The categories of kusang are many. It is crucial to have an understanding of what these are so that a devotee can be cautious and protect himself from it. Often times a devotee is unable to discriminate that he is doing kusang. Here we will discuss Contemplation.
Chintan – Contemplation
Firstly to read, secondly to listen, thirdly to perceive, fourthly to think over and so on, about any other irrelevant subjects unrelated to devotion is also kusang. However, out of these the most dangerous is contemplation because kusang in the form of reading, listening and even observation all lead to contemplation. From this point on, the mind begins to speculate.
Repeated thinking influences the mind by causing it to gravitate toward negative forces, plus the intellect also becomes allured and the regrettable consequence is that after some time, the mind becomes fully drowned in such undesirable subjects contrary. In this relation, there is a beautiful line described in the second chapter of the Gita – “Dhyayto vishayan punsah sangasteshupajayate“- meaning, we become attached to whatever we repeatedly meditate upon.
However, brooding over something happens afterward. Listening, reading, and so on about subjects of a non-devotional nature happens first. You see, even though we all very well know this, we put on a show of courage and bravery. In other words, rather than being cautious right at the very initial stage of kusang, we claim, “Oh, how can this kusang do me any harm? I understand everything.”
Thus, if we can protect ourselves against negative factors, then we can very easily be liberated from kusang. How can fire grow if it won’t have any wood to burn? If water in the form of faith derived from satsang is poured over the blazing fire of kusang, then the fire will slowly die down.