Swami Adbhutananda on the Greatness of Holy Company

Do you know what happens to one who keeps holy company?

If one actively pursues holy company, one develops right understanding, cultivates faith, and devotion to God. Jealousy and hatred go away. Bad feelings
subside due to the exchange of spiritual ideas between the devotees. Also, a noble attitude prevails. An intense desire for japa and dhyana arises as well.

Association with the holy is the means to become holy. There is a saying, ‘Holy association is like living in Kashi’.

Everyone wants to understand the result of holy company in just a day. Can that be understood in a day? Holiness accumulates little by little and becomes large; then only can people recognize and understand it.

All the Avatars have taught: ‘Associate with the holy.’ Genuine sadhus always keep themselves busy for God realization.

It is very difficult to have devotion and faith to God. Without his grace it does not happen. For that reason alone one should understand how the sadhus have obtained his grace. Observe their lives and discuss the aspects of their holiness. For that very reason all the avatars have said: ‘Associate with the holy.’

Swami Adbhutananda (not known - 1920) was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa