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Hare Krsna Prabhuji,
One develops qualities of whoever or whatever one associates with, one tends to develop those qualities. Suppose all your friends are smokers and drinkers. At one point, you will also think no harm in indulging in these activities. On the other hand, if your friends are devotees, forever talking about Krsna or services, you will naturally develop the same tendencies.
That is what this sentence means. A devotee consciously tries to avoid the association of non devotees and tries to associate with devotees.
Radha Rasamayi DD
By Associating with devotees one can make progress in devotional life. The scriptures also confirm that devotional service executed in association of devotees is better performed than done in seclusion. Therefore Associating with devotees is one of the important pillars in devotional life.
Working for the Lord, Serving Lord, all the Vanar Sena had only one goal...to please Lord.. Nothing else was their priority.
They worked in cooperation, they all worked enjoying the work which they do...to please Lord..
While...Bad association ..is like this.
Working for the pleasure of their own senses...working for the pleasure to please a mortal's ego. Working against Lord... Working to fuel their own whims and fancies..
Association matters a lot.. One leads to Lord other type of association leads to hell and many many births away from Lord.
Karna who had all good qualities also when he was associating with Duryodhana.. and chose to support him worked against Lord. ... Just like if you pour a glass of milk in a vessel of dirty water it also become a dirty water only.. Karna though was having all good qualities becoz of his association he was tainted with dirt he lost respect.
Where as Vibishana...who was a demon but leaving the bad association of Ravana when he supported Lord Rama.. He became pure devotee of Lord and He is respected in the history. ( just like pouring a glass of water in milk makes it also pure as milk and mixes well with milk.
This is how Satsanga matters. Association of devotees has been following since time immerorial .. Lord's devotees have been spreading the glories of Lord.. from one devotee to another starting from brahma down.. to Srila Prabhupada.. like torch bearers.. one torch.. lights the other.( like in olympics ) one person runs with a torch.. lights the torch or hands over the torch to the next.. Paramapara is being followed it is handed on.. glories of lord have been spread by pure devotees..
When you are in a satsangah. even when you forget lord for a moment.. the people next to you will start... in you and will raise in you devotion.. take you back again to Krishna consciousness platform. Like a current in a series circuit..it keeps flowing ..right.!