Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Happy Pillayar Chathurthi!

I came to know that today is Pillayar Chathurthi, only after accidently watching Surya's interview in Sun TV!! Shows how messed up my life is here in London!! So boring!! Yawnnnnnnnn!


Who is Vinayaka?

In the sloka beginning with the words, Suklaambaradharam Vishnum, only the form of the deity is described. But there is another inner meaning for the name Vinayaka. Suklaambaradharam means one who is clad in white. Vishnum means he is all-pervading. Sasivarnam means his complexion is grey like that of ash. Chathurbhujam means he has four arms. Prasannavadanam means he has always a pleasing mien. Sarvavighnopasaanthaye means for the removal of all obstacles. Dhyaayeth, meditate (on him). Vinayaka is the deity who removes all bad qualities, instills good qualities and confers peace on the devotee who meditates on him .

Vinayaka means that he is totally master of himself. He has no master above him. He does not depend on anyone. He is also called Ganapathi. This term means he is the lord of the ganas - a class of divine entities. This term also means that he is the master of the intellect and discriminating power in man. He possesses great intelligence and knowledge. Such knowledge issues from a pure and sacred mind. This knowledge leads to wisdom (vijnaana). Because he is the master of Buddhi (intelligence) and Siddhi (wisdom or realization), he is described as the Lord of Buddhi and Siddhi. Buddhi and Siddhi are referred to as the consorts of Vinayka.

The mouse is the vehicle of Vinayaka. What is the inner significance of the mouse? The mouse is considered as the embodiment of the sense of smell. The mouse is a symbol of the attachment to worldly tendencies (vaasanas). It is well known that if you want to catch a mouse, you place a strong-smelling edible inside the mouse-trap. The mouse also symbolizes the darkness of night. The mouse can see well in the dark. As Vinayaka's vehicle the mouse signifies an object that leads man from darkness to light. The Vinayaka-principle, thus, means that which removes all the bad qualities, bad practices and bad thoughts in men and inculcates good qualities, good conduct and good thoughts.

Vinayaka has many teachings that help man liberate himself. Worship of Lord Ganesha has been followed from very ancient times. In the Narayana Upanishad, Lord Ganesha is praised first. In the three Vedas, we find the mention of Lord Ganesha. Even in music, they pray to Ganesha for his grace. Do we have the qualities of Vinayaka? Lord Vinayaka has a pure heart. In fact, Siddhi and Buddhi (fulfilment and intellect) are his two eyes. He considered them as his consorts. For intelligence, we need to have Buddhi. For Buddhi, we need to have gratitude. An ungrateful man can never become an intellectual. Without intellect, one can never be successful. Vinayaka confers success. So, we need to know the inner significance of Lord Vinayaka.Today, before we start any work, we pray to Lord Ganesha. Without praying to the master of masters, Vinayaka, and thereby, acting in an egoistic way, we are bound to fail. Vinayaka Chathurthi is the first festival of the year, followed by other festivals. Bharatiyas begin their daily prayers with a prayer to Lord Ganesha. Vinayaka is the head of spiritual, mental and physical levels. We should sustain and protect all these levels.

- Excerpts from Bhagwan Sathya Sai Baba's Divine Discourse (Ganesh Chathurthi - September 12, 1991)


Btw, this photo caught my attention today. Saw this photo in Junior Vikatan.

Shows why our Captain is an one man army getting ready to save Tamil Nadu! Anyone getting goosebumps? :p


At September 07, 2005 3:22 PM, Blogger TJ said...

pillayar chaturthi vazthukkal!
"Singam ondru purapattadhey.." appadeenu background meesic pottirundha innum poruthama irundhirukkum

At September 07, 2005 3:26 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

thanks TJ and wish u the same :)..

he he he - I am remembering the scene in Narasimha in which our Captain does the Narasimha makeup -LOL!!

At September 07, 2005 3:33 PM, Blogger priya said...

happy ganesha's bday :)
nee vijaykanth rasigar mandram thalaivar a?? so much of propogation ? :p


At September 07, 2005 3:39 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

elle Priya - happy pillayar's bday to u too :))..

LOL - I will reveal my relationship with Captain soon :) -Dont be shocked!!

