Always be engaged in sadhu-sanga

“Jana sangas ca—you should not be bound by bad association. Never accept any food or water from the hands of those people who do not engage in the worship of Krishna. Don’t accept anything from them; in their association your intelligence will be destroyed. In their proximity, your bhakti should be kept confidential. Never be engaged in prolonged conversations with them, even if one of the persons happens to be your son, brother, or husband. You can meet and cheat them by speaking on worldly subject matters. But never speak on the confidential truths of bhakti. This way, you should behave accordingly.

You should always be engaged in sadhu-sanga. What is the meaning of sadhu-sanga? It means associating with a high class of a devotee who is in the line of our guru, and especially in the line of Srila Rupa Gosvami and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. On finding such a sadhu, you should try to follow his association and listen to his katha.

Don’t be entangled in the association of worldly people. The association of people who have no devotion must be avoided at all costs, or else your devotion will be destroyed. This applies even to a godbrother. The godbrother may be chattering here and there, so even your godbrother’s association must be avoided. Rather, you should associate with a devotee absorbed in the devotional services of Krishna. This devotee weeps while he continuously chants the holy name, and he is much more advanced than us.” ~

Srila Gurudeva Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja (Den Haag, 14 May 1996)

Go to a realized soul, to a real, bona fide guru

… if anyone wants a high class of knowledge, tattva-jnana, he should go to a realized soul, to a real, bona fide guru.

One may think, “My guru is so high class. In this world there is no one like my guru.” But that guru may actually be bogus, having no transcendental idea. He’s never touched that realm. One may be thinking, “My gurudeva is now the supreme guru of gurus in the whole world. There’s no one else like him.” Will he gain anything by such thinking? Nothing.

Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja
(Perth, Australia, January 31, 2001, pm)

Everybody wants to fight….

Devotee: How to avoid politics amongst devotees?

Srila Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Maharaja: “People cannot remain without politics. They will not do harinama, but in the name of harinama they will do politics. They will not repeat Nama.

They will not believe that Krishna is the only Personality Who can save us from all the calamities. They don’t believe it. They think that their will power, their own capacities, their qualifications or their tactics can save them. That’s why you find politics in the Institutions.

Wherever you will go you will find politics. This is kali. Kali means fighting. This is the age of wrangling. Everybody wants to fight….”

Srila Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Goswami Maharaja (Vrindavana 10-10-1992)