Hare Krishna Prabhuji/mataji,

Dandavat Pranam

My humble obeisances unto your lotus feet.

I have read in one of the Srila Prabhupadaji's book that our body is dead like a motorcar needs a driver or else its useless. The soul is the driver of our body. But if our body is already dead, how come someone gets a pyralysis attack and his half body stops working or half of his organs stops working if they are alreay dead. 


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  • E-Counselor

    Hare Krsna Mataji,


    Sorry for delayed reply. The presence of the soul makes the body grow from young age to youth to old age. That same way, the presence of the soul makes the body parts fail. For example, if some baby dies, the body stops to grow immediately and actually starts to rot. That means it is the presence of the soul that makes the body move and grow. 

    The example of the car and driver is explain that the car doesnt move until the driver is in the car and driving it. Same way, the body is dead without the presence of soul inside the body. It also signifies that the composition of the car are different from that of the driver. Same way, the composition of the soul is different from that of body.


    Your servant,

    Radha Rasamayi DD

    • Hare Krishna Mataji,

      Please accept my humble obeisances unto your lotus feet

      All glories to Srila Prabhupada

      So does that means that the working condition of the organs depends on our soul together with karma. 

      • E-Counselor

        The working condition of the organs depends on our karma, not on the soul. Soul does karma through the body.

  • Hare Krsna, pamho, All glories to srila prabhupad,

    All our karmas are stored in body, sanchit mainly is the hardest karma stored since many previous births, and according to stored karma body is destined to get pleasure and pains of life. Sanchit karmas are stored in eda and sushmna nadi and body behaves as per the sins and hence the body gets diseases it is ordained to get.

  • Volunteer

    Hare Krishna!

    According to Vedic scriptures and the teachings of Srila Prabhupada, the analogy of the body being like a motorcar with the soul as the driver is used to illustrate the relationship between the soul and the body. The body is not literally dead like a motorcar but is a living entity because the soul is present within it.

    When someone experiences paralysis or organ failure, it is due to a malfunction or impairment in the functioning of the body's physiological systems. These conditions occur when there is a disruption in the normal functioning of the body, but it does not mean that the entire body is dead. The soul, being the eternal and conscious spiritual spark, continues to reside within the body even during such health issues.

    The soul is distinct from the body and is not affected by the physical ailments that the body may experience. The body may be subject to disease or dysfunction, but the soul remains unaffected and continues its journey through different bodies in the cycle of birth and death.

    It is important to understand that the body is a temporary vehicle for the soul's experiences in the material world. The soul is eternal and transcendent, while the body is perishable. By realizing our eternal identity as spiritual beings and engaging in devotional service to Lord Sri Krishna, we can attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

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