[Advaita-l] Who is Vighneshwara?
kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com
Sun Sep 4 06:39:41 CDT 2016
Yes, Visvaksena is the commanding officer (Security chief) in charge of keeping all the disturbing forces away from the field of operation.
The point is the invocation of the supreme in some form is done to remove the unsurmountable obstacles that may arise in the course of action. These obstacles can be aadibouthika, aadidaivaka and adhyaatmika types - Om shantiH, ShantiH, ShantiH.
I see a lot of discussions is going on who is the supreme Shiva or Vishnu. There is a upanishad that describes Ganesha as supreme.
All it means not to give importance to names and forms - but to the essence.
From: D.V.N.Sarma డి.వి.ఎన్.శర్మ via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
To: Venkatesh Murthy <vmurthy36 at gmail.com>; A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Sent: Sunday, September 4, 2016 3:02 AM
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Who is Vighneshwara?
Vaishnavas replace Ganesha with Vishvaksena and claim that Ganesa is
one of the courtiers of Vishvaksena.
On Sun, Sep 4, 2016 at 11:44 AM, Venkatesh Murthy via Advaita-l
<advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> शुक्लाम्बरधरं विष्णुं शशिवर्णं चतुर्भुजम् ।
> प्रसन्नवदनं ध्यायेत् सर्वविघ्नोपशान्तये ॥
> One Srivaishnava scholar has written the Suklambara Sloka is saying
> Vishnu is the destroyer of Obstacles but not Ganesha. When Siva and
> Parvati were getting married there was no Ganesha at that time. The
> gods prayed to Vishnu only to remove all obstacles like we are praying
> to Ganesha today as Vighneshwara. Therefore there is no necessity to
> worship Ganesha because Vishnu will do the job.
> But there is a fault in this logic. Vishnu may be Obstacle remover
> before Ganesha. When Ganesha's head was cut off and joined with
> Elephant head Siva only gave a boon to Ganesha saying He will be
> Prathama Poojya and Remover of Obstacles in all good works. Therefore
> from that time Ganesha got the Vighneshwara status.
> Because Siva has given Him that boon we have to follow it and worship
> Ganesha for removing obstacles. Ganesha is Vighneshwara. Before
> starting any good work we have to first worship Him. After Him we can
> worship other gods.
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