I was talking to Eashwaramma about this and said that maybe the difficulties explained the change in people.
Eashwaramma said, “Manam okkari manchidi korukunte, devudu choopu challaga petthindhi, ledu kindhaki thokuthundhi.”, meaning "If we desire good for others, the God turns a kindly glance on us too. Otherwise he pushes us also down."
She was clear - 'No, at all times on one needs to stay generous. Then God will be with us.'.