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Title: Alzheimer & Death
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-08-13 13:21:00
What happens to people with Alzheimerís, or similar disorders? These people have lost most of their understanding and thinking ability, to varying degrees. So what is their destination at the time of death as it is said in the Gita that one attains the state of being one contemplates at the time of death.
††† Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! The state or thoughts at the time of death are not just dependant on the activities just before our death but also to the activities throughout our life.
Even if it appears externally that one has lost the ability to think due to Alzheimerís, there is lot of sub-conscious thoughts and desires going on in the mind due to our activities throughout this life and our past lives. And these will determine the consciousness at the time of death and the type of next body of that soul.
Consciousness is comprised both of the conscious and sub-conscious mind. That is why in Alzheimerís for example, the conscious mind may not be functioning but the unconscious mind is active which may determine one's next destination at the time fo death. Many impressions from the present life also go into the subconscious mind along with the past impressions and they cumulatively come out when the soul is about to leave the body thus determining the next destination of the soul. Thus, death is the unavoidable and inevitable examination for one and all, even for those who are ignorant of the actions and reactions of karma.