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Question: Could you please explain what is the most effective way to make people realize that we need to take Kṛṣṇa consciousness seriously right away. Many people understand the concepts but do not develop the faith. P.S. This is with regard to Bhakti-vṛkṣa. We are a study group discussing Bhagavad-gītā for the last two years but even now there are many doubts in people. I feel responsible for not being a good example for them.

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Jayapatākā Swami: Everyone is taking up Kṛṣṇa consciousness, everyone is an individual and what thing impresses one person may not impress another. So you have to hear a bit what the person likes. The thing is that in the material world people naturally turn to things they like, but if they understand that these things often may lead them astray, then they may be less inclined to do that. And so in Kṛṣṇa consciousness is kevala ānanda kāṇḍa, it is a very blissful process. So if can somehow engage people in chanting, hearing, dancing, serving, then they will get a taste. And you know, I met one person, he was an impersonalist, but then Śrīla Prabhupāda said that there is no use to talk philosophy because in their brain some short circuit is there. But if they like to do sevā, engage them in sevā. By doing sevā they get purified and their whole idea changes. After several years, that person told me that, now I understand about devotional service because he was practically doing it otherwise, philosophically he was off. He got purified by serving Kṛṣṇa.
18-February-2022 Chennai, India