Sachin; not God!

By Sandesh Prabhudesai
27 February 2010 17:38 IST

Sachin had created one more history. 200 in ODI. Not out. Everybody was charged. And suddenly I got a SMS from a friend:

I saw God today...

Many ppl said HE is only human...

ppl told me HE bats 4 India...

I saw glimpses of immortality in HIM...

HE proved time n again that HE is not human...

But HE proved to d world 2day...

HE is GOD...

n HE is with us.

Similar was the case with many newspapers and TV channels. Even, at Prudent, the desk described him as a God (not a human).

I find it INHUMAN...

I know, cricket is no more a game. It's Religion for those who follow it. And it's Business for those who control it. Obviously, any religion needs ALIMIGHTY GOD. So, Sachin is their God.

In a way, I like this new religion. It demolishes all the existing boundaries of our traditional religions. It brings everybody together - a Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh and even an Indian, Pakistani, South African, Australian, British etc etc.

That's why religious or regional fanatics can't make an issue out of it any more...

However, the natural fallout of even this religion (cricket), obviously, is the religious fanaticism. These fanatics build statues of their Gods when WE win... and break those statues and burn their posters when THEY lose...

No logic.

Similarly, making human players like Sachin the Almighty God has no logic. In fact, I find it dangerous.

How did we create Gods? Whatever was unknown was made God. Like we have Panchmahabhuta.  Akash (Space), Vayu (Air), Jal (Water), Agni (Fire) and Prithvi (Earth). Today, we know what it is. We worship it no more.

Gautam Buddha was a human being. We made him God and buried his rational philosophy underneath his temples. Shivaji Maharaj was a human being. I was shocked to see his temple at Sindhudurg.

No wonder if we build Sachin's temple tomorrow and pray him to win a match, of course forgetting conveniently why was he always victorious.

By terming any exemplary human being ‘the God', we alienate him or her from our real life. We don't want to follow him or her as our idol. We don't want to walk on his or her footsteps. We don't want to  follow his or her ideals in life. We simply make him/her God and disconnect ourselves.

God, according to us, is a supernatural power. But many idols like Sachin, are natural powers. Why do we make them supernatural? What for?

In goanews, our blogger Niraj Prabhu has written a nice piece on Sachin. 200dulkar! What a Superplayer...!! I would like to quote two of his paras, to justify what I am saying:

" Success comes to those who are disciplined, focused, consistent and talented. Sachin, who is closing in on his 37th birthday, has displayed loads of these qualities throughout his 20-year international cricket career so far."

"For a youngster who aims to play proper cricket, watching Sachin play is a great option if he does not have a coach. Just watch the little master with great concentration. Watch his stance, the way he gets into position for any shot. The way he places the ball for a single with soft hands, and the awesome balance when he plays shots like flick. His straight drives and cover drives are just mind-blowing."

This is it. Like Niraj says, we need to follow this so called God. We need to look at Sachin as a human being, with a firm conviction that even WE CAN become Sachin. Even if we don't play cricket.

Like Barak Obama said and the Americans did: Yes, We Can!

There is a lot to learn from Sachin; just not cricket.

He is disciplined in his lifestyle, committed to his work, walks steady on his path, never loses his cool, learns through each and every mistake of his and determined to achieve his target.

He struggles, loses, still struggles, loses again, doesn't give up, struggles further, still loses... it goes on, until... he achieves it.

Chasing 200 was his dream. It started with 114, 119, then he crossed 150, then it was 152, 163, 169, 175 etc... he went on... chased 184, 186... finally he got it. YES!

 If he was God, he would have never lost.

And because he is a human, he has won.

All of us have our dreams. All of us have set our targets. No matter how small or big they are. We know what we can do. Let's try it. With the same  discipline, steadiness, cool, commitment and determination.

Let us not describe Sachin as God.

Let us BE SACHIN...

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Sandesh Prabhudesai

Sandesh Prabhudesai is a journalist, presently the Editor of goanews.com, Goa's oldest exclusive news website since 1996. He has earlier worked as the Editor-in-Chief of HCN and Prudent, Goa's TV channels and Editor of Sunaparant, besides working as a reporter for Goan and national dailies & weeklies in English and Marathi since 1987. He also reports for the BBC. He is also actively involved in literary and cultural activities.

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Well said Vaishesh…

I was about to comment something & saw your reply…

by describing Sachin as GOD... we don't literally mean it…it's just our way of giving tribute to the greatest cricketr to have graced the planet..

Bhai, I am glad tht my 1 SMS made you to write a blog… 

- Kalanand, Pune + Goa | 02 nd March 2010 12:41

 

Hi Sandesh Bhai..

The above sms was written by me and forwarded to you by Kalanand...I for 1 has been a SACH fanatic since I got to know what cricket is...

Kindly do not take the literary meaning of the word 'GOD' when we associate this term with SACH...If we can term cricket as a religion..and every religion deserves to have a GOD...we cant think of any other person than SACH for this honour...and that's the reason why I think today you will find a Rajnikantn or a Amitabh Bacchan temple...but you won't find a SACH temple because somewhere people know that SACH is one of us, but by his deeds and conducts he has reached a level that we can only dream of!!!!

You may read my blog on SACH at http://www.vaishsays.blogspot.com/

Cheers

- Vaishesh, Pune | 02 nd March 2010 12:09

 

I liked two of your paras, too.: "There is a lot to learn from Sachin; just not cricket. He is disciplined in his lifestyle, committed to his work, walks steady on his path, never loses his cool, learns through each and every mistake of his and determined to achieve his target."

"He struggles, loses, still struggles, loses again, doesn't give up, struggles further, still loses... it goes on, until he achieves it."

- Kalidas Sawkar, Goa-India | 28 th February 2010 12:18

 

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