I have a short story I would like to tell, its of a Hindu god - Lord Ganesha.
Now for the Indians out there who may read this, I certainly do know who Ganesha is and what he represents. Though I will admit I did NOT know what day or month – each year, Lord Ganesha was worshipped (birthday). But from an event which did occur last year 2011, I will now always remember and NEVER forget.
On the 1st September which is the ninth month (9 being a sacred number), I was shown that it was (Lord Ganesha’s Birthday) ... which also fell on a Thursday; and again many hold this day as a sacred day of the week. I drove my daughter to the shopping centre where she needed to get a few things. I told her to take her time as I will wait in the car. Now I had no intentions to enter the shopping centre as I was listening to a talk back radio show and felt very comfortable just sitting there. But this was not to be.
After some 10 or maybe 15 minutes had passed, I was compelled … and I mean COMPELLED to get out of the car and enter the shopping centre for some unknown reason. I tried hard to ignore this feeling but the harder I tried the more the urge would grow. So I obliged it by getting out of the car and entering the centre. As soon as I entered I looked to my left and saw a beautiful idol of Lord Ganesha sitting on the shelf in a store. It was 18 inches in height which was perfect for where I would sit him.
My attention was so attracted to it I was forced to buy it. I handed over the money which was $29, then proceeded to walk away. Just as I was about to exit the shopping centre my daughter catches up to me and asks, what have you got there, dad. I begin telling her that this is Lord Ganesha, he removes obstacles and helps by bringing good fortune to those who deserve it. I had an urge to buy it I told her. Little did I know what was about to happen next. As soon as I told all this to my daughter we both then walked out the front door. Blocking my path was a shopping trolley, as soon as I moved this trolley out of my way, I found a $20 note sitting on the ground in plain sight.
Surely others would have seen this it couldn’t be missed. And yet people were coming and going all the time but still not one person saw the $20 note on the tiled floor which was in plain sight. Then my daughter turns and says to me: your right dad, that was a gift from Lord Ganesha, no one else could see it only you. It was meant for you alone.
So, the cost of the idol of Ganesha was only $9. It now sits on a high seat in my home where all can see as they enter. Now let me explain the numbers in the story. September is the 9th month (sacred day.) The idol cost $29, finding $20 brought the cost down to $9 (sacred number). Height of the idol is 18 inches, which again shows 1 + 8 = 9. And the sacred day (Thursday).
That night I had a beautiful dream of Lord Ganesha along with my chosen form of God.
Now let me state something here of great importance which is very relevant to this story. I am not a Hindu - but an Australian born citizen brought up in a spiritual background. I am a lay minister of the Christian faith, ordained and registered with the Attorney General’s Department. Lay means I DO NOT belong to any church. (reasons I keep to myself). I have loved Jesus from birth, but as I got older it became much more than just a belief, it became part of me in which my whole body, mind and spirit resonated as one with Him. From the intense love and devotion I hold for him in my life, finally gave way where he gave of himself in my dream state, or really it was in the astral that he appeared before me.
In my next post I would like to tell of the first meeting I had with Jesus. This might prompt others to write of their experiences also.
These posts I offer so others may get inspiration by what they read, and also to show them that WE are never alone.