Ganesha The Symbol Of A Perfect Human Being
Lord Ganesha is a great symbol of what really a human being should strive to be like. He very much represents, what a perfect human being should be. In Sanskrit, the word “Ganapathi” means someone who is the chief of a group of people. In that sense, all Presidents are Ganapathis, all kings are Ganapathis and one who is the pathi of all of us, the God is also Ganapathi. This meaning changes the whole perspective of viewing Ganesha from what we have been seeing since childhood. Going by various people talking about this unique form that he has, apart from the puranic stories, the following description of His form helped me to view the same icon with a different and very inspiring viewpoint, and helps us to see this rather peculiar image with a profound perspective:
Starting with vast forehead of Ganesha, it represents enormous intellect and knowledge; His big ears represent that one must give more importance to Listening, the highest communication skill for a human being; Small mouth represents that one should talk very less; huge stomach indicates that He stomachs any number of insults and moves on; his long trunk represents that he is highly sensitive that he can pick up even a needle fallen on the ground; the mouse on which he travels represents the desires that is controlled by apparently heavy body of Ganesha; His body is so light that he can travel on a mouse; that is a man can become weightless and light when he commands the desires. His small eyes denote that he is visionary and can see distant future very distinctly; in essence, the peculiar body structure of Ganesha represents how a Perfect human being should aspire to be.
To sum it up, the form of Lord Ganesha should remind us always, what a human being should aspire to and let us all rest not till we achieve that. human Perfection.
Jai Ganesha! Wishing everyone a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi
Reproduced from a Sep 2021 article from Speaking Tree By: Krishna Rao NV