living entity in the material world

The living entity in the material world carries his different conceptions of life from one body to another as the air carries aromas. Thus he takes one kind of body and again quits it to take another.

The living entity, thus taking another gross body, obtains a certain type of ear, eye, tongue, nose and sense of touch, which are grouped about the mind. He thus enjoys a particular set of sense objects.

Here the living entity is described as isvara, the controller of his own body.

  • If he likes, he can change his body to a higher grade, and if he likes he can move to a lower class.

  • Minute independence is there.

  • The change his body undergoes depends upon him. At the time of death, the consciousness he has created will carry him on to the next type of body.

  • If he has made his consciousness like that of a cat or dog, he is sure to change to a cat’s or dog’s body. And if he has fixed his consciousness on godly qualities, he will change into the form of a demigod. And if he is in Krishna consciousness, he will be transferred to Krishnaloka in the spiritual world and will associate with Krishna.

  • It is a false claim that after the annihilation of this body everything is finished.

  • The individual soul is transmigrating from one body to another, and his present body and present activities are the background of his next body.

  • One gets a different body according to karma, and he has to quit this body in due course.

  • It is stated here that the subtle body, which carries the conception of the next body, develops another body in the next life.

  • This process of transmigrating from one body to another and struggling while in the body is called karsati, or struggle for existence.

In other words, if the living entity adulterates his consciousness with the qualities of cats and dogs, in his next life he gets a cat or dog body and enjoys.

Consciousness is originally pure, like water. But if we mix water with a certain color, it changes. Similarly, consciousness is pure, for the spirit soul is pure. But consciousness is changed according to the association of the material qualities.

Real consciousness is Krishna consciousness.

When, therefore, one is situated in Krishna consciousness, he is in his pure life. But if his consciousness is adulterated by some type of material mentality, in the next life he gets a corresponding body.

He does not necessarily get a human body again; he can get the body of a cat, dog, hog, demigod or one of many other forms, for there are 8,400,000 species.

 Difference between spiritual and material bodies

Spiritual Bodies

In the spiritual world, body and soul are identical because everything is spirit. There the soul’s senses, intelligence, mind, ego, feelings, and desires are pure and transcendental and fully awakened in relation to Krishna. Spiritual bodies are eternal and full of knowledge and complete happiness. Free of the limitations of matter, simply by their will they can achieve, acquire, or do almost anything.

Material Bodies

In the material world, we accept bodies different from ourselves. 

living entity in the material world

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