Last week I arrived home late from a birthday party and went inside to get ready for bed.
I realized that I had left one of my favorite beauty products Bee Magic (a healing salve made out of the purest bee mojo) in the car, so I went back out into the garage to get it.
I walked over to the passenger side of the car and heard squeeling.
I had heard this squeeling the day before and thought,
That sounds like a baby rat.
I looked down on the garage floor and lo and behold, there was a baby rat and it was only 2 inches long.
The first thing I thought was,
GANESHA…the elephant headed Hindu God who removes obstacles.
Ganesha’s vehicle, the one who takes him wherever he wants to go is a rat (or a mouse).
I immediately knew that this was a very auspicious meeting indeed.
The fact that I had gone to the car to retrieve a healing balm created by bees, the greatest of transformational alchemists and found the lil one informed me that I would be receiving a transformational healing from the rat.
I instantly knew that the rat had been abandoned by it’s mother and was very sad and that I could help it.
I also instantly knew that I needed to make sure that the lil baby knew that although it’s Mother had abandoned it, that life had not abandoned it and that it was loved.
I asked the baby what he needed.
He told me he wanted a cardboard box with old towels and some little stuffed animal to emulate it’s Mama.
I managed to find a lil yellow chick stuffed animal who I call Chicky Baby.
I put Ganesha (of course that’s what I named him) in the box and he immediately started shnuggling with Chicky Baby.
I put their box out in the garage overnight just in case the Mama rat had 2nd thoughts and decided to come back for her babyshkins.
In the morning I checked on Ganesha and he was fine.
That day I gave him coconut water a couple of times.
And I found myself completely captivated by him.
I just sat there with him watching him sleep.
I truly felt a sense of universal Motherhood with him.
What could be more important than caring for this lil one?
I felt immense unconditional love and care for this precious lil being.
I looked up the symbology of rat and this is what it said:
And that’s how I felt being in his presence.
My Heart was so open and beaming with LOVE that I could literally feel myself being blessed with all of these beautiful gifts.
I felt so lucky that he was placed on my path.
That night I told my man about Ganesha.
I jokingly told him that I had become the Mother of a baby rat.
Now this is the funny and cool thing…
When my man left to go out on the hunt (he’s a professional fisherman) 5 weeks ago I referred to myself as Parvati, the consort of Shiva the destroyer.
There are many renditions of this story and this is my favorite version:
The Hindu God Shiva’s woman Parvati would stay at home while Shiva was out meditating and practicing Yoga for 10,000 years at a time.
Rather than mourn for the time apart, she would take the time of physical separation from Shiva to amplify her own superpowers through deep meditation.
One of the superpowers she developed was her ability to manifest.
Although she was being very strong during Shiva’s absence, she was still a woman and she missed his companionship.
So one day while she was bathing in the sacred Ganges river, she decided to create a son to love and care for.
She rubbed skin off her own body and mixed it with Ganges mud.
And…she created her son Ganesha.
One day she was in bed cuddling with Ganesha (as Mothers and their children do) and they both heard noise in the house.
Ganesha sprang out of bed and stood in the doorway to protect his Mama.
Shiva approached but Ganesha had no idea that Shiva was his daddy.
After all, Shiva had been away for thousands and thousands of years.
Shiva said, “Get outta my way!”
And Ganesha refused.
Shiva, being the destroyer (and having no idea that Ganesha was his son) took out his sword and lopped off Ganesha’s head.
Nice one Shiva! Lord in the Heavens…
Parvati jumped out of bed screaming, “That is your son!!!!”
Shiva felt horrific and ordered his servants to cut off and bring to him the head of any creature that might be sleeping with its head facing towards the North. The only creature they could find in this position was an elephant. The elephant was sacrificed and Shiva joined the elephant’s head onto the body of Ganesha.
This is why Ganesha is considered to be the remover of obstacles…he overcame his own father lopping off his head and will spend the rest of eternity with the body of a man and the head of an elephant!
So then I looked up the relationship between Ganesha and his companion the Rat.
And this is what www.biharitimes.in says:
*Ganesha in spite of being a God is humble enough to ride the lowest of creatures, a rat.
