I read a book on atrocities performed on Hindus in the past 200 years by invaders. By reading it, anybody's faith will be shaken to the core.

For example, there is one account was of a Muslim invader asking a Vedic priest why does he pray to Agni, to which he replied that because Agni is God, that's why he prays. To this Muslim invader burnt him alive and asked others what sort of God it is which can't even protect its devotees. This is one of thousands of incidents where devotees and temples were desecrated and nothing Divine saved them.

A few days ago, ISKCON devotees in Bangladesh were peacefully praying to Goddess Durga who is known to kill demons. I know ISKCON people personally, I know for sure that they have a lot of devotion. Barbarians attacked them, desecrated the moorti, killed the priest. And Hindu Gods did nothing. Therefore I ask, have Hindu Gods abandoned Hindus?

Or is our devotion not good enough? Or are the account of Puranas false which say that God even appears from a pillar if a devotee is in trouble? Or is that just for Prahlāda and other special people?

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    This has suprised me also. It seems like the gods are extremely reluctant to help out when needed.
    – Wikash_
    Oct 20, 2021 at 7:30
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    @Wikash surprised me that gods are also reluctant to eliminate athiests Oct 20, 2021 at 7:41
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    @Rickross moreover whatever is happening it is happening as per karma. Fault lies within us. Not others. That is why we need to read histories of devotees who had darshan and what was the devotees nature in their life and if you see them devotees never had darshan of God just like that. It's under extreme peak of devotion where Supreme has given its vision. Not before that. Requires extreme tapasya bhakti Oct 20, 2021 at 15:01
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    @ParabrahmanJyoti Proving his existence seems a more sensible course of action Oct 21, 2021 at 7:33
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    @AupakaranaAbhibhaa, poof already exists, people who claim otherwise simply havent verified it.
    – mar
    Oct 21, 2021 at 8:32

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God does not normally interfere in worldly affairs.

Resorting to Prakrti, Nature, which is My own Power, I send forth again and again this multitude of beings that are without any freedom, owing to Nature's sway over them.

Gita 9.8

These activities do not in any way bind Me, because I remain detached like one unconcerned in their midst.

Gita 9.9

Under My direction and control, Nature brings out this mighty universe of living and non-living beings. Thus does the wheel of this world revolve.

Gita 9.10

When does God intervene?

God intervenes for great devotees.

Whoever being devoted to me solely, engage themselves always in contemplation and worship of Me - to such eversteadfast devotees I ensure the procurement of all their wants (salvation) and the preservation of their assets (worldly interests).

Gita 9.22

God also intervenes in worldly affairs when dharma is in decline and adharma is in ascendance.

Whenever there is decline of Dharma and ascendance of Adharma, then, o scion of the Bharata race! I manifest (incarnate) Myself in a body.

Gita 4.7

For the protection of the good, for the destruction of the evil, and for the establishment of Dharma, I am born from age to age.

Gita 4.8


The Gods do protect us if we have that level of faith. I had a personal experience with Sri Hari. A few men verbally abused me, and I was worried that they would hurt me. I didn't know anybody around who could help.

So, not knowing what to do, I just closed my eyes and prayed to the Divine. In my mind, I told the Divine - I'm okay with whatever happens. I will deal with it. But, what kind of behavior is this with your devotee Sri Hari?

As if by magic, those men got panicked and stopped troubling me. Some of those men even looked scared. Even today, I had no idea what happened that day. Some say that they saw a glow on my face, which scared the men!

I'm not someone who blindly believes in God, but I chant mantras with utmost faith every day. I'm a resident of the US and was visiting India when this happened! Based on my personal experience, there is some Divine element out there. Just that people don't have a depth of Bhakti to experience the Divine anymore.

  • It could be that the persons thought you were mentally ill. That has nothing to do with a god.
    – Wikash_
    Nov 24, 2021 at 12:16
  • Totally! We're all mentally ill in our own ways! Some are mentally ill in Bhakti. Some are mentally ill in searching for money. A few more are mentally ill in speaking ill of others. The list is endless! 😊
    – user24101
    Nov 24, 2021 at 20:39
  • Sure and talking complete gibberish in front of people increases the chance of coming over as mentally ill.
    – Wikash_
    Nov 25, 2021 at 22:49

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