The Ganesha Siddhi mantra

I have begun reciting the Ganesha Siddhi mantra for the last few days and have got up to about 6000- ish repetitions. Everyday I have been sitting on my meditation stool in my bedroom in front of my Ganesha statue, lighting a tea candle as an offering, saying a quick prayer for Ganesha to be with me during my recitation practice, and then chanting for maybe two rounds or more every time.

It goes like this:

Om Shrim Hrim Klim Ganeshwaraya

Brahma Rupaya Charave

Sarva Siddhi Pradeshaya

Vigneshaya Namo Namaha

The translation is…

“Salutations to the Supreme Lord Ganesha. You are Brahman, you are the Bestower of all Siddhi’s. O Vigneshaya, remover of all obstacles, salutations again and again.”

 

This mantra is an interesting one. The whole point of the mantra is that it is able to give ‘siddhi’s’ (magical abilities). Once you gain mantra siddhi with this mantra, anything that you say will come true. Just as God created the universe from his word, the person who has gained full perfection of this mantra through reciting these sacred vibrations will be able to change reality through their word also.

“But power corrupts and you can use in many selfish and destructive ways” I hear you cry. Guess what? This mantra not only gives you the ability to fully create reality through speaking it into existence but it also purifies your consciousness so that when you have attained mantra siddhi everything that you speak will be a blessing to yourself and others. Spiritual practice makes you a much more powerful being and as you go through various developments you will become more and be able to do more. You will be able to more effectively embody your innate Divine Nature. BUT spiritual practice also purifies your being so you will be more beneficial and helpful to the world. The natural byproduct of spiritual practice is that you become a fully, more kinder and compassionate person, a greater asset to the world.

But to gain perfection of this mantra, to attain mantra siddhi and get the full power of the mantra fully ingrained into your being you have to chant it for 500, 000 repetitions with a minimum of 108 repetitions a day. I have calculated that chanting at a medium pace takes me seventeen minutes and to chant thirty rounds would take me about eight or so hours. If I chanted 108 times a day it would take me about twelve years to gain perfection, twice a day would be six years, thrice a day would be three years etc…

… But I like the mantra so much that chanting it is not a problem. So here we go and see what happens.

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Aham Prema

 

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On the 4th February 2016 I woke up with a need to say the ‘Aham Prema’ mantra. Over the past few weeks I had realised that my mind had gone a bit off kilter and I needed to get to that place of equilibrium again. I needed to realign with my true values.

I began chanting Aham Prema on the bus to work, throughout the day, before I went to bed and while I was falling asleep. Over the following days I became increasingly devoted to reciting the mantra and spent a long time going over the mantra in my head while I was doing my daily activities.

Here is an extract from Thomas Ashley- Farrand in his book, ‘Shakti Mantras’:

“With this simple mantra, you affirm your own essential nature as one of Divine Love. The vibration of this mantra begins the process of transforming your entire body, being, nature, and spirit into an emanation, your own particular emanation, of Divine Love. “

The meaning of Aham Prema is simple. It means ‘I Am Divine Love’. If recited with devotion over a long period of time, it will completely change you and make you a living embodiment of love. When you invoke this quality in yourself, love will begin to permeate more strongly in every aspect of your life, every situation, every interaction.

It is a life transforming mantra.

It promotes self- love  and when this happens it gives the opportunity for you to love the universe more and for the universe to show you that love back to you. If you give out love, love will be given to you. This mantra can change your whole experience. Love is transcendental and selfless and it is what we truly are. Once love spreads throughout our being, it will change our behaviours into pure expressions of love. These expressions will have an effect on the rest of the universe, the butterfly effect will take it’s course, and you will contribute to the collective uplifting of all beings.

I am looking forward to see the changes in the universe.

Blessings

 

 

The Inner Mind and the Revelations of Muhammad

 

These are personal thoughts of mine…

‘The prophet said, “The tuest poetic verse ever said by a poet is: Indeed! Everything except Allah, is perishable.’

I have been thinking about prophets lately. Are prophets chosen or do they merely get their revelations from the Supreme Source because their minds ‘happen’ to be receptive enough to receive theses visions and insights? Is it part of a divine plan or a divine accident?

The mind of Muhammad was a volcano. The collective magma of the yearning of the Arab people burst forth from his mind. Arabia was looking for a revelation from the Supreme Source, just as the Jews and the Christians had received. This yearning built up in the collective unconsciousness of the Arab people and needed an outlet. Something had to burst forth from the deeper mind. This energy needed to have a mind in which to burst from in order to enter the world. It needed the mind of someone who was receptive.

