Thoughts on Ganesha: Remover of Obstacles

Anyone who has ever been to a yoga studio has more than likely seen or heard of the elephant headed deity known as Ganesha.

It is said that he was created by the goddess Parvati, his mother, who was the wife of the Hindu god, Shiva (supreme being) . The story goes that one day while Parvati was taking a bath, she asked her new son, Ganesha, to guard the door. When his father Shiva returned home, unaware of Ganesha’s identity, he chopped off his head. Once Shiva discovered Ganesha was his wife’s son, he replaced his head with that of an elephant and everyone carried on. That’s the impression that I get. I wasn’t there so I don’t know many details- whether or not anyone had any strong feelings about this, if anyone technically got hurt.. It’s all unclear to me. Myths are fun like that. Things seems to take care of themselves. I find that living as a human being is not quite so simple. We tend to complicate things and get caught up in the swing of day to day life.

Ganesha is known as the Remover of Obstacles.

The deity of wisdom and prosperity. It is said that people starting new businesses or embarking on new journeys in their lives direct their prayers to Ganesha. I have personal experience being part of a very small team who opened a business together. For that reason, I find it interesting that Ganesha is the deity known for both removing obstacles and wisdom. There were plenty of obstacles in the beginning and there still are now. Perhaps there are some businesses that are self sustaining but not in the line of work that my husband and I chose to get into. Fools..

In life there will always be obstacles. Shit happens – it’s a common slogan. I’ve seen it on bumper stickers. That’s how I know it’s true.

I think the main thing we can learn from Ganesha’s story is that when your metaphorical head gets chopped off – steal one from a majestic creature, pay attention to your lessons and carry on. Just like the Hindu deities do. If you are able to do this, to be persistent, then your obstacles are no longer obstacles. They instead become small tokens of wisdom for you to carry forward into your life. In all of your future endeavors where you will ideally find some prosperity.

All the best,


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