Settlement of All Our Material Accounts - Part 4

Settlement of All Our Material Accounts - Part 4

Vaijayanthimala devi dasi

Dear Prabhujis and Mathajis,

Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev!

During his recent visit to Abudhabi, 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:

dehe asthi maamsa rudhire abhimatim tyajasva
jaayaa sutaadishu sadaa mamataam vimunca
pashyaanisham jagat idam kshana bhanga tishtham
vairaagya raaga rasiko bhava bhakti nishtah

"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 Bhagavatham 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:

dehi nityam avadhyo ’yam / dehe sarvasya bhaarata
tasmaat sarvaani bhutaani / na tvam shocitum 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:

sad vikaarah sharirasya / na vishnos tad-gatasya ca
tad-adheenam shariram ca /jnaatvaa tan mamataam 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 dehaa nityasyoktaah sharirinah. This is the statement of Bhagavad-gita (2.18). The material body is antavat (perishable), but the soul within the body is eternal (nityasyoktaah sharirinah). 

This is the knowledge. That is why Bhagavd 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 ‘mamataam vimunca’ 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 the service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev,
Vaijayanthimala devi dasi