At September 07, 2005 3:49 PM, Blogger Mumbai Ramki said...

Arjuna ,
Ungalukum thonthi irruku ...captain kum irruka ..??
sad to se captain's koth adimaigaL..

Ur article on Vinayaga was very nice !

At September 07, 2005 3:54 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

MR - elle I dont have thonthi man :))..When did u see me having a thonthi :)

Yow I am not Captain's Kothadimai :)..

Thanks for appreciating the article :)

At September 07, 2005 3:55 PM, Blogger B said...

Vijaykanth..too much hype thaan..

avaru periya Kargil warla irunthu return vararu..athukku ellam salute adikaranunga.. TN'a thirutha mudiyathu!!

At September 07, 2005 3:57 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

bala - :)) - LOL - even I was pissed to see this pic!

At September 07, 2005 5:03 PM, Blogger virdi said...

hey u know Surya?? the movie star?? you are my best friend.. hey where from London?? I stay in North London in Enfield.. you want me to take back something for your family?? if there is something to eat it might not reach them.. ;-)

At September 07, 2005 5:12 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

hey virdi :),
Yeah I do know Surya..I met him long time ago - when he was kid..took some pics too with his father :)..thanks for being my good friend buddy :)..thum bahuth acha dosth hai too :)..

I am staying in Preston Rd near Wembley..I guess we can meet - what say? Hey thanks for the offer - I will be going to Chennai within 4 weeks :).. When ru going back?

At September 07, 2005 6:02 PM, Blogger Saravana Kumar said...

Arjuna ur Email address is not visible .. could you send ur mail id to

At September 07, 2005 6:25 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Sure saravana - I sent it to ur id :) - thanks :)

At September 07, 2005 6:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it happens only in chennai where a walking pig command salute.
but what is he going to do when there is no Wasim Khan in Chennai. he should best become J&K PM and save our border.

At September 07, 2005 6:57 PM, Blogger krishna said...

Vinayaka Chathurthi vaaazhthukkal nanba..

yeah..He is the sum of all positives and thats y one needs to seek and get his grace b4 stepping into any endeavour be it material or spiritual..

anyways..that pic defintiely stands proof for his Thalaivarism..:)

At September 07, 2005 7:32 PM, Blogger Ganesh said...

My blessing to you Arjun

At September 07, 2005 11:08 PM, Blogger Aatma said...

Wow, all we need is a background music - " Captain Captain " ;)

At September 08, 2005 2:02 AM, Anonymous Sundaresan said...

pillaiyar's bday wishes to you too! nice article.....btw, namma makkal thirundhave maaattaangannu nenakkaren.....donno where we are heading to....

At September 08, 2005 4:45 AM, Anonymous Adi said...

Belated Vinayaka Chathurthi wishes to you!

At September 08, 2005 8:41 AM, Blogger WA said...

Sooper Photo. Everyone is going to Chennai in the next few weeks apart from me :(( Enjoy paneetttu vaanga

At September 08, 2005 10:34 AM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

anon - cool down :)

At September 08, 2005 10:35 AM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Krisha - wish u the same nanmba :)

U seem to luv our Captain a lot :))

At September 08, 2005 10:35 AM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

ganesh - nandri thalaiva :)

At September 08, 2005 10:36 AM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Aatma - :))..Deva is the right person for captain :)

At September 08, 2005 10:36 AM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Sundaresan - Wish u the same :) - will u vote for him?

At September 08, 2005 10:37 AM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Adi - Wish u the same :)

At September 08, 2005 10:37 AM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

WA - :( - no worries - u will go soon too :)

At September 08, 2005 10:52 AM, Blogger virdi said...

i am going back on 18th september.. wont be able to meet i guess.. would be out this weekend.. meeting some cousins in Leeds.. we can meet in Madras.. i don't like calling Chennai Chennai but like calling it madras.. seems to be more close to heart..
oh so now u and surya are not in touch?? then you are my ok ok friend not best friend.. i just want to say hello to him and my girlfriend wants to take one photo with him.. :-) thats all..
will reply to your tags soon..
u can mail me at

At September 10, 2005 10:52 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Virdi - "you are my ok ok friend not best friend.. "

Grrrrrrrrr! :))..

He he I know who ur GF is - LOL!!


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