Ganesha is my Co-Pilot

January 4th, 2008
In the Hindu pantheon, Ganesha is the Remover of Obstacles and patron of arts and sciences and one of the five primary deities of Smartism, a Hindu denomination. This air freshener for my car was a gift from a goddess of goodness, so I trust that its slogan, “Smells like Enlightenment,” will inspire me to look for silver linings, leap over buildings in a single bound, see through false fronts to the solid truth behind. If I could wish for one thing this year it would be a spiritual guru. Someone who would tutor me in all things ethereal, a sherpa of the spirit who would lead me toward the light. It’s easy to find a personal trainer, a life coach, a shrink or a yoga teacher. But I think you have to stumble upon the guru who will change your life. I’m not giving up the search, though, and maybe Ganesha dangling from my rear view mirror will be my low-tech GPS…Guru Positioning System. “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

6 Responses to “Ganesha is my Co-Pilot”

  1. your friend says:

    ok, so how to find a life coach? Hasn’t seemed so easy for me. Your elucidation would be appreciated.

  2. nikki says:

    seems like every third person I meet is a realtor or a life coach. I haven’t been impressed by life coaches, but then again, I don’t want someone to help me set goals–I want someone wiser than I am to guide me on a spiritual journey. Maybe I have to do it for myself.

  3. your friend says:

    Oh, I see what you mean now. Yeah, or every *other* person if not third. They’re all over the place. I took finding one to mean finding one you actually would use. I also thought that a good one would have skills that would go beyond goal-setting. The way you talk about it makes me realize that a life coach is not maybe so useful after all.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I, too, have started to suspect that we might have to do this part – the spiritual journey part – on our own. I’m not happy about this; I’d prefer to think that I just have to wait for the right guide to show up and basically orient me while I’m busy with other things. (I think the fact that I don’t want any of this to take up too much of my time is a very bad sign.)


  5. joan says:

    Years ago I painted Ganesh on a wooden knob for my brother’s stick shift. His car was broken into and that was the only thing that was stolen. Somewhere someone has a stolen gear shift knob with Ganesh on it.

  6. travel patty says:

    Who needs a life coach?? Just get me someone to remove those myriad realtors from my existence, and I’ll be in Nirvana!