Life starts with childhood and childhood used to be cherished.
In the highlands of Maharastra in India, there are eight sacred statues of swaysbhus of Shri Ganesha, the God representing the eternal innocence of a childhood, who is the object of tremendous popular devotion.
He has an elephant head, symbolizing the strength and wisdom of the mightiest animal, devoid of human ego.
He is the archetype for the primordial vibration of child-like purity, the first-born, and he is worshipped in India before each official ceremony or collective function for his auspiciousness brings good luck.
In this millennial tradition, it is widely believed that the protection for values associated with childhood, such as innocence or spontaneity are essential for the harmonious working of the community. This mythology made breaking news in the fall of 1995, when Ganesha`s statues enjoyed a new prominence before thousands of bewildered and enthusiastic worshipers. Newspaper reported that in Toronto, New York, Vancouver, London and temples all over India statues of the elephant-headed God were accepting offerings of milk in that the bowls were emptying by themselves.
Maybe this was to tell us that innocence is reclaiming its place?
From “The Third Advent“, Gregoire de Kalbermatten