Preaching: Thoughtful Preaching

                                                                  Q. Is there any way in which I can convince my parents to let me become a devotee?

                                                                  Actions speak louder than words. When your parents, or any one for that matter, see the positive impact that Krishna consciousness has on your general behavior & attitude and in your day-to-day interactions with others, then any misgivings they may have about the process of Krishna consciousness or about your becoming a devotee will be dispelled from their minds.

                                                                  Q. My parents are not devotees. When they go to parties, they force me to accompany them and I get very frustrated because I am forced to tolerate materialists all round me. I try to preach but in the end I find myself more frustrated because there are some persons who find all kinds of arguments to contradict me and when I refute them, they just go on talking and do not give me the opportunity to voice out, thus forcing me to listen to them. What should I do?

                                                                  Q. 1. One of the nama aparadhas (offenses against the holy name) is to preach to a non believer. Would you please elaborate on this. It's confusing me as devotees many times preach to a non believer.

                                                                  Q. What should I do if someone says that my behavior in Krishna consciousness is weird, just because I get up at 3am and eat only Krishna prasadam, I do not allow any mundane social gatherings at my home and do not socialize with any mundane people? This person claims that it is mental torture on him. Did I commit an offense for first trying to turn this person into Krishna consciousness and then after years of effort gave up? Is Lord Caitanya who is the savior of the most fallen mad at me for giving up?