During my consultations, I am often asked two types of questions. The first is about when I will acquire material wealth. And the second is about when I will attain internal knowledge and inner peace. If I were to present these questions in Sanskrit, people would ask about the attainment of material wealth, denoted as “Riddhi,” and the attainment of internal wisdom, referred to as “Siddhi.” Hence, it is natural to respond that I will obtain wealth and wisdom when I become Ganapati as Riddhi and Siddhi are wives of Ganapati. But what does it truly mean to become Ganapati? For this, there is an interesting story found in the Narada Purana, Shiva Purana, and Ganesh Purana. It is a story that we are all familiar with. Here it is:
Lord Ganesh and Lord Kartikeya both grow up. Now, who should get married first? They go to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to seek their guidance on arranging their weddings. Since both weddings cannot happen simultaneously, a competition is organized. The competition is to see who can complete three rounds around the entire world first. The one who accomplishes this feat will be declared the winner, and their wedding will take place first. As we all know, Kartikeya is a warrior and his vehicle is a peacock. As soon as he heard about completing three rounds around the world, he immediately set off on his journey. On the other hand, Lord Ganesh, known for his wisdom and his vehicle being a mouse, took a different approach. When Kartikeya was heading outside to complete the rounds, Lord Ganesh closed his eyes and started meditating. After a few moments, he stood up, called Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, and had them sit on a rock. He then completed three rounds around them. As we all know, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati declared him the winner.
Now, the interesting part begins. We all know the story so far. Now, the story continues from here. Kartikeya returns and accuses Lord Ganesh of cheating. In response to his accusation, Lord Ganesh provides an intriguing answer that we will discuss today. Lord Ganesh says, “Kartikeya, you took three rounds around the world, and I took three rounds around my world. Now, which one is bigger? The world or my world?” Kartikeya then admits, “Yes, you won the battle because my world is bigger than the world.”
Understand this, my dear reader, that in the battle between the world and my world, it is always my world that emerges victorious. As you face challenges from all sides, the entire world may appear daunting, and negative news may surround you. However, remember that there is an innate quality within you, an internal compass that will guide you in those times. We all possess this internal navigation system that will lead us in the right direction. Instead of focusing on external factors or the world itself, direct your attention toward your personal world, and prosperity will surely follow.
So, when it comes to the question of when we will attain material wealth and inner wisdom, the answer is clear: when we embrace the mentality and intellect of Lord Ganesh. We must cultivate the same wisdom and mindset as Lord Ganesh. Therefore, we should prioritize focusing more on our own personal world rather than the external world.
From this moment onwards, I urge you to remain attentive and aware of your own world. Rest assured, you will surely find a path.