On this page we present various quotes from the books, articles and songs of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura on the topic of Sādhu-saṅga. Many of these quotes by Bhaktivinoda Thakura link to the various full articles and books on this website.
While meeting a materialistic friend, one should speak only what is extremely necessary. At that time, it is better not to exhibit heartfelt love. But if that friend is a proper Vaiṣṇava, then one should accept his association by speaking to him with love. (Saṅga-tyāga – Giving up the association of non-devotees) Read More…
Without the association of śuddha-bhaktas, or pure devotees, there is no question of holding an iṣṭa-goṣṭhī. The word iṣṭa means ‘desired subject,’ and goṣṭhī means ‘assembly.’ These two words combine to form the term iṣṭa-goṣṭhī, which refers to an assembly of sādhus who are devoted to śuddha-bhakti, or the practice of pure devotion. Śuddha-bhaktas are rare in this world, and therefore only a few śuddha-bhaktas can be found in any single iṣṭa-goṣṭhī. (Śrī Gaurāṅga Samāja (The Society of Śrī Gaurāṅga) Read More…
Sādhus award divine eyes to our heart. (Bhāgavatārka-maricī-mālā 15.17)
Śuddha-bhaktas are Rare
Śuddha-bhaktas are rare in this world, and therefore only a few śuddha-bhaktas can be found in any single iṣṭa-goṣṭhī. (Sajjana Toṣaṇī 10.11)
What to speak of awarding happiness, ordinary talk causes extreme unhappiness; however, in iṣṭa-goṣṭhī such a thing never takes place. (Sajjana Toṣaṇī 10.11)
On 18th August 2012, on the occasion of his Vyāsa Pūjā, Śrīla Bhakti Gaurava Narasiṅgha Mahārāja announced to the devotees that he had a strong desire to create a website called “Bhaktivinoda Institute” in honour of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and his teachings in order to preserve and propagate them. Read More…