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Title: Solitary Association
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-03-11 19:27:48
Q. by Lila Gauranga dasa:
Do not think that association means to merely to sit together in physical proximity. No, now you are reading this Gaura katha, that is also association. This is the topmost form of association. To associate and hear from Nityananda Bhaktas and Gauranga Bhaktas. That will grant us strong faith in this order of Lord Nityananda to tirelessly chant and preach the chanting of Gauranga Nama Lila Sankirtana.
Thank you for understanding this quote. I would like to quote from my Parama Gurudeva Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada to throw more light on this statement:
Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura抯 letter to one of his disciples from Sri Caitanya Math, Mayapur, December 22, 1927:
"Even though in this world we don抰 get to meet many devotees from the spiritual world, the conversations and pastimes of the devotees of Gauranga Mahaprabhu抯 time eternally exist in the form of books and sound, and that is why we do not feel so much pain from material troubles. If we live here in the association of the words of the spiritual world in this way, then the memory of this association will keep us at a distance from material misery."
So he means that real sadhu sanga or association is the association of the great Gauranga Parshadas or eternal devotees of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu which everyone can receive by reading or hearing Their pastimes in Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata, Shri Chaitanya Chandramrita, Shri Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya, Shri Chaitanya Mangala & Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita. Even more than reading philosophy, when one reads the pastimes of Lord Gauranga intimate associates in Gauranga lila and chants Their Holy Names, one makes tremendous spiritual advancement and one will never feel alone.