Adiyen has one confusion. Does the atma remember the last birth after death. I understand that after the atma takes another birth, it will forget the past births but what about before that or after the atma is in swarga or naraka.
For example in Srimad Bhagavatam in Chitraketu story, we find that the king’s infant dies. After the Rsis bring the child back, the child questions Chitraketu and asks who he is. When he says he is the child’s father, the child asks “in which birth were you my father”. So that means that as soon as atma quits the body, the atma forgets about its birth’s details (name, relatives etc).
At the same time we find Dasharathar remembered Ramar and appears before him and gives his blessings after the Ram-Ravana war. Similarly I have heard in Swami’s upanyasams that Shanthanu came to personally accept the pindam offered by Bhisma but Bhishma said he will only keep the pindam on the floor and not give it to him as that is what Sastram says. Both of these stories suggest that the atma remembers the past birth.
If the atma forgets as soon as it quits the body as per Chitraketu story then how does the atma recognize its son once it reaches swargam from the previous birth as in the Dasharathar and Shanthanu story. Also how about an atma that has attained mukyhi and is in Vaikuntam. Will that atma remember the relatives from the past birth.
Please forgive me if I have asked anything inappropriately.