Auspicious beginnings may be a matter of set destiny, random luck, or some combination of the two extremes. But on my first day home to live, after seventeen years away, I wasn’t about to take any chances.
As soon as was humanly possible (since the power of “Beam me up, Scottie” remains a dream yet to manifest) I drove myself, along with four rather burly suitcases, to my childhood beach. It was no easy task, especially after 2 hours of sleep, a 10 hour plane ride, a mission getting to the rental car spot, and a dying cell phone. I realized, no matter how sticky logistics might be on the surface, when you have a solid intention that comes from the core of your being, it doesn’t feel “difficult” at all. All those challenges are simply what you need to do to get where you want to go. And everything finds a way to unfold . . .
To the backdrop of sapphire waves and the imminent Diamond Head, with mynah birds chirping, and a cool salty breeze on my cheek, it all started, like so many amazing moments in my life, with the Gajananam Sloka.
I prostrate myself before the lotus feet of Vigneshvara (Ganesha), the son of Uma, who destroys sorrow, who is served by the host of angels, who has the face of an elephant, who partakes of the essence of kapittha and jambu fruits.
Shadananam Kumkuma Raktavarnam
Mahaamatim Divya Mayura Vaahanam
Rudrasya Sunam Surasainya Natham
Guhaam Sadaaham Sharanam Prapadye
I always take refuge in Guha of six faces (Subramanya), who is of deep red color like kumkuma, who possesses great knowledge, who has the divine peacock to ride on, who is the son of Rudra (Siva), and who is the leader of the army of the devas (gods and angels).
Yaa Kundendu Tushaara Haara Dhavalaa
Yaa Shubhra Vastraavritaa
Yaa Vina Varadanda Mantita Karaa
Yaa Shvetaa Padmaasanaa
Yaa Brahmaachyuta Shankara Prabhritibhi
Devaihi Sadaa Pujitaa
Saa Maam Paatu Saraswati Bhagavati
May the Goddess Saraswati, who wears a garland white like the kunda-flower, the moon and the snow, who is adorned with pure white clothes, whose hands are ornamented with the vina and the gesture of blessings, who is seated on a white Lotus, who is always worshipped by Brahma, Vishnu, Siva and other gods, who is the remover of all inertness and laziness, protect me.
Salutations to Guru Shiva, who is the embodiment of Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute, in whom worldliness does not exist, who is ever peaceful. Salutations to Sri Sivananda, Salutations to Swami Brahmananda.
Om Sarve Mangala Mangalye
Shive Sarvartha Sadhike
Sharanye Trayambake Gauri
I salute the three-eyed Divine Mother Narayani, who brings auspiciousness and who fulfils all the desires of the devotee (both spiritual and material).
Ganesha, by the way, is said to remove and place obstacles along one’s path, keeping things smooth, or putting you in check, depending on what is needed. Just hearing this sloka sends a warm release through my body, but chanting it aloud is a fully empowering practice.
I set clear intentions for moving home – though probably not nearly as prolific as my journal entries, I think I covered them all! I sat in receptive meditation, gave thanks to the universe, and finished it off with a prasad of spicy poke and grapes.
Oh, it’s on . . . 🙂