Tirukkural 454: Avoiding Mean Associations

Wisdom appears to rest in the mind, but it really exists to a man in his companions.

Image of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Attachment, for instance, holds our cells together; it is also the root of much suffering, for attachment to material objects or people keeps man's awareness externalized, incapable of expressing itself in full freedom.
—Gurudeva