Holy Mother On How An Atheist Can Become A Yogi:
Sri Ramakrishna felt that it was useless to advise the rank materialists to practice same samesightedness for they believed their body was everything. They have no faith in Atman or God.
Holy Mother, however, rejected none. She once told a devotee: 'My child, there are atheists who are too much attached to the gross body and who deny the existence of God or Atman. But can you deny that they too have hunger and thirst? Perhaps they have all these to an excessive degree. Don't you recognise happiness and sorrow?' The devotee replied, ' Yes, Mother, I do.' Holy Mother said again: ' That will do. Do you feel happiness and miseries of others in the same way as you feel your own?' The devotee said,' Yes Mother, that must be done.' Mother said: 'You have to do one more thing. Make others 'joy and sufferings your own. If you can do that, you are a yogi.'