* To show the irrelevance of the physical body and the relationship that even the largest has with the smallest – the elephant on the rat
*To show that luck comes in unexpected ways and through the unexpected , even the scorned upon.
*It denotes the process of evolution–the rat gradually evolves into an elephant and finally becomes a man. This is why Ganesha has a human body, an elephant’s head and a rat as His vehicle.
*The wise do not find anything in the world disproportionate, incongruous or ugly.
*The rat symbolizes the meek who, if they surrender to the Lord will share in his power and glory.
*Ganesha allows the mouse to eat his laddoos (sweets). The message is that we should always care for the smallest of the small.
*A mouse gazing at the laddoos, but not consuming them, denotes that a purified or controlled ego can live in the world without being affected by the worldly temptations.
*It takes all sorts to make a world and the mouse complements the elephant in making a complete world.
*As rats generally succeed in gnawing their way through every obstruction, the rat symbolizes Ganesha’s ability to destroy every obstacle.
*Even the smallest being can be of use to the greatest.
And the amazing thing is, I learned ALL of these very things from Ganesha.
Every one of these themes had somehow woven themselves through my life during the days before, during and after Ganesha’s arrival.
My man told me that there was a reason that the Mother Rat had abandoned Ganesha.
He said perhaps Ganesha was sick. He said it is nature’s way of preserving life and health and well-being.
When I got off the phone with him I went to check on Ganesha.
Ganesha was dead.
Well, Ganesha’s body was dead.
But his Spirit was blazing and I could feel his powerful presence.
Now, many days later, I feel his presence more powerfully than ever.
I think I always will.
I buried him in the marigold patch and chanted a Ganesha chant for him.
I didn’t cry for him because I felt that I had so thoroughly loved him that there was nothing to mourn.
It wasn’t until today when I was telling this story to some friends that I got teary.
When I told my man that I had buried him with the marigolds he said:
Now his life force will transfer into the flowers!
Ganesha might have been a lil 2 inch long rat, but his Spirit and life force energy is as big as an elephant.
And the gifts and blessings he gave me will be with me forever.
Perhaps while my man is away I was blessed with lil Ganesha to keep me company for a lil while.
And, Ganesha was blessed with me to love and care for him during his last 24 hours in his lil rat body.
And maybe, OK, not maybe, FOR SURE, we were put in each other’s paths so that we would know that LOVE doesn’t see a difference between animals and humans, or big and small, or male and female, or being physically together or apart, or being in a body or in Spirit.
LOVE JUST LOVES.
NO MATTER WHAT.
And here’s the clincher my friends…
Every month Santa Barbara Pest Control comes out and sets rat traps up in my attic.
That makes me just like Shiva, lopping the heads of intruders who have the power to cause great damage to my home.
But in the presence of this lil baby I became like Parvati, a compassionate and loving Mother.
And you better believe I’ve felt like lil baby Ganesha the rat many a time too…feeling abandoned and sad.
I can relate to all of these feelings…
And I know that you can too.
So the next time you see a rat or a bird or a deer or a snail or ANY LIVING CREATURE great or small…
It’s Love itself.
And you are God, Source and Love itself.
You are SO powerful.
And my question is:
What are you going to do with your superpowers?
If every magical being in existence has a gift to give you and you have a gift to give to every special being that you encounter…what gift are you going to give?
For me, the answer to that question is very pure and very simple.
Everyone and everything I meet gives me another opportunity to raise my vibration to the highest level of LOVELIGHTBLISS.
And there is so much Love and support for me to give this miraculous gift that like Ganesha can clear all the obstacles.
And that is why,
I CHOOSE LOVE.
And my question for you is,
ARE YOU READY TO CHOOSE LOVE?
In that Spirit, always know,
I bow to and deeply honor who you are.
In TRUTH, you are LOVE, LIGHT and BLISS itself.
And when you remember who you are, and I remember who I am,
WE ARE ONE.
Rest in Peace Ganesha the Rat.
Thanks for reminding me again and again that LOVELIGHTBLISS is the most powerful force in existence.
LOVE clears all the obstacles.
And I LOVE YOU <3