Ganesha does not mean only the wall portrait of Ganesha. Ganesha does not mean only the idol of Ganesha. But Ganesha means much more and beyond. Shiva and Parvati do not mean only the wall portraits of Shiva and Parvati. Shiva and Parvati do not mean only the idols of Shiva and Parvati. They mean much more and beyond. There has to be a far deeper meaning to these mythological stories. Let us explore and uncover the myth hidden in these stories.
What does the bull Nandi stand for in this story? The bull Nandi is a symbol for our mind. It is only our mind that can safeguard us on this journey of Tantra. If you ask the psychologists they say that there is no sex in the body but only in the mind. The mind of a man is full of sex. The modern research says that 80% of the man’s mind is occupied with sex. The mind can be a friend and the mind can also be an enemy. It all depends on the individual. Sex and lust are more powerful than the mind. They have always overridden the mind. The history has witnessed wars for want of a woman. The history has witnessed wars for the sake of love. We have a saying that says that everything is fair in love and war. So the bull Nandi represents the mind. And the bull Nandi was Shiva’s consort and hence was loyal to him. It is quite obvious. My mind is loyal to me always. In the past the Nandi has always allowed Shiva to get in. In the past it always happened like that. But this time Parvati wanted a proper safeguard. That means this love affair was going on continuously. Parvati was taking bath and Shiva was getting in. His bull Nandi was always allowing him to get in. It is quite obvious. To control one’s mind is not that easy. To transform one’s mind is not that easy. To transcend sex is not that easy. To go beyond sex is not that easy. And this time Parvati wanted to fix the problem permanently. This time she creates Ganesha out of the turmeric paste of her body. Turmeric paste is used by women for enhancing their beauty. A woman has always been a symbol of love and beauty. God has made her like that. Unfortunately the man has nothing to show but to see her beauty and appreciate. The man always says her : I love you. It is always her choice whether to accept or reject. Man has no other choice really.
The path of Tantra means to move from lust to love. The journey of Tantra means to move from sex to Supreme Consciousness. It is a journey to move from body-body love to soul-soul love. It is a journey to move into the higher dimension of the beings. I may not know my body through my body alone. I may need the help of the other to know my body. I may not know my own feelings. And I may need the feelings of the other to know my own feelings. Shiva says that Shakti is Agama. She is a way to know oneself. He says she is a process to know oneself. And Shakti says that Shiva is Nigama. She says that he is the goal to know. He is the goal called the formless Ekalinga. This is the science of Tantra. Just getting stuck only at the level of the lust and the sex is dangerous. It can be a starting point. It can be a triggering point. The goal is still far ahead. The whole journey of Tantra is to move from Muladhara to Sahasrara. Tantra is an inner journey to move from the lover energy center to the highest energy center. On this path of Tantra, Muladhara is the beginning and Sahasrara is the goal. On this path of Tantra, lust is the beginning and love is the goal. On this path of Tantra, sex is the beginning and Supreme Consciousness is the goal.