This article was originally written for idiva.com
With the vibrant colours of rangoli, the fragrance of flowers and sandalwood essence, Lord Ganesha will find his way into your home. You always pray to Him to clear the path to prosperity and bestow your mind with knowledge. But as I read about the significance of Lord Ganesha’s four-arm avatar, to satisfy a four year old’s curious mind, I learned about a symbolic message that this elephant god brings along: grow and preserve our wealth.
Just the way you clear the clutter (or the dirt) in the house to welcome the God, get rid of the clutter in your investment portfolio to grow your wealth. Get rid of funds that haven’t given any return in 5 years, stocks that aren’t going to go their 2008 highs or fixed deposits that are giving low returns.
With a clean mind and a neat home, when you sit down to offer prayers to Lord Ganesha, you will learn about the 7 eternal rules of creating wealth that never ought to be forgotten.
1. Ganesha’s elephant head symbolizes the pursuit of wisdom, knowledge and removal of ignorance: First of all understand and get knowledge about investment avenues that can create wealth. Remove the obstacle of ignorance and learn thoroughly instead of blindly investing.
2. Ganesha’s big ears symbolize the power of constant awareness: Be alert and listen to every news, announcement, development, policy change, and market ups and downs.
3. Ganesha’s large trunk symbolizes the power of adaptability: Ganeshji’s multipurpose trunk could bring down heavy tree branches and break a small coconut too. Likewise make your investment portfolio adaptable to your short-term and long-term financial goals. Make your portfolio adaptable to your disposable income too!
4. Ganesha’s big belly symbolizes the ability to digest the good and the bad: A 10% rise in stock prices or a 3% fall the next day shouldn’t make you overly happy or nervous. Much like our beloved Lord Ganesha, learn to digest the good news and the bad, instead of just reacting to every piece of news.
5. Ganesha’s instrument, Elephant goad (ankusa) and a noose (pasha) symbolises the determination to focus and control: Too many investment schemes and too much analysis of everything distracts us. The elephant goad in your beloved God’s hand reminds you to stay away from chaos and focus on your financial goals. If you invest without a purpose, a noose in His other hand will wield its influence to get you back on track.
6. Ganesha’s one tusk symbolizes making the best use of our resources: A legend says that Lord Ganesha’s quill broke while he was writing the epic Mahabharata for Sage Vyas. To keep his promise of writing continuously, he broke his tusk to finish the task and hence got the name EkDunt also. In your zest to build wealth, don’t forget to put your current resources to best use.
7. Ganesha’s ride (mouse) symbolizes being humble in times of wealth: Lord Ganesha, who is the God of prosperity, rides upon a humble mouse. So you must remain grounded and humble with all the wealth you build up. For fortune is fickle, and it may tiptoe away, much like Ganeshji’s mouse!
Wishing you a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi !