Vivek: Pranam, Guruji. Is it possible for an ordinary person to remember his previous life? If all the memories are stored in the brain which disintegrates after death of the body, where are the memories of this life stored, and how are they carried on to the next life?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. No, please. It is not possible for any person to remember his previous life. All the memories and effect of deeds, rest on the chitta and the chitta goes along with soul at the time of death. Soul along with chitta gets rebirth. So, all memories and effect of deeds start functioning in the next birth.

Rebirth and different yonis

Idea of Yajurveda mantra 39/6 is that after leaving the human body, the soul goes to several matters in the space etc., and then according to good or bad deeds takes next birth. Yajurved mantra 39/7 states that those souls who do sins they take birth with violent nature like wolves, bear and those who give fear to others in human body, they take birth in body with dangerous nature like crocodiles, poisonous snakes, tigers, lions, wild boars etc., those who give fear to others, they will be of timid nature also like rabbits, deer etc. Those who give justice and make others fearless, they will take next birth in a fearless nature. Those who are indulged in illusion, they will take birth in a place where the atmosphere will be full of illusion (Yajurveda mantra 40/3 also refers).

Those who are learned Yogis but are not yet attained salvation, they will take next birth in a place where there will not be any illusion but divine enlightenment. Those who have not controlled their five senses, five perceptions and mind then in the next birth they will be of restless nature. But those who have controlled their senses etc., will be of calm, peaceful nature. Those who have followed eternal knowledge, they will also be of peaceful nature in the next birth.

Atharvaveda mantra 9/10/16 states that those who are not learned in this birth, they will get the birth as “sthavar” rooted plants etc., as birds and as animals etc., and those who are learned they take next birth as rishi-munis. So the soul based on his sins or pious deeds takes birth in upper class or lower class. The above said Atharvaveda mantra also states that the soul in the human body knows each and everything that is each outer matter of the world but due to involvement in illusion, soul does not know himself.

As Manusmriti states in shlok 1/43-46 the soul according to deeds takes birth as animal, non-violent deer etc., carnivores like tiger, leopards etc., devils, human beings. Ths said are of “jarayuj” type i.e., those who take birth from their skin i.e., tissue. Soul takes birth as “undaj” type i.e., those who hatch from eggs like birds, snakes, crocodiles, fish, tortoise, etc. Soul takes birth in “Swedaj” type i.e., those who take birth from sweat, humidity, moisture, for-example, lice, mosquitoes, flies, bed-bugs, etc.

Soul also takes birth in Udbhij i.e., who takes birth from within the earth like plants who emerge from seeds etc., and are stable at one place like trees etc. So there are four above quoted main origin (yonis) of which the total number comes as 84 lakhs.

Aashiash: Namaskar Swami Ji, I want to know is “Wine” prohibited in Vedas
Swami Ram Swarup: Namaskar ji. Yes, please. Wine and non-vegetarian is strictly prohibited in Vedas.

Bipin K Badheka: Guruji, I am writing this mail in Hindi so as to express matter and our feelings more clearly.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. My son, your question in Hindi has not been received.

Raju: Question asked
Swami Ram Swarup: Necessary reply has since been sent to you.