TEXT 27
grhesu daresu sutesu bandhusu
dvipottama-syandana-vaji-vastusu
aksayya-ratnabharanambaradisv
ananta-kosesv akarod asan-matim
SYNONYMS
grhesu—in the homes; daresu—in wives; sutesu—in children; bandhusu—in friends and relatives; dvipa-uttama—in the best of powerful elephants; syandana—in nice chariots; vaji—in first-class horses; vastusu—in all such things; aksayya—whose value never decreases; ratna—in jewels; abharana—in ornaments; ambara-adisu—in such dresses and ornaments; ananta-kosesu—in an inexhaustible treasury; akarot—accepted; asat-matim—no attachment.
TRANSLATION
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.
PURPORT
Anasaktasya visayan yatharham upayunjatah. Material possessions can be accepted as far as they can be used in devotional service. Anukulyena krsnanusilanam. 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 (Bhag. 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 upayunjatah. Everything can be used to the extent that it can be engaged in Krsna’s service.

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