The devotees of Krishna are called Vaishnavas. The association of devotees is compared to the leverage effect. All one is asked to do is simply associate with the devotees regularly. No one is willing to work seven days a week for no salary. And the devotees neither work for free.
They serve Krishna being tongue swollen thirsty for Krishna’s love and reciprocation. The devotees of the Lord are well established in following the regulative principles of bhakti on and off the field. A devotee is always a full time servant of Krishna either having joined the temple as a full time in saffron or hired as a worker in some other organization, while serving the family. Association of such devotees results in the leveraging effect.
A graphical example of devotee association is in an Indian remote village where sometimes people have to travel 12 miles or more a day on a bicycle. Being sharp minded such men hold on to a bus and share the ride to reach their destination quickly. Similarly, for those who find regulative principles impossible, the intelligence is in holding on to association of compassionate and sincere devotees of Krishna, who are willing to share Krishna and serve Him to all others selflessly. The shastras rather state that association of even one-eleventh second of Krishna’s pure devotee can give one all perfection to taste the nectar of devotional service, what to speak of following the regulative principles. Therefore, if one feels hopeless and disqualified to serve Krishna with their current status, the solution is association of devotees of Lord Krishna.
kathayantaś ca māṁ nityaṁ
tuṣyanti ca ramanti ca
“The thoughts of My pure devotees dwell in Me, their lives are fully devoted to My service, and they derive great satisfaction and bliss from always enlightening one another and conversing about Me.”(BG 10.9)
For the same reason, ISKCON was established all over the world for the sincere so that one can very easily take the free yet invaluable association of Krishna’s devotee without any difficulty. The founder Acharya of The Hare Krishna Movement has hence made Krishna easily available through His devotees in this manner which acts like a reservoir of water, indiscriminately satisfying the thirst of one who approaches it.
Therefore one must seek for association of Krishna’s devotees to discuss and read about Krishna. If one is fortunate enough to have association of an advanced devotee, one must not miss the chance to hear Srimad Bhagvatam from such Vaishnavas. Lord Krishna in fact recommends:
tad viddhi praṇipātena
upadekṣyanti te jñānaṁ
“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.” (BG 4.34)
It is a fact that by hearing the message of Krishna from the lips of His pure devotees, the listener allows Krishna to enter his heart in the form of transcendental sound vibration and remove the ignorance. When one sees a Vaishnava, one should pay their obeisances by chanting the following mantra:
krpā-sindhubhya eva ca
vaiṣnavebhyo namo namaḥ
“I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Vaishnava devotees of the Lord. They are just like desire trees and can fulfill the desires of everyone, and they are full of compassion for the fallen conditioned souls.”