Ganesha, Ganapati, Vinayaka, Vigneshwara
are the countlessnames of the visible manifestation of the essence of the words ‘ThatThou Art’ – Tat Tvam Asi.…the elephant-headed remover of alldifficulties in life indeed represents the highest and the best that haveever been given in our scriptures. ….on the spiritual pilgrimage, all theobstacles are created by the very subjective and objective worlds in theseeker himself; his attachment to the world of objects, emotions and thoughts, are alone hisobstacles. Sri Vigneswara chops them off with the axe and holds the attention of the seeker constantly towards the higher goal with the rope that He has in this left hand. En route, He feedsthe seeker with the modaka – the joy of satisfaction experienced by the evolving seeker or reality) – and bless him continuously with greater and greater progress….
represents Om or the Pranava, which is the chief Mantra among the Hindus. Nothing can be done without uttering it.This explains the practice of invoking Ganesha before beginning anyrite or undertaking any project. His two feet represent the power of knowledge and the power of action. The elephant head is significant inthat it is the only figure in nature that has the form of the symbolfor Om. The significance of riding on a mouse is the completeconquest over egoism. The holding of the ankusha represents His rule of the world. It is theemblem of divine Royalty.