By s. chaitanya
Last Saturday, the last of 2012, it snowed 8 inches here in Providence. Late night it stopped but temperatures were dropping more and more. Early morning, when it was still quite dark, I casually looked at the snow in the backyard of Vedanta Society of Providence. A very unusual thing, close to one of the cars covered with snow, caught my attention. Wow! Someone had made a snow-man last night! A closer look revealed that the artist has put in a good deal of effort to make the sculpture as perfect as possible in the given situation. The arms were there with gloves, the eyes were well-made and glasses were put on them; a muffler adorned the neck (the snowman wanted to stay warm too!), the mouth held a pipe and so forth.
As Bhagavad Gita says (18/61) , “God, the Creator-Controller-Destroyer is in heart of all beings. …”
That makes everyone crave to create, to control and to destroy. Children and grown-ups, men and women, rich and poor, all like to express the divine creativity etc in their own way. To the extent the divinity is manifest in that individual, the creativity etc of that individual also has the divine expression. And as many scriptural sayings tell that God made us in His Own image, people too take special interest in creating images similar to them. People too want to be perfect as God is perfect.
Of course, logically speaking, this whole link between God and us can be put in a reversed manner too! One can surely say, because we crave to create, control, destroy, our God, our ideal gets pictured as the supreme creator, controller and destroyer. Because we crave for perfection, our god is, by definition perfection supreme, absolutely free from any blemish or defect. Our god has to be, by very definition, the absolute ultimate of what we wish to be.
That is why Vivekananda has said that it is man who has made god in his own image.