Placed at the entrances of homes, businesses and schools, Ganesh is called upon as the Remover of Obstacles; symbolising auspicious beginnings and supreme wisdom.
Depicted with an elephant head, rotund belly, broken tusk and with short, plump legs, Ganesh reminds us that appearances are an illusion and beauty resonates, regardless of form. It is said that Ganesh’s head symbolises the Atman or the soul, which is the supreme reality of human existence, and his human body signifies Maya or the earthly existence of human beings.
The birth of Ganesh on 17th September, signals 11 days of celebrations known as Ganesh Chaturthi and during this time, we tap into the symbolism of his form.
The 11 days following Ganesh’s birthday are traditionally a time to meditate on the formless, eternal soul. In India, devotees bring greater focus to their meditation by worshipping clay Ganesh figures and on the 11th day, these figures are cast into running water. Dissolving the clay form allows devotees to let go of the illusion that we are this body.
Every new day offers us an opportunity to begin again. To cultivate spiritual success, make efforts to let go of form and understand true reality. In non-attachment and letting go of perceptions, you remove obstacles and open the path to facilitate, Sat (Truth), Chit (Knowledge) and Ananda (Eternal bliss) and acquire a consciousness that is liberated and content.Thank you to our beautiful customer Anoushka Silva for writing this insightful article.
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