TWAMEVA MAATAA CHA PITAA TWAMEVA
TWAMEVA BANDHUSCHA SAKHAA TWAMEVA,
TWAMEVA VIDYA DRAVINAM TWAMEVA .
TWAMEVA SARVAM MAMA DEVA DEVA.
O Lord !
You are my mother, You are my father, You are my kinsman,
You are my friend,
You are my knowledge (wisdom),
You are My wealth (of strength, valor and power),
You are my all, My God of Gods.
Ganesh and His brother Lord Subramanya once had a dispute as to who was the wise and should be worshiped first out of the two. The matter was referred to Lord Shiva for final decision.
Shiva decided that whoever would make a tour of the whole world and come back first to the starting point had the right to be the elder. Subramanya flew off at once on his vehicle, the peacock, to make a circuit of the world.
But the wise Ganesh went, in loving worship, around His divine parents and asked for that he be declared as having won the race.
Lord Shiva said, "Beloved and wise Ganesh! But how can I give you the prize; you did not go around the world?"
Ganesh replied, "No, but I have gone around my parents. My parents represent the entire manifested universe!" Thus the dispute was settled in favor of Lord Ganesh. Mother Parvati also gave Him a fruit as a prize for this victory.