[Advaita-l] Who is Vighneshwara?

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 4 22:27:08 CDT 2016


On Mon, Sep 5, 2016 at 8:09 AM, Sriram Sankaranarayanan
<ssriram1992 at icloud.com> wrote:
> Adding to the previously said points, Ganapati Atharva Sheersham -
> http://www.vediccenterofgreenville.org/pdfs/ShriGanapatiPathan.pdf is a
> vedic text referencing Ganapati. Yet another direct reference from the Vedas
> showing the advaitic truth unequivocally, in the phrases

Ganesha likes number 21. We have to offer 21 Modakas 21 leaves 21
Durva pairs and so on. If you look at 21 it is 2 followed by 1. 2 is
Dvaita and 1 is Advaita. Because Brahman in Advaita is Adviteeya.
There is no second but only One. From 2 we have to go to 1. This means
from Dvaita we are seeing in Vyavahara we have to go to Advaita the

Therefore Ganesha is instructing us to go from the ordinary Vyavahara
world of Dvaita to the Paramartha Advaita.

> Tvameva Pratyaksham Tattvamasi
> Tvam Saakshaad Aatmaasi nityam
> Tvam Pratyaksham brahmaasi
> Hamsah soham
> (Apologies if you are receiving this mail for the second time. I am a new
> user to this forum, and it looks like my previous attempt to send this
> failed).
> 2016-09-04 2:14 GMT-04:00 Venkatesh Murthy via Advaita-l
> <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>:
>> Namaste
>> 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.
>> --
>> Regards
>> -Venkatesh
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