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  1. Ganapati: Song of the Self (Suny Series, Religious Studies)
    Ganapati: Song of the Self (Suny Series, Religious Studies)
    Ganapati: Song of the Self (Suny Series, Religious Studies)
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  2. Ganapati: Song of the Self (Suny Series, Religious Studies)

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Ganapati is the Hindu Lord of Beginnings, the Keeper of the Threshold, the Remover of Obstacles, Master of the Mind, Son of Siva, Elephant-headed, plump, and loveable. This book offers a wide range of information about Ganapati gathered from such diverse sources as hymns, poems, myths, shrines, practices, and theologies. It considers Ganapati's complexity: his transcendence of sectarian and territorial limits, his delayed but dramatic development into the religious pantheon, his paradoxical mythology, and his physical manifestation, an elephant's head on a human body.

Ganapati: Song of the Self fosters an understanding from within a tradition. It presents a positive interpretation of the material and encourages an inner quest for spiritual truth.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Prof. John Grimes with a Ph.D. on Vedanta from Univ. Of Madras describes this work as a 'view from with in the tradition'. Thus it is a view of a Ganesha worshipper, and NOT of an outsider unlike many Western scolars. This is an important difference in the outlook. Like a spiritual aspirant's progress (Sadhana), the book unfolds as a personal journey wherein the form of Ganesha unfolds its higher meanings as it progresses. Ultimately, as the title suggests, Ganesha or Ganapati is the Song of the Self or Atman. Relating all the stories from Indian scriptures and highlighting the inner meaning is simply delightful learning. Prof. Grimes also relates a few personal spiritual experiences again highlighting the Upanishadic wisdom 'Tat tvam asi' - That Thou art' which Ganesh symbolizes.
Chinmaya Mission's book on Ganesh is very similar to this. Yet Dr. Grime's book brings all the threads together into a coherent story.
I Highly recommend this book for both Hindus and others.
I have read and reread this book several times. Each time, I find something else of worth. I have never yet read a book on a hindu diety written by a westerner that so captures the simple faith of the average hindu while simultaneously providing such a wealth of information to the reader. I would recommed it to any reader searching for information on Ganesh.

I'm glad I purchased this volume, which is written from the perspective of Advaita Vedanta (I believe Dr Grimes is himself an Advaitin). There's many valuable scriptures and stories on Ganapati/Ganesha, accounts of the main Ganesha temples in India, good explanations of some mantras and names, instructions for worship, etc. A great book, inspiring the devotee of Sri Ganesha and the Jnana yogi/ni as well.
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