Effect of Sadhusanga

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

In the story of Ajamila when the Yamadutas are stopped by the Vishnudutas from taking Ajamila to Yamaraj, the Yamadutas become very baffled. All along they were thinking that the decision of Yamaraj is final and that his judgement can never be dismissed. So with a disturbed mind, they go back to Yamaraj to report their failure in the mission. At that time Yamaraj being one of the 12 Mahajans and very pleased to hear the word "Narayana" from his servants, is thankful to Lord for this wonderful opportunity and begins to speak about the glories of Lord, His Holy Names and more importantly about the glories of Lord's devotees. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 6.3.18 Yamaraj says,

bhūtāni viṣṇoḥ sura-pūjitāni
durdarśa-liṅgāni mahādbhutāni
rakṣanti tad-bhaktimataḥ parebhyo
mattaś ca martyān atha sarvataś ca

The order carriers of Lord Vishnu, who are worshiped even by the demigods, possess wonderful bodily features exactly like those of Vishnu and are very rarely seen. The Vishnudutas protect the devotees of the Lord from the hands of enemies, from envious persons and even from my jurisdiction, as well as from natural disturbances.

The Yamadutas were little upset with Vishnudutas and Yamaraj being their master could understand this. So to clear out their misconceptions, he made them understand that just like how Lord is superior to Yamaraj, similarly the Vishnudutas are also superior to Yamadutas. Glorifying the nature of Vishnudhutas, Yamaraj says that they protect the devotees of the Lord from all sorts of calamities. His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada explains how offenseless chanting of Holy name relieved Ajamila from sinful reactions. And the momentary association of the Vishnudutas hearing them explain the glories of Holy Name to the Yamadutas brought a transformation in Ajamila's heart. So much so that once the Vishnudutas vanished, Ajamila sincerely repented for his sinful life and went to Haridwar and engaged himself in devotional service. Such is the power of association of pure devotees. They help us to realise the anarthas in us and also the determination to give up those anarthas.

Even in story of Mrgāri and Narada Muni, or the story of Gulika hunter and sage Utanga as mentioned in Narada Purana we find similar instances as to how even persons who are performing very great sinful acts also, by association of pure devotees even for a moment, undergo such a wonderful transformation in their characters. The pure devotees are also so merciful that when they see that the living entities show even a slight inclination towards Supreme Lord, they give the maximum protection to such suffering souls and ensure their return back home, back to Godhead.

From the above examples from scriptures, may we also realise the power of association of devotees and always remain grateful to their mercy.

Hare Krishna.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Shyamsundar das
Chennai.