我們透過吟唱象神,祈求除去阻礙,獲得成功,所以能在任何計畫開始之前進行。當我在2007年參與Paul Dallaghan師資培訓課程時,每天早上站在墊上練習瑜珈之前,我們會一起吟唱這首梵頌。我結結巴巴地唱著梵文,發現這還真有點挑戰。但就像許多事情,練習是關鍵。下一個挑戰則是深思它和反思它的意義。我們能做的第一步是先知道你的課題是什麼,然後以開放的心祈求成功。當我們開放接受幫助,有時候它就會像魔術般出現了。而有些時候,我們只是需要離開自認為的道路,世間事以一種奇特和神奇的方式在運作,我們的心智也是如此。

Vakratunda Mahakaya
Kotisurya Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kurume Deva
Sarvakaryeshu Sarvada

象神 有著象鼻和大大的身軀












Indian deities and mythology can be a great source of fascination and intrigue. Rich with symbolism, dramatic stories and wisdom that can be applied to help us in our ongoing saga with call life. The story of Ganesha, the elephant god, is one of my favourites. Ganesha is half human and half elephant. How did he get his elephant head? That’s a fascinating tale for another time.

One can make a practice to chant to Ganesha to invite success in one’s work by removing our obstacles. This chant can be done at the commencement of, well, anything. During my 2007 TT with Paul Dallaghan, we chanted to Ganesha at the beginning of each morning prior to our yoga mat practice. I stumbled over the pronunciation and found chanting to be a bit challenging. But, as with many things, practice is the key. The next was to contemplate the chant and reflect upon its meaning. First know what your work is and ask with an open heart for success. When we are open to receive help sometimes it appears like magic out of nowhere. And at other times we just need to get out of our own way. The universe works in strange and amazing ways as does the mind.

Here’s the chant

Vakratunda Mahakaya
Kotisurya Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kurume Deva
Sarvakaryeshu Sarvada

Ganesh, who with twisted trunk and big body,
is like 10 million suns in brightness
I call to you everyday
Grant me success always in my works
Let there be no obstacles

Ganesha is often shown with various tools that can serve as symbolism to guide us on our endeavours. These tools can be used skillfully to deal with obstacles. Ganesha doesn’t always appear the same. Sometimes with different tools and items. Sometimes with one tusk and other versions two. Even the chant varies slightly from region to region of India.

Large Stomach
The ability to digest what life gives and sort the nourishment out of the rubbish. Be courageous and brave to be fully in the entire experience of life whether we think it good or bad. When life doesn’t go as expected be open to see what the learning can be from the experience and let the experience go and move on with life. Unfair stuff happens get over it. Sometimes it can even be a gift in disguise.

Small Eyes
Concentration. Stay focussed on what you are doing. Observe with curiosity. Notice both the details and the big picture. Try to observe what the obstacle is and understand it.

Big Ears
Become a really good listener. Listen to understand rather than to just respond. Deep listening is a wonderful way to stay connected to the present moment. Listen to others. Listen to life. Listen to your heart.

Small Mouth
Less is more. Too much blah blah blah blah means less concentration and is usually just the monkeys in the mind putting on a show. Use words wisely. They can be helpful tool when used wisely to communicate in a meaningful and honest way.

Ganesha is often pictured with a mouse. It turns out its his vehicle. Its a symbol for desire. Desires are very powerful and can drive us to do many things, sometimes against our better judgement. Mice reproduce to the point that they become a pest and cause damage. Ganesh has just one desire and he sits on it to keep it under control and also to allow that desire to be a driving force. What’s your desire? Choose with your heart.

Often Ganesha is shown with an axe. An axe can be used to cut attachments that no longer serve. Sometimes the biggest obstacle that arises is our attachment to the thinking of how things should be. The monkeys of the mind can be very useful when put to task but can create many things like doubt, fear, confusion, aversion, and prejudices. But be careful, an axe can be a dangerous tool. Always use it with kindness. The rope can be used for many things like climbing or to tether a boat. Meditate everyday knowing when and how to use these tools can be done with more clarity.

An elephant’s trunk is strong and can uproot small trees and yet graceful enough to pick up a raw egg. Be strong and be flexible. On the yoga mat one can practice to skillfully build strength and flexibility putting the body into a nearly limitless array of shapes. With this direct experience we may invite ourselves to practice the same thing with our mind. Mind and body then can be used to help us overcome our obstacles.

Ganesha is a scholar of both the arts and sciences. He reads and studies. Two major texts of yoga are The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and The Bhagavad Gita. I encourage you to read them both, at least just once. There’s lots of wisdom in these books to help us on our journey.

Elephant Tusk
Sometimes Ganesha is pictured with just one tusk. One recount of this is that he broke off one tusk (sacrifice) to write the Mahabharata as was dictated by his teacher, the great sage Vyasa. He promised to write non-stop until the task was completed but his feather pen broke. So he sacrificed his tusk to complete his job. Such integrity to his word!

What’s your inspiration that keeps you focussed on your work?




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