Despite non-belief in precepts like messenger of god, Hinduism has not one but many preceptors, revered Sages and Rishis who successfully invoked masses from god. The first words of God were revealed to accomplished sages during times of Rig Veda. The Vedic scriptures are the revealed sacred texts that were delivered to mankind directly by god.
All man gods like Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Adi Shankaracharya even Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana were messengers of god, prophets, enlightened souls who in their lifetime not only succeeded in reaching god, state of enlightenment but also gave to mankind the abstract cosmic truths of life directly invoked from god.
The teachings of enlightened ones have a great role to play in the entire development of mankind. All sayings, teachings of enlightened souls were messages directly invoked from domain of god. These messages contained truth but only truth. For human beings to understand intricacies of spiritual life, our indulgence in teachings of enlightened souls is an absolute must.
All my life from six years of age I followed teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana. Even though they were not physically present, but I could indulge with them through their teachings. Remaining truthful and indulging in contemplation (chintan) all the time, I could always realize the hidden inner meanings of their teachings. At no stage of spiritual life I seriously went in search of a spiritual master.
I finally realized that everything spiritual always came from within. By indulging in contemplation (chintan) most of time, I could understand the abstract hidden inner meanings of sacred texts. I was proved right in my surmise. As I progressed in my spiritual journey, I always felt Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed were my true spiritual friends with whom I could all the time interact on one-to-one basis.
Lying in shavasna pose of yoga while going to bed in night, in subconscious state I would always call a roundtable conference consisting of all enlightened ones like Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed. Even Adi Shankaracharya, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharshi Ramana were present.
If my query pertained to Jainism I addressed it to Mahavira. If it related to path of self enquiry, it was addressed to Maharshi Ramana. As the query accordingly the preceptor! In the morning when I got up all my queries within had dissolved forever. Next day the same roundtable conference with a new set of queries! This routine continued until all my queries within dissolved forever.
If we were fully concentrated in our goal of life, believed 100% in existence of god, even faith in God was 100% and also had the capability to practice truthfulness 100% then we could easily establish a communion with enlightened ones and even God Almighty on one-to-one basis. I have done it all my life since 18 years of age.
For me no preceptor, enlightened one was physically present to guide me in the spiritual journey of life yet, I never missed anybody. I could all the time feel that they were sitting across the table.
Primarily it is my 100% faith in God from the beginning of life that worked wonders.
Summarizing it all I have only to say, instead of following messengers of God in Hinduism via prayers or worship, we must try to emulate one. By following an enlightened one we never gained anything. It is only when we tried to become one, our spiritual journey progressed.