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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata—Worldwide, 18 October 2020, part 5


Question: Some religious friends of mine were expecting a baby, but the baby died in the mother's womb at seven months of pregnancy. Why did this jiva soul leave the body inside the womb when it could have already survived? Where does that soul go—does it go back to God or does it get another body?

How will it happen that it will go back to God? There is some scientific process...

I saw that Gurudev did not like to name any children before they were born. So, sometimes (at earlier stages of pregnancy), before the body is born, we are not sure if the jiva soul exists in the body or not. I cannot say that. However, one thing I am sure about is that if a jiva soul gets a body and leaves it in the womb of the mother, it is not so that this jiva soul goes to the Lord. It will get another body. This is the rule.

The answer is this, but another thing is if you lose your baby, why should you be unhappy? It is not necessary to be unhappy. It is maya (illusory environment) that always makes us unhappy. When we lose our baby, we sometimes feel unhappy, but why do we not feel so unhappy because of the separation from the Lord? Krishna has given you a chance and the baby does not get born, it dies, but if it had been born and died in one-two years, you would feel even more sadness. Krishna has actually given you less pain, you can thank Him for that. Why is it necessary to be sad? Everything that happens is the 'factory' of Lord Krishna—everything happens by His desire, and we should not be unhappy about it. Whatever happens is good—some good things are coming to you, you must wait and see. Continue your service, it will be better for you. Do not think about the past, do not worry that you have lost your baby. Instead, serve Lord Krishna and the Lord Himself (Krishna Himself) can be born in your womb through your service. Why is it necessary to be sad?

"Sukhe duhkhe bhule nako vadane Harinam koro re (সুখে দুঃখে ভুলো নাক, বদনে হরিনাম কর রে ): in happiness or sadness, never forget it, always chant the Holy Name." Whether you are happy or unhappy, always remember Lord Krishna. That is the ultimate advice. Always chant the Holy Name, never forget the Lord—not even when you are happy, not even when you are sad.

Another thing we can say is that if the mother is a devotee and she loses her baby, then the souls of that baby can get some benefit through her spiritual practice. Gurudev says that if a family member becomes a proper sannyasi, then twenty-one generations become released from bondage. So, in this situation, if a mother loses her baby, but if she chants the Holy Name, if she becomes a proper devotee and has a proper consciousness, then sometimes it can happen that the baby will get benefit through that mother.

All right, I was very happy to see you all today, to see all the devotees. We will meet next week again. I am going to conclude here for today. Everything is going on properly here, it has been very nice to have this discussion.

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay


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