ne devotee from a Jewish background went to see his dying grandpa who had tubes up his nose, was hooked up to a machine etc. The devotee said, “Grandpa, you’re a religious man. Your whole life you followed the Torah, went to the synagogue, always recited the prayers, lit the menorah – now, this life is over and you’re gonna go to heaven!”
Then his grandpa said, “Nah! I don’t believe in all that stuff!”
The devotee was shocked! “But Grandpa, you’re a Jew! You did all those things!”
“Oh, if you don’t do it, people in the neighbourhood will gossip, your grandma will complain, her sister….sheesh! So I do all that stuff, but I don’t believe in it.”
So, somebody may say to us, “Oh, you chant Hare Kṛṣṇa, you do sevā, take prasādam – you believe it! And actually the answer is, “No! I don’t BELIEVE it – I EXPERIENCE it!”
I know it’s true. I have experience. That old man did all those things, but he didn’t really believe in it and he didn’t have any experience. If he had some experience, then he would believe it. If there is no experience in Kṛṣṇa consciousness then we should all just go home!