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Question: As young devotees, we are often exposed to many non-devotees in our school and working environments. How can we introduce or explain Kṛṣṇa consciousness to our non-devotee colleagues?

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Jayapatākā Swami: You see how Prahlāda mahārāja preached to the sons of the demons in the seventh canto of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. He, in various ways inspired these children to chant. And as I told before, he told them ‘you are sons of demons; women or śūdras, you can all achieve the highest perfection by chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa.’ But in preaching to non-devotees, better not to get into all kinds of glories of the holy name. Since they may not believe in some aspects. So instead, just tell them to chant and be happy. And if you are happy, you would inspire others to chant. Somehow or other get them to chant. Like people may ask, how many rounds are you chanting? They get very embarrassed. Some say, ‘oh we are only chanting four rounds. Well gurudeva! FOUR ROUNDS! WOW! THAT IS 2. 5 MILLION HARE KṚṢṆA MANTRAS per year.’ So when people are very self-conscious and say we are only chanting two rounds or four rounds. Two rounds is 1.25 million a year names of Kṛṣṇa. So, like that try to encourage people, be positive and people when they chant they naturally will feel happy. If they don’t like chanting, then see what they like. See if they can help you distribute in the food relief, different activities in Kṛṣṇa sevā. Say that is karma yoga. So somehow or another have them connected with Kṛṣṇa.
27-June-2021 Sridham Mayapur, India