‘sadhu-sanga’, ‘sadhu-sanga’ — sarva-sastre kaya
lava-matra sadhu-sange sarva-siddhi haya
The verdict of all revealed scriptures is that by even a moment’s association with a pure devotee, one can attain all success.
Associating With Devotees
Srila Sukadeva Gosvami said:
tirtham muhuh samsprsatam hi manasam
haraty ajo ‘ntah srutibhir gato ‘ngajam
ko vai na seveta mukunda-vikramam
He does not make anyone his enemy.
He is truthful.He is equal to everyone.
No one can find any fault in him.
He is magnanimous.
He is mild.He is always clean.
He is without possessions.
He works for everyone’s benefit.
He is very peaceful.
He is always surrendered to Krsna.
He has no material desires.
He is steady.He controls his senses.
He does not eat more than required.
He is not influenced by the Lord’s illusory energy.
He offers respect to everyone.
He does not desire any respect for himself.
He is very grave.
He is merciful.He is friendly.
He is poetic.
He is expert.He is silent.
A perfect devotee of Lord Krsna (Visnu).
He was the first son of Hiranyakasipu,
and his mother’s name was Kayadhu.
Prahlada Maharaja had four sons, and the eldest son, Virocana, is the father of Bali Maharaj.
sri-visnoh sravane pariksid abhavad vaiyasakih kirtane
prahladah smarane tad-anghri-bhajane laksmih prthuh pujane
akruras tv abhivandane kapi-patir dasye ‘tha sakhye ‘rjunah
sarvasvatma-nivedane balir abhut krsnaptir esam param
"Pariksit Maharaja attained salvation simply by hearing, and Sukadeva Gosvami attained salvation simply by chanting. Prahlada Maharaja attained salvation by remembering the Lord. The goddess of fortune, Laksmidevi, attained perfection by worshiping the Lord’s lotus feet. Prthu Maharaja attained salvation by worshiping the Deity of the Lord. Akrura attained salvation by offering prayers, Hanuman by rendering service, Arjuna by establishing friendship with the Lord, and Bali Maharaja by offering everything to the service of the Lord." All these great devotees served the Lord according to a particular process, but every one of them attained salvation and became eligible to return home, back to Godhead. This is explained in Srimad-Bhagavatam.
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.23-24 purport)