Elephant Metaphor for Chanting Mantras

October 28, 2016

Dude, I’m a 100% convert and believer in the power of chanting mantras. Because its effects are undeniable, they start working right away.

So, the other day I told you I got into chanting the powerful Tibetan mantra: OM MANI PADME HUM.

Then, I remembered that there’s a famous Ganapati Mantra, this deity known as the remover of obstacles, and of bringing prosperity into one’s life.

I could definitely use some blockage removing and more prosperity, that’s fo sho. For about three days now, I’ve also been chanting the powerful Ganapati Mantra: OM GAM GANAPATAYE NAMAHA.

The powers of this mantra are very noticeable. My mind becomes at ease and it feels like blocks in my subconscious are breaking away. I keep having dreams of breaking through walls and have been getting tons of new inspired ideas daily.

I chant it (as a whisper and then mentally) as I awake, while doing chores, and right before sleep. I figure why not, it’s free!

The official method is to chant all these mantras 108 times in the morning and 108 times in the evening. At first, that seemed like a daunting task, until I decided to time myself. I noted that it takes me about two seconds to say the Ganapati Mantra one time. Thus 108 repetitions means 216 seconds, or 3 minutes and 36 seconds. That’s a piece of cake! That’s how long it takes to warm up food, floss, or any number of other small tasks.

Elephant Metaphor:
I picked this up from the spiritual teacher & author Eknath Easwaran. If you ever decide to purchase an English translation of Bhagavad Gita, Dhammapada, or Upanishad, you’ll surely run into his popular books on Amazon.

This is the metaphor.
In India, we have elephants that are used in festivals & ceremonies. While the highly decorated elephant is traveling from one spot to the other, he will swing his trunk here and there, and will snatch up coconuts and bananas from the fruit stands.

To prevent this, the rider hands the elephant a bamboo shaft. For some reason the elephant loves this and will hold onto it the whole time. No more stolen fruit.

The same way, our mind, Eknath says, likes to swing about here and there, grasping at random negative thoughts & memories. To keep it steady, we hand it a mantra to grasp.

How cool is that metaphor?!

Mantrams recommended by Easwaran – click on “how to choose a mantram” for the metaphor
Chanting to Ganesha as the Remover of Obstacles – one woman’s experience