Today though I am taking that brick wall down, one brick at a time. My dear friend Gretchyn mentioned this mantra in her comment on the Dr. Sanskrit post. I was going to wait to share it because it's longer and maybe a little chalenging for you to remember just starting out. However, it is my favorite mantra and I use it often...and by often I mean at least once a day. It's very useful, I actually used it to move the first brick on my giant wall so really it's only fitting that it be the first. Here you go
Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha (om guhm gana-pat-ee-ay Nam-a-ha)
This mantra is the obstacle remover, and the bringer of wealth and abundance. My Teacher taught me that Ganapatayei was another word for Ganesh and this mantra is asking Ganesh to remove your obstacles and bring you wealth. Another source doesn't mention Ganesh and translates the mantra to this, "To remove obstcles that are standing in the way of your progress."
So let's break it down, Om is the sound of the Universe, or a way of connecting to the Universe. Namaha means bow to, respect, honor, invoke. Gum and Ganapatayei are a little more difficult. I tried using a Sanskrit translator but they do not have a translation for ganapatayei or gum. However, there are several words for Gahna; lump, mass, gross, and solid, just to name a few which makes me think of a brick wall. Pathi means "on the path" so I think we could say that this Mantra may also translate to be "Om I invoke the power to get this brick wall of my path."
This is perhaps where the giant brick wall came from, Sanskrit translations. I have not profesionally studied Sanskrit, I know a few words, probably pronounce them wrong, and am constantly looking them up again. Sanskrit is a very rich language and the way words get shifted around adds to there meaning. I am not Dr. Sanskirt I'm just a yoga teacher with a love for these Ancient words that my Teacher gave me and google at my finger tips. Just like there are many different translations of Ancient books the same is true for Sanskrit. If you know a different translation please share!
It may be that since Ganesh is known as the remover of obstacles on your path to sucess, when you put Gahna and pathi together to make ganapatayei it means the idea of Ganesh. If you rather not invoke Ganesh you can leave him out of it and think of this Mantra as, "Please help me see around my obstacles". The important part is, does it work for you? Then Great!
I use mantras at different times; for meditation, in yoga class to help me keep focus, and when I get that stressed feeling of "how am I ever going to..." I have used Om gum ganapatayei namaha driving to work late, when I have an argument with my partner, and other times when I need to take a minute to reconnect with true me. The traditional way to use a mantra is in meditation, repeating the mantra 108 times or a division of 108. This is very powerful and I highly recomend it, but any time through out your day is good too.
Wow! Look at that, I guess that brick wall is down! I hope this mantra helps you as much as it has helped me! Om gum ganapatayei namaha!