Who is Lord Ganesha? The creation of Lord Ganesha was done symbolically and can teach us many things about how we can overcome our negative energy by working on it with mindfulness. Listen to this discourse by Om Swami to gain insight on the yogic and esoteric meaning of the birth of Lord Ganesha.
Most of the stories in our scriptures were written to elaborate and were explained by divine people with great intellect. However with changing times, many reduced these scriptures into mere rituals. The idea behind rituals and practices was to regulate ourselves and keep a balance both physically and emotionally. It is only when you are mindful and aware of what you are doing and why you are doing it, that you rise above your conflicts and confusions. The epic of Lord Ganesha's birth exemplifies how a story can signify a learning process.