IT is God Himself who plays about as human beings. If God can be worshipped through a clay image why not through a man?
Once a merchant was shipwrecked. He floated to the shore of Ceylon, where Vibhishana was the king of the monsters. Vibhishana ordered his servants to bring the merchant to him. At the sight of him Vibhishana was overwhelmed with joy and said: “Ah! He looks like my Rama. The same human form!” He adorned the merchant with robes and jewels, and worshipped him. When I first heard this story, I felt such joy that I cannot describe it. (147)