Blog Archives

what if

Photo by Maciej Sokolowski

Description: June 28, 2011In a tiny corner of western Poland a forest of about 400 pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks – all bent northward. Surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees this collection of curved trees, or “Crooked Forest,” is a mystery. Planted around 1930, the trees managed to grow for seven to 10 years before getting held down, in what is understood to have been human mechanical intervention. Though why exactly the original tree farmers wanted so many crooked trees is unknown. — by Christina Reed


What if the trees are upside down question marks?

These trees also remind me of the fascinating banyan tree story/teachings from the Bhagavad Gita:



What’s in a name?

“108 names of Lord Ganesha”


If there are corrections, please let me know. 🙂

I highlighted the ones I really like below:

Akhuratha – One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
Alampata – Ever Eternal Lord
Amit – Incomparable Lord
Anantachidrupamayam – Infinite and Consciousness Personified
Avaneesh – Lord of the whole World
Avighna – Remover of Obstacles
Balaganapati – Beloved and Lovable Child
Bhalchandra – Moon-Crested Lord
Bheema – Huge and Gigantic
Bhupati – Lord of the Gods
Bhuvanpati – God of the Gods
Buddhinath – God of Wisdom
Buddhipriya – Knowledge Bestower
Buddhividhata – God of Knowledge
Chaturbhuj – One who has Four Arms
Devadeva – Lord of All Lords
Devantakanashakarin – Destroyer of Evils and Asuras
Devavrata – One who accepts all Penances
Devendrashika – Protector of All Gods
Dharmik – One who gives help
Dhoomravarna – Smoke-Hued Lord
Durja – Invincible Lord
Dvaimatura – One who has two Mothers
Ekaakshara – He, of the Single Syllable
Ekadanta – Single-Tusked Lord
Ekadrishta – Single-Tusked Lord
Eshanputra – Lord Shiva’s Son
Gadadhara – One who has The Mace as His Weapon
Gajakarna – One who has Eyes like an Elephant
Gajanana – Elephant Faced Lord
Gajananeti – Elephant-Faced Lord
Gajavakra – Trunk of The Elephant
Gajavaktra – One who has Mouth like an Elephant
Ganadhakshya – Lord of All Ganas (Gods)
Ganadhyakshina – Leader of All The Celestial Bodies
Ganapati – Lord of All Ganas (Gods)
Gaurisuta – The Son of Gauri (Parvati)
Gunina – One who is The Master of All Virtues
Haridra – One who is Golden Coloured
Heramba – Mother’s Beloved Son
Kapila – Yellowish-Brown Coloured
Kaveesha – Master of Poets
Kirti – Lord of Music
Kripalu – Merciful Lord
Krishapingaksha – Yellowish-Brown Eyed
Kshamakaram – The Place of Forgiveness
Kshipra – One who is easy to Appease
Lambakarna – Large-Eared Lord
Mahabala – Enormously Strong Lord
Mahaganapati – Omnipotent and Supreme Lord
Maheshwaram – Lord of The Universe
Mangalamurti – All Auspicious Lord
Manomay – Winner of Hearts
Mrityuanjaya – Conqueror of Death
Mundakarama – Abode of Happiness
Muktidaya – Bestower of Eternal Bliss
Musikvahana – One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
Nadapratithishta – One who Appreciates and Loves Music
Namasthetu – Vanquisher of All Evils and Vices and Sins
Nandana – Lord Shiva’s Son
Nideeshwaram – Giver of Wealth and Treasures
Omkara – One who has the Form of OM
Pitambara – One who has Yellow-Coloured Body
Pramoda – Lord of All Abodes
Prathameshwara – First among All
Purush – The Omnipotent Personality
Rakta – One who has Red-Coloured Body
Rudrapriya – Beloved of Lord Shiva
Sarvadevatman – Acceptor of All Celestial Offerings
Sarvasiddhanta – Bestower of Skills and Wisdom
Sarvatman – Protector of the Universe
Shambhavi – The Son of Parvati
Shashivarnam – One who has a Moon like Complexion
Shoorpakarna – Large-Eared Lord
Shuban – All Auspicious Lord
Shubhagunakanan – One who is The Master of All Virtues
Shweta – One who is as Pure as the White Colour
Siddhidhata – Bestower of Success and Accomplishments
Siddhipriya – Bestower of Wishes and Boons
Siddhivinayaka – Bestower of Success
Skandapurvaja – Elder Brother of Skand (Lord Kartik)
Sumukha – Auspicious Face
Sureshwaram – Lord of All Lords
Swaroop – Lover of Beauty
Tarun – Ageless
Uddanda – Nemesis of Evils and Vices
Umaputra – The Son of Goddess Uma (Parvati)
Vakratunda – Curved Trunk Lord
Varaganapati – Bestower of Boons
Varaprada – Granter of Wishes and Boons
Varadavinayaka – Bestower of Success
Veeraganapati – Heroic Lord
Vidyavaridhi – God of Wisdom
Vighnahara – Remover of Obstacles
Vignaharta – Demolisher of Obstacles
Vighnaraja – Lord of All Hindrances
Vighnarajendra – Lord of All Obstacles
Vighnavinashanaya – Destroyer of All Obstacles and Impediments
Vigneshwara – Lord of All Obstacles
Vikat – Huge and Gigantic
Vinayaka – Lord of All
Vishwamukha – Master of The Universe
Vishwaraja – King of The World
Yagnakaya – Acceptor of All Sacred and Sacrificial Offerings
Yashaskaram – Bestower of Fame and Fortune
Yashvasin – Beloved and Ever Popular Lord
Yogadhipa – The Lord of Meditation

Remover of Obstacles

Today’s inspirational spark:


Ganesha is an important figure in Hinduism.

More information about Hinduism can be found by clicking here or here. 🙂


interested in some coloring?

To me, mandalas are very beautiful.  If you need to find some focus or meditate, mandalas can be useful tools.  Mandalas are also an interesting way to tap into your creative side or channel your inner child.

I happened to find a free website where you can download mandala designs.  Pick a quartet that you like, download, and then color to your heart’s content. 🙂

Here’s the link:

The website description states: “To relax and to improve concentration, there are many things that can be done. One of these is, in peace or with soft background music, to colour in a Mandala.  Mandala more or less means “circle” or “centre.” Shapes and patterns are added to a clearly calming centre point.

  • Mandalas are healing mediums for the soul
  • Mandalas are the merging of body, spirit and soul
  • They uncover your own creativity
  • You discover yourself and the real you
  • You master your every day life and stress easier
  • You become calm and gain trust and composure”




%d bloggers like this: