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Question: It seems like the corona virus is affecting and eroding people’s faith in God, as mosques, temples and churches have all closed down. How do we explain or understand this? We devotees cannot even preach.

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Jayapataka Swami:  The governments closed down temples, mosques, churches, because these gatherings of large numbers of people have increased the infection. But it is not true that we cannot preach. By internet, you can preach. You can preach on internet. I saw that there were like 3 million people on Skype. You can preach in Tamil or in English or in Malayalam or in the Malaysian language. So many ways you can preach. I was thinking how using the social media, we can have a kirtan box, playing nonstop audio/video on your Facebook page. Anyone browses and sees your Facebook page, they will hear the holy name. So we can preach. I mean, we should preach. You can write letters to the Hindu sangam, and you have to encourage all the people to chant Hare Krsna. You see the Hare Krsna mantra is mentioned in the Vedas. The name of Hari – Harer nama Harer nama Harer namaiva kevalam, kalau nastyaiva, nastyaiva, nastyaiva gatir anyatha. Why do people lose faith? They shouldn’t lose their faith. Rather, they should understand, who is free of sin?