On the one hand we should turn away from contact with impure subjects and people. On the other hand we should increase contact with noble people. The influence of satsaṅg is only good.
It is written that “satsaṅg is a medicine.” Association with honest men is a life medicine, that is to say, a medicinal plant in the cycle of birth and death for the coming and going of great pain, trouble and disease. Satsaṅg increases satguna (subtle quality) and sattva brings knowledge. Through satguna true knowledge is gained. By means of true knowledge, the highest peace and liberation are gained. Therefore, satsaṅg is most useful for liberation.
Through satsaṅg the miserliness (narrowness) of the mind is eliminated. By eliminating wretchedness one can grasp the essence. By satsaṅg the young plant of bhakti (devotion) is watered. Whatever is best should be applied to a young plant. When the planting site is either not supplied or watered, then it will necessarily slowly dry out.
Whatever highest path of devotion or spiritual practice, satsaṅg is for the spiritual practitioner like the watering a field is for a tree.
By this the firm belief in one´s own path gets nourished daily. Satsaṅg suppresses rajaguna and allows sattva to emerge.
Calmness of the mind is not possible in the state of rajaguna and a confused mind cannot do anything well. A confused mind destroys the ability of discrimination, even to the extent that people think Īśvara (God) is blindfolded.
Although people can try to escape from the sight of haunting, worldly people, they do not know that the all-pervasive, all-seeing Paramātmā (highest Self) is watching anyhow.
Worldly life is truly a sooty chamber. Almost no one is untouched by its blackness. Really all are similarly afflicted. Even if one experiences some good or bad things in this worldly life, what use is that? Due to ignorance, people hide their bad actions from the sight of the world and think that nobody sees them.
This exactly makes one´s own supreme preferred deity blind. It is not possible to hide anything from Paramātmā. Anything in this visible and invisible world is
perceptible to Him because He is all-pervasive. Those who don´t believe in Īśvara, then this is not their matter; but those who believe should know that the existence of Paramātmā is completely all-pervasive. Īśvara verily exists in a temple as well in an ordure place.
If He is not in the ordure place, but only in the temple, what kind of proof is that? Of course, it is alright that the worshipping should take place only in the temple and not in the ordure place, but just because the worshipping is at one place, that does not mean that Paramātmā is restricted to one place.
He alone is really all-pervasive, and He is aware of the mundane activities of everyone due to His all-pervasiveness. Therefore one should know that one is
always naked before the all-knowingness of Paramātmā. In other words, if one has hidden some action from the eyes of two or four worldly people, he should not think that nobody has seen it. By these kinds of thoughts the inner mind is weakened. If a child stays naked before his mother, she can clean all dirt from
his body. If it hides his dirt from the mother then she cannot see it. Therefore from your side stay with a naked heart before Paramātmā. He can then remove all bad qualities and put you on the right path again. But one cannot get the real knowledge of all that without satsaṅg. Therefore every man should engage in satsaṅg as much as possible and should remain assiduous for the sake of making his highest path always bright.