When you keep an iron nail next to a magnet, after sometime the ordinary nail starts exhibiting magnetism. If you pour ice in hot water, after sometime the ice melts and the water becomes cold. History speaks of the Paras Mani, the Divine stone, the touch of which changes everything into gold.  A rotten fruit causes all the other fruits in the basket to rot. The case of human beings is no different. There is an English proverb that a man is known by the company he keeps. When two people spend a lot of time together, after sometime they start becoming like each other. This happens because in every interaction that we have – with a person, or an animal or a plant or even a thing, there occurs an exchange of prana. In the realm of ether and to a clairvoyant’s eye, this is visible as change in colour of the aura – a yellow interacts with a blue to become green, the same yellow when interacts with a black, becomes brown. No wonder our ancestors emphasised upon the importance of good company or satsang, the company of evolved beings.

History abounds with examples of the effect of company on a person. Manthra, the housemaid’s company, diluted the thought process of the just Queen Kaikeyi, who under her influence demanded King Dashrath to send Lord Ram for exile. There is a story in Ayurved where the rishis who came down from the higher reaches to settle in the plains, began to age owing to interactions with commoners. Likewise, there are instances of evolution of beings in the company of Gurus and evolved beings. Ahilya transformed from a stone to a woman, by the mere touch of Lord Ram and she got salvation. Arjun got the gyan of Gita in the company of Lord Krishna and he won a losing battle.


Satsang basically means being in the company of sat, that is truth, because only when you are in the company of truth, do you realise truth. A company of falsehood always leads to the destruction of the body and the soul. Satsang need not necessarily be with a person or with people. It could also mean vedic chants, which themselves emit phenomenal positive energy, or it could also mean reading sermons of evolved beings, though it is always best to be in the company of Gurus because the Guru would know your frequency of energy and how to upgrade you. Let me give you a practical technique which is easy-to-do in your house or office, without resorting to buying books or travelling. A simple kriya detailed in the shashtras, the Sanatan Kriya. As you sit in silence and do dhyan with your Guru as detailed in the kriya, you automatically come into the satsang of your Guru, of saints and of subtle energies.

Kusang or negative company does the opposite of what a satsang would do. If satsang is tamso ma jyotirgamaya, kusang is jyotirma tamso gamaya or in other words instead of going from darkness to light by satsang, you are asking the Divine Mother to go from light to darkness by kusang. A very good indication of whether you are in satsang or kusang is by observing your action tendency. If you find that you are doing charitable acts, spiritual acts, going deeper into meditation, avoiding alcohol and parties, then the energy you are with is definitely satsang. And if the opposite of this is happening, if you turn your face from an injured animal, if your actions are causing harm to environment, if you are immersing yourself into grosser pleasures and if your time for meditation is reducing, then it is kusang. Never let anyone else judge you, always let your experience and the course your life takes, judge you.

Yogi Ashwini

Yogi Ashwini

Yogi Ashwini is adept in the ancient sciences of Yog, Tantra, Spiritual Healing, Mantra-Chanting, Yagya, Past Life, Art of Mace and Vedic Martial Arts. With an Honours in Economics, a Masters in Management and a successful business, he is an eminent writer for leading dailies and journals, an acclaimed speaker internationally,author of global bestsellers on ancient sciences. After studying the being for decades, spending years in silence and having interacted with the Himalayan masters, Yogi Ashwini propounded the Sanatan Kriya, an assimilation of the eight limbs of Patanjali Ashtang Yog. The sheer magnetism of his persona and radiance he exudes, even at 50, and the experiences one gets just by being in his presence, are enough proof of the efficacy of practice. His two decades of pioneering research on anti-ageing, published in the book ‘Sanatan Kriya: The Ageless Dimension’, has found validation in the recent studies by leading international universities. Thousands have benefited physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually from the practice of Sanatan Kriya, which is taught across the globe free of cost. He runs nearly 14 schools for street children,funds education of blind girls at NAB, organises food distribution camps, generates employment for underprivileged, feeds stray animals at more than 100 centres daily and gives medical help to all those who come to him…humans or animals.

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