26th Nov 2002
Poorna Pragna das

Dear Prabhus and Matajis,
Dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita verse 4.5

śrī-bhagavān uvāca
bahūni me vyatītāni janmāni tava cārjuna
tāny ahaṁ veda sarvāṇi na tvaṁ vettha paran-tapa

The Personality of Godhead said: Many, many births both you and I have passed. I can remember all of them, but you cannot, O subduer of the enemy!

Although the above statement is understandable, it applies to our memory related to material knowledge. Whereas the spiritual knowledge gained in this life will be carried over to next birth also. This is confirmed in Srimad Bhagavatam.

Vyasadeva was the disciple of Naradaji and was anxious to hear what Narada did after initiation from the spiritual masters. He inquired, (Srimad Bhagavatam 1-6-4)  "O son of Brahma, how did you pass your life after initiation, and 
how did you attain this body, having quit your old one in due course?"

In purport Srila Prabupada explains, "A spirit is not annihilated even after annihilation of the material body, so also spiritual consciousness is not annihilated." This is what happened when Gajendra was in danger. SB 8-3-1

śrī-bādarāyaṇir uvāca
evaṁ vyavasito buddhyā samādhāya mano hṛdi
jajāpa paramaṁ jāpyaṁ prāg-janmany anuśikṣitam

Sri Sukadeva Goswami continued: Thereafter, the king of elephants, Gajendra, fixed his mind in his heart with perfect intelligence and chanted a mantra which he has learned in his previous birth as Indradyumna and which he remembered by the grace of Krishna.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Poorna Pragna das,
Abu Dhabi.