India and The God-man Syndrome

An article in “The Hindu” by Dipankar Gupta describes the relationship god-men have with India. “Armed with nothing more than a prayer & a song to feed the despair of the soul” is how god-men flourish where science has no answers. The article also mentions that gurus for individualized preferences are encouraged by the availability of many well-to-do patrons.

Our’s indeed is a country with god-men in it’s veins. Gupta’s article honestly mentions questions of life & death that science cannot answer but god-men claim to.


Yet, god-men are imperfect. Countless god-men have been convicted of criminal cases. Others who stay clear of crime preach denial to one’s self but seem to be all too glad to live extremely rich lives supported by ardent devotees.

You have to wonder why India has it’s plethora of spiritual gurus and god-men. Is it just because superstition still abounds here? Is it because we are a people who are very gullible? That may not the case- even scientists fight the eternal questions of what lies before life & after death.

Are we unable to connect with gods made of wood & stone, but need a “human” connect with the living God? Do godmen generally do well because we want a mediator with visible skin & hair who can relate to us ?

If this is true- India need not look further than Yeshu Maharaj, or Jesus Christ of the Bible. Jesus Unlike Gupta’s article claims, Jesus is not a spiritual leader who “shored up the strengths of the Bible”- no that is not what Jesus said about himself.

Jesus told him,”I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. – John 14:6

For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and people. He is the man Christ Jesus. – 1 Tim 2:5

What god-man we know, claims exclusive access to God?

What god-man we know, calls the creator of life, Father?

What god-man we know, would be willing to go through the ultimate soul-torment for someone else’s sins?

“There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus
No, not one! No, not one!
None else could heal all our souls diseases
No, not one!”

What do you think about the god-men “issue” in India?

What do you think about the claims of Yeshu Maharaj?

6 Replies to “India and The God-man Syndrome”

    1. Heheh 🙂 Rohin no , actually not – it is interesting that the movie ‘PK’ is around at this time, but this blog is more of a response to Gupta’s article in The Hindu.

        1. True that Rohin… yet the allure of god-men will remain as long as non-believers don’t get a chance to experience God.
          Maybe that is where the Bible, and the family of God and our prayers come into picture..?

  1. 1Tim 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 1Tim 1:2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 1Tim 1:3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 1Tim 1:4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. 1Tim 1:5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1Tim 1:6 Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, 1Tim 1:7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. 1Tim 1:8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 1Tim 1:9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 1Tim 1:10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 1Tim 1:11 in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. 1Tim 1:12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 1Tim 1:13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 1Tim 1:14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 1Tim 1:15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 1Tim 1:16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 1Tim 1:17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1Tim 1:18 This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 1Tim 1:19 holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, 1Tim 1:20 among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

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