On the Siddha Yoga path, we honor Lord Ganesh as the god of wisdom and the intellect, the lord of auspicious beginnings, the remover of obstacles, and the deity who grants all spiritual attainments. We might invoke Lord Ganesh before starting a new endeavor or whenever challenges arise along the way. In his infinite compassion, Lord Ganesh may sweep away obstacles from our path—or he may grant us the insight we need to be able to remove them through our own self-effort.
The elephant-headed deity Lord Ganesh is beloved in Indian culture, and each aspect of his divine form holds symbolic significance. His huge ears are the instrument of his divine discernment: they hear all prayers, detecting which are beneficial for the seeker and which are not.