Lord Ganpatti joined us once again yesterday, with the commencement of the annual Ganesh Festival. My building society has made a big effort with its festival program this year. As well as the evening aarti, there’s a dance performance, fashion show, and bhajans on different nights.
Although I feel most connected to Hindu Goddess is Saraswati (no surprises there, since learning and creativity are a focus for me), I love Ganesh festival celebrations and the energy that’s present.
Ganesha is popularly worshiped to remove obstacles, support new beginnings, and achieve prosperity — not just material prosperity but spiritual prosperity too. In fact, he’s a very versatile god! Siddhi, one of his wives, possess great spiritual power. Hence, worshiping Lord Ganesha is believed to be the best way to attain spiritual strength and insight. His other wife, Buddhi, is associated with wisdom and intelligence. Wielding an axe in his upper left hand, Lord Ganesha is also able to help us conquer our emotions and cut the chord to worldly attachments. Destroying selfishness, pride and ego are his specialties as well. And, importantly, he encourages us to view the world as an abundant place, full of potential.
Way before I moved to India I bought a beautiful book called Indian Wisdom 365 Days. Today, I read through it and found these quotes which feel inspiring and meaningful to me for this festival, which celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesh.
Only if we clear the decay of the past
then and there can we really enjoy the beauty of the new leaves and flowers.
Likewise, we must clear the murkiness of past bad experiences from our minds.
Life is remembrance in forgetfulness.
Forgive what ought to be forgiven; forget what ought to be forgotten.
Let us embrace life with renewed vigour…
We should be able to face every moment of life with renewed expectation, like a freshly blossomed flower.
~ Mata Amritanandamayi (better known as Amma).
What we are about to undertake is an expedition together, a journey of discovery
into the most secret recesses of our consciousness.
And for such an adventure we must travel light, we cannot burden ourselves
with opinions, prejudices, conclusions that is, with all the baggage we have collected
over the past two thousand years or more. Forget everything you know about yourself,
forget everything that you have thought about yourself,
we are going to set off as if we know nothing.
Blessings to everyone!