It is imperative that one sincerely seeks the association of pure devotees and hears them patiently and submissively from any position of life.
One who is in knowledge of the Absolute Truth and free from all material desires becomes a pure devotee of the Lord.
A devotee should not be proud of his acquisitions. The symptoms of a devotee are meekness and humility. Although spiritually very advanced, he will always remain meek and humble, as Krishna Das Kaviraja Gosvami and all the other Vaisnavas have taught us by personal example. Caitanya Mahaprabhu taught that one should be humbler than the grass on the street and more tolerant than the tree. One should not be proud or falsely puffed up. In this way one will surely advance in spiritual life.
A devotee should always try to hear about spiritual matters and should always utilize his time in chanting the holy name of the Lord. His behavior should always be straightforward and simple, and although he is not envious but friendly to everyone, he should avoid the company of persons who are not spiritually advanced.
A devotee should always aspire to engage in the service of advanced devotees.
A devotee searches out a pure devotee and simply by his association becomes more advanced in spiritual consciousness than any yogi.