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The God debate

We’ve had this going for a long time, the wife and I, and  it’s always been a stalemate. How much ever i try to explain to her, she doesn’t get it. She cannot fathom my unshakeable faith, the  happiness that pervades my being when I see his visage before my eyes. The ease with which he lifts me from the depths of despair and fills me with unbridled joy without even realising it.  Ever since I can remember, he has been like a beacon lighting up my world.

He is not from some other planet, is he, she chides.  He is human, made of flesh and blood, like the rest of us. You are so rational in everything else, how can you deify him like this, she says, exasperated.

To be fair, she has tried to empathise. She has even accompanied me at times when I’ve gone to see him, trying to feel the fervour that I feel as I sit there for hours on end, transfixed in his presence . How can I describe the feeling when I am in his abode?  The teeming crowds, the chorus of chants.. men, women, children.. hoping, praying, willing him to shepherd his flock. And when he ably and graciously obliges us,  the ecstasy that engulfs the millions who are fortunate to witness the magic he conjures up before our disbelieving eyes…sheer bliss.  The sense of inner peace, the feeling that all is well in this world when he is around, can be only be felt by those who unequivocally believe that he is not a mere mortal. To be a true believer, it must come from within.

But of late, there is a sense of foreboding. Visions of a life when he is no longer around, rear up more often than not.  How will I cope with the sense of loss, the feeling of emptiness that is inevitable, when he leaves this world where’s he’s cast his spell for so long.

And the day is not too far off, when I will be forced to turn atheist again.  Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is playing his 169th test match today, more than anyone ever has, and probably will. The boyishness undiminished, with the same sense of wonder and commitment that was in evidence when he played his 1st, over twenty years ago.

I guess even God cannot go on forever.

Categories: Cricket, SRT
  1. Revathy
    August 3, 2010 at 9:57 am

    This is a good one. Of course I knew after the first two lines that you were talking about tendlya!..All hail the master!

  2. August 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    He’s the best of the batsmen we’ll ever see. But by no means ‘God’; it’s easy to shower praise, harder to justfy it with the lack of big match performances – which he has consistently lacked for a long time. Let Gods & Sachin be two different idols in two different ways!

    • Chirag
      August 3, 2010 at 8:06 pm

      Hi Dipraj, Yes you are right, let GOD be different. But can i ask you one simple thing? How do you feel when you enter or Visit your God’s temple or your Guruji’s ashram? i think its the inner peace and satisfaction. One wants nothing more from GOD. The effect that this man has on millions is similar. He brings smiles to us, my day begins better when i see him doing great, i feel good, my mood is good, in short i have inner peace and satisfaction. May i say more?

  3. Vinay
    August 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Nice writing, Satish! Keep blogging.
    Wish you all the best, Sachin!

  4. sarath
    August 3, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    an amazing article.watching sachin is the closest that i get to feeling bliss.it is when i read articles like this that a sense of brotherhood overwhelms me, gives me joy that there are others like me who share my passion. thank u so much 4 expressing my feeling n thoughts so beautifully in words

    • August 3, 2010 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks, Sarath. Lets enjoy it while it lasts and then cherish the memories.

  5. Rajesh
    August 3, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Nobody who followed his career closely can say things like “lack of big match performances”. What about his performance in Sharjah where he single-handedly won the cup for India. The 2003 world cup where he scored consistently except in the final. Who scored 200 in ODIs. He is the best batman of all-time (no arguments). It’s not a topic for discussion. It’s a fact. He may not be god. But he’s the closest to GOD in giving people INNER PEACE.

  6. August 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Very well written

  7. August 3, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Appreciate the encourging words, folks. Thanks, all!

  8. Kartik
    August 4, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Good one, Sats. I was all itching to jump in with my views on polytheism, monotheism & the Abrahamic religions, atheism, Richard Dawkins etc; till I got to the end. 🙂


  9. Dipdiptea
    August 4, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Ouch….was trying to guess….but couldn’t. Guess that truly leaves me out of the cricket lovers club.

    Keep writing

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