environment. At times you will feel that you are connected with trees, plants, houses, even rooms, furniture of your home. You will see that they are all talking to you. At some point in this book we will discuss the details of how human soul communicates with souls of all other objects of nature.
In a previous chapter we have introduced the concept of soul and its existence via yogic power; we will do the same thing in this chapter using the law of reincarnation. A more detailed scientific theory will be presented in another chapter.
Nature produces some kind of babies or kids who are called Jatiswars, in Sanskrit. Jatiswars are kids, between ages 2 to 6, who remember their past lives. These are very rare kids, probably one in 10,000 or even in million. You will find them mostly in countries where the environments are suitable for them. Professor Ian Stevenson [Stevenson] has discovered, studied, and very well documented, the characteristics of such kids in almost all countries of the world.
Jatiswars come in three different types. Most astonishing type is the one who are born with physical birth defects, like bullet wounds in chest and back, fingers on one hand are missing, legs amputated etc. And when they learn to speak they begin to talk about who they were in their past lives and explain how the defects happened in their past lives.
A generalized overview of some real life reincarnation examples can be described using the following scheme.
In the above generalized example we see that physical marks from the previous body appeared on a newly born baby. This experience and observation cannot be denied by any means as a case of reincarnation.
There are thousands of such well documented birth-defect type cases. This is as straightforward as – someone dropped a ball and it fell on the ground. It is not possible to deny such a trivial phenomenon. Thus reincarnation has nothing to do with religion, faith, or belief system. This phenomenon is happening all over the world in all countries and to people of all faiths. Reincarnation is an unique and universal law of nature.
2. Three Examples
There are thousands of very well authenticated examples of real life reincarnation cases of modern times. Such cases are happening everywhere in the world. We describe three cases taken from published literature.
These examples are not personal opinion of this author or the authors of the respective sources. These are records of facts of nature. Nowhere there should be any interpretation of the facts. Interpretations should always be considered as personal, and may not be close to truth. That is because truth comes only from nature, and that has to be unique and universal, as discussed in Chapter-1.
Birth Defect Cases
The following case is taken from [Pasricha]. Here we see that birth defects extend deep inside the body. This is the case of an American boy named DG, who was born in 1997. When he learned to speak he mentioned to his mother that DG was her father LS. DG made a number of statements that indicated knowledge about his maternal grandfather’s life that his mother thought he could not have obtained through normal means. DG’s parents were Christian but his mother was open to reincarnation ideas. DG discussed the death of his grandfather. He said how LS died in an incident in a store where several people were shooting. He also described many aspects of the life of LS. He talked about the two cats LS had and even mentioned the nick name that LS had given to one of them.
Note that it is not these one or two sentences that establish the truth. This has 24/7/365 level of details that parents, friends, neighbors observed the case moment by moment. It is the totality of the experiences with the boy. Because of the lack of space the documentation will always be a significantly small fraction of total experience.
DG had a narrowing of the pulmonary artery at the site of the valves. His mother reported no infections during her pregnancy that could cause such problems for her baby. There was no family history of congenital heart defects. DG’s birth defect was very similar to the fatal wounds suffered by his grandfather in a shooting. The autopsy report of LS said something like the following: The gunshot wound went through the skin, soft tissue, and left ribs. Then it cut through the left lung, and main pulmonary artery. There was a 4 cm lacerated wound of the main pulmonary artery.
The paper says DG’s birth defects had a pulmonary valve artesia with intact ventricular septum. This means narrowing of pulmonary artery. He had poor development of the right side of the heart. DG underwent a shunt, the first of several procedures, and has done quite well with no lifestyle restrictions. The narrowing of DG’s pulmonary artery was a close match with the wound to LS’s pulmonary artery.
This example presents a remarkable consequence. It shows that the body of the baby is precisely constructed according to some plan to reflect the body of the deceased person of the previous life. This means that the humans are not naturally grown inside mother’s womb. It is grown according to the precise and exact desire of the soul of the baby. It is not just outward marks of body, complete internal details of the body are also constructed by the soul.
Thus we can very well say that everything of our body is constructed by our soul. All physical ailments, diseases, future characteristics are all created exactly at the time of birth. There is no reason to believe that nature is creating it or nurture is making it happen. It is all done by our soul. Everything is preplanned or predestined. There is no role for parents, doctors, or societies on how our body will grow, mature, and eventually die.
