By the association of pure devotees all the obstacles are removed.
It is imperative that one sincerely seeks the association of pure devotees and hears them patiently and submissively from any position of life.
Although there is a process of gradual elevation, if one, by the association of pure devotees, takes directly to Krishna Consciousness, that is the best way.
Simply by the association of pure devotees one can understand the transcendental name, fame, quality and activities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Only in the association of pure devotees can the words of Lord Krishna be fully potent and relishable to the heart and ear. Dhruva Maharaja explicitly wanted the association of devotees. That association in devotional activities is just like the waves of an incessantly flowing river.
A pure devotee considers a moment's association with another pure devotee to be far superior than residing in a heavenly planet or merging in the Brahman effulgence.