One of my favorite Hindu deities is Ganesha. He’s just so lovable.
Ganesha is a playful god with the head of an elephant. Ganesha makes me think of beginnings. He’s the remover of obstacles, the patron of the arts and sciences…Ganesha to me is friendly, congenial, your best buddy that’s there to support you and call you out.
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Remover of Obstacles
People worship Ganesh when they’re hoping to clear a path. We’re making sure that we can get to our goals with little disruption and difficulty. These are very understandable wishes.
But the great philosophers also say that our obstacles are important for our personal growth.
In Ryan Holiday’s beautiful “The Obstacle is the Way”, he uses the lessons of the Stoic masters, including Marcus Aurelius to support his thesis:
“The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.”