If consciousness doesn't arise from any material combination, what is the Krishna conscious explanation of cloning?
by Laxmimoni dasi
Cloning just produces another body; a soul must still enter that body for there to be conscious life in it. The materials that are being combined are all coming from cells originally created by God.
There's a joke about a scientist who comes to God and says, "Now I can create life by myself. We no longer need God. You are finished." God replies, "please demonstrate." The scientist then begins to pick up some chemicals from the earth, and the Lord stops him, saying, "No! You must supply your own ingredients!"
From what I've read on cloning, it seems that that one sheep has been the only notable "success," whereas others' efforts, especially in the human sphere, haven't been very successful. Ultimately, it's Krishna's will, enacted through His material energy, which places a soul within a body, no matter how the body is created.