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Ganesha Chaturthi has message for life of wisdom
It seems that with ritualization of festivals and emergence of holiday concept, their deep spiritual significance of divinization of human life is getting lost.

Grandeur and glamorization of festivals like Ganesha Chaturthi has turned the festival into more of a holiday fun activity rather than a meaningful occasion and opportunity to self-reflect and live wisely.

The symbolic representation of the qualities and values of Lord Ganesha is never demystified on the occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi to make a shift toward the exalted state of self-realization. For example Lord Ganesha symbolizes wisdom and thoughtful beginning of a venture, but no deep thought is given to aspect of life.

It needs to be understood that wisdom comes through ethical actions, independent thinking, and openness to fresh ideas and self-reflection. Wisdom helps us to discriminate between right and wrong; permanent and impermanent; real and unreal. Lord Ganesha stands for attaining wisdom by striving for and honing it with practice and self-reflection.

Lord Ganesha signifies that attaining wisdom and striving for soul-seeking must come first; thereafter one should enjoy worldly life. The occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi afford an opportunity to remember what Lord Ganesha stands for and rekindle ourselves in our search for divinity or self-realization while doing our worldly duties.

It has been rightly said by Confucius, "By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest."

Lord Ganesha stands for the noblest way of attaining wisdom. Endorsing the importance of wisdom, George Bernard Shaw had warned that lack of wisdom leads to 'false knowledge' which is 'more dangerous than ignorance'. According to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.

Hoping this Ganesha Chatrurthi will be the start of year with wisdom that brings happiness in life,

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi!

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