Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!!

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19th September, 2023

 Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh, Jai Ganesh Deva!
Mata Jaki Parvati Pita Mahadeva
Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh, Jai Ganesh Deva!

There are many tales and life lessons associated with Ganpati Bappa, but my favourite tale is about the Feast at Lord Kuber’s home.

Kubera, the God of wealth, was very proud of his boundless fortune.

One day, he organized a gorgeous dinner.

Among other famous guests, the divine couple, Shiva and Parvati, with their son Ganesh, were present.

Ganesh Ji, still a child, started to eat and he appeared to be insatiable. Soon, the other guests found plates and dishes empty.

Alas! Not satisfied with all the available food, Ganesh started to devour plates and dishes, the furniture and all the content of Alakapuri, the main city of Kubera.

When he achieved to gulp down the whole, the child Ganesh threatened to swallow Kubera himself. Frightened, the God of wealth rushed forward to Shiva’s feet to implore his help, since Ganesh’s voracious appetite seemed to be unlimited.

The remedy was simple but spectacular: Shiva gave his son a handful of roasted cereal grains. Ganesh ate it and his hunger stopped immediately.

This legend teaches us that a handful of common food, given with love, and eaten with devotion, are more important and more sustaining than the banquet offered by Kubera to impress the Gods.

From a different angle, this story also shows that properties cannot bring peace and satisfaction to anybody. The only path to self-realization requires us to burn our vasana .

The destruction of the vasana is symbolized by the consumption of the grilled rice; indeed, when the rice has been cooked, it loses its germinative capacity.

Similarly, the seeds of our hidden desires lose strength and possibility to come back further.

Lord Ganesha’s Big Head inspires us to think big and profitably.

His big ears prompt us to listen patiently,

Narrow eyes point to deep Concentration,

long nose to poke inquisitively,

and a small mouth to speak less and listen more.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

Wishing all my family, friends & their families on this auspicious day.

We pray to Ganesh ji to give us all, everything we need & bless us.

Welcome Ganesh Ji into your life & stay blessed forever!