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What happens to our soul when we die? Do we reunite with our existing relationships in the next life in some form or other?
A. Hare Krishna. It depends on our own desires. If it is something we are attached to then it can manifest. However it may not be what Krishna has planned for us. The Bhagavad-Gita, chapter five, text eighteen. “Vidya – vinaya – sampanne
Brahmane gavi hastini
Suni caiva sva – pake ca
Panditah sama – darsinah”
Translation: The humble sage, by virtue of true knowledge, sees with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmana, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater (outcaste). To see everyone equally we realize that each individual soul is in essence a pure part and parcel of Lord Sri Krishna. Each soul is part of God’s family and is eternal, full of knowledge and bliss. Of course it is natural to be attached to family and friends and community on the material level but we can realize our bigger family in relation to Krishna. Depending on what we are attached too will determine our destination in our next life. Bhagavad-Gita, chapter eight, Verse eight. “He who meditates on the Supreme Personality of Godhead, his mind constantly engaged in remembering me, undeviated from the path, he O partha (Arjuna), is sure to reach me.” So if we endeavour to become attached to Krishna we will in due course of time go back to him.