(Click to enlarge photo of Srila Prabhupada holding a copy of his original Srimad-Bhagavatam)
Devotee: There's a verse in the Bhāgavatam that says that one moment's association with a pure devotee is greater than liberation from the material world or than innumerable...
Devotee: ...years of enjoyment on heavenly planets.
Devotee: My question is: A pure devotee, when he comments Bhagavad-gītā, someone who never sees him physically, but he just comes in contact with his commentary, explanation, is this the same thing?
Prabhupāda: Yes. You can associate with Kṛṣṇa by reading Bhagavad-gītā. And these saintly persons, they have given their explanations, comments. So where is the difficulty? Everyone is helping you.
(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, Paris, June 11, 1974)