In today’s blog I want to share with a free japa meditation video I created back in June 2021 to recite the mantra of Ganesha, the lord of removing obstacles for 108 times.
This practice is called japa, a Sanskrit word refers to repetition of reciting a mantra. Japa meditation is part of the Bhakti yoga practice to help us tune into the divine qualities of each deity. The mantra also serves as an anchor for the mind. As we repeat the same mantra over and over again, our mind starts to relax and it becomes easier to connect with the inner stillness and calm within.
In this free video you will learn:
- What a japa meditation is
- Who is Ganesha
- A story of Ganesha that demonstrates his wisdom
- Meaning of Ganesha’s mantra: Om Gam Ganapataye namaha
- Practice setting intention prior to japa
- Practice japa meditation together for 108 times (total 11 minutes)
You can skip ahead to the timestamp at 08:16 if you wish to begin the japa meditation right away.
How can this Mantra help?
In this japa practice, we will be chanting Ganesha’s mantra “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha” for 108 times.
By chanting this mantra, we are invoking Ganesha’s energies and divine qualities in our lives. Ganesha is the lord of removing obstacles and lord of wisdom.
This mantra can help you to:
- Feel more grounded
- Become aware of obstacles in your life, for example are the obstacles showing you to take a different path?
- Connect with your wisdom within to rise above the obstacle
- Stay open to receive help and support from the Universe
- Go through any transitions, changes or difficult periods of your life
What does this Mantra mean?
Mantra: Om Gam Ganapataye Nahama
Om = the divine in the form of a sound / the divine sound of creation
Gam = seed sound (bija) of Ganesha
Ganapataye = another name of Ganesha (head of Shiva’s army)
Namaha = I offer my salutations / bow to
Meaning: “I offer my salutations / bow to Lord Ganesha, who is the remover of obstacles”
Enjoy this meditation and feel free to let me know how you feel afterwards by leaving a comment below the video or contact me here.
If you want to delve deeper into your japa practice, consider joining our Thailand Bhakti Yoga Study Group: Finding Our Way Back to Love with Tania which is available all year round. In our Bhakti Yoga study groups, we will be exploring and experiencing the energies of Hindu deities through meditation, chanting, kirtan, storytelling, journaling, reflective sharing and other self-discovery exercises. For more information, learn more about our Thailand Bhakti Yoga Study Group program here.