CHAPTER NO:- 13 》PART:- 4 》INDUCED METHODS OF RECOLLECTION OF PAST LIFE MEMORIES THROUGH SPECIAL MEDITATION AND YOGA.


1. Revelation of Previous Existence through meditation

▪ Meditation, when undertaken with a high purpose in life, may work  out miracles. A person given to deep meditative mood, by a certain
specialised and intuitive technique, could awaken the memories of his previous life.

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras provide the necessary hints for such a realisation. According to Patanjali, the memory of past life can be revived by intense
concentration on the object of pursuit. This is called ‘samyama’.

▪ By directing the mental energy to the object or an experience, one could get all the impressions of the present as well as the past in the form
of thought waves by concentration.

▪ The method involved here is a kind of analytical reasoning, “of going backwards from present thoughts and resulting  actions to past thoughts and actions responsible for them, step by step,
to previous lives”.

▪ Paul Brunton wrote about a technique that the yogis developed to tune into past-lives. By adopting a similar method, one could get into the womb of the future and obtain in advance many important things that are contained about the unborn life also.

▪ It is said that Buddha was able to remember more than 550 of his past lives as human being, animal and so on through the cycle of births
and deaths, as could be seen in the Jataka tales.

▪ Lord Sri Krishna has been considered as an Avatar, For all orthodox Hindus, He is the veritable God. His sayings in the Bhagavad-Gita, about
the eternal cycle of Creation, Preservation and Destruction are memorable.

▪ He says, “Whenever evil flourishes, good is rejected, He takes on the reincarnation to save mankind perpetually”. Further he says “O Arjuna,
many lives have I passed through, and I have known them all”.

▪ There are other instances of personalities who have been reported to claim a new sense of hope, with all the rejuvenation of a new reincarnation,
as emerging from certain profound and sombre alterations of consciousness.

▪ In this regard psychedelic experiences, religious conversions, abreactions, spiritualistic possession, fits, primitive puberty rites and rituals transcendental and mystical divinations and states of consciousness could be cited to highlight the principle mentioned above.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE :-

▪ NOT ALL THE MEMORIES RECOLLECTED DURING HYPNOTHERAPY OR PAST LIFE REGRESSION THERAPY NEED NOT TO BE MEMORIES OF PAST LIFE. MOST OF TIME IT IS JUST BRAIN IMAGINATION, HALLUCINATION, CRYPTOMNESIA, VAGUE RESPONSE, ESP ETC.  ONLY IN SOME CASES IT IS TRUE PAST LIFE MEMORIES.

IN ALL THE CASES OF RECOLLECTED MEMORIES BY PAST LIFE REGRESSION, THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE MEMORIES MUST BE CHECKED THROUGH VERIFICATION OF MEMORY CLAIMS BY CRITICAL ANALYSIS, ALSO THROUGH CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCES.

▪ THERE ARE LOTS OF FAKE REGRESSION PARAPSYCHOLOGIST, SO PLEASE ALWAYS PREFER PROFESSIONAL AND WELL TRAINED REGRESSION HYPNOTHERAPIST.

2.  Life reading by astrological and yogic methods

▪ Indian astrology and Western Astrology depicts the nature of previous birth according to particular planetary positions. It also denotes particular karmic actions done in previous births as the result of which a specific planetary position
is maintained in this life.

▪ As such the entire astrology is based on the principle of karma and reincarnation.

▪ Yogic powers are deemed to be infinite. Great yogis could recall not only their previous lives but also could distinctly see those of others, whenever they desired.

▪ It is true that no evidence is available to support this statement. There is a real reason for this. A yogi worth the name does not, at any cost, disclose the glory and grandeur of his experiences.

3. Clinical hypnosis and Patanjali yoga sutras

▪ The trance states in yoga and hypnosis are associated with similar phenomena like relaxation, disinclination to talk, unreality, misrepresentation, alterations in perception, increased concentration, suspension of normal reality testing, and the temporary nature of the phenomena. While some researchers consider yoga to be a form of hypnosis, others note that there are many similarities between the trance in yoga and the hypnotic trance.

▪ The present study aimed to find similarities between the trance states of hypnosis and Patanjali's yoga sutras. The trance states were compared with the understanding of the phenomena of trance, and the therapeutic techniques and benefits of both.

▪ An understanding of the concept of trance in Patanjali's yoga sutras was gained through a thematic analysis of the book Four Chapters on Freedom by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. This led to an understanding of the concept of trance in the yoga sutras.

