Devotee: He wants to know what relation the body and the mind have to a higher level of consciousness.
Prabhupāda: As you can see, the difference of body and mind between animal and human being. Is there no difference? Do you think animal body and human body and human consciousness and animal consciousness is the same? So you have to elevate yourself.
As you have elevated yourself from animal consciousness, animal body, to this beautiful human body, similarly, you have to still more elevate yourself to higher standard of life. They are called demigods. But the final stage is to get a body which is called spiritual body in Kṛṣṇa consciousness or God consciousness. That is the perfection.
This evolutionary process is going on. As you have come up so much to this civilized form of life from animal status, similarly, you can still make progress. But in the Bhagavad-gītā it is recommended that by progressing, you may go to the topmost planet of this universe. Ā-brahma-bhuvanāl-lokāḥ (BG 8.16). That is called Brahmaloka or Satyaloka. But everywhere the four problems of birth, death, old age and disease are there.
But if you come to the spiritual sky and the planets there, then there is no more death, birth, old age and disease. Life eternal, full of knowledge, and blissful life. That should be attained—that should be endeavored in this human form of life, setting aside all others. That should be the business of human life.
Man (6): How do you explain suicide?
Prabhupāda: What is that?
Devotee: How do you explain suicide?
Prabhupāda: Suicide? Suicide is killing this body. What is that explanation? Untimely. Untimely. Suicide means that you were given some body to suffer or enjoy for a certain time according to your last fruitive activities. Now, if you commit suicide, that is just like a prisoner is condemned to live in the prison house for six months, but some way or other, if he gets out of the prison, when he is again caught, then he is punished to remain there for one year more.
Suicide is like that. You are having a particular type of body that is given to you for enjoyment or suffering according to your last work. If you finish it untimely, then you have to accept such body again, and the duration will be extended.