As soon as we think anything is ours, pride enters our heart.
A person who does not actually utilize his human intellingence to get out of the clutches of maya, the cycle of birth & death, is accepted as miserly.
Lord has sent the rope of bhakti to pull all the conditioned soul suffering in dark well of illusion… hold firmly.
Because human life is a combination of matter and spirit soul, the whole process of Vedic knowledge is directed at liberating the spirit soul from the contamination of matter.
Srimad Bhagavatam 2.1.3,