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15th March, 2019 14:15 IST

How do we guard against the influence of sang dosh, the company we keep? — Hemant Kumar, 35 years

 Two kinds of energy rule the mind — positive and negative. Of the two, the lure of the negative is stronger. That is why the negative lingers, sometimes overwhelming the positive. So what kind of energy is driving you? The energy that dominates your thought will decide the people you gravitate to. If your energy is restive, you are vulnerable to influences that may not be in your best interest. If you are firmly rooted in the positive, you will remain invulnerable to bad company. That’s why we should consciously cultivate this high vibrational energy. Another powerful way to foil sang dosh is to keep good company. Even the dreaded dacoit Angulimal was a transformed man on meeting the Buddha.

From children to adults, none can escape the effects of sang dosh. The company we keep influences us in ways we don’t even realise. Before you know, you begin to act and think like your friends. In fact, you can accurately tell a person’s nature by the people he hangs out with. That’s why parents should be mindful of the friendships their children forge. Children have impressionable minds and they may fall prey to the wrong people.

If you work in a coal mine, can you hope to remain pristine? Hence, we are often told to watch the company we keep. The story goes that a thief of some notoriety was awarded the death penalty. On meeting his mother for the last time, he bites her ear off. When she painfully enquires, ‘Why?’ He bemoans that had she firmly arrested his very first lapse, he wouldn’t be here at all! Therefore, nourish your positive energy to guard against the ills of sang dosh.

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