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"Every materialist is interested in sex. Thus in plain language it is advised that an exalted saintly person avoid the association of those who are materially inclined."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.6.51

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, "The Downfall of Saubhari Muni." After describing the descendants of Maharaja Ambarisa, Sukadeva Gosvami described all the kings from Sasada to Mandhata, and in this connection he also described how the great sage Saubhari married the daughters of Mandhata..]

TRANSLATION

A person desiring liberation from material bondage must give up the association of persons interested in sex life and should not employ his senses externally [in seeing, hearing, talking, walking and so on]. One should always stay in a secluded place, completely fixing his mind at the lotus feet of the unlimited Personality of Godhead, and if one wants any association at all, he should associate with persons similarly engaged.

PURPORT (excerpt):

… One who desires complete freedom from material bondage can engage himself in the transcendental loving service of the Lord. He must not associate with visayi — materialistic persons or those interested in sex life.

Every materialist is interested in sex. Thus in plain language it is advised that an exalted saintly person avoid the association of those who are materially inclined.

Srila Narottama dasa Thakura also recommends that one engage in the service of the acharyas, and if one wants to live in association, he must live in the association of devotees (tandera carana sevi bhakta-sane vasa).

The Krishna consciousness movement is creating many centers just to create devotees so that by associating with the members of such a center people will automatically become uninterested in material affairs. Although this is an ambitious proposal, this association is proving effective by the mercy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

By gradually associating with the members of the Krishna consciousness movement, simply by taking prasadam and taking part in chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, ordinary persons are being considerably elevated.

Saubhari Muni regrets that he had bad association even in the deepest part of the water. Because of the bad association of the sexually engaged fish, he fell down. A secluded place is also not secure unless there is good association.

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