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I read that many Hindu traditions believe that a human being has the potential to be reborn as a deity by living an ethical life and building up good karma.

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  • For one they can be directly promoted to become a deity or deity like. For example - The Asura King Mahãrãj Bali was bestowed with the position of Devarãj Indra by Shri Vishnu for the next manvantara i.e. Sãvarni
    – peace
    Feb 22 at 15:40
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Can human beings be reborn as deities after living an ethical life?

Yes they can. If you are sattvic and follow dharma, you can be reborn as a deva (god). From the Manusmriti:

12.40 - Those partaking of ‘Sattva’ reach the state of the devas (gods), those endowed with ‘Rajas,’ the state of humans, and those characterised by ‘Tamas,’ the state of animals; such is the threefold migratory state.

Sacrificers, rishis (sages), devas (gods), vedas, luminaries, years, Pitṛs and Sādhyas represent the second state partaking of ‘Sattva.’

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  • So if I die and become a god after death, do I join the Hindu pantheon?
    – Orionixe
    Feb 23 at 5:52
  • @Orionixe Yes you do
    – Ikshvaku
    Feb 25 at 11:57

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