"Ganesha establishes within you the higher self। The baser self, which enjoys all the baser things in life, is cut down or completely destroyed by Shri Ganesha. If you see Mona Lisa, she cannot be an actress, or win any beauty contest, but her face is very serene and motherly and pure. Why is it she is eternally so much appreciated? The reason is there is Ganesha principle in her. It's the mother. The story goes that this lady had lost her child and she would never smile again or cry. When one little child was brought to her, and she saw the child, the smile that came on her face of her love for the child is being depicted by this great artist. Even the eyes of a crocodile cracking her eggs to take out the babies are so gentle and loving. But when you become modern, your actions are funny. So love for your child has to be absolutely important, but as Sahaja Yogis you should not have attachment, only for your child."
H. H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.
(Shri Ganesh Puja, Les Diablerets-Switzerland, 10th August 1989)