Association can make us convinced about anything.
Faith comes by hearing Krishna Katha in the association of sincere devotees regularly.
At every moment of life, according to our association, we are being conditioned, habituated and put in a state of mental bondage.
Good association creates enthusiasm and a divine purpose to our service.
When due to false pride, you disrespect exalted Vaishnavas, You become attracted to bad association. That bad association corrupts and destroys your devotion.
Reject all other desires, abandon philosophical speculation and fruitive work and refrain from the worship of the demigods and demigoddesses. Just worship and serve Lord Krishna with your body and mind in the company of other devotees.