Ganesha’s Popularity around the World
Hundreds of years ago Hindu missionaries went to different countries. They carried with them the idols of Ganesh who was their supreme deity. They spread their ideas about His form, power and the symbolic significance of His form. Merchants used to carry the idols of Ganesh to foreign countries so that their journey and trade may be free from obstacles. Perhaps, Ganesh came to be known to people of other lands for these reasons; Anyway, Ganesh is a popular God even in foreign countries.
Different Names in other cultures
Hinduism Today (http://www.hinduismtoday.com/) in its February 1989 issue wrote, “It is an incontrovertible fact that Lord Ganesh is real, not a mere symbol. He is a potent force in the universe, not a representation of potent universal forces. Of course, Ganesh belongs to all mankind, not to Hindus alone, though not all men on the planet call Him by our name, Ganesh. To the Chinese He is embodied in the form of a massive dragon, whose physical immensity depicts His incredible and irresistible force. To some Chinese He is Kuan-shi t’ienor Ho Tei, the large-bellied God of Happiness. To the Polynesians He is God Lono. The Tamilscall Him by the affectionate term Pillayar, Noble Child. The Tibetians know Him as ts’ ogs-bdag, and the Burmese worship Maha-Pienne. In Mongolia His name is Totkhar-our Khaghan.Cambodians offer worship to Prah Kenes, and the Japanese supplicate Vinayaksa or Sho-ten. By some He is envisioned as the feminine Mother Nature, and even non-believers seek to understand Him through personifying His great powers as Fate, Destiny or Numen. TheGreeks called Him Janus and sought His blessings at the outset of any new venture. In theWest He is revered as the corpulent Santa Claus, the giver of boons and gifts. The Buddhists and Jains also honor Ganesha. In one form or another, Lord Ganesha is honored throughout the world.”
Popularity in the Corporate World
Pramod Batra (www.lifepositive.com October, 1997) says, “As a student of management, I was fascinated enough by Ganesha to research the subject. Clearly, there is much we could learn to become more effective managers. Management is always the major chunk of the problem on the job; in business and at home. Lord Ganesha’s big head inspires us to think big and think profitably; the big ears show openness to new ideas and suggestions; the narrow eyes point to the deep concentration needed to finish a task well; the long nose encourages curiosity and learning. I have found inspiration in Ganesha’s wisdom and judgment, His ability to solve problems and remove obstacles, His capability as a communicator, His goal-orientation and His adaptability. These qualities were much needed by our forefathers as they advanced from hunters to agriculturists. More than strength, they needed wisdom and judgment to survive. These qualities are no less at a premium today, especially for managers.
A Ganesh manager likes people, all kinds of people with their diverse skills and aptitudes, and he likes to work. He enjoys bettering his records. He is forward-looking, with clear and friendly eyes. He likes to set goals and solve problems, and because he is stimulated by this challenge, he becomes better and better at it. He likes to help others realize their goals. He nurtures his own understanding and discrimination by reflecting on his own and others’ experience. He always operates at 150 per cent of capacity; he knows that’s what keeps him happy and growing.”