Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha
July 28, 2010 by Akemi Gaines
“Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha” is a Sanskrit mantra to remove life’s obstacles. The link takes you to the Amazon’s page for Deva Premal’s CD “Mantras For Precarious Times” and you can check the sound sample to hear how it is pronounced. The mantra is repeated for the magic number of 108 times.
I have been receiving questions that basically says, “Okay, so I have been doing some spiritual work and I think I have had some breakthroughs in my spiritual growth. For a while, I felt great. But then such and such happened, and life feels just as hard as it was (or worse). Why is this so? Why do I still struggle in the old negative patterns?”
For others, it may be relationship or career or money situation that presents the obstacle.
I had a good long talk with my spirit guides, and here is what I gather. A lot of things are repetitions of what I’ve already written here, but I guess it is worth writing again because we (me included) haven’t quite “got it” yet.
As long as you judge, you isolate part of you
For a long time in our human history, life has been about survival. In the survival mode, the ability to make judgments quickly according to past experiences and common sense is helpful.
This is because, whenever you judge someone or something, you are judging a certain part of yourself, whether you are aware or not. There is absolutely no room for double standards in the spiritual plane.
If I judge sickness and overweight is no good, then I am judging the part of me that is less than perfect health. I become less than whole. And the judged and isolated part of me, which some call “the negative part of me”, will yell at me for attention.
“But I MUST have this…”
You would experience the difficulty in the area you feel you MUST have or be in a certain way, the area you have the strongest judgments and therefore have the strongest need to control.
If you feel you must have a good relationship (to be happy and complete), then you are likely to have this backlash in forming a relationship. If you think you must have or make certain amount of money, then you may be facing financial challenges.
In my personal case, I see relationship as optional. My financial target is pretty flexible, too. So I don’t get the “negativity” in these areas. I might make quite a lot of money in one month and not so much in another, and all in all, I’m in good shape.
But leading a healthy lifestyle, especially eating in a certain way, has been a must for me, so there is my challenge. By focusing on healthy eating, I effectively feed my sugar cravings.
Just so we are on the same page, letting go of judgments and control doesn’t mean I binge on junk foods. If I am tuned in to myself, that just doesn’t happen. There may be times when I eat one cookie, for example, but bingeing like there is no tomorrow simply won’t happen in the natural state — that is a result of judgments and over-control.
Likewise, letting go of your need for relationship doesn’t mean you reject all dates. People will be naturally attracted to you, and when you see someone you like, you can enjoy time together. This may lead to long-term relationship — just don’t go back to your must-have mode of thinking.
Letting go of judgments also means accepting, or even welcoming, destruction.
In Hindu, there are thee main deities (or three aspects of one deity): Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the maintainer or preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer or transformer). Although we usually embrace only the creation and maintenance, destruction of the old is a necessary step for the new cycle of creation.
When you judge destruction as bad and hold onto what you have, you get constipated. When you are constipated, you feel sick and lose appetite for the new.
When you judge, you give power to the illusion of duality: good and no good. The truth is we are all one and whole.
In other words, this is all about living in the here and now. In the here and now, everything is already complete and whole and wonderful — if you have the eye for it.
How does this work with the Law of Attraction?
So, if we are to live happily in the here and now, without judgments and need to control, does that mean we are stuck in where we are and there is no point in having intentions and aspirations, like the Law of Attraction teaches?
No. Things change on their own. The intrinsic nature of energy is movement.
What it means is we don’t push our ego-produced agenda to the change. This actually accelerates the natural changes. It also means we learn balance in this naturally changing, moving energy, like you do in surfing. Or even riding a bike.
When you are riding a bike, you are heading to a certain direction. Try balancing a bike without moving ahead — it’s really hard. But then, you don’t want to dictate how the course should be like — you want to enjoy the ride while moving to a certain direction, rather than using the ride ( =life) as a means to get somewhere.
The Law of Attraction is really about feeling good about yourself right now and using this power of love to experience even more love. Yes, you want to have intentions, but it’s also true that it works best when you surrender.
Glitch in the life simulation game
Letting go of judgments is baffling. We are so well trained in making judgments that the function is our second nature. The minute we think we let go of judgment, we find it in ourselves again. We find ourselves in the same old pattern and strangely familiar old challenges.
It’s like being in the nick of an old record. (Remember the music records? Before downloads, and before CDs, there were something called records. . .) Something skips, and we are back to the same part of the music again. Over and over.
It’s a glitch in this life simulation game we are in.
How can we fix this glitch? With the damaged record, we picked up the needle and moved it on, but how can we move on to the next part of the “LIFE” game?
I don’t have a complete answer. If you do, please write in the comment. In the meantime, I will keep doing my part of letting go of my judgments and healing the part I have ignored. In other words, I’ll see how I can love my problems and embrace destruction (not about violence, but as in transformation). Maybe I will chant the mantra, too. Deva Premal writes, “”This mantra unifies us within. When there is oneness, there are no obstacles.”