An illustrated resource on Dharma's Benevolent Deity, Remover of Obstacles, Patron of Art and Science, honored as first Among the Celestials.
India's rich spirituality begins with Ganesha. Even the most austere yogi starts his inward journey by invoking the God who softens karma and guides dharma. He reigns over our beginnings, our changes, earthly decisions and problems -- always there when needed, never aloof. Here a Hindu master invites us into Ganapati's interior meanings, rites, mantras and sacred symbols, unfolding an intimate depiction of the mysterious Deity.
Loving Ganesha is part of the comprehensive works of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, a traditional satguru who was immersed in the global Hindu renaissance for half a century, named by New Delhi's World Religious Parliament as a Jagadacharya or world teacher, elected one of three presidents to represent Sanatana Dharma at the 1993 Chicago Parliament of World's Religions, and presented the U Thant Peace Award during the historic 2000 United Nations's Millennium World Peace Summit for Religious Leaders.
This celebration in print of an ancient Hindu tradition of great wisdom and potency is, as its cover copy says, primarily "an illustrated resource" of Ganesa materials suitable for the conduct of daily worship and study. The inclusion of crossword puzzles and two chapters on vegetarianism and ayurveda make for a collapse of focus in an erratic and uneven collection of priestly essays, testimonials, Ganesa lore, hymns and Sunday school-type handouts. Fascinating and endlessly intriguing as it may be, the book would have benefited from a less global goal. Nevertheless, as one of few available in its field, it is an important text for English-speaking readers and should remain as an all-you-wanted-to-know-but-were-afraid-to-ask book about Ganesa, the divine and much-loved remover of obstacles.