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In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 11 Chapter 26 titled Aila Gita, we learn how unfavorable association is a threat to one's position in devotional service and how by associating with saintly persons one can attain the highest platform of devotion. In this chapter Lord Krishna while narrates the story of King Pururava to Uddhava. King Pururava became very bewildered by his association with heavenly society girl Urvashi. But after she advised him and left him, he came back to his senses that it was his mistake to consider her as his object of personal sense-gratification. He realised that his suffering was due to constant association of his senses with object of sense-gratification. So when he was deprived of it, and received transcendental knowledge, he became free of illusion. So Lord Krishna says in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.26.26

tato duhsangam utsrjya / satsu sajjeta buddhimaan
santa evaasya chindanti / mano vyaasangam uktibhih

 "An intelligent person should therefore reject all bad association and instead take up the association of saintly devotees, whose words cut off the excessive attachment of one's mind."

Association be it good or bad has a lingering effect on our mind. So sometimes even if we are far away from the circumstance or person, the thoughts keep coming up our in minds again and again. So we should genuinely endeavour to restrain our senses from bad association and as much as possible take association of saintly devotees. In one of his letter to his disciples His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada very nicely explains about the power of good association. "Sometimes by association of the great one appears great. In the sun is great heat and light and by reflecting the greatness of the sun's light, the moon in the dead of night also appears great. Actually the moon is by nature dark and cold, but in the association with sun it has become accepted as great."

So realising the power of association let us take shelter of saintly devotees and Srimad Bhagavatam who like sun can dispel the darkness of ignorance and all anarthas in our hearts.