The time that we spend without the association of the mind with the Divine names, form, leelas, virtues, abode, and the Saints of God is the time spent doing kusang. It is impossible for our mind to remain inactive for even a single moment. There are only two kinds of association – one is with God and the other is with the world.
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 ‘False Pride’.
Mithyabhiman – False Pride
Upon seeing an atheist, a devotee should never exhibit false pride and think, “He doesn’t know anything. I am way ahead of him.” This is because sometimes extremely great atheists rise so high that they even surpass the devotion of highly evolved devotees. This mainly happens due to the sanskars of past lives. What do you know about anyone’s sanskars? Thus, keeping the understanding that every soul in an obscure and apparent form is a recipient of God’s Grace, never look at anyone with feelings of animosity and disapproval. However, one thing is for sure — that association should be with those who help our devotion grow.
“Kisi bhi dasha mein tum Govind Radhey,
Hari vimukhon ka sang karo na bata de.”
(Radha Govind Geet)
Under no circumstances should a devotee associate with those who do not have faith in God.