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Question: Gross body is changing continuously from boyhood to youth to old age, but we are the same being with same spiritual identity. And also, we remember some past memories because we are the living spark which does not change, Guru Mahārāja, please help me understand is there any role of the DNA in maintaining our identity and any role of our mind, intelligence, in remembering past memories?

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Jayapatākā Swami: We know from Bhagavad-gītā that there is a subtle body and a gross body. The subtle body is mind, intelligence and false ego. So the DNA is external. That may make our bodies similar to our parents’ bodies, but we are not the body and so, we develop our consciousness separate from the body. And that way, you can develop your spiritual life. So your life is transcendental and by remembering Kṛṣṇa, you achieve your spiritual identity. That is not dependent on DNA.
18-February-2022 Chennai, India