with Swami Vashistananda
August 21, 2020
Come celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha is a popular God, seen as the God of Wisdom, the bringer of luck and the clearer of obstacles. Before any journey, any ritual and any major venture, Ganesha is first called upon and worshiped. He is the protector of knowledge, books and education. There are several stories about Ganesha’s birth as the child of Siva and Parvati and about the origin of his elephant’s head. Ganesha is worshiped by Hindus, Buddhists and Jainists alike.
Ganesha represents the Remover of Obstacles. He is the most beloved deity, even in the west. During the celebrations of Ganesha Chaturti (his birthday) , there will be a special ceremony (a puja) to Lord Ganesha at the Siva temple up at the Siva Hill where we have the murtis (granite statues)of the whole Siva family, after which there will be story telling about how Ganesha got his elephant head. We then gather everybody to do a clay Ganesha workshop , where everyone create out of their own imagination a form of Ganesha. We then worship the clay Ganeshas (traditionnally the festival lasts for 10 days in India) in a puja and at the end we go to the Yuba river to immerse them and let go of the form. Thus we remember that by remembering the Lord, all of our obstacles will be removed on our path in life and in Self Realization.
Om Sri Maha Ganapataye Namah!
May Lord Ganesha bless you with Health, Peace, Long life and Prosperity!
Schedule of Events
1pm Clay Ganesha Workshop
4pm Asana Class
7:30pm Ganesha Puja
Donations, flowers, or prasad (sweet foods) are all welcome and encouraged.
Swami Vashistananda comes from the Namboodri lineage in Southern India, Kerala and was the personal priest of Swami Vishnudevananda. Swamiji has been a long-time teacher of bhakti and vedanta in the Sivananda organization ever since. He has been at the Yoga farm since October 2014 and does ceremonies…
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