Lord Ganesh - An Objective View
In our day-today life we have seen that a very popular
personality is often revered to such an extent that its personality gets
surrounded by legends and sometimes even the powers of performing miracles
are attributed to it. So much so that it appears like a fiction. An increasing
influence of these, over the years makes the real personality rather hazy
and mystic. Why, even if we go some centuries back we will find that even
saints and historical figures of those times have become legends in their
own time. If that is the case about mortal beings then there is no wonder
about the interesting tales/ stories that surround several Gods and Goddesses
of our Hindu Religion- a religion which dates back to thousands of years.
Among all these, Lord Ganesh -a Protector and the one who enlightens us
- is one prominent deity which is held in highest reverence by the masses.
Over the years this reverence was further strengthened
by the several storytellers who narrated interesting stories about
the deities in their discourses. Such tales not only entertained
and amused the gathering but also helped in propagating the powers
of the deities. The devotees were held in an awe while die-hard
faithful continued to believe in those stories. Those whose vision
had widened with exposure to science and whose minds were trying
to find out the ultimate were some times found to be confused. This
may perhaps have been the result of mindset of the people of those
times who accepted such stories passed by generations downwards.
In that age of innocence nobody thought of testing the obvious on
the touchstone of logic. Whether there was any substance or not
in the story of crow and sparrow it has to be admitted that it definitely
added colour to the childhood. As we grow up and recall our childhood
we ourselves are surprised as to how as a child we believed in that
story which is totally devoid of any reasoning or logic and we start
to think that even mythological stories may not also be different.
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However, it would be a fallacy to discard such
stories or mythological tales as pure fiction. For proper understanding
of these stories it is necessary that we apply certain references
to understand the logical meaning implied in these stories. Therefore,
let us confine ourselves here about the stories of Lord Ganesh.
Lord Ganesh or Ganapati being very popular with the
masses, several stories attributed to him found their place in the
mythology, particularly dwelling on His Birth, His Body and His
Heroic Deeds. Though the description of those things appear to be
weird or incredible today, it has to be borne in mind that these
came into being centuries ago. Ruskin has compared words to the
coins- meaning thereby that just as coins after its constant use
become so smooth or glabrous that we tend to question its validity
or veracity so also the words because of its use over the years
tend to undergo drastic change and the ancient meaning becomes difficult
to understand. However, if we make sincere efforts by going deep
into its meaning the real meaning unfolds before us. For example
let us think about story of Birth of Ganapati.