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Siva And Ganpati

Swami Harshananda (Author)

Sri Ramakrishna says that there can be as many spiritual paths as there are spiritual aspirants. Extending this further, we can accept as its corollary that there can be as many gods as there are devotees. As long as the central fact, viz., that these gods are the doorways leading to the one Godhead, is not forgotten, polytheism, pantheism, henotheism or 'any-theism' is acceptable. The bewildering variety of the Hindu gods should be viewed from this angle. An unbiased, if not reverent, study of the Hindu gods and goddesses can convince anyone of the rich symbology they represent. Contemplating on them with a proper understanding of their symbolical significance will help us to be raised to more profound levels of spiritual experience. In this booklet a humble attempt has been made to unravel the symbolism of Siva and Ganapati as also their different facets. We earnestly hope that it will provide the readers with a basic knowledge of these deities and rouse their curiosity to know about the other deities of the Hindu pantheon also. Readers who may be interested in a more comprehensive study of the deities of the Hindu pantheon are advised to go through my book, Hindu Gods and Goddesses, published by the Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai.

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Swami Harshananda

Swami Harshananda is a senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order.  Initiated into spiritual life by Swami Virajananda, the sixth president of the Ramakrishna Order, he joined the Bangalore branch of the Ramakrishna Math in early 1954.  He was administered the monastic vows by Swami Vishuddhananda, the eighth president, in 1962.  The Swami has worked in the various centers of the Order such as Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Belur Math (the Headquarters of the Order) and Allahabad.  He has been the president of the Ramakrishna Math of Bangalore since 1989.  He has several books to his credit in English, Kannada and Sanskrit.  Some of his books have been translated into foreign languages like French, Korean and Indonesian.  He is a good speaker in English and Kannada (his mother-tongue).  The Swami can also sing devotional songs well.  His cassette tapes and CD's of discourses and Bhajans are quite popular.

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Bibliographic information

Title Siva And Ganpati
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Ramakrishna Math
Language: English
length 64p., 5.50 X 4.00cm.