गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे
कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् ।
ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणां ब्रह्मणस्पत
आ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिः सीद सादनम् ॥
Gannaanaam Tvaa Ganna-Patim Havaamahe
Kavim Kaviinaam-Upama-Shravastamam |
Jyessttha-Raajam Brahmannaam Brahmannaspata
Aa Nah Shrnnvan-Uutibhih Siida Saadanam ||
Among the Ganas (Group of Prayers), to you who is the Ganapati (Deva of Prayers), we offer this havan (ritual fire),
You are the wisdom of the wise and the most glorious of all,
You are the foremost in prayer, presiding as the Deva of the Prayers (Brahmanaspati),
Please come to us by listening to our humble invocation and be present in the seat of this havan of life…
I had written this around a couple of years back, and it stays as relevant as it was then. Have a read:)
ॐ गं गणपतये नमो नम:
I usually write my blog live – which means I log in, create a new post and start to write. I do not edit, I do not think much – I just write. Today, as I sat down to log in, I realised that my site is down for some reason. And so I contacted technical support and they are still working on the server issue.
The irony of it – an obstacle on the day of the remover of all obstacles!
Maybe this was Ganesha’s way of saying that yes, maybe to can maintain a blog religiously, but you still have to realise that there are a lot of things that happen in the background that you are now aware of – I am the one who get’s them solved so that you can focus on your writing.
Not that God needs to prove a point – if he did, then it wouldn’t be much of an all-powerful being now would he?
Two things here. First the “he” (why not she, some may say) – only because it is convention. It would be silly to think that a force than created, maintains and can possibly destroy this endless Universe has a gender and that should even be a topic of discussion.
Second – proving a point is for silly and petty beings like us. An omnipresent life force does not have the pettiness of needling you just because.
And so what I meant is self-realisation. A lot of times we take a lot of things and people for granted. I do too. We don’t think twice about many of the things we do – they just work. It’s only when they don’t that we even realise that there are multiple threads at work here, and their job is to keep it so seamless that you don’t even notice.
Admins at work, moms at home – classic examples
So the next time you wake up and scream for breakfast, take a bit of time to appreciate the work that went on behind the scenes. We pray to the remover of obstacles before undertaking any task, but fail to see the “Ganesha” in the people who actually work hard to make our lives less stressful and more seamless – after all ,they remove obstacles too right, like Ganapati?
Ganpati Bappa Moriya!