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SB 1.8 - The Lord is the property of the impoverished

Kunti pays obeisances to the Lord, who is the property of the impoverished. The Lord has nothing to do with the actions and reactions of the modes of nature. He is self satisfied, and thus is the most gentle and the master of the monists (kaivalya-pati). A living being cannot be a real renouncer, since he will be finished as soon as there is nothing to possess. One renounces something to gain something more valuable. A devotee renounces the material world to attain something tangible in spiritual value. The Gosvāmīs gave up their worldly pomp and prosperity for the sake of the service of the Lord. The devotees, though without material prosperity, have a secret treasure house in the lotus feet of the Lord.

Once a needy man approached Sanātana Gosvāmī and took the latter’s touchstone left in a pile of refuse. But then he wondered why the valuable stone was kept in such a neglected place. When the man asked Sanātana Gosvāmī for the most valuable thing, he was then given the holy name of the Lord. A true devotee does not possess any material asset and so does not give anything material to anyone. But he can deliver the supreme asset, namely the Personality of Godhead, because the Lord is the only property of the devotee. Unless one is able to see everything spiritual in relation to the Lord, one must distinguish between spirit and matter. Sanātana Gosvāmī, although personally able to see everything as spiritual, set the example of throwing the touchstone in garbage, for us because we have no such spiritual vision.

By diverting our attention to so many unwanted things, which are all products of the material conception of life, human energy is spoiled without achievement of spiritual realization. All material assets are products of the three modes of nature. They foil spiritual energy, and thus the less we possess them, the more we can progress spiritually. The Lord has no connection with material activities, and all His deeds even in the material world are spiritual and free from material modes. The Lord’s appearance and disappearance are all transcendental, and one who knows this perfectly shall go back to Godhead.