I am doing some research on teaching kids a few basics. What better than to start from one’s own culture?
Here is a Sloka that we can teach our kids to recite every morning, in time becoming part of routine.
Yesterday’s mantra can be read here. There are five more, that I will introduce in the coming days.
I hope this is the start of something that materializes into some sort of a tool for ‘beginner parents’ like me…wish me luck!
वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ।
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा॥
vakratuṇḍa mahākāya sūryakoṭi samaprabha
nirvighnaṃ kuru me deva sarvakāryeṣu sarvadā
O Ganesha, with the twisted trunk, broad-bodied, brilliant as thousand suns, bless me with freedom from obstructions and hindrances in all my works and for all times.
The origin of this divine mantra is in the ancient Vedic period. Although there still isn’t complete certainty, it is believed that the mantra first appeared in the Mudgala Purana. The first line also appears in the Mahaganapati Shastranam Stotra from the Rudrayamala Tantra, but the second line does not.
This stotra has found a lot of popularity in recent times, and is used as an invocation whenever commencing a new activity, or in general, the first mantra that is said after taking a bath in the morning.
It would be good to kids to recite this when they join their hands in prayer in the morning, before starting their day.
See you tomorrow!