The Property that Frees us

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

In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1, Chapter 15 verse 31, Sukadev Goswami explains to Maharaj Parikshit as to how Arjuna became free from all dualities - after recollecting the instructions of Gita and remembering the Lord's loving dealings throughout his life.

viśoko brahma-sampattyā sañchinna-dvaita-saṁśayaḥ
līna-prakṛti-nairguṇyād aliṅgatvād asambhavaḥ

Because of his possessing spiritual assets, the doubts of duality were completely cut off. Thus he was freed from the three modes of material nature and placed in transcendence. There was no longer any chance of his becoming entangled in birth and death, for he was freed from material form.

The word sampatty means assets. We are all eager to possess assets. We spend whole life, toiling and moiling to accumulate these assets and take pride in showing it off to others. But the happiness which we get from these assets are all short-lived. Because as soon as we possess an asset, then begins the whole cycle of maintaining, protecting it. Such assets bind us with fear, anxiety, anger diappointment not only in this lifetime, but also keep us entangled in birth and death cycle. Our spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says, "Whatever we own, owns us." The more assets we own, the more time and energy we have to spend in maintaining them. Also such assets not only give us anxiety, but also invite quarrels within the family and thereby we lose our peace of mind.

These material assets will give us only shoka. But Arjuna had brahma-sampatty - spiritual assets and that's why he could be viśoka  - free from bereavement. Srila Prabhupada nicely explains in the purport to the above verse as to how we wrongly identify ourselves with material body, bodily relations, land, country etc. All such misconceptions bewilder us. His Divine Grace says, "By assimilating the instructions of the Bhagavad-gītā, one is sure to be released from such bewilderment because real knowledge is knowledge that the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vāsudeva, Lord Kṛṣṇa, is everything, including one’s self."  So when we realise the truth that everything belongs to Krishna, everyone are His part and parcels, then we would experience peace. 

Material assets are all temporary. Our body and associated relationships are all temporary. So what happiness can we expect by taking shelter of such temporary things? But when we take shelter of eternal Lord Krishna, then there is no more place for any negative feelings. His Divine Grace says, "As soon as Arjuna took up the instructions of the Bhagavad-gītā, expert as he was, he could at once eradicate the material conception of Lord Kṛṣṇa, his eternal friend. He could realize that the Lord was still present before him by His instruction, by His form, by His pastimes, by His qualities and everything else related to Him. He could realize that Lord Kṛṣṇa, his friend, was still present before him by His transcendental presence in different nondual energies, and there was no question of attainment of the association of the Lord by another change of body under the influence of time and space. By attainment of absolute knowledge, one can be in association with the Lord constantly, even in this present life, simply by hearing, chanting, thinking of and worshiping the Supreme Lord."

So our real sampatty or property is Krishna's names, forms, qualities and pastimes as they are all non-different from Him. All other properties keep us entangled in this material world. So it is better to take shelter of this sampatty, for this alone can make us vishoka - freem from bereavement and relieve us from cycle of birth and death.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi