Man Sees Hindu Lord Ganesh in Flower

It’s a true story, and because of that, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Sam Lal, a Hindu man living in Queens, says that he found an incarnation of the Lord Ganesh in an amaranth plant.

That’s not all:

Lal said that the ailments that had plagued him for months disappeared.

“This formation came to heal my illness,” the 60-year-old Hindu man said of his relief from pain due to a bone spur near his spine and bulging discs in his neck.

“They say God comes in many forms. I figure this has taken the form of a plant to come into my yard to bless me,” said Lal, who immigrated from Guyana three decades ago.

If you know people who believe in those sightings of the Virgin Mary or Jesus in random objects like tunnels, windows, grilled cheese, etc. — and that they have the ability to heal people — show them this article.

Ask them if they believe Sam Lal’s story and whether they’re about to worship Ganesh as a result.

When they say “no,” ask them how their delusions are any different.

(via Über Desi)

  • http://thesouloneverypath.blogspot.com christy

    Bone/back pain seems highly variable between individuals–one person could have huge disease processes and feel no pain, another could have minor issues and be miserable!

    I want to see someone grow an arm back….

    But I’m glad for this man, and his flower is amazing!

  • Richard Wade

    The flowers look a lot more like Mr. Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street.

    OMG!! Sesame Street has a hidden Hindu agenda!!

  • Catherine

    Pretty flowers, but I don’t see whatever it is that dude thinks he is seeing.

  • happycynic

    Agreed that the flowers are pretty. Still, can anyone else say, “placebo”?

  • philosophia

    Looks more like an incarnation of the FSM to me…

  • sc0tt

    Ostensibly coincidental is Mr. Lal’s new script for Percocet.

  • Saint Splattergut

    Monster dick.

    (anyone who watched Feast/Feast II will understand.)

  • http://skeptico.blogs.com/skeptico/ Skeptico

    philosophia, you beat me to it. It’s the Flying Spaghetti Monster for sure.

  • Glen

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    Laugh. Even if you crack a rib, it hurts less.

  • http://virtualityforreal.blogspot.com Allytude

    The hindu gods have crossed over! Earlier Ganesha used to manifest himself in various cut vegetables- tomatoes and eggplants… praise be..:D

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  • Anonnie Mouse

    I have presented this sort of argument to my parental type die-hards before. In return, I got a 2-hour speech about satan’s alluring trick of “false gods and false miracles.”

  • http://asad123.wordpress.com Asad

    I am happy for the guy since his bone spur healed. I guess it’s not any more crazy than looking at the stars and seeing a bull (Taurus Constellation) or a lion (Leo). I do see how part of the flower could resemble an elephant’s trunk. But as for a flower being an incarnation of a deity – well that’s pretty far out there.

  • http://www.bernerbits.com Derek

    There is no way this is the Hindu Lord Ganesh.

    It’s clearly an incarnation of Dumbo. All hail the mighty flying elephant!

  • noodleguy

    Clearly that is not Ganesh it is the flying Spaghetti Monster!

    This fellow was clearly touched by His Noodly Appendage without even knowing it, and he is giving the credit to some made-up God!

    Bah!

  • Jean Flateau

    Our ability to imagine never runs out of creativity………maybe we should let it take over the world just to see what would happen. Or maybe not. Sapere Aude, which means “Dare To Know”. Woo Hoo

  • noodleguy

    Comment thread necromancy much?

  • 50 year Atheist

    Catherine…You have to suspend contact with reality…maybe let your eyes unfocus…accept the totality of the flower and without looking for it the image of Ganesh will surely favor you with an appearance…Makes as much sense as any religious mumbo/jumbo…..

  • XaurreauX

    My guru, Swami Hawailuvvya, predicted this would occur.

  • mystery

    Either believe or just fuck off you racists, but respect that guy’s feelings. And God is omnipotent and he does resides in flowers o.O