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  • Sanath Kumaran
    Sep 10, 2002
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      Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      On the ocassion of Holy Ganesh Chaturthi today (Sept. 10) we uploaded a
      lecture by Guru Maharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji titled "A Good
      Beginning". In this lecture Guru Maharaj goads us to improve on
      ourselves instead of being occupied with other peoples' faults. This is

      There is more information about Ganesh Chaturthi by Gurudev Sri Swami
      Sivanandaji at:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      LIFE WITHOUT SPIRITUALITY: Swami Amaranandaji of the Ashram cash
      department, brought a cheque for the Master's signature.

      On receiving it the Master remarked, "This cheque will have no value
      unless I sign it. Cheques without the signature of the drawer are
      valueless even though they may be drawn for large amounts and may be
      all right in all other respects.

      "Even so, one may have all conveniences and comforts in life. One may
      have a lot of money, power, position, friends, relatives and admirers,
      but his life will have no value unless it includes some spiritual
      elements also. Japa, Kirtan, concentration, meditation, and the
      qualities of renunciation, aspiration, compassion and service-these are
      what give real value to life. Without spirituality life is worth no
      more than an unsigned cheque."


      "Ganesha is the first God (Adideva). Mouse is a small creature.
      Elephant is the biggest of all animals. Riding on a mouse and wearing
      the head of an elephant denote that He is the creator of all creatures
      from the biggest elephant to the smallest mouse. Elephants are very
      wise. Wearing the head of an elephant indicates that Lord Ganesh is an
      embodiment of wisdom. It also denotes the process of evolution. The
      mouse gradually evolves into an elephant and finally becomes a man.
      That is the reason why Ganesh has a human body, the head of elephant
      and mouse as his vehicle. This is the philosphy of his form." - Swami

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