Spiritual Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi (Part 2)
Yesterday we explored the true meaning of the birth of Sri Ganesh. Sri Shankar Ji cut the child’s head and placed the head of an elephant on his body, which symbolizes that The Supreme Father finishes our head of ego and replaces it with a head of wisdom.
1 ● The large forehead of Sri Ganesh signifies wisdom. When we study the spiritual knowledge given by the Supreme Father and inculcate it in our every thought, word and action, we become full of wisdom.
2 ● Broad ears shaped like sieves (filters) mean that we consume only that which is good in every person and situation. Imbibing pure information keeps the mind clean.
3 ● Small eyes are symbolic of farsightedness, which means see the future result of each karma, before we do the karma today.
4 ● A small mouth of Sri Ganesh is a reminder for us to speak less and each word should be a blessing for our self and others.
5 ● The trunk is powerful enough to uproot trees and soft enough to pick a child. This means we need to be soft and strong emotionally. We need to keep a balance of love and law while performing our responsibilities.
6 ● Sri Ganesh is shown with only one tusk. It signifies that we should not be caught into dualities of likes and dislikes, pleasure and pain, pleasant and unpleasant, good and bad. We have to overcome these and develop contentment and remain peaceful in all circumstances.
(To be continued tomorrow...)
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Message for Today
"To have the balance of being a master and a child is to experience constant success"
Expression: To have the right balance means to know when to be a master and when to be a child. When one gives an idea or makes a contribution, it is as a master - with total authority. But while the idea is heard by others and is being criticized I become a child. There is no attachment to the idea, but the mind is open to receiving new thoughts in order to enrich what is already there.
Experience: When I am able to maintain a balance between being master and a child, I am able to experience constant happiness I am able to put forth my creative ideas with confidence. Yet I am not upset when someone criticises my ideas. On the contrary, I am constantly learning and moving forward. So I constantly experience success.