Not to have the least (Parigraha) attachment is known as Akinchanya
Historically ten external possessions are listed in our scriptures: ‘land, house,
silver, gold, wealth, grain, female servants, male servants, garments and utensils’.
Remaining unattached from these helps control our desires and leads to an influx
of punya karmas. While, remaining unattached from our internal attachments: false
belief, anger, pride, deceit, greed, laughter, liking, disliking, lamentation, fear
and celibacy lead to its purification.
There was a forest. Daily some cowherds led the cows to graze in that pastureland.
One-day, while grazing the cows they chanced to see ripe mangoes hanging from a
tree. Their mouths watered on seeing the mangoes. When one of the cowherds cast
a pebble at the mangoes, two mangoes fell down. He ate them and enjoyed the delicious
fruits. The mangoes were really very sweet. This made another cowherd think - "Why
to miss such tasty fruits? I shall also pluck a mango just now." So saying
he picked up a pebble and struck at the mangoes. Instead, the stone piece struck
the head of a saint meditating under the tree. His head was injured and started
bleeding. This horrible sight terrified all the cowherds. Seeing tears flowing from
the eyes of the saint, the cowherds approached him and spoke humbly - "O saint!
We are guilty. You are all merciful. Please pardon us. We have inflicted severe
injury and pain to you." The saint replied calmly, "I have suffered no
pain." The cowherds again questioned, "if you have felt no pain, why tears
are bursting from your eyes?" At this the saint replied, "Boys! When you
cast pebbles at the mango tree, it gave you sweet and tasty mangoes. But now when
your stone piece struck me, I have nothing to give you in return. That is why tears
are flowing from my eyes." The cowherds paid homage to the saint lying at his
feet and returned home. The instant that the feeling of compassion grows in human
heart, is the beginning of religion.
All sadness arises from too great attachment to this world. As soon as you are free
from it and consider yourself a stranger therein, you will perceive that everything
you behold or taste cannot abide with you, and that you must go to another place;
therefore you will no longer feel and anxiety.