One Can Only Be Saved By The Association Of Saints by Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakura
Whilst wandering aimlessly in the material world, taking one birth after another, if by chance the living entity comes in contact with a saintly person he becomes immediately knowledgeable of his true identity as pure spirit soul, an eternal servant of Krishna. Enlightened by this knowl- edge, he does not want to be material entangled any longer, and he laments: “Alas! Why have I served this illusory material energy for so long?” He bitterly regrets and cries out, “Krishna! My Lord, I am Your eternal servant. Since I have ne- glected the shelter of Your lotus feet my life has been completely devastating.”
Lord Krishna is so merciful that if anyone pleads to Him with earnesty, He immediately releases the jiva from material entanglement. When the jiva is broken away from maya’s captivating spell and strives to approach Lord Krishna by render- ing devotional service, he gains the supreme shelter of the Lord’s lotus feet. Lord Krishna fortifies him with His transcendental, internal potency, and the unstopable power of the Lord’s spiritual potency weakens maya’s influence on the living entity.
The only thing truly desirable in this world is to be able to chant the holy name of the Lord in the association of pure and saintly devotees. This is the best and only true way to completely conquer the darkness of nescience. I, Jagadananda, the eternal servant of Lord Gaurasundara, have given up all other hope and supposed shelters and am sitting here with the sole aspiration of receiving the shelter of Sri Gaurasundara’s lotus feet.
—Prema-Vivarta » Śrīla Jagadananda Pandita » Translated by Sarvabhāvana dāsa.