The Blogger interviewed on Lord Ganesh:
And a family man?
This is one of the most curious aspects of Lord Ganesh, in as much as he appears as the dutiful son of what appears to be the ideal human family, Lord Shiva, Parvati and their two sons. This is a very popular image, and I remember even having place mats for the dinner table showing this setting. When you think about it, it's a very curious nuclear family - the husband off most of the time meditating, one son leading armies to sweeping victories, and the mother as the daughter of the mountains. But there is a serious point behind it. Lord Ganesh is the guardian of the mother's honour and modesty. The esoteric meaning behind this is that when Shakti fully awakes in our life through the rising of Kundalini, she is what some texts call "Naive, defenceless and complete", naked and unadorned by anything else, as she is pure energy. But this reality is guarded by Lord Ganesh. He does not allow others to see his Mother this way unless they are ready for the sight.
He has been around in awareness for many years, and one of the very first periods of deep meditation I passed through unfailingly brought me to a point where I could feel two tiny Lord Ganesh figures dancing to the sound of kettle drums in either ear, which was just a wonderful vision and produced tremendous exultation. So he is around, but for me my heart is turned to the Devi, yet I feel in other lives I had a deep connection with him which keeps manifesting in curious ways. For example in my failed marriage, my wife brought me a gold pendant of Lord Ganesh for a wedding gift. He teaches us all great lessons without seeming to do so. He is the essence of humility, which I particularly warm to. If you are his devotee you, too, should display that humility, just as devotees of Maha Durga should be courageous and determined.