Ganesha had a brother whose name was Kartikeya. Ganesha was very clever and sweet natured, where as Kartikeya was very short tempered. Both of them used to play on the mountains and sometimes they used to quarrel.
So once they had a very big quarrel and each of them thought that the other one was guilty. The matter could not be settled. Finally they soon approached their parents to get justice.
Lord Shiva and Parvati heard both the sides and then lord Shiva had an idea “children,” he said to them,”let us settle it this way you have to go around the world and one who comes back first will be considered to be the right one the other one wrong ! Do you agree?” “yes ! Yes !! Agreed both of them Kartikeya always rode a peacock and was very fast at it while Ganesha used a little rat for riding. Kartikeya was sure that he would win the race because his peacock was much faster than the rat.
Kartikeya immediately jumped on his peacock and rode very fast as he could. Ganesha first had a look at his big stomach and then at his little rat. He was sure that he can never win the race.Then Kartikeya was already away with his peacock.
And Ganesha just sat down there thinking and suddenly he had a bright idea. He made lord Shiva and mata Parvati sit together and quickly went around them three times. Soon. Kartikeya came on his peacock after travelling around the world successfully and told Shiva-Parvati proudly,” here I come ! I won and looked at Ganesha “No,”said Ganesha,firmly,”our parents are the mother and father of the world,so going around them is just like going around the world! I have done it three times but you have done it only once and that makes me the winner! And Ganesha looked at lord Shiva and Parvati,”am I right or wrong?”he asked them.
“Ganesha is right”,said Parvati to Kartikeya,” he has won the race ! ”
This story teaches us about intelligence and honour. Ganesh takes the time to tune in to his inner knowing and seek higher knowledge before making rash decisions or having a temper tantrum or losing his cool like his brother. In the story Ganesh honours his parents and in this honouring and intelligent response wins the contest over speed and physical skill. In our class today we will practice honouring ourselves and honouring the human spirit through the warrior poses. We will also work a bit with peacock preparatory poses in honour of Ganesh’s brother.
Props Needed: wall, meditation cushion, folded blanket
Yoga Postures/Asanas: keyhole or figure four pose, lunge or anjaneyasana, dying warrior, thread the needle or parivrtta marjaryasana, Warrior One or Virabhadrasana One, Warrior Two or Virabhadrasana Two, Warrior Three or Virabhadrasana Three, Peaceful Warrior, Dolphin or Ardha Pincha Mayurasana, Peacock Tail Pose or Mayurasana, puppy or Uttana Shishosana, easy twist or parivrtta sukhasana, paschimottanasana or seated forward fold, mudra of inner self