of our energies can be consumed with concern over how we are living our lives. Are we doing the right things? Are we with the right people? Are we on the right path? These are existential questions not easily answered.
While we ponder these things, let us consider our friend Ganesh or Ganesha, whom we see here, and whose image dwells in my office in New York in a well-lit spot on my desk where I can see him as I work. Seeing him never fails to make me respond with good feeling. I spot him in various places I frequent. One restaurant I love has a life-sized statue of Ganesh in a special dining room with low tables for dining on floor cushions.
According to about.com, Ganesh, or Lord Ganesha, is the "Lord of Success:
How wonderful to elevate education, knowledge, wisdom and even wealth to the spiritual level. If we use these for our best good and that of others to the best of our ability, what more can we ask for? I am happily uninterested in the more dogmatic details about the evolution of this cheerful being, but I love the idea that he also stands for destroying obstacles. The site quoted above elaborates the explanation with this:
I am totally in favor of our striving to overcome the obstacles of vanity, unhealthy selfishness (which I call pathological self-focus or painful narcissism), and pride. Having a healthier relationship with the material universe is a worthy goal, challenging though it surely is. Some forms of emotional imbalance and mental confusion have physical components and require medical treatment (often including medication) before one's outlook can improve. In other cases we are simply looking at the wrong things and need to lift our focus higher and away from the self and its propensity for painful self-scrutiny and negative thinking about the world in which we live, not only about ourselves. If we do suffer from excessive self-esteem at the detriment of our ability to appreciate others and the goodness around us, bringing ourselves down to earth in a realistic way can be very uplifting.
That's intriguing, isn't it?