoration to The Deva (The Excellent One)
  • 25. Om Vasudevaya Namah
    Adoration to Krishna
  • 26. Om Ujjvala Namah
    Adoration to The Blazing One
  • 27. Om Ugrarupaya Namah
    Adoration to The One with a Fierce Form
  • 28. Om Urdhvagaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Who Rises Up
  • 29. Om Vivasvate Namah
    Adoration to The One Who Shines Forth
  • 30. Om Udyatkiranajalaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Who Produces a Lattice of Rising Beams of Light
  • 31. Om Hrishikeshaya Namah
    Adoration to Lord of the Senses
  • 32. Om Urjasvalaya Namah
    Adoration to The Mighty One
  • 33. Om Viraya Namah
    Adoration to The Brave One
  • 34. Om Nirjaraya Namah
    Adoration to The Imperishable One
  • 35. Om Jayaya Namah
    Adoration to The Victorious One
  • 36. Om Urudvayabhavarupayuktasarathaye Namah
    Adoration to The One Whose Charioteer has a Form without a Pair of Thighs
  • 37. Om Rishivandyaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Worshipped by Rishis
  • 38. Om Rugghantre Namah
    Adoration to The Destroyer of Disease
  • 39. Om Rikshachakracharaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Who Moves Through the Wheel of Stars
  • 40. Om Rijusvabhavachittaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Whose Mind by Nature is Sincere
  • 41. Om Nityastutyaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Who is Fit to be Praised Always
  • 42. Om Rikaramatrikavarnarupaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Who has the Form of the Letter Rikara
  • 43. Om Ujjvalatejase Namah
    Adoration to The One with a Blazing Brilliance
  • 44. Om Rikshadhinathamitraya Namah
    Adoration to The Friend of the Lord of Stars (the Moon)
  • 45. Om Pushkarakshaya Namah
    Adoration to The Lotus-Eyed One
  • 46. Om Luptadantaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Whose Teeth are Lost
  • 47. Om Shantaya Namah
    Adoration to the one who is Pacified, Calm
  • 48. Om Kantidaya Namah
    Adoration to The Bestower of Beauty
  • 49. Om Ghanaya Namah
    Adoration to The Destroyer
  • 50. Om Kanatkanakabhushaya Namah
    Adoration to The Brilliant Golden Ornament
  • 51. Om Khadyotaya Namah
    Adoration to The Light of the Sky
  • 52. Om Lunitakhiladaityaya Namah
    Adoration to The Destroyer of All Demons
  • 53. Om Satyanandasvarupine Namah
    Adoration to The One Whose Nature is True Bliss
  • 54. Om Apavargapradaya Namah
    Adoration to The Bestower of Liberation
  • 55. Om Artasharanyaya Namah
    Adoration to The Provider of Shelter to the Distressed
  • 56. Om Ekakine Namah
    Adoration to The solitary One
  • 57. Om Bhagawate Namah
    Adoration to The Divine One
  • 58. Om Srishtisthityantakarine Namah
    Adoration to The One Who Makes the Creation, Maintenance, and End
  • 59. Om Gunatmane Namah
    Adoration to The One with Qualities
  • 60. Om Ghrinibhrite Namah
    Adoration to The One Who Possesses Light
  • 61. Om Brihate Namah
    Adoration to The Great One
  • 62. Om Brahmane Namah
    Adoration to The Eternal Brahman
  • 63. Om Aishwaryadaya Namah
    Adoration to The Bestower of Power
  • 64. Om Sharvaya Namah
    Adoration to The One that Injures
  • 65. Om Haridashwaya Namah
    Adoration to The One with Tawny Horses
  • 66. Om Shauraye Namah
    Adoration to The Heroic One
  • 67. Om Dashadiksamprakashaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Who Shines in Ten Directions
  • 68. Om Bhaktavashyaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Who is Attentive to the Devotees
  • 69. Om Ojaskaraya Namah
    Adoration to The Maker of Power
  • 70. Om Jayine Namah
    Adoration to The victorious One
  • 71. Om Jagadanandahetave Namah
    Adoration to The Cause of Joy for the World
  • 72. Om Janmamrityujaravyadhivarjitaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Who is Free from Birth, Death, Old Age, Suffering, etc
  • 73. Om Uchchasthana Samarudharathasthaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Established in a Chariot that Moves with Lofty Steps
  • 74. Om Asuraraye Namah
    Adoration to The Enemy of the Demons
  • 75. Om Kamaniyakaraya Namah
    Adoration to The Fulfiller of Desires
  • 76. Om Abjavallabhaya Namah
    Adoration to The Most Beloved of Abja (Dhanvantari)
  • 77. Om Antarbahih Prakashaya Namah
    Adoration to The One with Inner and Outer Brilliance
  • 78. Om Achintyaya Namah
    Adoration to The Inconceivable One
  • 79. Om Atmarupine Namah
    Adoration to The Form of Atman
  • 80. Om Achyutaya Namah
    Adoration to The Imperishable One
  • 81. Om Amareshaya Namah
    Adoration to The Lord of Immortals
  • 82. Om Parasmai Jyotishe Namah
    Adoration to The Supreme Light
  • 83. Om Ahaskaraya Namah
    Adoration to The Maker of the Day
  • 84. Om Ravaye Namah
    Adoration to The One Who Roars
  • 85. Om Haraye Namah
    Adoration to The Remover (of Sin)
  • 86. Om Paramatmane Namah
    Adoration to The Supreme Being
  • 87. Om Tarunaya Namah
    Adoration to The Youthful One
  • 88. Om Varenyaya Namah
    Adoration to The Most Excellent One
  • 89. Om Grahanampataye Namah
    Adoration to The Lord of Planets
  • 90. Om Bhaskaraya Namah
    Adoration to The Maker of Light
  • 91. Om Adimadhyantarahitaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Who is Solitary in the Beginning, Middle, and End
  • 92. Om Saukhyapradaya Namah
    Adoration to The Bestower of Happiness
  • 93. Om Sakalajagatampataye Namah
    Adoration to The Lord of All Worlds
  • 94. Om Suryaya Namah
    Adoration to The Powerful One, or The Brilliant One
  • 95. Om Kavaye Namah
    Adoration to The Wise One
  • 96. Om Narayanaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Whom Men Approach
  • 97. Om Pareshaya Namah
    Adoration to The Highest Lord
  • 98. Om Tejorupaya Namah
    Adoration to The One with the Form of Fire
  • 99. Om Hiranyagarbhaya Namah
    Adoration to The Golden Source (of the Universe)
  • 100. Om Sampatkaraya Namah
    Adoration to The Maker of Success
  • 101. Om Aim Ishtarthadaya Namah
    Adoration to The Bestower of the Desired Object
  • 102. Om Am Suprasannaya Namah
    Adoration to The Very Bright One
  • 103. Om Shrimate Namah
    Adoration to The Glorious One
  • 104. Om Shreyase Namah
    Adoration to The Most Excellent One
  • 105. Om Saukhyadayine Namah
    Adoration to The Bestower of Enjoyments
  • 106. Om Diptamurtaye Namah
    Adoration to The One With a Blazing Form
  • 107. Om Nikhilagamavedyaya Namah
    Adoration to The Knower of All Scriptures
  • 108. Om Nityanandanaya Namah
    Adoration to The One Who is Always Blissful

