Svarūpa Dāmodara: And the living can reproduce like themselves.
Svarūpa Dāmodara: The nonliving is not.
Prabhupāda: No. No.
Svarūpa Dāmodara: But they never talk about the soul, the nature of the soul, the consciousness existing within the living.
Prabhupāda: No. Because there is consciousness, therefore the living being can create. Because I am conscious, I am thinking of marrying, begetting children. Because I am conscious. And because there is no consciousness, therefore this wood cannot think that he'll beget. The original consciousness, in the Vedas it is said, eko bahu syām.
God says: "I'll become many." So because there is consciousness, therefore He's saying that, "I shall become many." Without consciousness, there is no question of by-products.
Now they are supplying water to these green trees. Why they do not supply to that wood, and get it green? Huh?
Svarūpa Dāmodara: 'Cause from experience they know that it is not going to grow.
Prabhupāda: That means nonsense, that there is something else. Because the same tree, now it is growing, watering, but when it will be dead, you pour water . . . the medicine is the same. Why it is not doing now, and why it was doing formerly? Then what is the thing that is lacking in it?
Brahmānanda: Similarly, if there's a dead body and they just add some chemicals, that doesn't necessarily mean it will come alive again.
Prabhupāda: No, no. Chemicals are already there. If you say that the chemical is the cause of life, that chemicals are there. Because other lifes are coming. How do you say the chemical is wanting?
Brahmānanda: Don't they say that death means chemicals are gone . . .
Svarūpa Dāmodara: No.
Brahmānanda: . . . breakdown?
Svarūpa Dāmodara: The life, the life energy, the heart . . .
Prabhupāda: No, no. Life energy, what is the cause of that life energy? Chemicals.