Greeting Card Ganesha with wives Riddhi and Siddhi


The artist’s description of these cards:
Ganesha is the Lord of Obstacles, capable of creating or removing them. People pray to Ganesha at the beginning of all undertakings and journeys to remove all potential obstacles. He is depicted here in a meditative posture. In his trunk he is holding a modaka, his favorite sweet. Ganesha is the presiding deity over the water element, whose finest essence is soma, “the glue of the universe.” Soma is symbolized by moonlight on water, so Lord Ganesha is depicted in a cosmic ocean, with a full moon shining behind him. A crescent moon, emblem of Lord Shiva, is outlined in recognition of Ganesha’s father. Ganesha is a protector, because he stood guard at the door while his mother, Parvati, was bathing. An image of Ganesha is often placed near the front door of a house. Ganesha is the god of writers, because he broke off one of his tusks to use as a stylus and transcribed the Mahabharata, which was dictated to him by Vyasa. The four branches of the yantra contain the other four elements: air, fire, akasha or space, and earth, depicted as the Himalayas with Mount Kailasa, Lord Shiva’s abode, in the middle. Ganesha’s wives, Riddhi and Siddhi, embody prosperity and fulfillment of desires. All three figures face forward to bless the viewer.

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    I was born and grew up in Berkeley, California. Art, writing and music have been important to me my entire life. One of the most wonderful things about Berkeley was the rich exposure to a variety of music. Pete Seeger, Jean Ritchie and Mance Lipscomb gave children’s concerts. There were annual jazz festivals at the university where I heard greats such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Carmen McRae, and folk festivals and concerts featuring Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, along with more traditional folk musicians. Mostly I got hooked on the blues. By the old age of fifteen I was hanging out in San Francisco at the Fillmore and Avalon ballrooms and at free rock concerts in Golden Gate and Provo Parks. I attended the Monterey Pop Festival. I listened to the underground FM radio stations constantly; the music of the time expressed my feelings about what was going on around and inside me.
    Virtually every major happening, demonstration and protest in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s saw me front and center. I inhaled my share of tear gas at Vietnam protests and the People’s Park demonstrations. A little too much was going on for peace of mind. In 1970 I learned Transcendental Meditation, and have been practicing it regularly ever since. I became a teacher in 1973, and have taught in the U.S., the Philippines and Taiwan. I studied with and worked on the staff of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the TM organization, in Europe and in India.
    have a B.A. in Art History from Oakland University in Michigan and a BFA from California College of the Arts. I worked as a chef in France and Switzerland, roamed around South India going to temples and holy places, ran a health spa in Missouri, and have worn a dozen other hats and even made a few. Some of my richest experiences have been sitting at home at the drawing board or writing.
    The wise sage Satchel Paige’s advice is my watchword: “Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching.”

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    Weight .9 lbs
    Dimensions 9 × 6 × .25 in