Sahajiyas - an essential subject
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura (a guru in the Gaudiya-Vaishnava line) has stated that "devotees of Lord Krishna should always carefully avoid bad association. If one who is not firmly fixed in devotional service claims to be a liberated soul, he should be considered a pseudo devotee who is driven by the mode of passion. Pseudo devotees gradually become self-worshipers. This is the meaning of sahajiya,or one who takes things very cheaply." Therefore a devotee in this line should not loosely associate with women, claiming the association to be similar to the rasa-bhava between Krishna and the gopis, for by such imitation of the most advanced devotees, one only remains on the platform of material sense gratification.
Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Sahajiyas category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 8 quotes.
Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books
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