SB 1.10 - Associating with the Lord

The intelligent, who have understood the Lord in association with pure devotees and have become freed from bad association, can never avoid hearing the glories of the Lord, even though they have heard them only once. How, then, could the Pāṇḍavas tolerate His separation, for they had been intimately associated with His person, seeing Him, touching Him, conversing with Him, and sleeping, sitting and dining with Him? The living being tirelessly serves the dictates of illusory energy without being satisfied. Thus he becomes entangled. He can be released only by association with pure devotees. He then understands that his eternal position is to serve the Lord and not the different forms of lust like society, friends, country, family etc. Without the association of devotees the bad qualities will not disappear, and without their disappearance, a person will not become strongly attached to the pleasing qualities of the Lord. Hearing about the Lord in the association of devotees, attachment for material enjoyment becomes slackened, and one goes on hearing about the Lord without stoppage. The Lord is so attractive that even those who are self satisfied and are liberated also become devotees. The Pāṇḍavas were constant companions of the Lord and they could not even imagine separation from the Lord. By associating with pure devotees, one is never out of contact with the Lord even for a moment.

The heart of the Pāṇḍavas melted for Kṛṣṇa on the pot of attraction. They looked at Him without blinking and moved hither and thither in perplexity. They followed the Lord wherever He went. By reviving one’s eternal relationship with Kṛṣṇa, one can obtain permanent peace and prosperity. The association of the Lord can be had not only by personal contact but also by association with His name, fame, form and quality. Fearing that crying would cause misfortune at the time of departure, the ladies stopped their tears with great difficulty. These ladies who were the wives and daughters-in-law of those who died in the battle never came in direct contact with the Lord. But all of them had heard of Him, and thus they thought of Him, talked of Him, His name, fame etc., and became affectionate toward Him. We can also revive our relation with Kṛṣṇa by our talking, hearing and remembrance of Him.