In the land of Bharat Varsha (India) some millenia ago, the sages living in Naimasaranya forest decided that for everyone's benefit they would hear and discuss all of the Puranas, This took about twelve years to complete. During this time, the renowned son of Vyasadeva, Sukadeva Gosvami, appeared on the scene to recite and discourse on the Bhagavat Purana. Sukadeva was considered to be the most realized and knowledgeable on transcendental topics. After completing the Bhagavat and others as well, the sages, desiring to to hear more, asked the illustrious Suta Gosvami to continue the discourse. Suta proposed that the recitation of the Ganesha Purana was the best remedy for the anxious transcendentalists.
Who is Ganesha? Is he a mythological character or is his existence based in reality? Only the sincere reader of the Ganesha Purana can conclude. It is also a matter of realization. There is a nice analogy in this regard. When Sir Isaac Newton noticed how an apple falls from a tree and hit the ground, he discovered the Law of Gravity, One may conclude that Newton was educated in this regard. In the same way, in order to understand or realize spiritual knowledge, one must also try to become educated and learn this science, preferably under the guidance of a bona-fide guru. The Vedic literatures, of which the Puranas belong, consistently give examples of such transcendental teachers. After learning the basics, then we may dive deeper and acquire more understanding from the Puranas and many other spiritual texts.
In modern history there have many books written on the subject of Lord Gananpati or Ganesha. He is depicted as the elephant headed One (Vakrundaya) who bestows blessings on his devotees. He is one of the most revered deities and is known as the god of successful beginnings and the remover of obstacles. However, to others, he is simply the beautiful son of Lord Siva and goddess Parvati. Although Ganesha is known by many names, for those who are absorbed in meditation on his transcendental form, he is their worshipable lord, and they chant this mantra Om Gam Ganapataye Namah with great ecstatic pleasure.
At any rate, I am trying to present the
Ganesha Purana in an easy to understand format.
I will be posting new chapters as I complete them, probably in groups of
five at a time, available for download. All
of the 8000 verses have been translated from the Sanskrit texts into the English language by the honorable scholar - Professor Dr. Gregory Baily of La Trobe University.
With Dr. Baily's permission I am editing his English translation.
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