It is said, the same Divine dwells in all beings (Ekatma sarva bhutantaratma). Now some may have a doubt, “If that is so, then why should we not have friendship with such and such person?” When someone’s age, behaviour and thoughts are not conducive to one’s moral and spiritual development, one should avoid developing friendship with such a person. If we do so, we tend to become like them. ‘Tell me your company, I shall tell you what you are’, it is said. Hence one must be in the company of pious, good and noble people. Sage Adi Shankara in his famous treatise Bhaja Govindam declared, Satsangatve nissangatvam. Good company leads to detachment, detachment makes us free from delusion, freedom from delusion leads to steadiness of mind, and steadiness of mind confers liberation. Hence one must resolve to be in good company, speak good words, see good things and become a good person.
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