Lava Matra Sadhu Sanga

Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Hare Krishna! Haribol! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev. Please accept my humble obeisances.

In the Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 22.54, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu says to Sanatana Goswami: 

‘sādhu-saṅga’, ‘sādhu-saṅga’ — sarva-śāstre kaya
lava-mātra sādhu-saṅge sarva-siddhi haya

The verdict of all revealed scriptures is that by even a moment's association with a pure devotee, one can attain all success.

Once, in the Kingdom of Vanga, there lived a pious king named Virata. He had a brother who was always engaging in sinful acts. Virata was concerned about his brother and was always looking for ways to correct him. Once, Narada Muni visited King Virata. Virata welcomed Narada Muni and later requested Narda Muni to reform his brother. When Narada Muni went into the palace of the king's brother, he saw the brother engaged in sinful activities like wine and gambling. Narada Muni tried to advice him, but he paid no attention and continued to drink and told Narada Muni to join him.

Narada Muni went back to the king and told that his brother was not ready to receive knowledge. Virata requested Narada Muni to try again and so in his final attempt, Narada Muni went to the brother's palace and shouted, "If you ever get into trouble, ask one question, 'What is the result of a moment's association with a pure devotee?' " Then, Narada Muni Muni left.

After some time, the brother died and he was taken to Yamaloka. Yama Raja asked him if he had any last desire. He thought for some time and then he told Yama Raja that he wanted an answer to a question and he asked the question which Narada Muni had told him to ask. Yamaraj was quite astonished by this question and since he didn't know the answer, he took the brother to Lord Siva. Lord Siva, as well as Lord Brahma could not give an answer immediately. So, they all went to Lord Visnu to get an answer. Lord Visnu smiled and he told Brahma, Siva and Yamaraj to go back to their duties. Yamaraj wanted to take the brother back to Yamaloka. But Lord Visnu smiled and said that the king's brother was going to stay in Vaikunta and that was the answer to the question asked by him. In this story, we see the result of associating with a pure devotee, even for a moment.

Association with the Sadhus is an essential requirement for progress in spiritual life. One cannot compare the association of devotees to anything material. It is considered the highest goal in life. In Srimad Bhagavatam, verse 4.24.57 Lord Siva told the Pracetas,

kṣaṇārdhenāpi tulaye na svargaṁ nāpunar-bhavam
bhagavat-saṅgi-saṅgasya martyānāṁ kim utāśiṣaḥ

If one by chance associates with a devotee, even for a fraction of a moment, he no longer is subject to attraction by the results of karma or jnana. What interest then can he have in the benedictions of the demigods, who are subject to the laws of birth and death?

In the purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada says, "Bhakti-yoga is sufficient to give the bhakta all happiness. As stated in Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.6: yayātmā suprasīdati One can be fully satisfied simply by devotional service, and that is the result of association with a devotee. Without being blessed by a pure devotee, no one can be fully satisfied, nor can anyone understand the transcendental position of the Supreme Personality of Godhead."

May we remember the words of His Divine Grace and eagerly and attentively relish the association of sadhus both in the form of Bhakta-Bhagavatas as well as through Grantha-Bhagavata.

Thank you very much.
Your humble servant,
Abu Dhabi.