 

Hymn To The Sun

Shamash was the Sun God of ancient Babylon. The prayer that follows is one of the longest and most beautiful of the hymns that have come down to us in cuneiform. I think this would make an awesome invocation, prayer, or meditation to greet the Sun as morning dawns.

 

Hail Shamash

You climb to the mountains surveying the earth,
You suspend from the heavens the circle of the lands.

You care for all the peoples of the lands,
And everything that Ea, king of the counselors, had created is entrusted to you.

Whatever has breath you shepherd without exception,
You are their keeper in upper and lower regions.

Regularly and without cease you traverse the heavens,
Every day you pass over the broad earth. . . .

Shepherd of that beneath, keeper of that above,
You, Shamash, direct, you are the light of everything.

You never fail to cross the wide expanse of sea,
The depth of which the Igigi know not.

Shamash, your glare reaches down to the abyss
So that monsters of the deep behold your light. . . .

Among all the Igigi there is none who toils but you,
None who is supreme like you in the whole pantheon of gods.

At your rising the gods of the land assemble,
Your fierce glare covers the land.

Of all the lands of varied speech,
You know their plans, you scan their way.

The whole of mankind bows to you,
Shamash, the universe longs for your light. . . .

Every single person is entrusted to your hands;
You manage their omens; that which is perplexing you make plain.

You observe, Shamash, prayer, supplication, and benediction,
Obeisance, kneeling, ritual murmurs, and prostration.

