Ganesha is the first son of Shiva and Parvati. He is the Lord of the Multitudes. He is the door-keeper; he holds the key to the inner sanctum of the heart, where the Divine Mother resides. He is the first to be worshipped so that the endeavors we embark upon are free of obstacles.
The Ganesha Puja presents a philosophy that we can practice. It is a great place to start learning puja, and a wonderful doorway into meditation and worship. In addition, at the end of the book, Swamiji has included an article addressing the 36 principles of Tantra philosophy and how they relate to Yoga, Karma, and ultimately how to retrace our steps from the manifest back to the unmanifest. It is true that without Wisdom, it is impossible for any seeker to unlock the doors to the secret of Enlightenment.
Ganesha Puja is presented with original Sanskrit mantras, Roman transliteration, and a complete English translation.
About the Author
Swami Satyananda Saraswati is considered to be one of the foremost Vedic scholars and Sanskrit translators in the West. He is the author of nearly 60 books in nine different languages representing a significant contribution to the understanding of Hinduism and Vedic religious practices.
Swamiji comes from the Dashnami lineage of Adi Shankaracharya, and belongs to the Saraswati tribe of renunciates and scholars who are living the life of a teacher and a knower of wisdom, worshiping with both spiritual knowledge and devotion. His Guru, Swami Amritananda Saraswati, initiated him into the Vedic Knowledge, Sanskrit, and the Chandi Path and sacred fire ceremony as his primary system of spiritual discipline in 1971.
He practiced the recitation of the Chandi Path in the Himalayan snow and in the hot springs of Bakreswar. Through this rigorous penance, he became impervious to the influences of heat and cold. Through his experiences walking the length and breadth of the Himalayas over 15 years, Swamiji fell in love with Sanskrit and became proficient in numerous languages including Bengali and Hindi. Wherever he went he would learn the local systems of worship and inspire those around him to participate. Swamiji’s expertise and experience spans many different religious traditions. His realizations and teachings make him a living example of Ramakrishna’s Gospel, “as many as there are individuals, so many are the paths to God”.
In 1979, Swamiji met Shree Maa when he was performing a vow of worship in a small temple in the interior of West Bengal. They toured India, spreading their divine love and inspiration by performing pujas, homas, and sharing their realizations, and teaching their methods of spiritual practice. In 1984 they came to America and established the Devi Mandir, where he and Shree Maa shine their beacon of light from Napa, California. Today, they share all their resources to give every individual an opportunity to access these spiritual teachings.