Guru Maharaj: If the person accepts the Vedic literature as evidence then they can be convinced after lots of Vedic evidence. But say one does not accept the Vedas, then just encourage them to chant. There are lots of evidences in the Vedas and many scriptures of the world, that tell us, we should chant the name of God. When they feel the bliss of chanting the holy name, or if they feel some peace, then they may be more convinced. You see, in the First Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam, it is mentioned that if someone engages in devotional service, that the causeless knowledge and detachment come. So somehow get the people to engage in some service, maybe they are doing as a social work, or like giving out prasadam to the hungry, to the homeless. Somehow or another they do some service, what they like to do. Have them do something they like to do. By doing that they get causeless knowledge and detachment. Maybe we know that we can wake someone who is asleep. But if they are awake and pretending to be asleep, we cannot wake them up because they are already awake. So you may give the knowledge that the Vedas say this, but if the person doesn’t want to hear, then it may not be so useful. I had one person in Assam he would meditate in his closet. He was a believer that he was God. And we would tell the 14th chapter, last verse of Bhagavad-Gita it says very clearly that the Lord is the basis of the impersonal Brahman, but he couldn’t accept, but then he liked to do service. So we engaged him in service. After a few years, he said, you know I am beginning to understand devotional service. So, think of trying to convince someone if they have short circuit in their brain, they cannot understand then just engage them to do service.
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