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 and there are only two kinds of association – one is with God and the other is with the world.
The categories of kusang are many. Often times a devotee is unable to discriminate that he is doing kusang. It is crucial to have an understanding of what these are so that a devotee can be cautious and protect himself from it. Here is an explanation about Lokranjan.
Lokranjan – The act of making an impression on the minds of others
During the devotional stage when a devotee has even the slightest elevated experience of God’s Grace or experiences tears, then he puts on a show of an evolved devotee by raising a din, by passionately tossing himself around. The condition of souls can be compared with a small river or drains which become flooded with not so heavy rainfall.
Kusang invaded the devotional space. He was shedding tears for Shyam Sundar and kusang in the form of pride entered that subtle devotional space. Poor man doesn’t even know. What would he have done if he did realize it? Firstly, he would have tried to control his feelings, and if the feelings were uncontrollable then he would have made an excuse and left, and as a result, he would have been saved from being harmed by kusang. During that time, if the devotee is not alert and cautious, then he will develop a consciousness for praise and attention where he will think that people should know what an evolved devotee I am. Now see, this is kusang. Not only that, he causes himself great harm. Firstly, self-pride and secondly, lokranjan causes the devotee to lose the tears of repentance.
Thus, a devotee must make sure that he protects himself from the serious disease of lokranjan. He should always be cautious in maintaining the understanding in his heart and mind that his devotional experiences are a result of his Guru’s Grace only, they are not his own doing.