by purujit dasa
WITH THE “MY HEAD”, “MY ARM”, “MY LEG” ARGUMENT(SEE PART 4) IT’S JUST SEMANTICS; YOU MIGHT AS WELL SAY “MY SOUL.”
If there’s so many “my”, there must be a possessor. How we call the possessor is true, simply question of semantics, but the fact is that there is someone who possesses and that possessor is you.
SYMPTOMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS (SEE PART 7) : BIRTH, GROWTH, MULTIPLYING, DEATH CAN BE OBSERVED IN A COMPUTER VIRUS, WHICH IS COMPLETELY MATERIAL.
A few years ago, we had an internet discussion with a person, who claimed that a computer virus also takes birth when you accidentally download it. It “takes birth” in your computer and then “lives”, “multiplies” and finally “dies” by the workings of an anti virus. Foolish people like that do not understand that a computer virus does not take birth on its own. It has to be downloaded and triggered by a living person. That person can activate it right away, but he might as well wait for some time and activate it later. The birth of a living being cannot be checked like that according to one’s whims. Therefore the virus is not living. I can delete the virus, download it again and again, delete it, download it as much as I can, it will do the same thing over and over, but can you kill a baby and then make it alive again? No. Why?
BUT THE HAIR GROWS SOMETIMES ON A DEAD BODY TOO! IT IS NOT A SYMPTOM OF THE SOUL.
Revatīnandana: But they say hair continues to come out sometimes from dead bodies.
Śyāmasundara: I think you said once ... You answered that sometimes the fan turns a little bit after the plug.
Revatīnandana: Yes. Mechanism, bodily mechanism has pulled the plug. That's what I said. Some material mechanism is still functioning like a machine.
Prabhupāda: It has stopped, but maybe just like the fan is stopped, but still moving. Like that.
Room Conversation -- August 17, 1971, London
(to be continued...)