Sri Rathna Garba Ganapathi - The Reformer of Lost Souls
Human life is a tussle between good and evil, between good intentions and evil proclivities, between negative forces and positive forces. Many of us claim to be good, but few of us have eradicated all evil from our thoughts, words and deeds. The ones who have done so are the Siddhas. This they were able to do with the help of Sri Rathna Garba Ganapthi.
Sri Rathna Garba Ganapathi is the reformer of lost souls. He is the divine transformer who converts evil into good. He is the one who burns away the evil in our hearts and converts us into pure, virtuous beings. He's the Lord of those who seek to reform their lives and those who seek purity in thought, word and deed.
For a long period of time, the worship of Sri Rathna Garba Ganapathi was known only to the Devas. The credit for informing humans of this potent worship procedure and for consecrating Him here on earth is due to the Maha Padma Vaasinis, also known as the Ashta Sakthi Devis. These eight Devis are powerful angels who guard us in each of the eight directions. When the Lord engages in tapas (penance), it's these eight Devis who stand vigil around Him and distribute the Lord's yoga sakthi (divine power) to all beings in all parts of the universe. These eight Devis are Deeptha Devi, Sookshumaiyai Devi, Roojaavai Devi, Badhraiyai Devi, Viboothyai Devi, Vimalaayai Devi, Amogaayai Devi and Vidyuthaayai Devi.
How were they able to request the most exalted Lord Sri Rathna Garba Ganapathi to be present amongst us? By their deep bakthi and sincere prayers. They stood around Him and united Their hearts in sublime bakthi. The power of this group effort manifested itself as a divine jothi. Sri Rathna Garba Ganapathi transformed this divine jothi into the ninth Devi and named Her Sarvathomuki Devi. Together these nine Devis are known as Soura Nava Sakthi Devis. The nine Devis continued to pray and requested that the Lord appear on earth and be present among us humans to transform us into pure, virtuous beings. The Lord consented and has been present amongst us since then. Thus we owe a great debt of gratitude to the nine Soura Nava Sakthi Devis for presenting us with the Divine Reformer, Sri Rathna Garba Ganapathi.
Ratna = precious gem. Thw worship of Sri Rathna Garba Ganapathi and the nine Soura Nava Sakthi Devis is important to all of us, but particularly to those in the jewelery business and those who wear precious gems. They should recite the following as part of their daily worship:
There are more specialized worship procedures for each of the eight directions. We will cover these in the next part of this article.