8 Lessons From Lord Ganesha
As I'm on this spiritual path, I'm consistently seeking inspiration that feeds my inner goddess. From all the visual reminders that I get on a daily, Ganesh has made an energetic impact these past few months. Every time I look into a Ganesh, I feel a mirror come up to my face to look at myself and the road that lies ahead. Ganesh is a highly symbolic diety in the Hindu religion and in the world of spiritual followers. If you bump into a photo of a Ganesh, know that that person is calling success into their lives. Considered the God of new beginnings and wisdom, Ganesh is the destroyer of evils and obstacles. He also is the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride. Ganesh has the head of an elephant and the body of a human. There's so much to learn from this God, but these lessons fit into our everyday lives.
Respect Your Parents.
Ganesha was beheaded by his own father. No matter the circumstance or the events that may happen in your life, honor your parents, for you are in this physical plane because of them.
Wisdom can help us overcome any inherent limitations
Don't ever fret over our physical weaknesses as wisdom will always win the race.
Be a Good Listener.
Ganesha's big ears remind us that sometimes its better to be a better listener than orator. Listen minutely and intently. Ignore unwanted gossip.
Look At Things With A Microscopic Eye
The elephant is the only animal that can't see thing in the correct perspective as it sees everything bigger than itself. The lesson in this is to examine everything around you as bigger and as more virtuous than you to anticipate complex situations.
Think Before Speaking About Others
Before speaking about someone, take a look into oneself. Ganesha believes that all obstacles that arise in ones life come unwanted conversations or talks. The elephant's tongue is pointed towards its neck instead of outwards, whereas tongue of all other animals, including human beings, keeps on lollying out.
Act In Good Faith
Whatever task you are faced with do it to your best ability. Face it with courage, conviction and self-belief. At the end of the day, live with the satisfaction of knowing that you gave it your best.
Depend On Yourself
One of Ganesha's other names is Vinayak, which means master of oneself; independence in thought and action. This commands us to take ownership and responsibility for our actions and outcomes.
Ganesha’s eyes teach us to concentrate our mind, as only a person who has controlled his mind, can achieve any success in life.
Here's my mini compilation of great ganesh art that I found on the web. Collage created via BeFunky.
For additional Ganesh lessons go here.