Salutations to the one who removes all obstacles from the path of self-knowledge.
शुक्लाम्बरधरं विष्णुं शशिवर्णं चतुर्भुजम् ।
प्रसन्नवदनं ध्यायेत् सर्वविघ्नोपशान्तये ॥
Lord Ganesh, who is wearing white attire, who is all pervading, who is bright in appearance like moon and who has four arms, One should meditate upon Him who has a compassionate and gracious face, to remove all obstacles from the path of one's spiritual pursuit.
(Let us) Meditate in the heart upon Lord Ganesa — the silent, non-dual, universal witness — who is the nectar of divine bliss and is full of grace, shining as the bountiful flowering of aspirants following the path of spiritual wisdom.
The mangalacharan is taken from Devikālottara, expounded by Lord Siva into the ears of Goddess Isvari, that teaches self-inquiry as a means to liberation. This is an invocation to the energy that assumes Lordship over all beings, provides strong and auspicious foundation for creative work, and removes hindrances from the path of devotee (one devoted to one's Self).