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Children who remember past lives

There have been many cases of children from the age when they can first talk saying that they can remember another life.

They talk about another house, other parents and families and about how they died. Sometimes they become so unhappy that their parents arrange for them to go to the place where they say they lived before. In many cases they are able to identify their previous relatives. Usually the memories start to fade by the time the child is 6 or 7.


The Shanti Devi Case

At the age of four in 1930 in Delhi, India, Shanti Devi began to mention certain details about clothes, food, people, incidents, places which surprised her parents. She mentioned the following which were later verified to be true. She:

• said she was Lugdi who used to live in Muttra, 128 kilometers away
• spoke some words in the dialect of that area without having learned it
• claimed to have given birth to a son and died ten days later, events which it was later found did happen to Lugdi
• when taken to Muttra recognized her husband of her former life, Kedar Nath, and spoke of many things they did together
• was able to identify with accuracy a number of landmarks where she used in live in the previous life in Muttra
• was able to correctly state how the furniture was placed when she used to live there in her home
• knew that in her former life where she had hidden 150 rupees in an underground corner of a room for safe keeping in the house. The husband of the previous life, Kedar Nath, confirmed that although the money was not there he had found it there
• correctly identified Lugdi's former parents from a large crowd.

A committee of well respected people from the town was organized to investigate her claim. It included a well-known politician, a lawyer and a managing director of a newspaper. The committee was more than satisfied that Shanti knew things that she could not have obtained knowledge about by cheating, fraud or in any illegitimate way. None of the members of the committee knew Shanti or had any connection with her in any way whatsoever.

The case became internationally known and attracted the attention of many, many sociologists and writers. For example, in the 1950s a Swedish writer, Sture Lonnerstrand, traveled to India to meet Shanti Devi and to continue to investigate for himself the documented facts. He too came to the conclusion that the Shanti Devi case is a foolproof case for reincarnation (Reincarnation International, Jan. 1994 No 1 Lon) and see wikipedia.

5th Dimension documentary which features Shanti Devi's story.




The James Linegar Case
A young American boy remembers his past life as an American fighter pilot fighting the Japanese During World War II.

An earlier interview with James at age 6- Part 1
Part 2

Dr Ian Stevenson, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia Medical School, spent many years investigating claims by children that they could remember a past life. He interviewed over four thousand children from the United States, England, Thailand, Burma, Turkey, Lebanon, Canada, India and other places, who claimed that they could remember a number of incidents from a past life.

He checked documents, letters, autopsy records, birth and death certificates, hospital records, photographs, newspaper reports and the like.


The case of Imad Elawar

In Lebanon, Dr Ian Stevenson went unannounced into a Druse village and asked the villagers if they knew of any cases where children talked of past lives. He was referred—again without any prior warning—to the home of five-year-old Imad Elawar. Since the age of one Imad had been talking all the time about a former life in a village twenty-five miles away.

At age one his first words had been the names 'Jamileh' and 'Mahmoud'; at the age of two he had stopped a stranger in the street identified him as a former neighbor.

Stevenson interviewed the child and the parents and recorded over fifty-seven separate claims about his former life. When Stevenson went with the boy and his father to the other village to investigate the boy's claims it took them several days to locate the boy's former house. No contact with the relatives had been made before the visit.

However:

• Imad was able to make thirteen correct statements and identifications about his former life including photographs of himself and his brother
• he recognized photographs of his former uncle, Mahmoud, and his former mistress, a prostitute named Jamileh
• he was able to point out details of where he had kept his rifle—a secret known only to his mother—and of how his bed had been arranged during his last illness
• he stopped a stranger and had a long talk with him about their experiences together in their army service.

In all Stevenson calculates that of the fifty-seven claims Imad had made about his former life, fifty-one could be verified (Stevenson 1978).


The case of Marta Lorenz

Another very convincing case investigated by Dr Stevenson was the Brazilian case of Marta Lorenz, who at the age of one year recognized a friend of her parents with the words 'Hello, Papa.' At around two she began talking about details of a previous life as her mother's best friend, the daughter of the family friend she had recognized. Many of these details were not known to the child's mother but were later confirmed by several different people.

