In Kalyana-Kalpataru, Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur writes:
When will Mahaprabhu shower his mercy upon me so I may have shelter in the shade of the Vaishnava’s lotus feet? I will humbly stand before the Vaishnava holding a straw between my teeth, weeping I will tell him of my miserable life, and I shall give up all self-deception. I will admit that my life is one never-ending misery and beg him to put an end to all of this. The kind Vaishnava will beg Sri Krishna with all his might, and Krishna, moved by the Vaishnava’s sincerity, will shower his divine grace.
And in Saranagati, Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur writes:
O Vaishnava, you are an ocean of mercy. Please shower your compassion upon me. Give me the shade of your lotus feet and purify my polluted heart. I am following you, begging-Sri Krishna is yours-you have the power-give him to me!
Narottama dasa Thakura sings a similar song:
I am so sinful; how can I possibly serve the Lord? I have no love for my guru. I have no love for the devotees and I am constantly deluded. I am so absorbed in material life that I haveforgotten who I am. The witch Maya is waiting to hang a noose around my neck. I have no power to resist her on my own. I am helpless without your mercy. I know that you never see the faults of anyone, so I’m begging you-please save me.” (Prarthana )
Narottama’s songs are filled with wonderful glorification of Vaishnavas. They are treasured by all devotees as priceless instructions for increasing one’s devotion. From his childhood, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada chose Narottama’s songbook as his constant companion on the path of devotion. Vrndavana dasa Thakura considered himself to be the last direct servant of Nityananda Prabhu. He has glorified the Vaishnavas throughout his masterpiece Sri Caitanya-Bhagavata. In his introduction he writes:
I first offer my unlimited obeisances at the feet of Sri Krishna Chaitanya’s dearest associates, the devotees. And then I pray to him, who appeared in Nabadwip and was also known as Visvambhara.
Sri Vrndavana dasa offers his humble obeisances unto Mahaprabhu’s devotees, and then to Sri Mahaprabhu. He explains:
The Supreme Lord has boldly declared in all the scriptures that ‘The worship of my devotees is higher than worshipping me.’ By first glorifying the Vaishnavas, I am guaranteed success in writing my book. (This statement was made by Krishna to Uddhava in the Srimad-Bhagavatam.)
Excerpted from The Heart of Krsna (Vaishnava Aparadha & The Path of Spiritual Caution) by His Divine Grace Paramahamsa Vaisnava Thakura Srila Bhakti Promod Puri Goswami Maharaja