Maybe anyone could have been the Prophet of Arabia. It is well documented that those that work on their mind enough are able to gain great insights and even develop supernormal powers. Muhammad gained his revelations because he had purified his mind to such a great extent through spiritual practices and ethical living that his mind became an antenna for the divine will of God. It is clearly documented that Muhammad went on retreats to Mt Hira to perform spiritual practices by himself about the time that the Angel Gabriel first visited him. It is also told that he had a reputation for being upstanding, honest and fair in his everyday activities, in his business and family life also. His activities had opened him up to be able to receive the visions and become a prophet. And from these visions he changed, becoming a humble merchant, a persecuted leader, and finally the most powerful man in Arabia.

He became the embodiment of the hopes, dreams and yearnings of all Arabia. No wonder he is is so respected and revered by all Muslims. His preaching and selfless striving and life brought about a profound change of consciousness for an entire people!

The magma burst forth from the mind of Muhammad and spiritualised the whole of Arabia. The lava is still spreading today.

Everything comes from God and God is everywhere and everything but to find him you must look within yourself… to look anywhere else would be only looking at an everchanging manifestation or after effect of an idea that was in the mind of God, not God itself.

To know God you must go beyond the dream and go in search of the sleeper. You must dive into your mind and find it’s source.

Everything is mind because everything is part of the dream in the mind of God and everything is the consciousness of the sleeper.

If you dive beyond your conscious mind, beyond the subconscious and internal programmes and become part of the pure mind of God which is the essence of your own mind. This same essence permeates everything. This was the source from which the magma flowed and erupted from Muhammad’s mind.

Muhammad’s revelations came from the pure mind of God. His mind got in tune with the Divine Mind and he became a Great Prophet. The needs of the Arabian people were satisfied when Muhammad became a vessel for the will of God and the foundations of Islam was secured.

From God we come- From God we are- From God we shall return. The mind of God is our source. God is the untainted mind that is our essence and the essence of evertyhing. It is the essence of all.

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The Idea Consciousness

I have been trying to observe what comes into my mind at the mid-point between going to sleep and being awake. In that vague and abstract place, thoughts unfamiliar and illuminating have come to me. Many creative people keep a pen and paper by their beds every night for when this mental event brings itself into their awareness. However, what is this state and why is it so significant for so many creative people?

I began to investigate into this phenomenon. It became apparent that as you lose consciousness, your mind becomes closer and closer to your subconscious mind. For example, the author Robert Louis Stevenson used to ask his subconscious mind to evolve stories for him while he slept. Whenever his bank account was low, he would ask his subconscious mind to gift him with a good, marketable book. He said that this inner mind gave him complete books in small snippets, which he then put together and published.

Likewise, the recently successfully Japanese comic book creator, Hajime Isayama, who created the vastly popular manga series Attack on Titan, attributed all of his ideas as coming to him at a period every night he called ‘Super Enlightenment Time’: “When I’m half awake, just before I drift off to sleep, my mind gets flooded with information… subconsciously…”.

Is this true? Does the veil between the unconscious and the conscious becomes less dense in this state? Can writers and artists channel their art from this strange mind?

In his book The Power of the Subconscious Mind, Dr Joseph Murphy writes: “Within the subconscious depths lie infinite wisdom, infinite power, and infinite supply of all that is necessary, which is waiting for development and expression… Though invisible, its forces are mighty… you will find the solution for every problem, and the cause for every effect.”

This inner power has also been hinted at in psychology and mysticism. Carl Jung introduced the idea that all beings have both a personal and a shared mind in their ‘collective unconsciousness’. In the traditions of mysticism, this collective unconscious is called ‘the astral plane’ – a place where every single thought that any human has ever had exists.

This plane of existence can be touched upon and manipulated through the imagination. As certain mystic traditions state, humans can tap into the astral world and bring back remnants into their waking consciousness. This permeates the whole of the universe and is named as being ‘the foundation’ because it is from this that all matter is built upon. Every human being is connected to it and shares this one mind. In the Kabbalah, the sephirah of Yesod is attributed to the astral world and is also referred to as ‘the Soul of the World.’ Through astral projection, a mystic may be able to dive into this infinite world of ideas, concepts and experiences and gain great insights and inspirations. To the normal human being, we may touch upon this world through sleep and through the in-between, which is the Idea Consciousness.

The astral world can be understood as the unconscious mind, a mind that can be summed up as the collective mind of all life. When we are nearing sleep, be aware that you are closer to your unconscious mind – that you are disconnecting yourself from your conscious, individual mind and diving into the realm of an infinite world of ideas.