I want to praise and appreciate god I want to serve and be devoted to god but bad people start to make me even doubt the existence of god. I cant really fully devote myself to god because of these kind of people.How to protect oneself against bad people and thoughts? If I am focusing on my work and if someone get their work done by cheating/corruption and they are not getting caught then it really shakes my belief in god.What to do, I need some kind of direction and energy.

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    People have free will and some choose to be bad. Some also have negative karma.
    – Wikash_
    Commented Feb 22, 2023 at 6:45
  • At the outset , God had not created bad people . Although God is the seed /substratum of anything and everything , yet, Bhagavan is never an aspect of anything that is bad, as in (Gita 7.(8-11)).Lord is never a source of any desire that is forbidden by dharma. Such adharmic forces (that part of Ignorance) aren't the instrument of God.Regarding those who are fully devoted to God , are by very nature sarva-sankalpa-sanyasi ( they won't have any worldly seeking whatsoever). So, they aren't bound by even survival instinct , An Instinct to get liberated /surrender is fundamental in them
    – Athrey
    Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 13:04
  • So for a fully devoted , there is no question of any protection from bad people etc. (Vasudevam sarvam ithi , sa Mahatma durlabaha -It is tough to find one such fully devoted mahatma). Devotion has extensive gradations. One should know what category of devotee they are. Avoiding bad people by (upeksha ) ignoring them as suggested by Patanjali Rishi or to fight with them in a dharmik way are the possible alternative s
    – Athrey
    Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 13:05
  • The infinite has infinite combinations and good and bad are human polarities. Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 14:06
  • @Athrey Your attempt to distance the Saguna Bhagavana from evil tendencies sounds as if it has been taken from a Christian text. Brahman is above ALL dualities, which also includes the duality of dharma-adharma. If it hadn't been so, then the line सर्वधर्मान् परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज becomes useless.
    – অনু
    Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 15:52


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