āśraya loiyā bhaje, tāre kṛṣṇa nāhi tyaje,
āra saba more akāraṇa
ṭhākura vaiṣṇava pada, avanīra sampada,
śuno bhāi hoiyā eka mana
(Thakur Vaishnava Pada by Srila Narottama Das Thakur)
Srila Narottama Das Thakur has beautifully described the importance of taking shelter of vaishnavas in one’s life. He says that make the lotus feet of vaishnavas as your greatest wealth and treasure. Make them the most cherished assets in your life. And he says śuno bhāi hoiyā eka mana. He says with rapt attention, listen to this thing that āśraya loiyā bhaje, tāre kṛṣṇa nāhi tyaje, that if you are surrendered to a vaishnava, if you are dedicated, you have taken shelter of a vaishnava, vaishnavas, if you are sheltered at the lotus feet of the vaishnavas, then Krishna will never reject you. If you perform Krishna bhajana in the shelter of the vaishnavas, then Krishna will not reject you. Even if you make some mistake, Krishna will still, you know consider you as His own because of your love, dedication and surrender for the vaishnavas. So if you do not want to enter the rejected list of Krishna, then never forsake the shelter of vaishnavas. Never try to to worship Krishna independently. Always try to perform Krishna bhakti as humble servants of vaishnavas in their shelter, then you are in a very very safe position. Vaishnavas will always protect you from falling down, from deviating. So its very important to always seek protection and shelter of patita pavana Vaishnava Thakur.