Ganesh is the Lord of the Mûlâdhâra chakra, which is the first chakra, the chakra of the base. The Mûlâdhâra chakra corresponds to the Earth (Prithivî) element; it is represented by a yellow-colored square figure, in which is written the root-mantra (bîja-mantra ) LAM; this square is bordered, on the four sides, by four petals. Inside the square figure, below the bîja-mantra, one generally finds the Shiva Lingam , black-colored, in a turned down summit triangle. The snake, representing the Kundalini asleep power, is wound around this Shiva Lingam. Every bîja-mantra is associated with a carrier-animal (vâhana ). The vâhana of LAM is the elephant.
Therefore, in tantric practices, Ganesh is invoked as the Power able to awake the Kundalini Shakti.
Indeed, the target of tantric practices , is to wake the energy asleep in the mûladhâra chakra and to make it rising, crossing every chakra, up to the Sahasrara Chakra. Let us stress this point : this practice is difficult and somewhat risky if the student expects to run over the stages too quickly. It is easy to understand why : in every chakra there are blokages (energy nodes, grantha) which indicate the lack of yogic preparation of this chakra energies.
For exemple : if excessive rajasic energies are vigorously set in motion by intensive prânâyâma, that can get jammed in the Svâdishthâna chakra and generate intemperates sexual needs (nice result !), or in the Manipûra chakra irritate the person who does not understand what happens and why she feels herself so bad.
In the practices involving Ganesh, we have to remember that the god power is used to transform our negative forces in positive ones. We know that Hindu gods are definitely universal forces which take on various functions.
Gods act through the mantra which invoke them. Indeed, mantra are very powerful phonemes. We talk about bîja mantra which are the true vibrations of the deity.
It is absolutely necessary, for several reasons, that working with the Kundalini implies the use of a bîja mantra under the effective supervision of a skilled teacher, and in certain circumstances. This is why it’s really not very interesting to learn bîja-mantra in books.
On the other hand, Vedic mantra, used in exoteric rituals, are not dangerous ones; and they always bring very benefic results.
A POWER FUL GANESH MANTRA.
“Om shrim hreem kleem gloum gam ganpatye
var varda sarv janam me vash manyey swaha”