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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Spence

My Ganesha sits over my shoulder

Updated: Oct 31, 2018

My Ganesha sits over my shoulder ~ Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the Deva of intellect and wisdom. One tusk is broken - There are 3 stories as to why.

This is my favorite: Ganesha is a writer!..

The broken tusk coming from the myth of the Mahabharatagoes as follows :

Maharshi Ved Vyasa was instructed to write the epic by the Gods. He wanted it to be written down by the most knowledgeable one in the universe. Lord Brahma asked Maharshi Ved Vyas to visit Lord Shiva and beg for his son SIDDHIDATA GANESHA to be allowed for the task. When approached, Lord Ganesha had a clause which said while reciting the verses, if Ved Vyas stopped for a while, and Ganesha would have to stop because of the same; he would terminate his writing of the epic and Maharshi Ved Vyas would have to search for another writer. That is, Maharshi Ved Vyas would have to recite the entire epic at one go, without pausing at all.

Maharshi Ved Vyas agreed to this and he himself put forth another condition. He told the Lord that he would have to understand every hymn, every verse before penning it down. He put this condition with the idea that he would be reciting something very tough; and while Ganesha would be pondering upon its meaning, he would get a scope to take a few moments of rest.

However, that was not the case with Lord Ganesha. He completed penning down the sacred hymns even before the sage had thought of the next. In the mean time, the pen He used for writing down the verses, began to wear away. Aware of His earlier condition, and not finding out any other alternative, the Lord pulled out his left tusk and used it to complete writing the great epic Mahabharata.

I've drawn inspiration from Ganesha while writing my book, Yoga Wisdom: Warrior Tales Inspiring You On And Off Your Mat (Skyhorse Publishing, October 23, 2018).

My book was inspired by my life-transforming 4,000 mile Yoga Road Trip where I rediscovered and redefined my life while interviewing over 100 of the world's great yoga teachers who share in the book how yoga transformed their lives as well. We inspire the reader (everything from long-time practitioner to beginner to someone who has never tried yoga) to use yoga to life a life of pure potential. In addition to yoga we encourage people to practice meditation and mindful breathing awareness.

I can't wait to hear your thoughts! Namaste.

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