who lost her legs during a car accident in 2000, had been using a
basketball to walk until she received artificial limbs at the China
Rehabilitation Centre last week, local media reported. go to pictures
soul develops different kinds of bodies. There are 8,400,000 species of
life or different kinds of bodies. There are different styles of
clothing in the department store, and we purchase a suit of clothing
according to our capacity to pay for it. If we have a good capacity, we
shall buy a good suit. If not, we shall have to go to the Salvation
Army or thrift shop and purchase used clothing. Similarly, there are
high-grade and low-grade bodies. The human body marks the high point of
the soul's evolution, or transmigration, through the lower species of
people have no knowledge about the next life, they are not interested
with the spiritual education. That is the difficulty. They are not at
all interested. Why people do not come here? They think that "These
people will say that there is life after death, and if you do not do
nicely, you will have to suffer. All this nonsense we have to hear,
utopian." They are not interested. They are so dull.
The facts... Krishna is giving example. Dehino 'smin yatha dehe
kaumaram... [Bhagavad-gita 2.13]. As you are
changing your body, we have changed, every one of us, we have changed
body. I was a baby. I was a child. I was a boy. I was young man. Now I
have got a different body. Where have those bodies gone? They have no
brain to think. I had all these bodies—that's a fact. And they are not
existing now, that's a fact. And still I say, "There is no other body
after death." What is the reason? What is the logic? How simple logic
is given by... Not ordinary person, Krishna, the Supreme Personality of
Godhead, says that "As you have changed so many bodies, passed through
so many bodies in this life, [similarly the soul passes into another
body at death]..." Even medical science says every minute we are
changing body. That's a fact. Just like the other day, Dr. P. Bannerjee
came. That girl I saw changing from ten, twelve years ago. In 1955 I
saw that girl, 1955. How many years ago?
Dhananjaya: Nineteen years.
Prabhupada: So that girl has
grown up now nineteen years. At that time she was on the lap of her
mother. So I said, "Oh, your daughter has grown up so much." She has
changed so many bodies. But that body which I saw in 1955, that does
not exist. Where is the illogical? That body is not existing, but the
girl is there, and mother, father, "Yes, yes, she is my daughter, that
daughter which you saw so little." The body has changed so many times.
So similarly, when I shall give up this body, I must have another body.
And Krishna says tatha dehantara-praptih [Bg. 2.13]: ["So similarly the
body passes into another body at death."]. This is called samsara.
The samsara means repetition of different bodies. That is
called samsara. Here, samsarinam karunaya.
Therefore this Krishna consciousness movement is to be compassionate to
these rascals who are in the cycle of changing body after body. It is a
great movement. Everyone, all over the world, they are thinking there
is no life after death. But that is not the fact. The fact is as you
have changed so many bodies in this life, you have to change this body,
you have to accept another body. It is a great dangerous position. That
they do not think. If I accept another body of a tree, then I will have
to stand in one place for thousands of years. This is the science. Now
I cannot stay for five minutes in the Bhagavad-gita
class, but if I am given the body by nature... Prakriteh
kriyamanani. You are under the grip of nature. You cannot say...
You cannot stop your death. When nature asks you, "Now you must die,"
your science cannot stop this. So you are under the grip of the nature.
Prakriteh kriyamanani gunaih karmani sarvashah. So
if the nature gives you, now you take this body of banyan tree and
stand here for five thousand years, how can you stop it? Will your
scientific knowledge can stop it? Is it possible? Then what is your
science? If you are under the grip of the material nature...
he is pulled by the ear, by the material nature, he is thinking he is
free, he is freedom. They are struggling for freedom. What is this
nonsense, freedom? You are under the grip of the material nature. Where
is your freedom? Now you have got, nature has given you this human form
of body. Next you may get another body, next you may... That is
completely under the control of material nature.
So they do not know. They do not know, completely in darkness. Tamo
'ndham. Therefore those who are eager to cross over the ocean of
ignorance, for them, these instructions are there: Narayanam
namaskritya naram chaiva narottamam [Srimad-Bhagavatam
1.2.4]. You have to go in the parampara [disciplic]
system—submission, tapasya, jñana. Bahavo
jñana-tapasa puta mad-bhavam agatah. So by jñana,
by knowledge, by tapasya [austerity],
you have to make progress. This is Krishna consciousness movement.