Regarding getting influenced, persons who get influenced by saints, follow saints. Those who get influenced by materialistic persons follow material path. From childhood, everyone gets influenced by others. In fact, child learns through influence of surrounding people – parents, relations, friends, something that watches on TV and so on…That influence is an essential factor of learning process.
Different philosophies influence people. The ones who get influenced by correct philosophies, head to the divine world of God and those who don’t end their life without getting any in sights of divine world, just to take birth and die again.