We have also seen from the yogic power chapter, that Swami Rama can control the individual blood cell according to his desire. He can also produce a tumor at any part of the body and then can also dissolve it according to his wishes. Swami said entire body is inside mind, but not all of mind is inside the body [Rama3].
Here is another example of a birth defect case from a book [Sivananda] by Swami Sivananda (1887-1963):
“Thus, for instance, Dharmarajya reported (23 Mar. 1936) that in a village in Gwalior, a village Patwari offended one Thakur Chotey Lal by making some false entries in the village-records prejudicial to the latter’s interest. To avenge the wrong the Thakur trapped the Patwari in an ambush, shot him in the chest and severed the fingers of his right hand. Sometime later, a son was born to a person at a place 14 miles from the scene of murder. The child had a gun-shot-mark on his chest with the fingers of the right hand missing. When the child could speak, the father one day asked him if the Creator had forgotten to make the fingers. The child at once replied that Chotey Lal Thakur had shot him in the chest and severed the fingers and gave details of the incident, which were then verified”.
In another case a Himalayan yogi predicted [Rama, pp. 13-16] to the parents, 18 months before birth, that a boy will be born to them with a hole in the right year; and exactly like that it happened. This boy was Swami Rama, the author of the above reference [Rama], and the yogi was his guru, more details are given in another chapter.
This is an exceptional case but not rare, of a highly intellectual and scholastic person, reincarnated as a new baby. This example is about a boy named Maung Tun Kyaing (MTK), from Burma during the British period, who preached Buddhism from very early age of 4 with profound understanding of the subject. The case has been authenticated by Lama Govinda, and also by the then British governor Sir Henry Butler of Burma. Both of them personally talked to the boy. Govinda has interviewed the boy, boy’s father, and investigated many details related to MTK [Govinda, pp. 190-197].
MTK was born in a very poor and illiterate mat-weavers family. Suddenly at age four he started preaching Buddhism, better than any religious teacher could have done. He visited a Buddhist Monastery in the local village, where he lived in his previous life, as an abbot named U Pandesia. He recognized the present abbot and correctly mentioned his name; MTK showed the room where he meditated, and identified the things that he used. At the monastery, the child read the scriptures written in ancient Pali language and explained its meaning, which MTK could not have learnt in his home.
People were so impressed by the sermons of MTK that they came by thousands to listen and see him. Eventually his fame reached the ears of the governor. The governor invited MTK to convince himself of MTK’s extraordinary gifts and remembrance of his previous birth.
Governor was very pleased with the masterful exposition of Buddhist tenets by MTK and gave him a hundred rupee note, which the boy could not accept, as MTK said he cannot sell Dharma. Governor was greatly touched by the little boy when MTK wanted to give him a gift. MTK opened his rosary from his wrist and gave it to the governor. Smilingly accepting the gift the governor said – “now you must tell me how to use this rosary”. MTK explained in details that this is to meditate on three marks of existence – impermanence, suffering, and egolessness.
The boy spoke not like the one who was taught, to repeat words which he himself could not understand, on the contrary he spoke with such conviction and sincerity that the governor was profoundly impressed by this child. He asked MTK to go from one end of the country to other and preach to high and low and even to prisoners in the jail. Governor believed even the hardest criminals will melt in hearing his genuine faith and sincere goodwill. The boy did so and the prison doors were opened for him.
Observe that many of us are born with many such exceptional qualities in mathematics, science, music, sports, etc. from very early childhood days but we do not recognize them as cases of reincarnation. But in the case of MTK we know, that it is a case of reincarnation, because the boy proved his past life background. Why do we not accept all other cases even without proof? How can a baby acquire such a high level of skill sets from very early ages without any training? These are the 1% cases that prove the validity of reincarnation for 99% of the rest of us.
This is the most common type of reincarnation ceases. The following example is taken from the TV news from the ABC channel of USA. The transcript [Primetime] says that a six year old boy named James Leininger talked about his previous life as James Huston, who died at age 21 as a navy pilot, in a military plane accident, 60 years back, during World War II.
Leininger’s parents were an educated Christian family in USA. They never expected such things to happen to them. But over time, covering many incidents, and conversations with their child about extraordinary details of the pilot’s life, they have become convinced that this is a case of reincarnation.
