Ganesha is the deity associated with new beginnings. In addition to helping us succeed in our worldly pursuits, he removes obstacles along our spiritual paths. As we move toward September and become ever more focused on the demands of our day to day lives, we might want to step back and ask what obstacles to our spiritual progress we are imposing upon ourselves. Vedic teaching tells us that there is a place for work, study, household duties, and even the accumulation of wealth in our earthly existence. Those of us who are students or householders, in fact, need to be concerned with these things. Problems arise, however, when we fail to place them into proper perspective. Spiritual teachings advise us to be "in the world, not of the world." We need to learn, we need to work, we need to care for ourselves, our families, our societies, and our world. But to what extent do we allow these activities to dominate our lives? To what extent does our busyness, our desire to succeed, our need to be in control, our confusion of ambitions with needs, and even our sense of responsibility and obligation interfere with our ability to progress along our spiritual path? What obstacles can we clear away this September so that the work of this new year will allow us to prosper in all areas of our lives?
Come explore with us at sadhana this Sunday at 5:45, Ruscombe Community Health Center.