Success Mantra from Ganesha's Life: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi
Dr. Ajay Kummar Pandey,
Advocate & Consultant
Supreme Court of India
Ganesha, means wisdom and intelligence and ganeshustava, means awaking of that wisdom and intelligence within the self. The stories and life of Lord Ganesha, teaches us the mantra of life, success in business and even law. Let’s try to decode the meaning one by one.
1. We all know, Parvati created Lord Ganesha and asked him to be his gatekeeper, while she was taking bath. In course of duty, Ganesha, not being aware of Shiva, the husband of Parvati, even didn’t allow him to enter the house at the cost of his life. This act of Shiva, enraged Parvati and ultimately Shiva, had to give back life to Ganesha.
Lesson: There is no shortcut to success. Swarag pane ke liye marna parta hai.
So, we must remember that in life there is no shortcut. Dedication, keeping the trust and sincerity are the key virtues for even corporate success.
2. Ganesha Curses the moon
One night Lord Ganesha, went out for a ride on his mouse. The tiny mouse could not bear his weight and tripped. The moon started laughing at the funny sight. Ganesha got angry and cursed the mood saying that anyone who looks at moon on the night of Ganesh Chaturthi will be falsely accused. The moon begged for pardon but it was too late. Even Ganesha later realized that he has overreacted but was not in position to take back the curse.
Lesson: Don’t act on impulse.
Always think before reacting because anger passes on but actions remain. So another time you find your blood rushing down the vein a bit faster, cool down, take your emotional temperature. You will be amazed by the change in your perspective regarding the situation and how to deal with it.
3. The story of Vakratunda
Matsaryasur, was a ferocious demon who worshipped Lord Shiva and asked him for the boon of the immortality. Shiva blessed him with immortality and said that he will not be destroyed by human, God or Demon. Matsaryasur, started troubling the three worlds, with his new gained super power. To tame, him Lord Ganesha was pressed into action who got himself transformed into Vakratunda and captured Matsaryasur. However, when Matsara begged for forgiveness, the Vakratunda set him free and peace was restored.
Lesson: Learn to forgive and forget.
Keeping scores, trying to get even and pulling-down always make you less than what you are. Moreover, the energy you invest into holding a grudge steals energy form other important things
4.The Story of Kartikeya and Ganesha
Once there was a fight between two brothers to have a particular fruit. Lord Shiva, told both brothers to circle the three world and in the race who wins will get the fruit. Kartikeya, immediately took his peacock and set out on the journey, while Ganesha knew it is impossible for him to beat Kartikeya in the race. Wise Ganesha, after little thinking started walking around his parents, Lord Shiva and Parvati and rest you know what happened and who won the race.
Lesson. Don’t panic, make the best of your situation.
When they asked him why he was not circling the world, he answered -My world is my parent’s feet. He not only won the fruit but also earned the admiration of other gods. This story highlights the importance of thinking clearly specially in adverse situations. Panic clouds your judgment so all you need to do is master the art of controlling your intentions and focusing on how to utilize available resources to make the best out of the worst.
5 Look Beyond yourself
There is a famous saying that a smallest packages is a person wrapped up in himself. We often forget what others think or feel as in this cut throat competitive world., selfishness seems to come easy and naturally. Helping and sharing our ideas and resources, not only benefits the team but it also benefits us as an individual.
6. The Ganesha and Kuber Story
The Lord of wealth, King Kubera, always looked down on Lord Shiva, as he used to live in mountains like a sage, with no wealth at all. Once Lord Kubera, invited Shiva to his capital but Shiva denied and sent Ganesha instead. To teach a lesson to Kubera, Ganesha not only ate all the food prepared for the feast but also everything available in the Kubera’s City. Kubera felt ashamed, admitted his mistake and begged forgiveness for his pride.
Lesson. Be Humble
Confidence is silent and insecurities are loud. Humility ia a very endearing quality which is becoming hard to find. No one appreciates people who keep boasting about their achievements. Humbleness can help you build genuine and richer relationship with people you work with.
7. Lord Ganesha and his mouse
In the court of Lord Indra, there was a musician named Krauncha. One day, Krauncha accidentally stepped on the foot of Vamadeva, who cursed Krauncha to become a mouse. However, Krauncha became a huge mouse and started destroying every thing in its path. To teach Krauncha a lesson, Lord Ganesha mounted him and since then Lord Ganesha is using the mouse as his vehicle.
Lesson: Modesty is the virtue.
Try no big for your boot, as circumstances might force you to eat the humble pie. So, its better to be humble yourself in the first place.
8. Lord Ganesha and river Kaveri
Once there was a major drought in Southern regions. Sage Agastya took drops of river Ganga from Lord Shiva in his kamandalu to create a river in the affected areas. One the way, he decided to take some rest and kept his kamadalu on the ground. Curious to know what’s in the vessel, Lord Ganesha disguised as a crow and sat on it. The Kamandalu fell on the ground and river kaveri started flowing out of it. The place from where river kaveri originated is known as Talakaveri.
Lesson. It is good to be curious.
People who are curious are able to see new worlds and possibilities which are normally not visible.
Hope you will also wake to your wisdom and intelligence after reading the stories of Lord Ganesha and achieve great success and prosperity in your life. Do send your feedback on my sharing.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.