Sankhya Philosophy: Difference between Body and Soul

                                                                  Q. How do we define "prana" or "Life air" - how do you perceive it?  It seems to be so close to consciousness. How do we relate it to our eternal soul? We say after the soul leaves the body we no longer are "alive"- how does prana fit in here?

                                                                  Prana is not the soul, but is the life force within the body, moving throughout the body as the ‘air of life’, sustained and supported by the presence of the soul. We perceive the presence of prana as ‘energy’. Weak prana is perceived as feeling pervasive weakness of the body, and visa versa.

                                                                  Q.  Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that whatever one thinks at the time of death leads to his next body. My question is: what if someone dies in an accident or is completely unconscious at the time of leaving his body, although that person was a very pious devotee during his lifetime? What kind of body would such a person get in each of these situations?

                                                                  Q: What divides animals and humans in Hinduism? How are animals perceived in Hinduism? Are they treated differently?

                                                                  Q: Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 9 describes the life of King Sudyumna, son of Manu, who changed into a woman after entering the forest of Lord Shiva. Why did this great soul with transcendental consciousness appear to have forgotten his former position, and behave like a woman attracted to a man? Did he forget everything, due to Maya – or did he remember, yet accepted his karma and engaged in the responsibility of woman? How should I understand this story?.


                                                                  Q: Recently I have started questioning the value of human life, and life after the soul leaves physical body. Could you shed some light on these two related topics?