Settlement of All Our Material Accounts - Part 4

Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva!

During his recent visit to Abu Dhabi, our beloved Maharaj was emphasising the importance of settling the various material accounts. One of the foremost accounts is our attachment with the body. Maharaj said that 90 percent of our time is spent on body and this account has got to be settled before we settle any other thing. For this we have to remember the following verse from Srimad Bhagavata Mahatmya.

deho 'sthi-māṁsa-rudhire 'bhimatiṁ tyaja tvaṁ 
jāyāsutādiṣu sadā mamatāṁ vimuñca 
paśyāniśaṁ jagad idaṁ kṣaṇa-bhaṅga-niṣṭhaṁ
vairāgya-rāga-rasiko bhava bhakti-niṣṭhaḥ

Give up the thought that this body is you. It is nothing but a collection of bones, flesh and blood. Give up the ownership on wife, children etc., realize that this world is very temporary. Show interest and relish (become a rasika) detachment from everything by performing devotional service unto the Primeval Lord Govinda, with great determination.

Actually nothing belongs to us. That is a fact. The main ingredient in the body is water and it is one of the great elements which are the energies of the Supreme Lord. The body is given on a lease to us. That means rent has to be paid. That is implied. This lease unlike the other leases is not renewable. It only ends. Means we have to vacate. Repairing and upkeep has to be done till the expiry date and in a good condition it has to be given back. So, we should not meddle into it too much. In the waning years particularly, the body takes too much time for all the activities. That is why it is very very important that when the senses are under our control, the time should be seriously utilized in the study of Srimad Bhagavatam or otherwise in our old age we will have nothing in hand. The idea that that nothing belongs to us and that this body is on a temporary lease, should settle the account of the body. The soul has no death. Our real existence is spiritual and we do not end. The body ends and we should not lament for that. This bag is not to be lamented for. 

The Lord makes it very clear in Srimad Bhagavad Gita 2.30:

dehī nityam avadhyo 'yaṁ dehe sarvasya bhārata
tasmāt sarvāṇi bhūtāni na tvaṁ śocitum arhasi

O descendant of Bharata, he who dwells in the body can never be slain. Therefore you need not grieve for any living being.

The body is subject to the transformations of birth, growth, maintenance, expansion, dwindling and death. These six transformations are for the body and not for the soul or for those who are pursuing the spiritual activities. 

In this regard, Madhvacarya says:

ṣaḍ vikārāḥ śarīrasya na viṣṇos tad-gatasya
ca tad-adhīnaṁ śarīraṁ ca jñātvā tan mamatāṁ tyajet

Since the body is the external feature of the soul, the soul is not dependent on the body; rather, the body is dependent on the soul. One who understands this truth should not be very much anxious about the maintenance of his body.

There is no possibility of maintaining the body permanently or eternally. antavanta ime dehā
nityasyoktāḥ śarīriṇaḥ
. This is the statement of Bhagavad-gita (2.18). The material body is antavat (perishable), but the soul within the body is eternal (nityasyoktāḥ śarīriṇaḥ). 

This is the knowledge. That is why Bhagavad Gita is so important. Bhagavad gita is spoken from the transcendental throat of Krishna and hence it should be in our throats. That is the place for it. Just a single verse from Bhagavad Gita completely settles the matter.

If the body does not belong to us, how can you claim some lady as your wife or some living entity as your child? Hence Krishna orders ‘mamatām vimuñca’ and ‘abhimatim tyajasva’. Give up the attachment. This is an order from the Lord. There is no ‘please’. That settles everything. It does not mean we can neglect the body or run away from our responsibilities. We have to make our life regulated and natural so that whole body is clean and healthy. 

The whole material existence is temporary. Hence, we have to become rasikas of detachment and detachment is our nature. This detachment is developed by performing sincere devotional service unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead Govinda. 

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.