The definition of God becomes vaster and vaster in Hinduism, and becomes the same as Dharmam.
'God is the law and the lawgiver rolled into one' and 'God if Truth' were both Gandhi's statements.
We all need a sense of Truth. And a belief in a principle higher than our own understanding gives humility. (Here I am not at all interested in all the various perversions in religion.)
The poor are not vanquished, because they live in a dharmam that is higher than money power. Village local loans are given at 24% to 120% interest rates. Krishnaveni of the neighbouring village is a sought after money lender who charges 100% to 120%.
Eashwaramma, the poorest of the poor, said of her, 'But the God above is keeping accounts of this act. To charge 120% is not dharmam. To charge 24% is dharmam. At 24% the loaner and the borrower can both survive'. Krishnaveni may claim her interest, but people know that she is not following dharmam. And she knows that they know. She will be in check because she knows this is adharmam.
The same dharmam tells them that 'addukkoni tinnedi' - for the mendicant 'to ask for rice, and eat', is OK. To give the poor who asks for food is dharmam.
In a perverted culture this is reversed. He who earns many many times more than the poor is considered following dharma, and even a model for society. He who asks for food, bhiksha, is termed a begger and seen as just short of a criminal."
The teacher asked everyone, 'Where was the God that the girl trusted would protect her ?' There was a pin drop silence ...
Then the teacher herself answered, 'The God saved her by helping her save dharma .... the body suffers, perishes ... but dharma has to live on. She was able to hold onto the truth at the cost of life itself. God helped her in that ultimate act ...'
I realized that my daughter's learnings went far beyond sanskrit grammer in that class ... and this is the education that children need ... all other learnings are secondary ..."