Sadhu sanga is Valuable

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

In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 2 Chapter 3, Sukadev Goswami explains to Parikshit Maharaj about the different kinds of demigods one could approach, according to their wants and desires. He also says how everyone could simply worship Lord Krishna - irrespective of whatever desires material or spiritual one would have. In Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna says in verse 9.25

yānti deva-vratā devān
pitṝn yānti pitṛ-vratāḥ
bhūtāni yānti bhūtejyā
yānti mad-yājino ’pi mām

Those who worship the demigods will take birth among the demigods; those who worship the ancestors go to the ancestors; those who worship ghosts and spirits will take birth among such beings; and those who worship Me will live with Me.

So what would be the case of people who worship demigods after they reach the planet of demigods? Will they ever get a chance to turn to Krishna? In this regard Sukadev Goswami says in verse 2.3.11

etāvān eva yajatām
iha niḥśreyasodayaḥ
bhagavaty acalo bhāvo
yad bhāgavata-saṅgataḥ

All the different kinds of worshipers of multidemigods can attain the highest perfectional benediction, which is spontaneous attraction unflinchingly fixed upon the Supreme Personality of Godhead, only by the association of the pure devotee of the Lord.

In the above verse, the word niḥśreyasa, bhagavaty acalo bhāvo and bhāgavata-saṅgataḥ are all worth meditating. Srila Prabhupada translates niḥśreyasa as highest benediction. The highest benediction in life is Krishna-prema - bhagavaty acalo bhāvo - unflinching love for Krishna. Sukadev Goswami says that even those who are worshiping different demigods can attain this if they get bhāgavata-saṅgataḥ -  association of pure devotee. We can see how potent is sadhu-sanga. 

When Vibhishana went to meet Lord Ram, after Sita was abducted by Ravana, few of demoniac servants of Vibhishana also follwed him. When Sugriva saw them from a distance, he was skeptical that whether they are coming to harm Lord Ram as they are from Ravana's camp. But Lord Ram just for pleasure of devotees, consulted with Hanumanji as to what was his opinion. Hanumanji told that during his visit to Lanka in search of Sita devi, he could recognise that Vibhishana was a great devotee of Lord Ram and that he could be welcomed. At that time Lord Ram asked Sugriva to allow Vibhishana as well as his demoniac followers to come before Him. So simply by associating with Vibhishana, they also could get darshan of Lord. 

Also in the purport of Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.7.6, Srila Prabhupada narrates the story of brahmana who was a devotee of Lord Shiva. When he sought a benediction from Lord Shiva, Lord Shiva directed to him to go to Sanatana Goswami. When the brahmana came to Sanatana Goswami, requesting him to give the best benediction, Sanatana Goswami asked him to take a touchstone which was kept in the garbage. The brahmana became very happy to take the touchstone. But as he began to return, he wondered why Sanatana Goswami had disregarded it in garage. So he went back to him to find out what ws the real precious thing which he was possessing. Sanatana Goswami understanding the plan of Lord Shiva, smiled at the brahmana and said that if he wants the ultimate benediction, then he has to throw away the touchstone. The brahmana agreed to the proposal and then he got the most precious gift of Harinam from Sanatana Goswami. His Divine Grace says in the purport of Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.7.6, "Thus by the benediction of Lord Śiva the brāhmaṇa got the association of the best devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa and was thus initiated in the mahā-mantra: Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare."

So in the above examples we can see that how potent is the association of pure devotee. In his lecture on verses 2.3.11-12 of Srimad Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada gives a very practical example. His Divine Grace says, "I have my connection with Kṛṣṇa. It may be little, very. I may be very minute, but that, I mean to say, connection is very valuable. I have given many times this example, that a car running at a speed of sixty miles, and a cycle is running at the rate of ten miles, but as soon as the cyclist catches the car, the cyclist also runs in the sixty miles." So association with pure devotees is very valuable. Our position is like the cyclist and pure devotees are like car running at high speed. So just like how cyclist speed also improves when he touches the car, when we take shelter of pure devotees, our advancement in spiritual life and by mercy of pure devotees and Krishna, going back to Krishna is also guaranteed. 

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva
Sudarshana devi dasi