Reincarnation: A Matter Of Chance Or A Matter Of Consciousness – A conditioned soul has certain consciousness and according to that consciousness, the supersoul brings it to the semen of a man and guided to the womb of a woman. Thereafter there is formation of a single cell and from that single cell again by the guidance of the supersoul starts to multiply. So if there is the consciousness of a dog, the soul would go to a dog’s body. So the subtle body consciousness is very important. The consciousness has a form which depends on whether one has performed piously or sinfully in prev births. And therefore it gets guided to a particular species where it gets a form accordingly. The body creates a restriction on the consciousness. So if one is a rich man but has consciousness of a dog, his subtle body would then carry the soul to the body of a dog. Similarly, in a certain body one commits sinful activities alone lile family of butcher.
The consciousness is invisible. The body contains subtle body engaging the soul. Like ghosts hobgoblins have subtle body alone without gross body. And subtle body has a form of its own. So we are ordained to get bodies as per our enjoyment propensity. And those bodies might minimize or enhance pur enjoyment depending on our pious or sinful activities. We might want to fly in the sky but might end up forced to take body of a dog. So let us not allow out mind to carry us towards the body of a dog. The mind is hollow and accepts that identity which is aligned with the kind of body it gets. Mind and body are related. Body is forced upon the mind and not the kind of body the mind desires. Mind expands and takes of body but that body is forced upon the mind. Depending upon the order of the supersoul. Mind pervades the body through the consciousness and therefore identifies with the body. The body is acquired according to the consciousness and therefore mind is not a causal structure for the body. By the arrangement of material nature, mind is forced to wear a particular type of body. Shrila Prabhupada says daiva chodita. When the baby is in the womb, it first experiences sound followed by touch followed by form. The supersoul ordains that.
The mind is prakriti so from where does it get that identity as prakriti is impersonal. Because of contact with the soul. The soul always has a sense of identity of the self and therefore mind in contact with the soul acquires that tendency. The subtle body and the gross body both acquire that individuation from the soul. Soul’s consciousness pervades the mind amd mind’s consciousness pervades the body. So mind serves as a connect between soul and body.
Our mind, intelligence and false ego they are the responsibility of soul. Lord always comes to us in the form of his holy name, scriptures or his deity form. But if we do not accept it, the mind, intelligence and false ego will remain filled with sin. And according to that, the body we will get we cant decide only Krishna will decide. and material nature or orchestrates the same.
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🤔How the child in the womb gets consciousness in the seventh month?
The gross body takes 7 months to develop so as to become fully conscious. Like sex, desire manifests at puberty that doesn’t mean sex desire isn’t there from before. Similarly, the body takes 7 months to become mature at the gross platform to become mentally and spiritually conscious.
🤔How soul, mind, and gross body communicate through consciousness?
The consciousness cannot be caught as it is not an electromagnetic signal. And through this consciousness, the soul mediates on the mind which mediates further on the gross body. In the spiritual state, the mind becomes pure due to association with the soul or the self. The more we associate the mind with Krishna consciousness, the more it becomes spiritual. And then the mind becomes situated in the mode of goodness and reveals the self. The body in the conditioned state becomes an instrument to satisfy the mind. The mind relies on the false identity of the body. Depending upon the association of the body with the three modes, the mind is also influenced naturally. So mind and body can communicate both ways through consciousness. We can see only the biological signals but the signal of the soul and mind can be tracked by the mind and soul themselves alone. The biological markers can only indicate these signals indirectly. And for that, a scientific study is required.
The mind’s desire is not independent but also of the body. Free will is only possessed by Krishna and his part and parcel. The soul also can either use or misuse the freewill. If it chooses to remain situated in the Absolute truth, it exercises the freewill correctly. And when it misuses that free will, it comes in contact with material nature where there is no free will. The kind of mode we associate with that kind of disposition we develop. We are marginal potency of Krishna and therefore we can either choose to be with Krishna or away from. him. Once we choose to be away from. Krishna, mahamaya takes over and we become puppets. Once we choose to be with Krishna, yogamaya takes over and we become puppets again.
So the only independence we have is that of becoming someone’s instrument, whether Krishna’s or of prakriti. And even after becoming puppet of prakriti, we get an opportunity to become puppet of Krishna repeatedly by exercising their free will properly. And when we use our freewill correctly, we develop in terms of how much surrender we have towards Krishna. The more we practice, the more we tend to give up our ignorance based on the false identities we have. So we are challenged by different layers of ignorance when we practice Krishna consciousness. So how much we can depend on Krishna on ang kind of situation, is what devotional life is all about. So the free will that we have has to be circumvented from being misused until we become perfect or no longer have any possibility of fall down.
🤔Do we have multiple levels of consciousness?
At the pure state, we have only one level of consciousness. But in the conditioned state, our gross bodies might be associated with diff levels of consciousness. Like if we are poor, our sense of enjoyment might be restricted. And the mind which is a repository of so many lifetimes has its own consciousness. So consciousness is made up of the three modes of material nature in different proportions. And in the perfect state, it becomes situated in pure goodness. Depending on the ratio of the three modes, infinite levels of consciousness may be created. Bodily consciousness will be active when we are physically active. Similarly, for intellectuals, mental consciousness will be active. So our occupational duty will define our level of consciousness. If we are preachers and have dedicated our life to Krishna or if we are also doing job along with Krishna consciousness, how much our job is connected with Krishna consciousness will decide our level of consciousness.
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