Through the company of the good, there arises non-attachment;
through non-attachment there arises freedom from delusion;
when there is freedom from delusion, there is the Immutable Reality;
on experiencing the Immutable Reality, there comes the state of ‘liberated-in-life’.

– V9. Bhaja Govindam, Adi Shankaracharya

Through the company of good people, of saintly, moral people, we catch glimpses of our true nature. Through spiritual practises such as chanting the names of God we can have deeper realisations of reality. Adi Shankaracharya here urges the reader in his beautiful poem to remember Govinda and chant his names. He is aware that this practise can help us open our hearts and move away from our baser impulses.

Just like how we should select healthy, nutritious food, our company and practises should also be healthy for our body, mind and soul.

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