Ganesha and the Moon: A Story of Humility and Respect

Once, Lord Ganesha was invited to a feast by Kubera, the god of wealth. Ganesha was very fond of sweets, and he ate a lot of modaks, laddoos, and other delicacies. He ate so much that his stomach became very big and he felt very heavy. He decided to go for a walk to digest his food.

As he was walking, he saw the moon shining brightly in the sky. The moon was very beautiful, but also very proud of his beauty. He saw Ganesha walking with his big belly and decided to make fun of him. He laughed and said, "Look at you, Ganesha! You are so fat and ugly! You have eaten so much that you look like a balloon. How can you be the son of Shiva and Parvati, who are so handsome and graceful?"

Ganesha felt very hurt by the moon's words. He tried to ignore him, but the moon kept mocking him. Ganesha became angry and cursed the moon, saying, "You are so vain and arrogant, moon! You think you are the most beautiful thing in the world, but you are not. You are just a reflection of the sun's light. You have no light of your own. From now on, you will lose your brightness and become dark. You will be invisible to everyone."

As soon as Ganesha said these words, the moon started to fade away. He realized his mistake and begged Ganesha for forgiveness. He said, "Please, Ganesha, have mercy on me! I am sorry for insulting you. You are the lord of wisdom and success. You are the remover of obstacles and the giver of blessings. Please do not punish me so harshly. Please restore my light."

Ganesha was compassionate and generous. He saw that the moon was sincere and regretful. He decided to forgive him, but he could not take back his curse completely. He said, "I will modify my curse, moon. You will not be completely dark forever. You will change your shape every day. Sometimes you will be full, sometimes half, sometimes crescent, and sometimes new. This way, you will remember your humility and learn to respect others."

The moon thanked Ganesha and accepted his curse as a blessing. He realized that he had been foolish and arrogant, and that he had learned a valuable lesson from Ganesha.

The moral of this story is that we should not judge others by their appearance or make fun of them. We should be humble and respectful towards everyone. We should also remember that Ganesha is always watching over us and guiding us towards wisdom and success.

Image credit: Mark Tegethoff

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