I was watching a Norwegian documentary on religious and non-religious young people in Norway. There were two young Hindu girls who were describing what it is like to be a Hindu. I was surprised to learn that Hindus yell and scream at their gods when they are not happy with them. It is not just an issue of word choice, but they went into details about this saying things like 'the gods don't take it personally because we are like friends and family.'

I once heard something similar but exceptional in Judaism when the Jews interrogate their god, but didn't find much talk about this Hindu version online.

Do Hindus yell at their gods? Or are these young people diverting from the traditional practice?

Thank you!

  • Can you provide the link of the documentary ? BTW all over the world mankind express dissatisfaction in some way or another towards god while going through difficult times like blaming him not helping them or about not listening to prayers etc.It is general tendency of us all.Hindus do not yell at god at such and it's unheard of. Jan 31, 2021 at 10:30
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    Hindus don't have such customs of yelling at deities.
    – Rickross
    Jan 31, 2021 at 13:23
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    Though this is not an answer, most Hindus consider God as someone intimate; so in an intimate relationship, emotions fly everywhere.
    – Surya
    Jan 31, 2021 at 14:16
  • Well this is interesting. I have never encountered this before.
    – Wikash_
    Jan 31, 2021 at 23:59
  • If you're devoted, not only can you yell, you can also order. like a devoted wife yells at her husband for coming home late from office. @Rickross
    – ram
    Feb 1, 2021 at 5:28

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I am not aware of any survey on this issue. However, Hindu relationship with the deities is not governed by fear. So it might be that some Hindus yell at the deities.

Yoga Vasistha II.18 says:

yuktiyuktamupādeyaṃ vacanaṃ bālakādapi | anyattṛṇamiva tyājyamapyuktaṃ padmajanmanā || 3 ||

The remark of a child is to be accepted, if it is in accordance with reason; but the remark of even Brahma Himself, the creator of the world is to be rejected like a piece of straw if it does not accord with reason.

REF: Vasistha's Yoga translated by Swami Venkatesananda, p 35.

The central idea of ours is that there is no thought of fear. It is always, love God. There is no worship through fear, but always through love, from beginning to end.

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume V, Questions and Answers, A Discussion

I do not know the number of Hindus who yells at the deities or if any Hindu yells at all but the girls are right on the money that the deities worshipped in the households become family members of the household.

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    One yells when he is angry and not when he is afraid. I am not sure how are your quotes answering the question.
    – Rickross
    Jan 31, 2021 at 13:21
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    On would not yell if one is afraid. So my quotes are appropriate. Jan 31, 2021 at 13:34
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    "One would not yell if one is afraid" yes but where is the proof that "one who is not afraid will yell"? Is your answer proving that?
    – Rickross
    Feb 3, 2021 at 10:45

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