Ram has been worshipped for about 7000 years now. Krishna has been worshipped for about 5000 years. Buddha for about 2600 years. Jesus for about 2000 years. Kabir, Chaitanya and Nanak for about 600 years. The first point is about deification. People who were humans like me and you were worshipped and are being worshipped. These people helped humanity and showed light when it was needed. They created great movements and had a great impact on their times.
Christianity says Jesus is the only son of God. Hindus will convince you that only 24 avatars are possible and Krishna and Ram are only true Gods. Sikhs will say that Nanak is the only true messenger of God. Kabirpanthis will suggest that Kabir was the only incarnation of God who came in every age. This is the way cults get created and then become religions. There is needed a certain degree of pride in something which you consider your ‘own’ and only then that can flourish. A universal consciousness dissolves all pride, all jingoism, fanaticism and conformity.
All these people and many others were divine. But they were human beings. If you start dissecting their lives–you will find many imperfections. Start dissecting character of Gandhi and you will find many flaws–but is it where you should really look? Shirdi Sai Baba was a walking and talking saint who guided many people saying “there is only one God,” just a few hundred years ago and now you have so many temples in his name. This is how avatars get created. It’s not necessary that an avatar or a divine incarnation of God says that he is God. But he is God alright. As much as you are God or I am God.
God’s goodness and goodness gets expressed through these people. They have immense power of goodness which is mostly to help change for betterment of mankind and that is why they are worshipped as gods. But they are all imperfect and they all have their idiosyncrasies and peculiarities. The flame burning inside them is same and their messages are same–it is us who interpret it as per our own understanding and fails to see it clearly. We create religions around the signs and outer symbols and miss the message. The divinity just means this: goodness. You are as divine as Jesus, Buddha, Ram or Krishna and if someone says you aren’t they are telling a lie because reality is one. Truth is one. God is one and present in every form and in every being.
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