A chocolaty surprise for Ganapati Bappa

Posted on: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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“Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakotee Sama Prabha
Nirvighnam kuru mey Deva, Sarva kaaryeshu Sarvadaa”

O Lord Ganesha of Large body, curved trunk, with the brilliance of a million suns, please make all my work free of obstacles, always.

Ganesh Chaturthi the spectacular festival honors the birth of the beloved Indian elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha , popularly worshiped for his powers to remove obstacles and bring good fortune.

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji explains, “Ganeshji is the lord of all the good qualities in us. So when we worship him, all the good qualities blossom in us. He is also the lord of knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge dawns only when we become aware of the Self. When there is inertia, there is no knowledge, no wisdom, nor is there any liveliness (Chaitanya) or progress in life. So the consciousness has to be awakened and the presiding deity of consciousness is Ganeshji. That’s why before every puja, the Lord Ganesha is worshiped to awaken the consciousness.”


Click here to watch a beautiful video where Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar unlocks the symbolism of Ganesha Festival

The secret behind making an offering to God:
The Sanskrit word “prasada” means “mercy,” or the divine grace of God. IIf, as a meditative discipline, we can offer our food to God with devotion before eating it, not only are we not implicated in the karma involved in acquiring the food, but we can actually make spiritual progress by eating the offered food. Our devotion, and God’s grace, subtly transforms the food offered from material nutrition to spiritual mercy or prasada.

That definitely call for some mouth-watering recipes for the special Ganpatati occasion.

Modak means Part of Bliss:
Lord Ganpati is often termed as ‘Modakpriya’ because of his love for Modaks . Actually ‘Moda’ means Bliss … ‘K’ means a part … So Modak is basically a part of bliss . Modak symbolises the Spiritual knowledge. When you look at the Modak, look at its tip.That is what you tend to see first.. It’s tip is too narrow and so is the spiritual knowledge at start , if you start getting more and more into it you tend to realize the vastness of this spiritual energy . The base of the modak signifies the same. Hence, Modak is sometimes termed as Dhyan Modak.

CHOCO COCONUT MODAK RECIPE

Ingredients:
• 1 cup Chocolate Chips
• 3 cups Desiccated Coconut
• 1 cup Condensed Milk
• 8-10 Walnuts (finely chopped)
• Silver Warq as required (cut into half-inch squares)

Method :
In a big bowl, take chocolate chips, desiccated coconut, condensed milk and walnuts and mix well.

Divide into little portions and press them in modak mould.
Wrap the modaks with silver warq and refrigerate till set.
Serve.

Can you think of a fruit which looks like Modak?

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