Time unfolds the petals for our eyes to see
Strange how this journey's hurting
In ways we accept as part of fate's decree
So we just hold on fast
Acknowledge the past
As lessons exquisitely crafted
To carve us as instruments
That play the music of life
For we don't realize
Our faith in the prize
Unless it's been somehow elusive
How swiftly we choose it
The sacred simplicity
Of you at my side
The deity Ganesha, also named Ganapati or Vinayaka, is one of the best known deities in the Hindu pantheon. He is known as the remover of obstacles, patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. He is also worshipped as the god of beginnings and is honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies.
His name is Sanskit for gana (group, multitude) and isha (lord, master). He is identified with the mantra Om.
His image in the form of an elephant is found throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bali and Bangladesh, as well as countries with a large ethnic Indian population including Fiji, Mauritius or Trinidad and Tobago.