The dawning of a new block of classes reminds me of Ganesha, the Hindu God of New Beginnings. Depicted with an elephant’s head for wisdom on a human body, Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles; the god of success, strength, education and wisdom. He turns obstacles into opportunities and it’s no wonder he’s one of the most popular deities in the Hindu pantheon, called upon at the start of new ventures.
There are different versions of Ganesha’s origins. He is the son of the goddess Parvati, and many stories attribute his unique physique to his father, Lord Shiva. Shiva reputedly cut off the boy’s head in a fit of jealousy, and then, to appease Parvati, restored him to life with an elephant’s head. Parvati honoured Ganesha’s courage by deeming him the protector of all that is new.
Ganesha is one of many deities in the Hindu pantheon, and over the next 7 weeks we will look at the Eternal Triad: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, as well as their consorts, Sarasvati, Lakshmi and Parvati. Each has wisdom to offer. As we consider where our journeys have taken us this last year and look forward to the new paths before us, join us and share the rich knowledge of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses.