When I first started chanting, I used to imagine a deity coming in and helping to adjust the universe to my desired outcome (I realize how silly this is now…).
After a few years of mantra, I realize that chanting doesn’t do anything to change external situations; it changes you from the inside.
Mantra is putting out a sound vibration. What we put out in to the universe is what we attract.
So your universe does change, but it’s a reaction to the change within you.
So chanting Ganesh mantra doesn’t literally remove your obstacles; rather, you will change so that what you consider obstacles may change–or you may see opportunity where you once saw obstacles.
powerful…or should I say “shakti-ful”…:)