Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 29: Talks Between Nārada and King Prācīnabarhi

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.29.58

karmāṇy ārabhate yena

pumān iha vihāya tam

amutrānyena dehena

juṣṭāni sa yad aśnute


karmāṇi — fruitive activities; ārabhate — begins to perform; yena — by which; pumāna living entity; ihain this life; vihāya — giving up; tam — that; amutrain the next life; anyena — another; dehena — by a body; juṣṭāni — the results; saḥhe; yat — that; aśnute — enjoys.


The results of whatever a living entity does in this life are enjoyed in the next life.


A person generally does not know how one body is linked with another body. How is it possible that one suffers or enjoys the results of activities in this body in yet another body in the next life. This is a question the King wants Nārada Muni to answer. How may one have a human body in this life and not have a human body in the next? Even great philosophers and scientists cannot account for the transferal of karma from one body to another. As we experience, every individual soul has an individual body, and one person's activities or one body's activities are not enjoyed or suffered by another body or another person. The question is how the activities of one body are suffered or enjoyed in the next.

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