The feeble man calls you from the hollow of his mouth,
The humble, the weak, the afflicted, the poor,
She whose son is captive constantly and unceasingly confronts you.

He whose family is remote, whose city is distant,
The shepherd [amid) the terror of the steppe confronts you,
The herdsman in warfare, the keeper of sheep among enemies.

Shamash, there confronts you the caravan, those journeying in fear,
The travelling merchant, the agent who is carrying capital.

Shamash, there confronts you the fisherman with his net,
The hunter, the bowman who drives the game,
With his bird net the Fowler confronts You.

The prowling thief, the enemy of Shamash,
The marauder along the tracks of the steppe confronts you.

The roving dead, the vagrant soul,
They confront you, Shamash, and you hear all.

You do not obstruct those that confront you. . . .
For my sake, Shamash, do not curse them!

You grant revelations, Shamash, to the families of men,
Your harsh face and fierce light you give to them. . . .

The heavens are not enough as the vessel into which you gaze,
The sum of the lands is inadequate as a seer’s bowl…….

You deliver people surrounded by mighty waves,
In return you receive their pure, clear libations. . . .

They in their reverence laud the mention of you,
And worship your majesty for ever. . . .

Which are the mountains not clothed with your beams?
Which are the regions not warmed by the brightness of your light?

Brightener of gloom, illuminator of darkness,
Dispeller of darkness, illuminator of the broad earth.

Adopted By The Elephant God

If you are willing, and if you are wanting, the Lord Ganesha lifts you out of the fog of the materialistic conscious mind, establishing a connection and a relationship with you. This is a personal relationship with the Deity. There is nobody in between – just you and the God, Lord Ganesha.

It’s like being adopted in a way. If you were an orphan or abandoned on the streets of Sao Paolo or Madras, or on the streets of where ever there are little kids running around, you would be “free”. You could go through life listening to no one and exercising unrestricted free will, free instinctive will.

If you had a developed intellect, then you could exercise an intellectual will. You could do anything that you wanted to do, absolutely anything. Of course you would find that as you attempted to fulfill your desires, you were limited, sometimes prevented, by the natural forces within and without. But you could attempt anything.

If you were fortunate enough, foster parents might come along to help you. They would adopt you and take you into their home. Your new mother would begin to lovingly guide and direct your life. She would tell you, “You can play as you like in this room, but not in the others.” She is a wise mother and knows that you are accustomed to having your own way, so she lets you play freely within the confines of your own room.

But if she catches you playing in another room, she might say firmly, “You may play in your room, not here in this room.” You have lost your “free will” in being adopted by a mother and father, you are a part of their family now, and your well-being , your education, your training all now come under their will, to which you must adjust yourself and obey. They will watch over you and discipline you morning and night. They will protect you from getting into trouble with your “free will”.

It is the same when you evolve a relationship, a personal relationship with the Deity Lord Ganesha. He will not allow you to use your free will to get into difficulties. Guiding your carefully and protecting you along your way in your natural karma through life is His concern.

Little by little, slowly, imperceptibly a relationship evolves, a very personal, loving relationship, between the devotee and the elephant-faced God. Psychic protection is granted, physical protection, mental and emotional protection are all granted as boons by Him.

He will not allow His devotees to use their free, instinctive willfulness to make more kukarma by getting into difficulties. Rather, he will guide them carefully, protecting them every moment along the way so that their natural birth karmas may be worked through and sukarma created by right living. This is His main concern. Lord Ganesha loves and cares for His devotees. Once the devotee is connected to Him through the awakening of the muladhara chakra, loneliness is never experienced.

Ganesha is a truly wonderful, loving God. He has an extraordinary knack for unweaving complicated situations and making them simple. He can unweave his devotees from their karma, simplifying and purifying their lives. But this only happens after they have established a personal relationship with Him. Soon thereafter, changes begin to happen in their lives; and when they go through difficult times, they no longer become angry or live in fear or worry.

When difficult times come, they know it is because they are being unwound from accumulated and congested, difficult karmas or being turned in a new direction altogether. They know that at such a time they have to consciously surrender their free, instinctive willfulness and not fight the divine happenings, but allow the God’s divine will to guide their life. Such is the spiritual path of total surrender, know as prapatti.

from Loving Ganesa
by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

Another Ganesh Mantra

Ganesha Mantra Text

Aum
Gajananam Bhootganadhisevitam
Kapitthya Jamboo Phalcharu Bhakshanam
Namami Vighneshwar Padpankajam
Aum

Translation

Elephant-faced, worshiped by the existing beings, of all living beings,
tasting the elephant apple (kaith) and jambolana (jamun),
the son of Uma, destroyer of grief,
I bow to the lotus feet of Ganesha who is Lord of all.

