The fire is crackling, the priest is chanting Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha, the smell of burning ghee is filling my nose. I love fire ceremonies. I missed the opening one of this yoga teacher training course, because I was still teaching in Morocco, but I’m happy I’m back in time for the closing fire ceremony.
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. The mantra is repeated over and over again as gratitude to Lord Ganasha. He’s the ‘Indian elephant God’; the remover of obstacles, guardian of beauty, prosperity, grace and compassion. He is the God that removes the internal and external obstacles of our success and grants the opening of your spiritual gifts. Ganesha is the guardian of knowledge and he’s the one helping mankind to reach self-realization.
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. The priest blesses a little bowl and hands it over to Eli, the leading teacher of this training. Slowly she walks over to all the students that are sitting around the fire and puts a red dot on their forehead. This bindi functions as a reminder. All spiritual Indians wear it. Day will start their day with a morning prayer. Before they leave the house they will put the little red dot on their forehead as a reminder that all the things they doing they do the achieve self-realization.
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. The priest keeps on reciting. Offering more ghee to Ganasha by dripping it on the fire. In little groups the students come forward. With their right hand they pick up a combination of earth and wood and throw it in the fire as well. Using the fire as a courier to bring the prayer to Ganesha. But the fire is more than the mailman of the Gods. The fire also symbols the light that can reveal things that are in the dark in the first place. It also symbols the heat in us; the heat that sustains us.
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. ‘I am surrendering to Ganasha’. The mantra of Ganasha was also recited at the beginning of the yoga teacher training. That time to pray to the elephant God to give us a training without obstacles, to give everybody what they wanted form the course, to make it a positive learning journey. This time the mantra is recited to thank Ganasha for his help. To thank him for all the wisdom the students and their teachers have received.
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. When all students have made their offer to Ganasha the priest recites one more time. Then he picks up some fruit, places it in a bowl for Ganasha and finally picks up a little coconut. Very precisely he places it in the fire as the last offer to thank the God for the beautiful teacher training he has granted us.
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha…….