Spiritual Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi (Part 3)
7 ● The large stomach of Sri Ganesh represents the power to accommodate. We should not talk to others about people’s weaknesses and their incorrect actions.
8 ● An axe, rope, and lotus are shown in Sri Ganesh’s hands and his one hand is giving blessings. Axe represents the power to cut negative habits. Rope is symbolic of remaining tied to the discipline of a pure lifestyle. Lotus life means living in muddy surroundings but untouched and pure. The hand of blessings means irrespective of how others behave, our thoughts and words for them should only be a blessing.
9 ● He is shown sitting with one leg touching the ground and the other folded. This is a reminder for us to remain grounded and humble. To be in the world and yet detached from it.
10 ● The modak placed in one of his hands represents success as a result of hard work. But he is never shown eating it, which means achieving success but don’t take credit for it. Modak also symbolizes unity and co-operation since all 5 fingers are needed to make a modak.
11 ● The mouse which is shown close to Sri Ganesh’s feet symbolizes victory over vices and desires. Just as a mouse quietly enters a house even through a tiny hole, vices enter a soul who is not alert. When we imbibe all the qualities of Sri Ganesh, we will overpower our vices and desires.
When we start experiencing and expressing the divine qualities as symbolized by Sri Ganesh in our every thought, word and action, our obstacles get destroyed and we enjoy purity, peace and prosperity at every step in our lives.
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Message for Today
"Forgiveness means to forget the mistakes of others"
Expression: The one who is able to forgive is able to forget the mistakes in his future interactions even after noticing the mistakes of others. He is able to be loving and so he is able to give corrections with love. Only when there is love in one's interactions, will the corrections given will be effective. Also, such a person will not be caught up with anyone's mistakes and will be free from attitudes.
Experience: Even if there is a temporary feeling of negativity, if I am able to forget the mistakes of others and forgive them, I am able to be free from negative feelings. I am able to be light and free from the burdens of past interactions with them. So I find myself successfully able to deal with others, whoever they may be.