Basic Questions & Answers on You
|Who are you and are you eternal?
You are the soul which is eternal and not the temporary bag of dirt and chemicals (the body). Each soul is a unique individual with a history and eternal existence. The soul and body are two different entities. The soul is spiritual and within the heart of the material body. You (the soul) are the energy and the body is the form. Energy cannot be destroyed but it can be transferred. When the current form (the body) is destroyed, the energy (soul) will be transferred to another form (another body).
“Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be. As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 2.12-13)
Where will you go when you pass away and where were you before?
You (the soul) will pass from this body away to another body. You exist now in this body, you existed before in another body, and you will continue to exist after this body in another body. The existence of ghosts is proof that life does not end when the body dies.
“As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 2.22)
What is your relationship with God?
You (the soul) are eternally part of God as His family member. Your purpose is to enjoy a personal companion relationship with God in the spiritual manifestation. You are currently in the material manifestation due to your own desires.
“The living entities in this conditioned world are My eternal fragmental parts. Due to conditioned life, they are struggling very hard with the six senses, which include the mind.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.7)