(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 16 May 2013, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 9.7.21)
Transcribed by Jnana-samudra das
The next level up of God consciousness (above the Surya’s) are those who are approaching him with a business mentality, “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me…” and fill in the blanks. Or in the Vedic culture, Ganapati worship.
[In an Indian accent] “Oh, Ganapati is so nice. He looks so cute and he gives all these benedictions because Ganapati takes away the obstacles on the path…”
This is a narrow-minded type of spirituality – looking at the material situation and using spirituality to benefit the material situation. It’s still better than the other two (the Shakta’s and the Surya’s) because there is a concept of connecting, of making offerings to a personal deity and getting benedictions from a personal deity – but it is a very small type of worship.