Sachin Tendulkar is not God. Sachin is a very special person, one that had a talent and was fortunate enough to stumble upon it early in life. Privileged to be one of the extremely few individuals who earn money from the very hobby that gives them joy and happiness, he was also blessed with a supportive family, and a brother who nurtured and supported his talent encouraging him to make it his profession. He was favoured by providence and got guidance from a guru who cared enough about his pupils to instil in them a sense of professionalism, integrity, and duty that is rarely seen these days. He was also lucky to have met and married, early in his career, a lady who has since created a stable and sustaining home front that he can return to from time to time, either joyously or in turmoil.
No, Sachin Tendulkar is not God. Sachin just built on what destiny bestowed him to become a hugely successful individual. Successful people work hard, and they work hardest on themselves: they do not bank on their talent, but on sheer hard work. Successful people don’t criticise others or get into backbiting for sensationalism: they stay focussed on their own goals. Successful people always give more than is expected of them and do not complain. Successful people make others feel important by staying humble: they listen well and give respect in several ways. Successful people stay young and eager by being excited about the smallest aspect of their chosen work. Successful people practise self-improvement by learning everything they can and always striving for perfection. Successful people are confident, optimistic and persistent: they never give up even in adverse situations. Successful people pour their heart into their work, and always give their best enjoying the journey without giving a thought to the end result. And successful people often fail, because failure cannot be avoided when you win so much.
No, Sachin Tendulkar is not God and he never asked to be made one. But his fans, they loved him, and called him a genius, a phenomenon, a master, a prodigy, the pride of India, a gentleman, a natural force, a real hero, a superhero, a warrior, a living legend. Some even say that he binds the very diverse India like nothing but the National flag and Anthem do! As the adjectives ran out, an adoring nation made him God and when even that was not enough, he became religion itself!! Gods do not rest in peace, and like it or not, Sachin had to behave like the God they made him. They test him in every match, every innings he plays, and pronounce judgement every time. Sometimes they threaten to take away the crown they gave him, and sometimes they come back with garlands and offerings. They decide the milestones and then decide when he should reach them, they pray for him and they torment him, they demand from him and they bestow on him, they accuse him of weaknesses that he never denied and they decorate him with virtues he never declared. They burden him with everything they desire and expect, and they say he is God so he cannot complain.
But Sachin Tendulkar is really not God. He is not devoid of human emotions like anxiety, sadness, anger, excitement, joy, happiness; nor is he above materialism and desire. He has never claimed to be. Why make him a God? Is it somehow easier to accept that reaching such heights in a chosen field is not for mere mortals? Is it easier to accept that only the chosen few are capable of such astounding success? God is a power beyond description, the absolute truth, the ultimate source of all energies. All religions show us several paths for the faithful to experience this supreme power. Our Bhagwad Gita has shown one such path and that is the path of Karma or labour. A Karma Yogi is one who does his destined work, however big or small, however important or insignificant, however pleasant or unpleasant, however lucrative or fruitless, with single minded dedication and without any expectation of reward or disappointment. Lord Krishna says that such a Karma Yogi will be walking on one of the paths leading to the supreme power.
Sachin Tendulkar is not God. He is in my opinion a modern day Karma Yogi.