“Although the Lord was present in Vaikuntha, He was present also in the heart of the brahmana when he was meditating on the worshiping process. Thus, we can understand that things offered by the devotees even in meditation are accepted by the Lord, and they help one achieve the desired result.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 10)
It is a classic philosophical challenge. A good ice-breaker at a party, in fact. There will be variety of opinion. Not everyone will have the same response.
“If a tree should fall in the forest, with no one around, does it make a sound?”
One side jumps to respond:
“Of course it does. The presence or absence of witnesses does not invalidate a truth of nature.”
The other side is a little skeptical:
“Okay, we can reasonably assume that a sound results, but there is no…
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