terça-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2010

Eternal Ganesha


 Jaya Ganesha! 
May you take away all the obstacles. 
And make my dreams come true...

Who doesn't know Ganesha?

Ganesha has crisscrossed faiths in India to become the icon of protection, of good luck and prosperity. With his elephant head, his potbelly, his weakness for sweets and his preferred vehicle of a mouse, he is quite irresistible but he's much more than just a good luck emblem. He is regarded as the Origin of the Universe, the Lord of Connection, of Cause and Effect, the Moment of Creation. He's really a metaphor for a philosophical quest, an eternal search.

A beautiful story about Ganesha exemplifies just how he conquered the world. Shiva and Parvati once asked their two sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya to race around the world three times to see who should be the leader. While Kartikeya dashed off on his peacock mount, Ganesha was expected to make the journey on his slow-moving mouse. Showing wonderful logic and diplomacy, he won by simply circling around his divine parents three times, saying "You are the world."

Riding on his mouse, holding his axe and his goad and noose to catch bad karma, Sri Ganesha continues to engage believers and non-believers, holding out the sweet modaks of divine joy for a life well-lived. 

*Ganesha painting by Katie Daisy
 

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