Association with good and enlightened men provides occasion for the practice of
withdrawal from desire and attachment. Every one is aware of the effects of company. It is
more effective than mere precept. Calmness and equanimity are the results of good company.
As desires and attachments become less and less, the delusion which preys upon life
Desire and delusion warp the, mind and
cloud the understanding obstructing the power to discriminate between the good and the
bad, between the lofty and the low. Delusion is the name given to the state where one is
unable to distinguish between the true and the false. Desire and attachment are the cause
of this delusion.
As these diminish, one gradually gets free
from this delusion. When it vanishes completely, the mind ceases to be agitated and
becomes steady. When the mind becomes steady, internal purity ensues. Purity is Sivam,
Divinity Itself. When that state is reached, it is salvation, that is, jeevanmukti.