Nature of Mind

Syamasundara dasa: The mind also occupies space and works in time.

Srila Prabhupada: Yes, we are occupying space, and since the mind is within us, the mind also occupies space. From practical experience we can understand that the mind can immediately travel thousands of miles with no difficulties.

Syamasundara dasa: But is that distance within me, or does my mind actually travel there?

Srila Prabhupada: It travels. It actually occupies space. Unless it occupies space, how could it travel? It travels so fast that you can’t exactly remember how it is going, but as soon as it reaches its destination, you can apprehend it. In any case, it occupies space.

Syamasundara dasa: The mind can leave the body and go somewhere?

Srila Prabhupada: Not leave. It is just like a shoot: it extends. At night, when we are dreaming, the subtle body also extends and comes back again. In fact, we may take the subtle bodies in dreams to be very important at the time.

Syamasundara dasa: Alexander maintains that new categories are constantly being uncovered because evolution is progressing. The living entity can evolve into new forms that we now know nothing about.

Srila Prabhupada: No, we do not agree. We know that the days are going on now, and will continue, just as we have experienced them in the past. In the past there was summer, autumn, winter, and spring, and in the future these will also be experienced. Of course, the old order changes and yields to the new, but from our past experience we know what will be there.

Syamasundara dasa: Then in the future there will be nothing unpredictable appearing, such as an entirely new form of existence?

Srila Prabhupada: No. Why should there be? Why should there be a winter without spring, or a spring without summer? Why should there be a new type of man? A new species? According to the Vedic version, everything is here. The number of species in the water, in air, and on land is fixed. There is no question of the species increasing.

Syamasundara dasa: Some scientists predict that the future man will have no bodily hair, that his head will be very large due to increased brain capacity, that the rest of his body will be atrophied, that he may lose some of his toes, and so on.

Srila Prabhupada: This is more foolishness. There has never been such a thing, nor will there ever be. Man has always had ten toes, and he always will.

Syamasundara dasa: Alexander believes that man may evolve to the demigod platform in the future, that he may have super consciousness.

Srila Prabhupada: Yes, that is possible. Yanti deva-vrata devan (Bg. 9.25). If you are fond of the demigods, you will go to the demigods. Pitrn yanti pitr-vratah (Bg. 9.25). Or you can go to the ancestors. Or remain within this material world.

(Dialectic Spiritualism: Evolutionary Naturalism – On Samuel Alexander – By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

Shri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu Nityananda Shri Advaita Gadadhara Shrivasadi Gaura Bhakta Vrinda

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

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