Shiva said to Nandi, “Go tell Parvati that I need to see her immediately.” And Nandi came into Parvati’s room and said, “Shiva is calling you.” And Parvati said, “Oh my goodness, you came in here without even knocking. This is terrible, I need some help. I need someone who is going to protect me. Nandi works for Shiva, I want somebody who works for me.”
And so She took some sandalpaste, (and there are many versions of the story), and she molded it into a little boy, and she breathed life into it.
And this little boy took on a human form. And she said, “Oh I am so happy to have my own son, someone who will report to me, not just work for Shiva.” So the son said, “What shall I do for you?” And Parvati said, “I’d like to take my bath in privacy, would you stand outside the door and make sure nobody comes in?” He said, “Sure mom.”
So he stood outside the door, and of course, Shiva came and said, “Why didn’t Parvati come?” And so he came to see and Ganesh was there, this little boy with a big club. And Shiva said, “Step aside I am going inside.” And the little boy said, “Hey, No, Mom told me to stand out here and don’t let anybody come in until she is done with her bath, she wants a little privacy.” And Shiva said, “What are you talking about, this is my house, that’s my lady, and who are You?”
Words led to battles, and battles led to the severing of Ganesh’s head. And when Shiva cut off Ganesh’s head, of course Parvati came out from the bath, and she was mad. Parvati said,” That was my son, I created him myself, and he was answerable only to me.”
In several versions of the story, Shiva sent Vishnu, who took his chakra and cut off the head of the elephant Airavat. Indra’s elephant had been cursed to come down to earth. And in order to free Airavat from the curse and send him back to heaven, Vishnu cut off his head, and then brought the head and put it on the neck of the boy. With that, Shiva said,” Ok, Your name is Ganesh, and you will be the first one worshipped in any puja. You are the gatekeeper, you stand at the door, no one can enter in to the door without bowing to wisdom.”
You’ve got to know what you are doing. If you don’t know what your doing, and if your just trying without any system, its not going to work. It’s like sawing all the lumber before you measure. It just won’t work. You’ve got to learn the system, and then you can enter in to the door of the secret. So Ganesh is going to stand at the door.