Ganapati: Song of the Self (SUNY Series in Religious Studies)

December 5, 2020
Ganapati: Song of the Self (SUNY Series in Religious Studies)

Ganapati is the Hindu Lord of Beginnings, the Keeper of theThreshold, the Remover of Obstacles, Master of the Mind, Son ofSiva, Elephant-headed, plump, and loveable. This book offers a widerange of information about Ganapati gathered from such diversesources as hymns, poems, myths, shrines, practices, and theologies.It considers Ganapati's complexity: his transcendence of sectarianand territorial limits, his delayed but dramatic development intothe religious pantheon, his paradoxical mythology, and his physicalmanifestation, an elephant's head on a human body.Ganapati: Song of the Self fosters an understandingfrom within a tradition. It presents a positive interpretation ofthe material and encourages an inner quest for spiritual truth.