Inherent Secret in Making “Modakas”
Process of making “Modakas” has a deep significance. Grams are first soaked in water. Their shells are removed. Then they are ground into a fine powder. This powder is roasted in Ghee (Butter). Powdered Sugar is mixed. Then this mixture is given a round balls formation. As most of us know Lord Ganesh is very fond of Modakas. The process of making “Modakas” tells us that to endear oneself to a great Guru, the disciple has to pass through the process of penance, discipline and purification. Then he has to serve the master with sweetness and pleasure.
Ganesha and Aum (OM)
Look at the image on top-right. Lord Ganesh is both within form and beyond form. As “within form”, He is most commonly depicted as a strange composite of elephant and man, generally mounted on a mouse with four arms (see my previous blogs for their symbolic significance). However as “beyond form” He represents the Pranava ( OM orAUM) which is the symbol of the Supreme Self. If you view Lord Ganesha sideways as shown above, you will see the symbol “OM” in Sanskrit.
Curling to the left Ganesha’s trunk forms the shape of the syllable OM, symbolizing the origin of the Cosmos. Because Ganesha’s trunk forms the sacred syllable, He is believed to embody OM in its material form. That’s why Ganesh is called “Aumkara or OM-kar”, the origin of the universe and worshiped first by all Hindus regardless of their belief in God with form or without form.
To further reinforce my argument I present Adi Shankaracharya‘s hymn:
Whom the wise recognize
As the single syllable
Of Supreme Sound
Stainless and peerless
Formless and unconditioned
Dwelling in the core of
To You Primal One
I bow in wonder.”