In keeping with Vedic tradition, at the start of new undertakings it is important to recognize and honor Ganesha, also known as Ganapati. Ganesha represents that energy or force that can clear the way before us, removing any obstacles that may be lying in our path.
He is depicted as the elephant-headed god in the Hindu pantheon, a powerful force to be reckoned with, but also a gentle soul whose dear companion is a mouse. A scribe himself, he is especially fond of academic endeavors, so I invite him to smile brightly on our virtual gathering here, bestowing his gifts of reliability, dedication and brilliance as he sees fit. May our studies be filled with peace, love & light!