As devotees develop their loving friendship, they feel mutual happiness and satisfaction. When devotees get together to discuss, then they actually begin to experience what is the real basis of friendship amongst devotees. It’s not physical proximity, it’s not working together. Sometimes we say, “Yes, I’m with devotees all the time. I am up here, she is over there, he is over there, they are over there, we are in the same building together, and every time we cross, we think how to avoid each other. But I am always associating with devotees!” No, association is not a physical proximity. If association would mean physical proximity, we’d all be pretty pure! It’s not just physical proximity, it’s more to it than that.
August 19, 2012, Boston