Kids are curious about the long trunk of Lord Ganesha. It raises his cuteness quotient, and the curiosity quotient of his followers. And that makes him their favorite God. They are so fascinated by Ganesha that parents and other well wishers have taken the opportunity to impart life skills through the stories of Ganesha. And animated stories of “Bal Ganesha” deserves special attention here. This year, an old chawl in lower Parel, Mumbai is a big hit for the moorti’s depicting various mischivious activities of bal ganesha. Ganesha is a great teacher if we pay close attention to his tales in Hindu mythology. Here are the glimpses:
1. A lesson on anger: Goddess Parvati created Lord Ganesha by carving out an idol from turmeric paste. She then breathed life into it, in the absence of Lord Shiva. She told the boy to guard the door while she bathed, and he obediently followed his mother’s instructions. Around the same time, Lord Shiva returned from his expedition, and demanded entry into Parvati’s bathing area–which Lord Ganesha refused. The event turned into a fight between the father and the son, and ended with Ganesha being beheaded. Later, Lord Shiva resurrected the boy after placing an elephant’s head on his body.
2. A lesson on wisdom: Once, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati offered a miraculous fruit of knowledge to their sons, Lord Kartikeya and Lord Ganesha. But the deal was that only one of them could get the sacred fruit. To decide who deserved the fruit more, Lord Shiva asked them to circumnavigate the world thrice. And the one who finished the navigation first would be blessed with the fruit. Lord Kartikeya, eager to win the race, left on his vehicle, a peacock, while Lord Ganesha wondered how he was ever going to be victorious riding his rat-vehicle. After ambitiously circling the earth thrice, Kartikeya returned to find Lord Ganesha already home. Lord Ganesha had won the race, but instead of the earth, he had circled around Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati–who were his idea of the world. He was blessed with the fruit of knowledge.
3. A lesson on respect for lives around: Ganesha was known to be a mischievous child. He would indulge in a number of naughty activities. Once, he came across a cat while he was playing. He picked up the cat and threw it on the ground, pulling its tail and having fun with it. The cat meowed in pain. Ganesha failed to notice it and played around until he was tired and then came back home. On his return to home, he was shocked to see Parvati lying down outside, with wounds all over her body, and crying in pain. Ganesha rushed to her and asked her who did this. To which Parvati replied that Ganesha himself had done this to her. The cat was actually a form of Parvati. Ganesha was sorry for his behaviour and took an oath to treat all animals in a gentle manner.
BloomBrite facebook page www.facebook.com/kids.BloomBrite was started on Ganesha Chaturthi. The aim is to dissiminate information on life skills related to kids. The world is fast changing. In this era of technology, it is very important that parents use it only as an add-on accessory. We must gift our kids the technology that’s embeded in our minds memory. Sharing few lines from my facebook post yesterday for you parents.
“Today morning I had the luxury of walking till the bus stop at my layout. And was amazed to experience the festive mood around. Even though it’s not a school holiday, there were small kids taking Gowri-Ganesha home. Their smiles were enough to radiate the happiness to others near by. The flower vendors were neatly arranging their stock. Fruit vendors were waiting for their big sale of the day. And the pandal artists were finishing their last piece of work. So much goes into the preparation of a festival. As I boarded the bus, there was a shift from the relaxed festive mood. The passengers were busy browsing their mobiles; few were on their laptops too. How the fast world has changed appreciation of small things? How many of us take breaks to look through the window?
BloomBrite wishes you “A Happy Ganesha Chaturthi”. May Lord Ganesh guide us all towards a path of progress, peace, happiness and prosperity.