Mitchell and I both are lovers of the Hindu Elephant-headed God, Ganesha. We’ve collected statues of Ganesha for years, and as you enter our studio and home doors, Ganesha greets you to the side of the doors.
Ganesha is a hopeful and smart god, a god of auspicious beginnings and the scribe of the Mahabharata. He is a symbol of what can happen when you lose your everyday mind, and gain higher consciousness.
Ganesha wasn’t born with an elephant head. His mother, Parvati, asked him to stand guard outside her door while she bathed. His father, Shiva, wanted to enter, but little Ganesha would not budge. In a rage, Shiva cut off his head! (Be patient, as Vedic stories are more like the real Grimm’s fairly tales: not for children!) Parvati was furious, and sent Shiva off to look for a new head for her child. Shiva came upon an elephant baby in the forest. The gods had sent one of their own to offer a new head to Ganesha. Shiva cut off the baby elephant’s head and took it back to his angry wife. And so, Ganesha was able to move forward in life with change in mind, a god’s head!
He has 108 forms, each with wonderful stories. As Annie Savoy said in Bull Durham, “I’ve worshiped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. There are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I heard that, I gave Jesus a chance.”
In 2005 I added many Ganeshas to my jewelry line; many people loved hearing the stories. I am gradually closing the line, they are now selling out on Zibbet. I wear either Ganesha or Buddha every day, close to my heart. Buddha reminds me to be mindful; Ganesha reminds me to be hopeful.
In 2009 Mitchell and I happened on a Ganesha festival on the Portland Art Museum’s courtyard, in conjunction with a Hindu exhibit. Wonderful dancing, food, and a giant paper mâché statue of Ganesha painted by many hands, and covered in flowers.
I will leave you with a fortune telling device. The all powerful mighty wise internet will channel Ganesha, and you can ask him your questions: Ask Ganesha!
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