परिग्रहो हि दु:खाय यद् यत्प्रियतमं नृणाम् ।
अनन्तं सुखमाप्नोति तद् विद्वान् यस्त्वकिञ्चन: ॥ १ ॥
parigraho hi duḥkhāya
yad yat priyatamaṁ nṛṇām
anantaṁ sukham āpnoti
tad vidvān yas tv akiñcanaḥ
śrī-brāhmaṇaḥ uvāca — the saintly brāhmaṇa said; parigrahaḥ — attachment to possession; hi — certainly; duḥkhāya — leading to misery; yat yat — whatever; priya-tamam — is most dear; nṛṇām — of men; anantam — unlimited; sukham — happiness; āpnoti — achieves; tat — that; vidvān — knowing; yaḥ — whoever; tu — indeed; akiñcanaḥ — is free from such attachment.
The saintly brāhmaṇa said: Everyone considers certain things within the material world to be most dear to him, and because of attachment to such things one eventually becomes miserable. One who understands this gives up material possessiveness and attachment and thus achieves unlimited happiness.