Habits Continue Life After Life

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

In Bhagavad Gita 3.42, Lord Krishna states,

indriyāṇi parāṇy āhur indriyebhyaḥ paraṁ manaḥ
manasas tu parā buddhir yo buddheḥ paratas tu saḥ

The senses are superior to dull matter. The mind is superior to the senses. The intelligence is superior to mind and he the soul is superior to the intelligence.

Recently I saw in the news about a 5 year old girl named Vaishalini who is studying in 1st Standard, but is capable of doing 9th std maths.She is able to answer many questions in general knowledge. Doctors certified that her IQ level is 225.They also certified that she can complete M.B.B.S by the age of 13. Her parents are from very normal background and not very learned also.I was astonished if her parents and ancestors are also of normal IQ how is that her IQ is so high ?

My question was answered by a very exalted devotee, in his lecture. He explained how the soul is covered by mind, intelligence and ego. We are getting our habits and talents from the mind and intelligence which stores it from birth after birth. Our intelligence also gets carried over life after life.

As confirmed by Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita 7.28,

yeṣāṁ tv anta-gataṁ pāpaṁ janānāṁ puṇya-karmaṇām
te dvandva-moha-nirmuktā bhajante māṁ dṛḍha-vratāḥ

Persons who have acted piously in previous lives and in this life and whose sinful actions are completely eradicated are freed from the dualities of delusion, and they engage themselves in My service with determination.

We would not know how much of pious/sinful activities we would have performed in our previous lives. So we should at least make sincere efforts to make the best use of this birth by fully engaging our body, mind and soul in service of Lord. We should cultivate good habits at least in this birth. Good habits are those which are good for body mind and soul. If we give garbage as inputs to our mind we will get the garbage output. When the mind, intelligence and ego are dissolved the soul exhibits its pure nature. This purification of soul can be done concentrating on the Supreme Soul Sri Krishna and by sincerely and repeatedly chanting his holyname.

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

I pray at the lotus feet of Gurudeva and all devotees to bless me in chanting the holy names sincerely.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Lakshmipriya devi dasi
Chennai.

Moderator's note : H G Lakshmipriya Mathaji is a humble devotee from Chennai who along with her husband Nara Hari Krishna Das Prabhu is bringing up their kid Vishnupriya in a nice Krishna-Conscious environment. Their daughter is just 3 years old and she sings Tulsi-prayers, Narasingha prayers and few more Krishna bhajans. By regular hearing of Krishna-katha from her parents, she very nicely narrates the stories of various avatars of Lord with full enthusiasm. Our spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Maharaj used to say, that for Mathajis - "Bringing up their children in Krishna bhakti - is devotional service". That is the measure of their sadhana and Mathaji has sincerely dedicated her life for the same.