Here’s a cool video…

Source:

I found this cool video and accompanying mantra at the Sanatan Society, a website that is chock full of information about Mantras, Ayurveda, Yoga, Tantra, Hindu Gods and a lot more.

Sixteen Names of Ganesha

If you recite and/or listen to these sixteen names at the beginning of studies, at the time of marriage, while entering or departing a place, or at the battle field, all your obstacles will be removed.

Sumukhascha Ekadanthascha
Kapilo Gajakarnakaha
Lambodarascha Vikato
Vighnaraajo Ganaadhipaa

Meaning: The various names and associated forms of God Ganesha are enumerated and need to be meditated upon here – the one with an auspicious face, the single tusked Lord, the one who is of red color, the one with the ears of an elephant, the one with a big stomach, the one with a jovial disposition, the controller of obstacles, the Lord of the Ganas.

Dhoomaketur Ganaadhyashah
Phaalachandro Gajaanana
Vakratundo Shoorpakarno
Heyrambho Skandapoorvajaha

Meaning: The one of smoke gray color, the leader of the ganas, the one who has moon in the front of his forehead, the elephant faced one, the one with a curved trunk (or broken tusk), the one with big (basket like) ears, the one who is heroic like a buffalo, the elder brother of Skanda (Skanda is another name for Lord Subrahmanya)

Shodashaitaani Namaani
Yah Pateth Srunuyaadapi
Vidyaarambhe Vivahe Cha
Praveshey Nirgamey Tatah
Sangraamey Sarva Kaaryeshu
Vighnas Tasya Na Jaayathe

Abheepsitaartha Siddhyartham
Poojitoya Surairapi
Sarva Vighna Chhido Tasmai
Sree Ganaadhipataye Namaha

Meaning: Whoever the one who recites and listens to these sixteen names at the beginning of studies, at the time of marriage, while entering or departing a place, or at the battle field, all their obstacles will be removed. Even the Gods worship Lord Ganesha to receive the fulfillment of their actions. Oh Lord Ganesh, the One who has this power of destroying all the obstacles in the way of the devotees, I prostrate before you.

From: Saidarshan.org

Twelve Names of Ganesha

We already explored the 108 names of Ganesh, but these twelve names are in the form of a shloka, which is a verse, proverb, hymn or poem that uses a specific meter. This group of verses is said to be sage Narada’s offering to Lord Ganesh. So, if you like doing these Sanskrit chants, here are some more. I think this is meant to be recited in its entirety, rather than bits and pieces.

Pranamya Shirasa Devam
Gauriputram Vinaayakam
Bhakataavaasam Smare Nityam
Aayuh Kaamartha Siddhaye

Meaning: Every day, I bow down to that Lord, the son of Gowri, the Lord one who lives in the heart of the devotees, blessing them always with good health and prosperity.

Prathamam Vakratundam Cha
Ekadantam Dviteeyakam
Thriteeyam Krishna Pingaaksham
Gajavaktram Chaturthakam

Meaning: Starting from here the twelve names of Ganesha are mentioned and he is worshiped in those different forms. The first as the Lord with the curved trunk; second, as the one with only one tusk, third, as the one with black (red/brown) eyes, fourth, as the one with giant structure.

Lambodaram Panchamaam Cha
Shashtam Vikatameva Cha
Saptamam Vighnaraajendram
Dhoomravarnam Tathaashtamam

Meaning: Fifth, as the one with a big (long) stomach, six, as the one with a huge body Seven, as the remover of obstacles, eight, as the one with smoke gray color

Navamam Phaalachandram Cha
Dasamam Tu Vinaayakam
Ekaadasam Ganapatim
Dvaadasam Tu Gajaananam

Meaning: Ninth, as the one with moon on the front of His head, tenth, as the foremost leader, eleventh, as the leader of the ganas, twelfth as the one with elephant face.

Dvaadasaitaani Naamaani
Trisandhyam Yah Pathernnarah
Na Cha Vighna Bhayam Tasya
Sarva Siddhikaram Prabho

Meaning: Any person, who remembers these twelve names of Ganesha, three times in a day, will have all their obstacles and fear removed and will attain success.

From: Saidarshan.org

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