The Results of our Actions
“The living entity in the material world carries his different conceptions of life from one body to another as the air carries aromas.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 15.8)
“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 self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.”(Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 2.13)
“When one dies in the mode of passion, he takes birth among those engaged in fruitive activities; and when he dies in the mode of ignorance, he takes birth in the animal kingdom.”(Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 14.15)
“When one dies in the mode of goodness, he attains to the pure higher planets.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 14.14)
Top section: On the left, a boy is dancing before the Deities of Radha-Krsna. The result of such devotional consciousness is shown on the right, where he is dancing with Krishna as a playmate in the Lord’s spiritual abode. Second section: On the left a man is offering charity; on the right he has taken the body of a demigod and is enjoying heavenly delights. Third section: A man is eating meat and other abominable foods; in his next life he is seen in the body of a hog who eats anything and everything. Bottom section: A man is approaching a women with lust. This bestial consciousness carries him to a dog’s body.
The individual soul transfers from one body to another, the present body and activities are the background of the next body. At the time of death, the consciousness our body has created during this life will carry us on to the next type of body.
If the consciousness we have created in this life is like that of a cat or dog, the next body will be that of a cat or dog.
If our consciousness is godly, the soul will be transferred to Krsnaloka in the spiritual world and will associate with Lord Krishna.