CC Madhya 22.91
- varaṁ huta-vaha-jvālā-
- na śauri-cintā-vimukha-
varam—better; huta-vaha—of fire; jvālā—in the flames; pañjara-antaḥ—inside a cage; vyavasthitiḥ—abiding; na—not; śauri-cintā—of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, or thought of Kṛṣṇa; vimukha—bereft; jana—of persons; saṁvāsa—of the association; vaiśasam—the calamity.
“‘It is better to accept the miseries of being encaged within bars and surrounded by burning flames than to associate with those bereft of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Such association is a very great hardship.’
This is a quotation from the Kātyāyana-saṁhitā.