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Japa Meditation

Join me now for a 7-day meditation challenge!  See below for an audio file that guides you through Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha.

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Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha (Sanskrit: ॐ गं गणपतये नमः) is a powerful prayer and mantra comprised of four seperate parts that are all in honor of the Hindu/yogic deity, Ganesha.  Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles and is often honored before any new adventure; having a baby, starting a new job, or going on a long trip.  I have also used this mantra in times of transition as well and like to envision the obstacles set in front of me as being broken apart by giving me the personal strength to overcome.   

 

There are many variations of this translation and it's important to create a variation that works for you.  Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha can be translated as “My salutations to Lord Ganesha.” This mantra is from the Ganapati Upanishad, a long Sanskrit writing from the Vedas all about and in adoration of Ganesha.

  • Om is thought to constitute the divine in the form of sound. It is the universal sound where its utterance is considered the sound of creation itself.

  • Gam is a bija mantra, or the seed mantra, for Ganesha or Ganapati. These words are used interchangeably to indicate the same god in Hinduism.  A seed sound awakens the energy within you.

  • Ganapataye is actually the alternate name for Ganesha, which is Ganapati. The ending 'aye' indicates that something is for or to Ganapati.

  • Namaha means salutations. This word is in most prayers and is also in the commonly used word “namaste”; which means my salutations to you. Thus, the mantra means "Salutations to Lord Ganesha."

  • Modified from https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/9023/om-gam-ganapataye-namaha