The cruelty and evil seen in the world are the results of Karmic factors of Jeevas and God can't be blamed for that. It is stated in Brahma Sutra 2.1.34 as:
Inequality (of dispensation) and cruelty (the Lord can) not (be reproached with), on account of his regarding (merit and demerit); for so (Scripture) declares.
While commenting on this sutra Adi ...
Yes there is a concept of Evil spirits in Hinduism , but not similar with the concept of Satan of Abrahamic religions. Instead the evil spirits are grouped in classes like Bhoot (ghosts) , Pisachas( flesh-eating demons) Vetala , Preta etc.
One thing to note that the concept or Demons or Rakshasas is different from evil spirits. Evil spirits do not ...
Do entire countries suffer punishment for their sins?
Yes, Lord Rudra destroys evil countries.
From the Mahabharata:
In consequence of the sins perpetrated by sinful men, the god Rudra
appears in the kingdom. Indeed, the sinful by their sins bring upon
them that god of vengeance. He then destroys all, the honest and the
wicked alike (without ...
Swami Vivekananda says in his Complete Works, V1, section Karma Yoga:
This world is neither good nor evil; each man manufactures a world for himself. If a blind man begins to think of the world, it is either as soft or hard, or as cold or hot...Life is good or evil according to the state of mind in which we look at it, it is neither by itself. Fire, by ...
There's no equivalent of Satan in Hinduism. Hinduism has a universal Brahman which pervades all things good as well as evil. Satan (an absolute evil) is a necessity in Abrahamic faith to explain all things bad because the Abrahamic God cannot do anything evil. Hindu God on the other hand pervades everything good as well as bad.
According to the Vedas, ...
The concept of the 'Devil' as the nemesis of 'God' and demons as fallen angels can possibly be equated with Daityas / Asuras, the counterpart to Devas / Suras.
In current tradition, Asuras or Daityas are pretty similar to how demons might be portrayed elsewhere, completely antagonistic, and mostly evil, but this was a change that only happened in post-Vedic ...
Yes evil does get stronger at certain hours of the day and certain days of the month. According to various scriptures, the demons were created by Brahma from his Tamsik body after he created night-time hence are more strong after sunset.
Vishnu Puran Chapter 5 mentions:
Brahmá then, being desirous of creating the four orders of beings, termed gods, ...
The answer to the riddle has been given in the Gita. Brahman is unattached and it's primordial nature, the shakti of Brahman, which brings forth the creation. Brahman does not interfere in the creation.
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 ...
Is it true that evil power gets stronger at specific times?
This question will lead to the more broader question of
Does anything (good, evil or anything else) for that matter get stronger at specific times?
The traditional belief is that each human/ any being is under the influence of several tendencies, some of these are so-called good and others are 'bad'...
Brahman is beyond good and evil. Good and evil are anthropomorphic concepts, i.e. they only apply to Jiva.
Brahman is beyond vidya and avidya, knowledge and ignorance. It is
beyond maya, the illusion of duality. The world consists of the
illusory duality of knowledge and ignorance. It contains of knowledge
and devotion, and also attachment to 'lust ...
What can a king do to prevent Rudra from destroying his kingdom and
By offering the Ashvamedha.
After the sacrificial horse has been slain in the year-long Ashvamedha ritual performed by the king, the king offers three libations of blood of the horse to Rudra to appease him so he doesn't harm the cattle and citizens of the king's country.
The following is the excerpt from the teaching of Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Sri Ramana Maharshi : Man’s real nature is happiness.
Happiness is inborn in the true Self. His search for happiness is an
unconscious search for his true Self.
The true Self is imperishable; therefore when a man finds it, he finds
a happiness which does not come to an ...
No, God does not punish entire countries for their sins.
The theory of karma only applies to individuals. God remains detached from the universe. It is primordial nature that runs the universe. Please check Gita verses given below. Gita's teaching overrides anything in other scriptures since Gita is the king of smritis.
Resorting to Prakrti, Nature, ...
Depends on what He is dealing with. Evil with "evil" and good with good. Clearly stated..abhyudhhanam adharmasya, parithranaaya sadhoonam... sambhavami yugay, yugay.
Godhead is Nirguna, there is neither good or evil. Let me explain what I mean by "evil" ( in quotes) of Divine initiative. It is just His Leela.
True devotion with Dharma has given peace and ...
From the lenses of Prakruti, certain attribute is seen as "good" or "evil". They are aspects of enjoyment or consumption by the consciousness (purusha):
BG 13.22 - Purusha being situated in Prakruti, experiences the [sattva, rajas, tamas] modes born of Prakruti. Contact with the these modes, is the cause of its births in good and evil wombs.
For the ...
Why do you call it the problem of Evil? Why not call it the blessing of Good?
If God is willing to prevent good, but not able, then He is not Omnipotent.
If God is able to prevent good, but not willing, then He is Benevolent.
Is God both able and willing? Then where did good come from?
If God is neither able nor willing, then why call Him God?
Once you ...
To look up to the good and great is a hallmark of civilized society. Because Truth triumphs and is lasting. By not doing so you are promoting evil.
And have you not heard that history is written by the victor? He has the right of way, he is right in the aftermath of a successful conflict..
Culturally those concepts did exist. Ramayana talks about demons trying to stop fire rituals. Many other literary works and chants do mention about them. Tamil epics and prayers do refer to them.
But there is no single book as a guiding authority for Hindus. So, it depends upon the sub-cultures and belief systems to have / not have evil spirits. For ...