Through the month of February we will be chanting one of the mantras to the Hindu Goddess of beauty and abundance, Goddess Lakshmi, and Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. The decision to commence the Monday Night Meditation circles with these two deities as that they work perfectly together, after all, they are commonly worshipped together during Diwali, the Festival of Lights, that occurs later in the year.
Lord Ganesha, as the remover of obstacles, is called upon to do just that – enable us to realise what is blocking us and for such thing to dissolve from our lives. This can be especially beneficial when we want to increase the degree of abundance we are receiving. Mind you, we should keep in mind that “abundance” comes in all shapes and forms, and not necessarily only “financial gain”.
The reason why these two deities are worshipped together during the Hindu Festival of Lights as opposed Lord Vishnu (who is Lakshmi’s consort) can be answered in the following mythological story:
Once time Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi were having conversation where Goddess Lakshmi was telling Lord Vishnu that she is the most worship deity in the world and by her grace, a person can get all the pleasures of this world and becomes happiest person. By hearing the self praising by Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu said to her for reducing her ego, “You are having all the qualities, still you did not feel the joy of motherhood till now and for a lady, the motherhood joy is the most important thing in this universe.”
This comment disheartened Lakshmi who went to her friend Parvati. After listening to the problem, Parvati asked: “How can I help you?” Lakshmi said, “You are having two sons and if you could give me your one son you will still have one son and I could get the grace of motherhood. So, in this situation you can help me out.”
Parvati said, “I’m have two sons Kartikeya and Ganesha. Kartikeya is having six mouths (Faces) and because of this he needs to eat all the time. My second son Ganesha is very naughty, if I missed to keep eye on him for a bit, he ruined everything. And you cannot stay at one place for a long, so tell me how can you take care of my sons?
By hearing this Lakshmi replied, “I’ll keep your sons close to my heart and will shower my all love on them either Kartikeya or Ganesha. I can take care both of them. All the servants of heaven will serve them day and night so please give me one of them as my adopted child.”
Parvati gave Lord Ganesha to Lakshmi as her adopted son. Lakshmi was happy and said to Parvati, “From today onwards I’m giving my all accomplishments, luxury and prosperity to my son Ganesha. I will fulfill all the desires of Ganesha. Whenever my worship will be performed, Lord Ganesha’s worship will be a must. Who will not worship Shri Ganesha along with me, he cannot get Shree or myself. By listening this Maa Parvati become too much happy and handed over her son Ganesh to Laxmi Ji. As such at Deepawali Poojan or Luxmi Poojan, Ganesh Poojan is a must.”
Monday Night Meditations is an open circle that where participants are guided through an initial grounding relaxation before moving into opening and balancing the chakras, before we align ourselves with the cosmos and connect with a chosen aspect of the Divine through sonic vibration.
Source: The Indian Panorama