She remembered one hundred and twenty separate and unrelated details about her previous life as Maria de Olivero, including details of what Maria had told her best friend (Marta’s mother) immediately before she died—that she would try to be reborn as her best friend's daughter and that as soon as she was old enough would relate many details of her former life (Stevenson 1974).


Sri Lankan Children who remember past lives



Birthmarks

Stevenson found that in cases of violent death the child may show a birthmark where he was knifed, shot or whatever caused his death.

An example of one of Dr Stevenson's birthmark cases is that of Ravi Shankar. He recalled being horrifically decapitated as a child by a relative who was hoping that he would inherit the child's father's wealth. The reborn child was found to have a birthmark encircling his neck. When his claim was investigated it was found that the person he claimed to have been, did in fact die by decapitation.

A second case involves a child in Turkey who recalled being a robber who when about to be captured by the police had committed suicide, shooting himself with a rifle by placing the muzzle against his right underside of the chin. The child who claimed to remember his life was born with a very distinct mark under his chin. On further investigation, he was found to have another birthmark on top of his head exactly where the bullet would have exited. When Dr Stevenson was investigating this particular case in Turkey, an old man informed Stevenson that he remembered the incident and testified as to the condition of the shot body.

Dr Jim B. Tucker, M.D.,of the Division of Perceptual Studies Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences University of Virginia became Dr Stephenson's assistant. In this video he talks about how he was convinced by the evidence and wrote the book Life Before Life.

 

Dr Stephenson found the following were true of most of the cases he investigated:

• age when the memories appear—usually between two and four
• age when memory fades—almost always between five and eight
• child behaves like an adult
• claims the new body feels strange
• vivid events are remembered
• a large percentage of the cases remember a violent death
• children show fear of objects connected with previous death
• when children visit their previous home they can point out changes
• often the mother or someone else in the family can remember a dream in which they were told that the coming child was a reincarnation.
• the mothers began to like strange foods during their pregnancy which were the same as the foods liked by the person in the previous life.
• the child has skills not taught or learned
• some have birthmarks or deformities in the same place as a previous life injury.


In order to show that reincarnation cases occur in European cultures where fewer people believe in reincarnation Dr Ian Stevenson wrote his last book European Cases of the Reincarnation Type (2003) This book focuses on 40 different reincarnation research case studies in a Western setting. The book describes behaviors or statements made by individuals, most frequently during childhood, that would be completely foreign to their upbringing or genetic factors. For example, David Llewellyn, born in England in 1970, possessed a significant knowledge of Jewish religious and dietary customs and also experienced nightmares and phobias with themes of concentration camps.

Dr Robert Almeder, Philosophy professor Georgia State University talks about the implications of Dt Stevenson's work.


On the Internet

Dr. Ian Stevenson's work

Tom Shroder, interviewed here on 5/1/1999, was an editor for the Washington Post who investigated Dr. Ian Stevenson's work as a skeptic by traveling with him on two research expeditions. Committed as he was to the journalistic ideal of objectivity, he had to admit he was convinced that the findings were genuine.

The Boy Who Lived Before

Part 2- Gus Taylor
Part 3- Cameron Macaulay goes to Barra with Dr Jim Tucker
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Part 5-  

The Pollock Twins

 

 

BBC documentary- Reincarnation -past life evidence- Carol Bowman's work. A young boy, Edward Austrian, is cured of a throat problem after accessing a past life memory. His father, a doctor, is amazed.

 

 

CAROL BOWMAN SPEAKS ON CHILDREN WHO REMEMBER PAST LIVES

 

 

Reincarnation- 5th Dimension documentary (2009)
UK documentary on research into reincarnation. Featuring Ian Stevenson.

 

Research Papers by Erlendur Haraldsson
https://notendur.hi.is/erlendur/english/svid.htm#7

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