I’ve been turning to Ganesh for help since 2002 — about 7 yrs longer than I’ve studied Hinduism. He’s always come through for me.
A close friend used to have a job that she hated. I knew she hated her job because every day when she got off work she’d call to talk for awhile about how much she hated her job. I used to live between her job and her home, so occasionally she’d stop by for a few minutes after work. A few times I had to wave incense around like crazy when she left because her “you’ll-never-believe-how-bad-work-was-today” energy hung in the air like poison. She’d ask me daily if I thought she should quit her job. She’d pray about whether she should quit her job. Once she called to report:
“I’ve been praying about whether I should quit my job, and the bush in front of the building [her workplace] caught fire! Do you think a burning bush is a sign? Should I quit my job?”
One day a man came in screaming and waving a knife around. He stabbed a counter repeatedly while the security guard was eating a sandwich in his truck. [By "counter," I mean a surface like a tall desk you stand behind, not a person who counts things; no humans were stabbed in this story.] So she started chanting a Durga mantra she got out of a book. Everyday she’d chant, “om dum durgayei namaha,” as she drove to work so she’d feel strong enough to get through another day.
Still she’d wonder, “Should I quit?”
Then one day she decided to try another mantra from her book. Ganesh mantra. Removes obstacles. She asked Ganesh, “Should I quit?”
Shortly after beginning the new mantra she got called into her boss’s office. It wasn’t working out, she was told. She was being asked to leave (but she did qualify for unemployment, which I think you don’t qualify for if you’re fired, so however her boss worded this, she was released from her job but not exactly fired). This all went down several years ago now, before the economy turned to crap.
Recently she was looking to make a major change in her life and she asked me for a mantra. I recommended, “om gam ganapataye namaha,” because I’ve been using it for years and Ganesh has always come through for me.
She said, “I’m afraid of that mantra.”
“Because I used it, remember, and it made me lose my job!”
That’s how I learned that people don’t necessarily appreciate if their favorite obstacle suddenly gets removed for them (even if they’ve asked for its removal).