Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Ganesha's Blessing

In Hinduism it is customary to chant a mantra to Lord Ganesha whenever beginning a new project or endeavor. This is done for everything from religious rituals, to vacations, to opening a new business or even sending an important e-mail. So it only stands to reason that the launching of a new blog is an equally worthwhile project…

To Lord Ganesha:

Mushikavaahana modaka hastha,

Chaamara karna vilambitha sutra,

Vaamana rupa maheshwara putra,

Vighna vinaayaka paada namasthe

English Translation:

"O Lord Ganesha! The remover of all obstacles,

the son of Lord Shiva, with a form which is very short,

with a mouse as Thy vehicle, with sweet pudding in hand,

with wide ears and long hanging trunk,

I prostrate at Thy lotus-like Feet!"

Original Art by Sanjay Patel, author of The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow (2006)

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