We should be close as a group because together and only together can we actually create that atmosphere where we always remember Krishna. It can not be done alone! The spiritual master of Srila Prabhupada: Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakur spoke out strongly in saying that: Who are you, what kind of Vaishnava are you trying to perform bhajan and worship of the Lord in solitude.
That does not work , that does not apply. It is paticularly in the combined efforts of the Vaishnavas that we can overcome our conditioning……
It is the dynamics of serving Krishna together that gives us the strength – therefore we rely on the temple and on the association in the temple, the atmosphere in the temple and so on, that will carry us.
Because alone, alone with the philosophy, alone with the Holy Name , alone with the Srimad Bhagavatam and alone with our mind ….then what choice to make ? Right?
Bhagavatam or the mind? Alone with the senses very difficult , very difficult.
So (Sanskrit) only possible with the association of the Vaishnavas, so therefore we should seek that out.
It is by being with the devotees that we are getting that strength and not a day should go by without association of devotees!
(Kadamba Kanana Swami 19/01/2004)