02 Feb Ganesha Puja with Eddie Stern for Knot On My Planet
As always, it is a pleasure to be practicing with Eddie Stern in Stockholm (2018). He evokes a strong level of calmness in prescence and is very humble, making time for everyone who enters the shala and greeting all with his heart and smile. Beyond, his devotion to the practices of yoga and research in the field is what continues to inspire me to learn more with him.
As Eddie approaches the age of 50, he has made a commitment to further extend and support the envirnment and make an impact in a positive way. Today Eddie discussed the 2 bodies we have; The individual body which we nourish, care for and protect and secondly, the extended body which extends to our environment and that within – including all sentient beings and nature with no execption.
If you are familiar with Eddie Stern he loves to start most of his workshops with a beautiful Ganesha Puja. Instead of only doing the Ganesh pujas this year, Eddie has actively commited to extend beyond this to support the welfare, survival & protection of elephants in our extended bodies: the environment.
To inaugurate the workshop this weekend we participated in a special ceremony to honor Ganesh, the elephant headed Hindu deity who is the remover of obstacles, and the giver of success for all new undertakings. This ceremony creates a special sense of community spirit and togetherness. As Ganesh is the remover of obstacles and new beginnings, the puja is chanted at the beginning of any traditional Hindu ceremonies. With the traditional ceremony taking at least an hour or so, here is one of the simplest Ganesha mantras we can chant every day:
Om Gan Ganpataye Namo Namah.
Usually this is repeated 108 times. The number of beads on a mala and a number of significant importance in sacred geommetry and cosmology.
Here is another one of my faviourite Ganesha mantras in Sanskrit with English pronounciation and meaning:
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ॥
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa ||
1: (I meditate on Sri Ganesha) Who has a Curved Trunk, Large Body, and Who has the Brilliance of a Million Suns,
2: O Lord, Please make all my Works Free of Obstacles, Always.
#Knot On My Planet
Throughout 2018, Eddie is travelling around the world performing this ritual to spread awareness of these beautiful creatures who are being threatened to being extinct. Today there are approximately 350000-400000 elephants left in the world with 30000 elephants being poached each year. A staggering amount which would clearly threaten the animals to being extinct in our lifetime.
Eddie will be performing this sacred puja around the world in: Moscow, Stockholm, Chengdu, London, Amsterdam, Milan, India, Buenos Aires & Tel Aviv in 2018. Checkout his website for his traveling schedule: http://ayny.org/eddies-schedule/
Whilst the pujas are free, donations will be accepted at the end of the pujas, and all of the money collected will be donated to Knot On My Planet, which supports elephant protection in Africa and the end of the ivory trade around the world.
Please visit: www.knotonmyplanet.org to learn more about this wonderful organisation and to make a donation 😉