Ganesha, the Remover of Obstacles
Ganesha, big old cuddly elephant, much beloved by western yogis, and basically, by everybody as far as I can tell. What’s not to love about an elephant-headed deity who will stomp with his tree-like legs through whatever obstacle is blocking your path forward in life? Light a candle, chant Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha, and voila! Work your fuzzy yoga magix!
Well, I’ve had my blasphemous way with any number of Christian, Jewish and Islamic deities and figureheads to the ghast horror of those too stricken by fundamentalism to recognize the meaning of their own stories and myths, and so, with the blood of colonialist cultural appropriators beating through my viking veins, I’m also going to do a little unapologetic work on Ganesha.
Ganesha, remover of obstacles. Why?
Ganesha, son of Parvati and Shiva, a son not even of conception, but created from the skin beneath his mom’s nails. The disgusting skin neurotically scratched from her own unrequited flesh as her husband, Shiva, was off drunk, high and in deep meditation discovering the secrets of yoga, life, the universe and everything.
And having figured it all out, finally, Shiva is ready to come home and have his way with his woman. And what does he find? The remover of obstacles? NO.
What Shiva finds standing guard outside his mothers bath is the Original Obstacle. The Original Mama’s boy. The Original Cock Blocker. A boy so stupid he can’t even recognize the reflection of his own face in his father’s staring back at him.
Shiva removed the obstacle by chopping off that insolent little shit’s head and going on in to his wife. Later, in the warm afterglow of love, Parvati sends Shiva out to fetch her slow boy a new head, and isn’t even all that bothered that the best Shiva can find is an elephants head. Kids.
So next time you invoke Ganesha to help you remove an obstacle, understand, there never was any obstacle to achieving ANYTHING you wanted in the first place…. at ALL. . .except YOU. You little Shit!
Words and Watercolor by RadiantSpleen 2016