Beware Of Humans

Srimad Bhagavatam 09.04.27 - Beware Of Humans (download mp3)
by Madan Gopal Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 9.4.27
grhesu daresu sutesu bandhusu
ananta-kosesv akarod asan-matim

Maharaja Ambarisa gave up all attachment to household affairs, wives, children, friends and relatives, to the best of powerful elephants, to beautiful chariots, carts, horses and inexhaustible jewels, and to ornaments, garments and an inexhaustible treasury. He gave up attachment to all of them, regarding them as temporary and material.

Anasaktasya visayan yatharham upayuƱjatah. Material possessions can be accepted as far as they can be used in devotional service. Anukulyena krsnanusilanam [Cc. Madhya 19.167]. Anukulyasya sankalpah pratikulyasya varjanam. In preaching, many things considered material are needed. A devotee should not have any attachment for such material involvements as house, wife, children, friends and cars. Maharaja Ambarisa, for example, had all such things, but he was not attached to them. This is the effect of bhakti-yoga. Bhaktih paresanubhavo viraktir anyatra ca (SB 11.2.42). One who is advanced in devotional service has no attachment for material things for sense enjoyment, but for preaching, to spread the glories of the Lord, he accepts such things without attachment. Anasaktasya visayan yatharham upayuƱjatah. Everything can be used to the extent that it can be engaged in Krsna's service.