Hindu god of new beginnings
The Rebirthing of God: Christianitys Struggle for New Beginnings by John Philip NewellDare to imagine a new birth from deep within Christianity, a fresh stirring of the Spirit.
The walls of Western Christianity are collapsing. In many parts of the West that collapse can only be described as seismic.... There are three main responses or reactions to this collapse. The first is to deny that it is happening. The second is to frantically try to shore up the foundations of the old thing. The third, which I invite us into, is to ask what is trying to be born that requires a radical reorientation of our vision. What is the new thing that is trying to emerge from deep within us and from deep within the collective soul of Christianity?
--from the Introduction
In the midst of dramatic changes in Western Christianity, internationally respected spiritual leader, peacemaker and scholar John Philip Newell offers the hope of a fresh stirring of the Spirit among us. He invites us to be part of a new holy birth of sacred living. Speaking directly to the heart of Christians--those within the well-defined bounds of Christian practice and those on the disenchanted edges--as well as to the faithful and seekers of other traditions, he explores eight major features of a new birthing of Christianity:
Coming back into relationship with the Earth as sacred
Reconnecting with compassion as the ground of true relationship
Celebrating the Light that is at the heart of all life
Reverencing the wisdom of other religious traditions
Rediscovering spiritual practice as the basis for transformation
Living the way of nonviolence among nations
Looking to the unconscious as the wellspring of new vision
Following love as the seed-force of new birth in our lives and world
11 Powerful Goddesses From Around The World To Invoke In Your Life
Ganesha is one of the most recognizable and well-known Hindu gods. He has the head of an elephant, a large pot belly and four arms. He travels on a mouse and is a fascinating god who symbolizes several important elements to his followers. Ganesha is the first-born son of Parvati and Shiva. However, he was not conceived by both his mother and father. His mother, Parvati, wanted children but her husband did not.
Every new beginning offers a chance to bring your deepest desires to life. But first you have to find a path around the obstacles standing in the way. Although they may manifest as external problems—you may think a lack of time prevents you from meditation every day, for example—it is often emotions or thought patterns that hold you back. If your internal state is unified with your desire, you can achieve anything. The following mantra is traditionally chanted to start new endeavors with positive energy and to remove obstacles. Try starting your day with it!
Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions. Ganesha likely emerged as a deity as early as the 2nd century CE,  but most certainly by the 4th and 5th centuries CE, during the Gupta period , although he inherited traits from Vedic and pre-Vedic precursors. Brahma Purana and Brahmanda Purana are other two Puranic genre encyclopedic texts that deal with Ganesha. Ganesha has been ascribed many other titles and epithets, including Ganapati Ganpati and Vighneshvara. Narain differentiates these terms by saying that pillai means a "child" while pillaiyar means a "noble child". He adds that the words pallu , pella , and pell in the Dravidian family of languages signify "tooth or tusk", also "elephant tooth or tusk".