▪ The obtained concepts were compared to the concepts of trance in hypnosis (obtained through the literature on hypnosis) to investigate whether or not there exist similarities.

▪ The findings of the study show that there are similarities between the trance in hypnosis and the trance in Patanjali's yoga sutras in the induction and deepening of the trance states in hypnosis and that of Samadhi, the phenomena present in hypnosis and the kinds of siddhis that are obtained through Samadhi, and the therapeutic techniques and the therapeutic process in Patanjali's yoga sutra and hypnosis.

“Prati Prasav"  Of Patanjali Yoga Sutra and Past Life Regression Therapy

▪ The concept of rebirth is one of the basic ideologies of Sanatan dharma. It is strongly believed that one's present life is based on his past life karma. Today's topic is closely connected with rebirth, particularly a technique called "Prati Prasav" which talks about retrieving the past life memories. It is believed that one can enjoy happiness by shedding the burden of emotions incurred in past lives.


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Prati Prasav and Past Life Regression



▪ "Past life regression" is a technique used in modern science, especially in the field of psychotherapy where hypnosis is used to retrieve the past life memories of a person.

▪ This process of retrieving past life memories is what is meant by the sanskrit term "prati prasav" which literally means reverse birthing. Though there is a mention of this process in upanishads, it is in the yoga sutras of patanjali where this concept is referred as "Prati prasav" and discussed in detail.  

Prati prasav - The procedure of retrieving memories of past lives

▪ Now let us go back to Prati prasav sadhana according to Patanjali. The term "Prati" means again and "Prasav" means birth.

▪ As such, the term denotes being born again in terms of memory. In detailed terms, it means, bringing the effect back to the cause by going back in time and living that past life again in memory.

▪ Problem of any kind cannot be solved completely unless the root cause is known. Since rebirth is the result of past life karma, the cause and effect theory, the problems faced in this life are definitely attributed to past lives. Hence the effects cannot be solved unless they are forced back to the cause.

▪ In one of the sutras, Patanjali says. "The sources of the five afflictions (pancha klesha) can be abolished by resolving them backwards to their origin".

▪ The five afflictions are "Avidya" - lack of awareness , "Asmita" - The feeling of ego, ""Raga" - desire, attachment and addictions, "Dvesha" - repulsion, aversion and "Abhinivesha" - fear of death or lust for life.

▪ In short, the root cause is "lack of awareness" and effect is "fear or death or lust for life".  Hence by going back to the root cause, by being aware of the real nature of self, including the past births, all problems can be addressed and solved.

▪ Prati prasav sadhana is an intensive meditation technique which aids in retrieving the past life memories. Once retrieved, the next step is to shed the emotions by reliving again in the past life.

▪ The process is quite complicating but with intense practice, it is said that it can be achieved. Please take a look how our brain functions and reacts during meditation. It is also worthy to note that most of us are only in the Beta level during our entire lifetime. This shows the intensity of practice needed, to reach the higher levels in meditation.


Past life regression - Modern hypnosis therapy

▪ In the modern era, this therapy has been developed since 1950's by psychiatrists and psychologists and even mediums. This belief slowly gained credibility due to the legitimate credentials encountered during the research.

▪ A study conducted in the year 1976 showed that 40% of hypnotizable subjects described new identities and used different names when given a suggestion to regress past their birth. In 1990s a series of experiments undertaken by Nicholas Spanos examined the nature of past life memories. Descriptions of alleged past lives were found to be extremely elaborate, with vivid, detailed descriptions.

▪ In 1988, Brian weiss, an american psychiatrist, deployed this past life regression therapy using hypnosis on his patient. Later, he published the best selling "Many lives, Many masters based on his experiences in this process.

▪ This therapy is now widely used and many discoveries are being made. It is an important step in science as it paves the way to get clear views about birth, death and what life is all about.

▪ Both religion and science are in constant search for ultimate truth. Though the paths are different, the goal is the same. But life always holds many mysteries for which normal human brain is not able to find answers.

▪ The enlightened masters in the spiritual field usually do not reveal their experience, as it is not advisable and each person is destined to get that enlightenment on his own. On the other hand, science is ready to reveal the facts based on evidences but unfortunately, certain mystical aspects cannot be measured and some mysteries are beyond the purview of science.

▪ Will science be able to decode all the mysteries some time in the future? Only time can answer....... But our ancient Rishis never fail to fascinate us by their advanced multidimensional wisdom.
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