|Madhya-līlā||Chapter 8: Talks Between Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Rāmānanda Rāya|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 8.251
'śreyo-madhye kona śreyaḥ jīvera haya sāra?'
'kṛṣṇa-bhakta-sańga vinā śreyaḥ nāhi āra'
śreyaḥ-madhye — among beneficial activities; kona — which; śreyaḥ — beneficial function; jīvera — of the living entity; haya — is; sāra — the essence; kṛṣṇa-bhakta-sańga — for associating with the devotees of Lord Kṛṣṇa; vinā — except; śreyaḥ — beneficial activity; nāhi — there is not; āra — another.
Then Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu asked, "Out of all auspicious and beneficial activities, which is best for the living entity?"
Rāmānanda Rāya replied, "The only auspicious activity is association with the devotees of Kṛṣṇa."
According to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (11.2.30):
ata ātyantikaḿ kṣemaḿ pṛcchāmo bhavato 'naghāḥ
saḿsāre 'smin kṣaṇārdho 'pi sat-sańgaḥ śevadhir nṛṇām
"We are asking you to tell us what is the most perfect welfare activity. I think that in this material world, association with devotees — even if it be for a moment — is the greatest treasure house for mankind."
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