Mayapur_Yatra_2012_5
February 29, 2016

Vakṣye kṛṣṇa-kathodayam – that which gives rise to the transcendental narration of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In the association of devotees, this is what will happen if we are associating with devotees properly. It gives rise to Krishna katha. But often we come into the association of devotees and it is something else. At the Detroit Ratha Yatra, it was a downpour. It stopped when we reached the park; then the park was a lake next to the river. As we were going along the roadway into the park, literally with water up to our ankles, the kirtan party was dancing and dancing and dancing as it wasn’t raining.

HH Romapada Swami and Youth in Puri
October 26, 2015

How does one become viṣṇu-jana-priyaḥ? How does one become dear to the devotees?
Viṣṇu-jana can be translated as a devotee of the Lord, a person of Visnu. Suta Goswami became priyah, very dear to the devotees. Likewise, the devotees became very dear to him. Suta is saying, because he had that quality, viṣṇu-jana-priyaḥ, he underwent the study of Srimad-Bhagavatam. When you are dear to the devotees, and the devotees are dear to you, there is something that you share, and that is the Lord. So with the devotee Vyasadeva, he wanted to share the topics of the Lord, therefore he underwent the study because of his viṣṇu-jana-priyaḥ quality. One becomes viṣṇu-jana-priyaḥ by associating with one who has that quality.

Guru Maharaja w SP1
January 30, 2008

The representative of Krsna can be seen as good as Krsna. He is surcharged with Krsna's potencies. That person's association is so valuable. That is why we should very very very very attentively hear whatever instructions come, because the potency is there. If we just happen to muster up enough attentiveness and humility to hear Prabhupada's purports, or his lectures, messages, or instructions in some way, and take them to heart…it's sufficient to liberate one completely, just in that moment! What to speak of regularly hearing?!

Association
August 6, 2007

Faith is created in the association of devotees. Actually, faith is already there, and faith comes out in the association of devotees. In a chapter of Bhagavad-gita called Divisions of Faith, Arjuna wants to know, "My dear Lord Krsna, if someone does not have faith in Your words, do they not have faith in something?" And the answer is yes, indirectly. Faith is intrinsic to the soul. It's already there. But if you don't have faith in Krsna, you'll have faith in something non-Krsna, or illusions, or divisions according to the modes of nature. The modes of nature will rule, instead of Krsna ruling in one's life. So faith is already there. Specifically, faith means faith in Krsna. It's already there. Love for Krsna is already there.

Guru Maharaja in Puri
June 26, 2008

If there is basic faith in the principle of receiving transcendental knowledge in the method of disciplic succession, and you allow the messages to enter deeply into the heart, and you let go of the material bondage of life, the abandonment of self and the tight hold on illusion… then the transformation effect upon the heart will take place. When you act from that spiritualized place within your heart, all kinds of wonderful things start to happen: Krsna realization starts to unfold! That is how the process of bhakti through hearing is made effective. The whole process of realizing transcendental knowledge is by hearing – not by scholarship – but by hearing in the association of like-minded souls. It's very effective.

Guru Maharaja Dancing
November 30, 2007

Without the attractiveness of loving activities in the association of devotees, how will others be attracted? When coming into the association of those who are engaged in the process of devotional service, it will only be natural to examine the nature of the relationships that exist among them.