Subtle Body - an essential subject

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Death means destruction of this outer, gross material body. Every day, every night we have got experience: the body lies down on the bed, but with our subtle body—mind, intelligence and ego, we dream and we are somewhere else from our bedroom. So this is going on daily in our experience, we leave this gross body, take our subtle body, and the we do something else, although our gross body is till in bed. The conclusion is therefore that, the soul is changing body from the gross to the subtle, from the subtle to the gross. Death means when the subtle body carries the soul to another gross body, not this gross body, that is called death. So this subtle body—means mind, intelligence and ego—that carries us to another body according to the nature of my mind. At the time of death, according to our thoughts, we are given another gross body. That is stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, that anta-kale, yaṁ yaṁ vāpi smaran bhāvaṁ tyajaty ante kalevaram (BG 8.6). Bhāvam, the attitude, the modes of the mind at the time of death, will carry us to the next gross body. Therefore it is necessary to prepare ourself what kind of body we are going to get after death.

Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Subtle Body category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 12 quotes.

   
 

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