The path shown by great sages and bhaktas like Prahlada, Narada, Parasara, Pundaleeka, Vyasa, Ambareesha, Shuka, Saunaka, Bhishma etc, is the path of Bhagavatha Dharma. A river takes its own course as it flows towards the infinite ocean.
Some people come to the river to quench their thirst. Some sit by its banks to enjoy the cool breeze, some set up their home in the banks, some use its water and current for agriculture, some play in the current and end up drowning themselves, while some take a boat and travel safely from one side to the other.
The life of a Mahatma in the path of Bhagavatha Dharma is similar to this river. Few come to them seeking a solution to their problems or questions, and thereby quench their thirst. Few come and take what they want for their personal benefits just like those who use the river for agricultural purposes. Few come and stay with the Mahatma and enjoy His Divine Company just like those who sit to enjoy the cool breeze. Some try to play with the Mahatma and meet their end just like the ones who drown in the current. Only a few follow the Mahatma everywhere till the end and reach the infinite and get liberated, just as the river reaches the ocean.