भूनायकं वा धननायकं वा
भजन् भुवं वा धनमेति लोके।
तद्विघ्ननाथम न भजामि किन्तु
सहस्रशस्तं प्रणमामि नित्य्म्॥
Bhoonāyakam vā dhananāyakam vā Bhajam bhuvam vā dhanamēti lōkē |
Tadvighņanātham na bhajāmi kintu Sahasraśastam praņamāmi nityam||
In this world, people pray a landlord if land is needed, a rich man if money is needed; that is why I do not pray the Lord of Obstacles (vighnanātha); But I always bow to him a million times always (so that he may not come in my way!).
Manńgaļēśa is known to be a humorous and at times angry poet. This is how he prays Lord Gaņēśa in the beginning of his main work Samāsakuśumāvaļl (A bouquet of Compound Words)