……..Parvati made Shri Ganesha, He was the son of Parvati alone. There was no Father. Parvati Herself wanted to have a child of Her own. There were angels who were dedicated either to Vishnu or to Shiva, like ganas were dedicated to Shiva alone. So, She wanted to have Her own Son who can permeate Her powers on this Earth. So to begin with when the Shakti created this universe and Sadashiva was watching Her creation, the first thing She created on this Earth was innocence and the embodiment of that innocence was Shri Ganesha. The whole Universe was covered with innocence, which we call as Aumkara. This innocence protected all the creation of the world and penetrated into all that is matter. Matter is innocent. If you hit the matter, it will hit you back because it is built like that. It doesn’t want to harm you by any method except that if you try to hit it, it hits you back, in its own nature. So it was called as Jada, the one that acts according to the built-in nature.
Innocence in the animals is of another kind, where the animals do not know that they are committing crimes. Animals when they say, kill an animal, another animal, or trespass your properties, create nuisance all over, they don’t know they are committing a sin or they are disobeying some laws. They live with the laws that are built within them, that’s why they are called as pashus means bondage – the pashu. Pasha means the bondage. They are under the bondage of the laws of God. Shri Shiva is called as Pashupati. Up to that stage the innocence remains intact because there is no development of ego in them. So they are innocent. A tiger may eat a cow, still he is innocent or an elephant may trample over a human body, still he is innocent.
But when going to a higher state, the Mother Shakti, the Primordial Mother thought of creating a personality who will protect the innocence of human beings. Above the matter, above the animals, She created Shri Ganesha. And you know the story of Shri Ganesha how He got the head of an elephant – symbolizing that Shri Ganesha, though He is a human being, He is like an animal as far as His head is concerned, that too of Shri Gajanana, in the sense that He has got the head of an elephant which is the wisest animal in the animal kingdom. So in such a head, which is innocent, ego cannot develop. There is no ego. It’s an ego-less state…….
(An extract from talk of H H Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi on Shri Ganesha Puja, San Diego, USA, 7th September 1986. )
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