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Yes, thank you, I have been very well. I hope the same for you & your family.
And thank you for the reply. This pandemic event has revealed to me just how much persons professing to be Gaudiya Vaishnavas do not actually believe in or properly understand the system of karma. After decades of sadhana we thought we were ready for gopi-bhava when in actuality we haven’t even realized the ABCs of Bhagavad-gita. 🙁
Thank you for these clarifications. Esp. the inverted tree explanation was very helpful.
It will be interesting to see if/when a more detailed description of the appearance of species according to the Sankhyite school is formulated whether it will resemble the current common theory of some religionists who say that evolution as explained by modern science does basically occur (w/one body giving birth to a modified, more evolved body), but that the “hand” of God is invisibly the guiding factor at each step of the mechanism—that is, the biological transformations/mutations would not occur on their own or “by chance.”
A followup question…
When the land was covered by water, only aquatics were existing. As the land dried out & environmental changes occurred, other species manifested.
How do the new species appear? I understand that the concept of each species (the “blueprint”) is always existing. Sadaputa Prabhu suggested that higher beings first manifest the lower bodies subtly, then grossly. But do such “new” species just appear on earth out of thin air?! Or does the higher being arrange for the new species to manifest from the womb or egg or seed of a lower being? (The latter would be more in line w/ Darwinian Evol. Theory.)
Very interesting perspective! Thank you.
Thank you. This makes sense.
Thank you. This explanation of position, constitutional position, sambandha & abhidheya is satisfying.
Letter from Srila Prabhupada 15 July 1969:
The basic idea of raising children as they are described in the Vedic literature is that from birth till the age of five years the parents may be very lenient with the child. From the ages six to ten they should tighten the discipline of their child, and from the ages of ten till the sixteenth year the parents should be as strict as a tiger with their child so that he will be afraid to be disobedient at all. Then after the sixteenth year the parents shall treat their child as a friend, and the child is allowed to gradually develop his adult responsibility and independence.
Thank you. I believe this satisfies my concern. If I’ve understood correctly, real Krishna consciousness is on the level of consciousness, not merely on the intellectual, mental or physical levels. So if one is in a state where these lower levels are unengaged, such as under anesthesia, & one is not experiencing Krishna, then that is proof that their Krishna “consciousness” is only “skin deep.” A siddha would experience Krishna even under anesthesia. I hope I’ve understood properly.
Thank you. Yes, I actually understand & accept what you wrote. Sorry, I think I worded my question incorrectly, causing it to be misunderstood.
What I mean is—We are either conscious of matter or spirit. If someone is unconscious, as in a coma or under anesthesia, they have no awareness of matter—they don’t perceive a knife cutting their body, they have no dreams, they perceive (apparently) absolutely nothing. They’re also (apparently) not perceiving anything spiritual, such as Krishna. So they’re in a limbo state? A void? Or is that blankness which they’re perceiving simply the state of the atma which has yet to actually develop Krishna consciousness & a spiritual body?
IOW, if we strip away all material awareness (as in a coma/anesthesia) & discover that we’re left w/ blankness, does this show us that we’re nowhere in Krishna consciousness? Would a fully self-realized, Krishna conscious soul perceive Krishna or blankness if all material awareness were stripped away?
The above comment failed to reach me via email, so I’m just now seeing it after 12 days! Thank you for this excellent explanation. I will save it & study it more closely. I do have a follow up question, but I’ll have to wait a couple of days to have time to articulate it properly.
Some confirmation from Srila Prabhupada…
“Regarding your questions, matter originally is spirit and when spirit is not distinctly understood, that is matter. Just like a tree is also a manifestation of spirit soul, but the consciousness is covered. When the tree is cut, it does not protest. But the moving entity has stronger consciousness than the tree. There is consciousness in the tree though. Also consciousness in a dormant state is matter; consciousness in a completely developed state is spirit. Matter is the symbol of undeveloped consciousness.”
[Letter to: Madhava das, 1976]
Thank you. Of course, I probably shouldn’t be too curious about it either. But memory is a fascinating & mysterious topic to me. I’ve heard Srila Prabhupada on 3 different recordings say, “I remember when I was 3 months old lying on the lap of my sister, & she was knitting.” (!!!) I myself can’t recall anything until about 4-5 yrs. of age!
As a follow-up question…
If only the causal body goes w/ the soul after death to the next birth, & both the subtle & gross bodies have been destroyed or left behind, how do we explain past life remembrances? The causal body can store memories? That’s something I thought was the function of the intellect.
Perhaps when there’s a sudden or traumatic death, the subtle body might also go w/ the soul? In his work on past life remembrances, Dr. Ian Stevenson reported that young children can have reasonably verifiable, vivid past life remembrances, but that such memories would usually fade as they grew up.
I now see what my main difficulty was—I was not understanding the distinction between the whole (the structure or design) & the composite (made of & reducible to the parts). But now this is more clear. Thank you.