In present-day Hinduism the elephant headed god Ganesha has degenerated into a god who stops obstacles, but the original tantric texts tell a different story. ‘The Magic of Ganesha’ presents the auspicious ‘Ganapati Upanishad’, one which gives Shanti (peace).
Ganesha is a strange composite of elephant and man with a mouse or rat at the bottom of the picture. Because of this triple symbolism Ganesha is connected with the three gunas. His association with obstacles comes from the great strength of the elephant, the intelligence of the human and the subtlety or ability to penetrate small spaces like a mouse or rat. He is usually depicted with four arms, which represent the four directions of space or the four elements — the god being the spirit or quintessence of these.
This eBook presents a translation of the Ganapati Upanishad tantra, accompanied by an introduction discussing Ga�e�a (Ganesh/Ganesha/Ganapati).