Modern man has struggled very hard to reach the moon, but he has not tried very hard to elevate himself spiritually.
We are building temples and developing projects, they are not just buildings or structures. These projects are meant for helping you make spiritual advancement. These projects are meant to bring you closer to Krishna.
When we become advanced, we recognize the service of other devotees and we develop our appreciation for them and it manifests in the form of friendship.
Elevation is possible in Krishna Consciousness in the association of pure devotees who can deliver one from delusion.
This is the position of Krishna Consciousness that if anyone will take to it seriously, he will find instant improvement in his life’s condition. The purpose of our centers for Krishna Consciousness is to give everyone the opportunity to remove this cloud of Maya from their consciousness and resume their natural, blissful life of rendering devotional service to Lord Krishna. The process is very simple: chanting, dancing, eating Krishna Prasadam and associating with Krishna’s nice devotees and these four items will make one advance very quickly.
Letter to: Linda Ryon — London 13 November, 1969
In Chaitanya Caritamrta Lord Caitanya says that sadhu-sanga, the association of a great saintly person, is very important, because even if one is not advanced in knowledge, simply by association with a great saintly person one can immediately make considerable advancement in spiritual life.