“One should learn how to associate with the devotees of the Lord by gathering with them to chant the glories of the Lord. This process is most purifying. As devotees thus develop their loving friendship, they feel mutual happiness and satisfaction. And by thus encouraging one another they are able to give up material sense gratification, which is the cause of all suffering.” SB 11.3.30 verse
This website is dedicated to sharing Srila Prabhupada’s instructions on how to improve the quality of our association.
“The root cause of devotional service to Lord Krsna is association with advanced devotees (sadhu sanga). Even when one’s dormant love for Krsna awakens, association with devotees (sadhu sanga) is still most essential.” CC Madhya 22.83
You may be familiar with Rupa Goswami‘s explanation of the development of pure devotional service. It starts with a little attraction or faith (sraddha) which brings us to the temple or sanga gatherings. Then we need to engage in sadhu sanga, association with advanced devotees. By such association we should develop strong faith, and commitment to the process of bhakti yoga. Through continual sadhu sanga, we should gradually make advancement in spiritual consciousness, rise above the miseries of material existence, and become increasingly peaceful and happy.
For many people, everything develops as it should. But some of us can remain unhappy, even depressed, and feel as if we are stuck in a spiritual rut? For some of us, association with other devotees may be sullied with petty differences and some of us may feel very discouraged and alienated by such experiences. Why do these difficulties occur?
Srila Prabhupada tells us it is because we are not properly trained in the culture of sadhu sanga. He says, “unless and until one is trained in the culture of good association, one cannot become good.” (SB 3.3.6 purport)
On this website we examine some of the many instructions that Srila Prabhupada gives on the subject of sadhu sanga. We suggest those instructions embody different principles of good sadhu sanga. You can find 16 principles in the menu bar above. We support each principle with numerous quotes from Srila Prabhupada. We suggest that if you are feeling spiritually stuck that you start with having a read of these principles. If they make sense to you, then you may be interested to look at the 18 Useful Tips we share from our own personal experience of daily applying the Principles.
We encourage everyone to begin regularly discussing at least Bhagavad-Gita As It Is with their family or friends. If you can’t find a discussion partner, then we have a Discuss With Me menu which we hope will help you. Below this home page there is a blog where I will share instructions from Srila Prabhupada which I hope will inspire you to take your sadhu sanga more seriously.
Offering our humble obeisance at the lotus feet of Sri Sri Nita Gauranga, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, and to all sincere devotees of the Lord, we beg that you will kindly bless our small effort to serve. Please forgive us if you find some fault in our endeavor.