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A reply to doubt number two:


The name Krsna means "all attractive," and it is the all-inclusive name of God. Krsna is revealed in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Krsna devotees do not decry the "divine force" as revealed in other religions. It is not a narrow, sectarian process as you fear. For example, the Srimad-Bhagavatam describes the best devotee and the highest religion as follows: "The supreme occupation for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devo­tional service must be unmotivated and un­interrupted to completely satisfy the self" (Bhag. 1.1.6). Does this definition of religion sound sectarian? It is not. It allows that wherever pure devotion to the Supreme Lord appears in a total way, that is the best religion.You ought to inquire into the Vedic literature without a predisposition. If one is actually in­quisitive,, he is bound to gain spiritual insight from these texts.


Although these replies may be countered by the skeptic, we can counter-reply. As we go on preach­ing, we think of better arguments and we employ relevant sastric references. In the case of the dia­logue within us, the skeptic will usually be subdued by this method.The method of dialogue is very satisfying because the arguments that Prabhupada and the acaryas give are competent. There is no reason to be over­whelmed by doubts when they come.In order to confidently answer doubts, you need to study the philosophy. Within the Bhaktivedanta purports you will find constant dialogues. The opposing view is presented, and the Vaisnava view is presented with reason as well as sastric evidence. By learning this method of answering skeptics according to Vedic knowledge, you can deal with your own doubts; "over and above this, the reader will be able to convert others to accepting God as a concrete principle" (Bhag., Preface).


To address doubts that are expressed in modern terminology, we can take help from learned God-brothers like Sadaputa Prabhu, Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu and others who are trained in science and Western philosophy. When we hear from our Godbrothers, we will understand that their presentation is also based ultimately on the sastras. Acaryas such as Jiva Gosvami have given classical arguments as to why perfect knowledge cannot be gained by any person in this material world, because all conditioned souls are hampered by four defects: ( 1) The tendency to make mistakes; (2) illusion; (3) cheating; and (4) limited senses. Perfect knowledge has to come from beyond these human defects, in the form of sabda-brahma, revelation by Vedic knowledge.

In addition to studying, the "field work" of preaching will strengthen a devotee's convictions and arguments. Srila Prabhupada writes, "All de­votees, especially preachers, must know the philo­sophy of Krsna consciousness so as not to be embarrassed and insulted when they preach" (Bhag. 6.1.38 purport).