Our children can learn a lot from the god of wisdom and the remover of obstacles, Lord Ganesha. Here are six important lessons your child can learn.
By Team ParentCircle
The pursuit of knowledge and wisdom is a lifelong process; we continue to learn throughout our lives. Our festivals, and the gods and goddesses we worship, teach us valuable lessons on how to lead a fruitful life. Ganesha Chaturthi is one such festival. Hindus consider Lord Ganesha to be the wisest god. Known by many names like Ganapati, Vighneshwara, Vinayaka, Gajaanana, Lambodara and Ekdanta, Lord Ganesha’s large elephant head is a symbol of wisdom, understanding and intellect.
This Ganesha Chaturthi, teach your child how to be wise and successful by taking a page out of the life of Lord Ganesha.
1. Be dutiful: The story about how Lord Ganesha got his elephant head also tells us about his commitment to duty. Goddess Parvarthi once asked Ganesha to stand guard outside the door to their house while she went to take a bath. And, Ganesha refused to let even his father, Lord Shiva, enter the house. He chose to face the wrath of Lord Shiva instead of giving in to him by letting him in. This story teaches us that it’s important to do our duty and stand by our decision despite the consequences.
2. Be focussed: In today’s world of decreasing attention span, children often have problems in focussing and concentrating on their tasks. Lord Ganesha’s small eyes that shine like beads on his large face symbolise his ability to focus. He teaches us that it’s important to take a step back from the chaos and learn to focus our energies on one thing at a time. This helps us engage with the world in a deeper and more meaningful way.
3. Be attentive: Lord Ganesha has large ears and a small mouth. These attributes teach us to listen more and talk less. It’s important to pay attention to what others are saying, rather than focus on ourselves. If your child practises this, he would learn to value people around him and become more considerate of them and their needs.
4. Be realistic: Lord Ganesha's axe is symbolic of getting rid of excessive expectations. As parents, we should teach our children to have realistic expectations about themselves and from those around them. Aiming for unattainable goals only leads to disappointment and decrease in self-esteem.
5. Be selective: Lord Ganesha’s large belly symbolises the universe which accepts everything – the good and the bad. As parents, we need to teach our children that, in life, there will be good times and bad, and we need to take both in our stride and move on. The important thing is to learn lessons from each and every experience.
6. Be conscious of time: Lord Ganesha has an Urdha mark on his forehead. This mark is a symbol of his mastery of time. You can teach your child that she too can master time by being a good organiser and not indulging in procrastination. This way she can learn to manage her time well so that she doesn’t feel overwhelmed.
Share these lessons from Lord Ganesha with your child. Not only will it increase his wisdom but also teach him how to manage his life in a better way and thus be more productive and happy. Have a happy Ganesha Chaturthi!
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Written by Team ParentCircle 12 September 2018.
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