A devotee searches out a pure devotee and simply by his association becomes more advanced in spiritual consciousness than any yogi.
To understand the personal activities of the Lord, one has to seek the association of devotees and by such association, when one contemplates and tries to understand the transcendental activities of the Lord, the path to liberation is open and he is freed.
One must seek the association of persons who are Krishna Conscious and who engage in devotional service. Without such association one cannot make advancement.
In the association of pure devotees, discussion of the pastimes and activities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is very pleasing and satisfying to the ear and the heart. By cultivating such knowledge one gradually becomes advanced on the path of liberation and thereafter he is freed and his attraction becomes fixed. Then real devotion and devotional service begin.