How Gods are Made? (Post No.4232)

Written by London Swaminathan


Date: 21 September 2017


Time uploaded in London- 21-10


Post No. 4232


Pictures are taken from various sources; thanks.


Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “men create the Gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form, but also with regard to their manner of life.

In Genesis 1-27 (Old Testament, Bible) we read,

Then God said, let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.

God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.


In Hinduism, it is said

In the Vedic period man feared Gods

In the Brahmana period, man subdued Gods

In the Upansihad period he identified himself with God.


In the Tamil Veda Tirukkural, poet Tiruvalluvar says,

“A man who leads an ideal life in this world

will be ranked amongst the Gods in the heaven

–Tirukkural 50


Rama and Krishna fall under this category.

Dr S M Diaz comments on this Kural

Seneca on Mercy book 1 recognises virtue itself as  the most fitting reward for the virtuous but still asks, Have I of all mortals — been chosen to serve on earth as the vicar of the Gods? Similarly, in Book-1 on Providence, Seneca says, Between good men and the Gods there exists a friendship brought about by virtue. Seneca therefore goes half the Valluvar way.


Adi Shankara says, “Though all difference has ceased to exist, I am thine, O Lord, not Thou mine. The billow is of the sea, not the sea of the billow.”

There is interesting story about man becoming God:

The fortress of Sanoda in Bundelkhand was built by Raja Chatar Singh about 265 years ago. His son Raj Singh, soon after the fortress was completed, was killed in an attack upon a town near Chitrakot, a famous place of pilgrimage. He had a temple and tomb erected over his remains. Sometimes after someone suffering from a sickness went to the tomb one night and said that if Raj Singh would cure his illness  he would make offerings to him at his tomb for the rest of his life. After that he never had another attack and was very punctual in his offerings. Others followed his example, until now he is recognised by the people of that part of India as God.


We have such examples throughout India.


It is not restricted to one religion alone. In Catholic Christianity hundreds of saints are recognised as miracle performers. People visit their shrines and expect miraculous cures for their problems of diseases. In Sufism, we see Muslim saints who are worshipped. In Hinduism, also all the saints are worshipped and their birth days are celebrated with Puja and offerings.


Hero Stones in Tamil Nadu

In Tamil Nadu and adjacent places Hero stones are placed in the road junctions and they are worshipped. The hero stones were erected for those who sacrificed their lies for others, particularly killing a tiger, or saving a village from an attack.

In Karnataka and Rajasthan, Pattinis, women who sacrificed their lives were worshipped. Thus India has 1000s of God like men or people who are elevated to divine status.




Generosity: Stories and Quotations


Article No. 2000

Compiled  by London swaminathan

Date 17th July 2015

Time uploaded in London: 19-20


Aristotle, on being censured for giving alms to a bad man, answered: “I did not give it to the man, I gave it to humanity.”



There is a story about a hero of the Chinese rice-fields. During an earthquake and Tsunami, he saved his community by quick thinking. From his hill-top farm he saw the ocean swiftly withdrawn, like some prodigious animal crouching for leap, and knew the leap would be the huge tidal wave. He also saw that his neighbours working in low fields must be gathered to his hill or swept away. Without a second thought he set fire to his haystacks and furiously rang the temple bell.

His neighbours thought his farm on fire and rushed to help him. Then, from that safe hill they saw the swirl of waters over fields just forsaken – and knew their salvation and its cost. After wards the people of these rice-fields used to go to the temple to worship their neighbour’s spirit while he was alive.



In South India, particularly in Tamil Nadu, there are lot of Hero Stones, for those who save the community from wild animals or invading enemies. Each one has his name inscribed on it with his heroic deeds. Some of them have become temples of “Village Gods”.




On his death bed Governor Hogg of Texas (USA) requested that no monument be placed at his grave; but that instead, there be planted, “at my head a pecan tree, and at my feet an old fashioned walnut tree and when these trees shall bear, let the pecans and walnuts given out among the Plains people of Texas, so that they may plant them and make Texas a land of trees.”

His wishes were carried out. The first nuts were saved in 1926 and planted in nursery rows. And the same thing has been done each year. When the saplings are large enough to transplant they are distributed to schools and county boards.




“I am rich enough,” said Alexander Pope to Jonathan Swift, “and can afford to give away a hundred pounds a year. I would not crawl upon the earth without doing good. I will enjoy the pleasure of what I give by giving it alive and seeing another enjoy it. When I die I should be ashamed to have enough for a monument if a wanting friend was above ground.”

pope, book



A Tamil Muslim Miracle – posted by me on 2nd December 2013.

One of the anecdotes in Seethakkathi’s life may be compared with Popes anecdote:

During his tour, a poor man met Seethakathi and told him about the difficulty in getting his daughter married for want of money. When Seethakkathi came forward to give him money, the poor man told that he would take the money when the marriage was finalised. After sometimes Seethakathi died suddenly. The poor man came all the way to Keelakkarai to get the money for his daughter’s wedding, without knowing Seethakkathi’s demise. Town people gave him the bad news when he enquired about the whereabouts of Seethakathi.

The poor man felt very sad but yet wanted to pay his respects at his grave. When he went to Seethakkathi’s grave and paid his respects suddenly a hand protruded from below the grave. It was Seethakkathi’s hand and there was a pearl studded gold ring in one of his fingers! The man took it and thanked his philanthropy even after he died. This gave the popular Tamil phrase “Seththum Kodthaan Seethakkathi” meaning Seethakkathi gave even after his death!


Brahms (1)


An English lover of Brahms’ music willed him 1000 pounds (British Currency). When Joachim sent the news to Brahms, he replied:

“One can experience nothing more beautiful, nothing that does one more good, than what you have just told me. That a perfect stranger, who has, as far as I know, never even written me, should remember me thus, touches me most deeply and intimately. Once before I have had the inestimable joy of experiencing the like. All exterior honours are nothing in comparison.

As I do not need to ‘invest’ the money, I am enjoying it in the most agreeable manner, by taking pleasure in its distribution.”




The whole world is one family for the large hearted

-Pancatantra 5-38-7; Hitopadesa 1-71

The generous give and give, and misers cringe and cry!

–Kahavatratnakar, page 124

The selfless shirk not from sacrificing their lives for those in dire need.


Himself without any clothes, the beggar is passionate about giving charity!

—-Kahavatratnakar, Page 140