Here are some excerpts from the video [YouTube]. From age two, Leininger used to get nightmares. Once he woke up from his dream and said “Airplane crash on fire, little man can’t get out.” Another time he said that the toy plane has a drop tank. The words “drop tank” were completely unknown to the family. Leininger gave many detailed accounts of the plane, that no one could have told him, or even could have known also. He said the plane used to get flat tires, which was verified later.
The parents came to know about many such unusual and detailed information from their son. They investigated, many details that their son told about the airplane, pilot’s friends who were still living, the name of the aircraft carrier, shooting down incident of the plane etc. Pilot’s sister was still living and became convinced that the boy was her brother.
It is important to realize that this is how people over millions of years have experienced reincarnation in this way among their families. They have discussed among themselves, investigated every incident with the past life families and understood what has happened. Their experiences were not fraudulent, or motivated for money. This is how the entire world learnt about reincarnation. It is only the money power and other religious organizations prevented propagation of this experience in modern times to suppress the truth. As we have mentioned, objective of the modern civilization is never to discover the truth. People must remain blind, work like blind men, and only money should control them the way the central bank wants.
3. Ian Stevenson
Dr. Ian Stevenson (1918-2007) was the head of the Department of Psychiatric Medicine, at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, at Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. He studied medicine at St. Andrews University from 1937 to 1939, but had to complete his studies in Canada because of the outbreak of the Second World War. He graduated from McGill University with a B.Sc. in 1942 and an M.D. in 1943 [Wiki-S].
He has investigated over 3000 reincarnation cases, distributed all over the world, in 40 years period during his work life. People say Stevenson will be considered as Galileo of next century. His research was funded by Chester Carlson, one of the founders of Xerox Corporation. This funding caused controversy in the university [Wiki-S] because of the nature of the research. This controversy shows that mainstream never wants the truth be investigated.
Dr. Stevenson has discussed many standard counter logics in his investigation, both in general and in more specific way for individual cases. Some of the commonly placed counter ideas he discussed are (1) Paranormal knowledge, like fraud (motives and opportunities), conspiracy, and financial interests etc. (2) Imposed identification on the child by someone else, most likely from family members. (3) Capacity of parents to impose ideas (4) Cryptomnesia, the child may have known a person and confused it with the previous family. (5) Genetic memory (6) Extrasensory perception and personation etc. Many reincarnation cases were rejected outright by Stevenson because of lack of proper evidences. He investigated cases only after his colleagues have identified very strong cases with verifiable evidences.
Many people have criticized Stevenson’s research. But usually they are all broad brush criticism of scientific documentation. All criticism should be carried out in details, sentence by sentence, word by word, and argued with precise logic, to invalidate any research. This approach will show that the persons who are criticizing Stevenson’s research are giving the same effort that Stevenson gave for 40 years and over 3000 cases. Otherwise their criticism will only reflect their own biases and prejudices.
Philosophy professor Dr. Robert Almeder [Almeder] of Georgia State University says if 100 people jump from Empire State Building, and 5 of them walk away without any injuries, then we should be explaining how it happened for these 5 people. On the contrary our society ignores these cases as statistically insignificant cases. Professor also points out that it is not necessary to know why it happens, how it happens, the fact is that it happens is most important.
To find the truth it is wrong to discard outliers. The proof that nature gives us are everywhere, but prominent and noticeable cases are always outliers. Moreover, as we have been mentioning all along only 1% knows the truth. We must find them to learn the truth. We have also given examples in Chapter-1 to show that math and science do not know answers to why and how things happen in nature. Engineering on the other hand does not care for math and science. It only knows if you do this then that will happen.
Contrary to popular statements by Dr. Stevenson and many other researchers, Dr. Stevenson was very convinced about the reincarnation theory. Each and every case he defended using all possible counter logic. Whenever, during his research career, he suspected any doubt and confusions, he went back to analyze the case, interview the people again to reestablish his confidence on his work. He wanted to show to the mainstream that his research is convincing, data is valid, and he said it would be a failure, if he cannot do that. Thus devotion for over 40 years was never meant for a doubtful research in his mind. Therefore whatever he said about his research may have been said, to protect himself from becoming a victim of Galileo phenomenon.