After puja, he would pick up the key, seeking the deity’s permission, and then go to his shop. Every time he took major decisions, or left the house for even a small action like going to the local temple, he would take the permission of the deity first. Once he came back, he would wash … Continue reading His Sincerity And Integrity To Puja
My spiritual life started with Ganesha My spiritual life started with Ganesha; Ganesha eating the food I offered is the first spiritual experience that happened in My life. And I can say, My spiritual journey was successful and unfolded with all its glory, beauty and depth after that. It was Ganesha who inaugurated … Continue reading How Ganesha Came Alive in My Life
One day, I went to the temple. In the Arunachaleshwara temple in My hometown, almost 300 out of 365 days of the year, there would some festival: deities would be going around in procession, or there would be some spiritual lecture. During My childhood, I used to attend many satsaìgs (discourses). One day, the … Continue reading I Hear The Story Of The Child Devotee, Nambiyandar Nambi
When I heard this story, I was shocked. The whole story became part of My inner space, part of My bio-energy. Something in My bio-energy got kindled. Whatever is inside you will be kindled by even a spark from outside. It awakened something in Me so strongly! It is like when kids go to … Continue reading I Decide To Make MY Ganesha Eat!
Then I thought, “Maybe he did not like the cooking; he did not like the food.” See how kutarka works! Kutarka will say, “Everything is wrong except you!” Understand: that is kutarka. So I started thinking that maybe the food was not right; maybe My mother was not cooking properly. Then I dropped the plan … Continue reading I Try a Different Diet
I can say that I was really depressed and very worried. In a completely low mood, I was just sitting. I had practically fixed all the problems. Whatever I was supposed to do, I had done. When My grandmother did all those things to any child, the child ate. And I knew only those techniques; … Continue reading The Click Happens
Maybe on the third day, I touched the zone where trust and vitarka - right reasoning - both became part of My very bio-memory, My very system. That is when the explosion happened! I could see very clearly that My mind had risen to the level of bhava samadhi - the zone where solid is … Continue reading The Third Day…The Explosion Happens!
The four tattvas: Integrity, Authenticity, Responsibility, Enriching The possibility or incident that Ganesha came and ate in Nambiyandar Nambi’s life was a reality for Me. I never questioned the factuality of that incident. I was very clear, because of the trust, that if he did not eat, there was some problem with Me, that’s … Continue reading Lessons from the Ganesha Story
The experience of Ganesha eating gave birth to Ganesha in Me. After that, I remember - wherever Ganesha was seen, I would see that he was literally happening in Me! In Tiruvannamalai, every street will have ten Ganeshas! In that one year, that habit, that pattern of worshipping Ganesha that got developed, was there in … Continue reading Ganesha Incarnated in Me
In Hindu tradition, there is a concept called atma moorti, meaning ‘my own version of Shiva’ (or any deity). It means, “He is just my own version; nobody else is allowed.” This is called ishta nishtha or leela dhyana. Srimad Bhagavatam acknowledges this process as a very powerful spiritual practice. So having your own version of … Continue reading Have Your Atma Moorti, But Also Relate to the Temple Deity!