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CC Madhya 22.85 (1975)

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


ata ātyantikaṁ kṣemaṁ
pṛcchāmo bhavato 'naghāḥ
saṁsāre 'smin kṣaṇārdho 'pi
sat-saṅgaḥ sevadhir nṛṇām


ataḥ—therefore (due to the rareness of seeing pure devotees of the Lord); ātyantikam—supreme; kṣemam—auspiciousness; pṛcchāmaḥ—we are asking; ātyantikam—supreme; kṣemam—auspiciousness; pṛcchāmaḥ—we are asking; bhavataḥ—you; anaghāḥ—O sinless ones; saṁsāre—in the material world; asmin—this; kṣaṇa-ardhaḥ—lasting half a moment; api—even; sat-saṅgaḥ—association with devotees; sevadhiḥ—a treasure; nṛṇām—for human society.


" 'O devotees! O you who are free from all sins! Let me inquire from you about that which is supremely auspicious for all living entities. Association with a pure devotee for even half a moment in this material world is the greatest treasure for human society.'


This is a quotation from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (11.2.30).