There's a lot of angst and regret over what happened in last thousand years, but considering that India is country which gave karma principle to world, so why say "something bad happened to us." We might as well have earned it by some past mistakes or evil deed?

According to Hinduism, everything happens as per one's past karma. Then why to decry on Islamic invasion and plunder of heritage?

  • Good question. As per Karma theory, the people of India at that point of time suffered the atrocities of Islamic invasions. Now, do you accept reversal of the similar activities , as per karma theory, on the descendants of those barbaric people? Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 12:29
  • Because Monoply over finite inert things like land and gold leads to lethargy and collapse for any collective conciousness. Hindus collapsed against Islam invasion because of hypocritic caste system and disunity, hypocritic vegetarianism without Sanyassa and non-possession, skipping Sanyassa and Vanprastha Ashram, giving more importance to Puranas, interpolating them according to the needs of aristocrats and Brahmins by birth based and diminishing Vedas, Vedanta and its crux. If people dont want follow Vedas properly, what to expect from God, wraith alone. Goodness and Badness is relative.
    – user16530
    Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 13:14
  • When Prahlada was in samadhi, Vishnu thought within Himself: “This asura being in samadhi, all the asuras are in peace. There is no fight, no trial of strength, no search for power, nor the means for gaining power. In the absence of such means for power - yaga, yajna, etc., i.e., the gods are not thriving; there is no new creation; nor even is any existence justified. So I will wake him up; then the asuras will rise up; ramana-talk-mailer.appspot.com/… Its better to be good Mleccha and reject Soul than a bad Sanatana Dharmi like Kamsa or Duryodhana
    – user16530
    Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 13:20
  • The battle between Islam and Hinduism gave so many scholars, warriors and saints to the world like Shivaji, Sikhism, Kabirdas, Dara Shikoh, Sufi saints etc., who searched and realized truth for bringing harmony to India. Destruction/Death is necessary for bringing new Dawn and evolution of beings.
    – user16530
    Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 13:44
  • @srimannarayanakv let karma decide that .
    – Curious
    Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 14:09

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Let's say Somu kills Gomu.

Did Gomu deserve it? Yes. Why? Shastras tell us Law of Karma decides your birth & death. So Gomu deserved to die exactly at that time in that manner.

So, can we let Somu go free? No. Why not? Because Somu committed a crime.
How can it be a crime if Gomu deserved it? Because Shastras tell us that murder is a crime.
But if murder is a crime, how will Gomu get the death he deserves? Shastras give the right of execution only to Raja (king/government/judge/police).
So if King executes Gomu, isn't it also murder? No. Why not? Because Shastras says that King must uphold justice by executing murderers. If not, the King will be punished by Bhagavan.
So even though the King kills, we can let him go free? Yes.

Somu is just a means through which Gomu gets his punishment.
Gomu cannot decide who/how he gets what he deserves. All that is certain is that he will get it.
It's a big cycle where sin gets transferred from victim to criminal, and it ends when shastras are followed:

Gomu killed Pappu. (Pappu's punishment is over, Gomu committed a crime)
Somu killed Gomu. (Gomu's punishment is over, Somu committed a crime)
Binny killed Somu. (Somu's punishment is over, Binny committed a crime)
King killed Binny. (Binny's punishment is over, King did not commit crime)
-end of chain-

Bhagavan gives a criminal some chance/time to repent before punishment is ordered.
If Somu had used his buddhi/manas to control himself, then Gomu will have time to repent, and if he doesn't, will eventually be punished by King.
If Binny had controlled himself, then Gomu will have time to repent, and if he doesn't, will eventually be punished by King.
But neither did. They interfered and disobeyed shastras, so they will also be punished.

In other words, if you follow shastras, you will not be punished.
You do not have the right to commit a crime and then say the victim deserved it.
If you say so, then police will punish you and say you deserved it.

Now, coming to your question, it can only be answered if we check whether Shastras allow or forbid what Mughals did.

And the answer is complicated - It is not a crime to wage war against another nation. It is the right/duty given to Kshatriyas. They will not be punished for either attacking or defending a country. Just like businessmen will not be punished for either opening or closing a factory.

After winning a war, the land belongs to the victorious Kshatriyas - the wealth and in some cases, even the unmarried women, are considered spoils of war. But torturing the innocent, the brahmins, the temples etc. are against dharma. So they will have to be punished for that. Whether they get punishment through us, or through themselves (most victims of terrorist attacks in Middle East are Muslims themselves), Bhagavan will decide that.

Now, according to dharma if Mughal kshatriyas are allowed to wage war against India, then Indian kshatriyas are also allowed to wage war in retaliation. It will not be a crime.
But suppose we do, and we win, it will still be a sin if we rape & pillage.
We cannot justify it by saying that 'They did it, so we can do it'.
If we do, then it will be the similar to Somu killing Gomu above. They would have gotten what they deserve, but then so will we.


The question is

so why say "something bad happened to us" . we might as well have earned it by some past mistakes or evil deed ?

This is a wrong way of interpreting the theory of prArabdha. No Sage says to common man that one should keep quiet, without trying one's best to get rid of problems.

As far as ordinary man is concerned it is nothing but mithyAvAda -

This acceptance of prArabdha, without resistence, is applicable only to persons engaged in deep spiritual pursuits.

Arjuna says in the midst of War, as follows:

आचार्याः पितरः पुत्रास्तथैव च पितामहाः।

मातुलाः श्चशुराः पौत्राः श्यालाः सम्बन्धिनस्तथा।।1.34।।

O slayer-of-Mandhu (Krsna)! I do not desire to slay these men-even though they slay me-even for the sake of the kingdom of the three worlds-what to speak for the sake of the [mere] earth.

In response, Sri Krishna says

कुतस्त्वा कश्मलमिदं विषमे समुपस्थितम्। अनार्यजुष्टमस्वर्ग्यमकीर्तिकरमर्जुन।।2.2।।

The Bhagavat said O Arjuna ! At a critical moment, whence did this sinful act come to you which is practised by men of ignoble (low) birth and which is leading to the hell and is inglorious ?

क्लैब्यं मा स्म गमः पार्थ नैतत्त्वय्युपपद्यते।

क्षुद्रं हृदयदौर्बल्यं त्यक्त्वोत्तिष्ठ परन्तप।।2.3।।

Stoop not to unmanliness, O son of Kunti ! It does not befit you. Shirking off the petty weakness of heart, arise, O scorcher of the foes !

Sri Krishna called this type of attitude as क्लैब्यम् - impotence.

That was why Sri Krishna stressed in B.G.3.35 about importance of performance of one's duty - śhreyān swa-dharmo viguṇaḥ

The essence of this sloka is one must engage in action in discharging one's duty.

  • I think we can have a discussion on this topic and even after 10 days it may not end :)
    – user16581
    Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 15:28
  • I agree :-) @I will close your question Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 15:33

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