CHAPTER NO :- 7 》 PART:- 1 》Investigation and Publication of Reincarnation Case Studies by Dr. Ian Stevenson

▪ You are no Wrong If You call Him as Father of Reincarnation Research. Because He is the First person in the world to give Medical Proof of Reincarnation.

▪ He is a Psychiatrist, Regression Specialist in University of Virginia, WHO SPENT 50 YEARS ON RESEARCH OF REINCARNATION.

▪ Ian Stevenson, was the first psychiatric doctor and a professor, who brought the phenomenon of reincarnation in the field of modern science.

▪ He studied numerous cases of reported reincarnation using “ the methods of historian, lawyer and psychiatrist ”, as he himself wrote.
In his books “Twenty Cases suggestive of Reincarnation”, and others each case is described in great details.

▪ He has written what methods he adopted, what investigations he made and what questioning he resorted to. This was to show that the cases did provide reasonably convincing evidence that the phenomenon of reincarnation does occur, and that no other alternative can explain them.

▪ Stevenson reports that out of 6000 cases reported to his Center, he has studied and collected over 2,700 such cases, but has published only a small percentage of the cases investigated.

▪ He throws out most of the cases because they do not meet the highest criteria of credibility. For example, he dismisses any cases where the family of the second personality has profited in any way Research on Reincarnation and Survival of Soul from contact with the family of the first personality, either financially or in social prestige or attention. (Stevenson himself never pays his sources.)

▪ He also throws out cases where the two families are linked by a person who might have inadvertently transmitted information from one family to the other.

1. The sweet case of Swarnlata Story

▪ This case is extracted from charts and commentary on pages 67 to 91 in Dr. Ian Stevenson’s classic book, Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation. This is the original long version we wrote for Children’s Past Lives, but due to space constraints a shorter, edited version appeared in the book. Yet, because we believe that the abundance of detail is what make this (and similar Stevenson cases) so convincing, we offer here the full version.

▪ The story of Swarnlata is characteristic of Stevenson’s cases: the young girl’s memories began when she was 3, she gave enough information to enable Stevenson to locate the family of the deceased person she remembered (the case was “solved”), and she gave more than 50 specific facts that were verified. But Swarnlata case was also different from most because her memories did not fade. And this is a sweet case, characterized by love and happy memories rather than by violent death and struggles between castes and families, like in so many other cases.

▪ Swarnlata Mishra was born to an intellectual and prosperous family in Pradesh in India in 1948. When she was just three years old and traveling with her father past the town of Katni more than 100 miles from her home, she suddenly pointed and asked the driver to turn down a road to “my house”, and suggested they could get a better cup of tea there than they could on the road.

▪ Soon after, she related more details of her life in Katni, all of which were written down by her father. She said her name was Biya Pathak, and that she had two sons. She gave details of the house: it was white with black doors fitted with iron bars; four rooms were stuccoed, but other parts were less finished; the front floor was of stone slabs. She located the house in Zhur Kutia, a district of Katni; behind the house was a girl’s school, in front was a railway line, and lime furnaces were visible from the house. She added that the family had a motor car (a very rare item in India in the 1950’s, and especially before Swarnlata was born). Swarnlata said Biya died of a “pain in her throat”, and was treated by Dr. S. C. Bharti in Jabalpur. She also remembered an incident at a wedding when she and a friend had difficulty finding a latrine.

▪ In the spring of 1959, when Swarnlata was 10 years old, news of the case reached Professor Sri H. N. Banerjee, an Indian researcher of paranormal phenomenon and colleague of Stevenson. Banerjee took the notes her father made and traveled to Katni to determine if Swarnlata memories could be verified.

▪ Using nothing more than the description that Swarnlata had given, he found the house–despite the house having been enlarged and improved since 1939 when Biya died. It belonged to the Pathak’s (a common name in India), a wealthy, prominent family, with extensive business interests. The lime furnaces were on land adjoining the property; the girls school was 100 yards behind the Pathak’s property, but not visible from the front.

▪ He interviewed the family and verified everything Swarnlata had said. Biya Pathak had died in 1939 leaving behind a grieving husband, two young sons, and many younger brothers. These Pathaks had never heard of the Mishra family, who lived a hundred miles away; the Mishra’s had no knowledge of the Pathak family.

▪ The next scene in this story sounds like a plot from Agatha Christie, but is all true, extracted from the Stevenson’s tabulations in Swarnlata published case. In the summer of 1959, Biya’s husband, son, and eldest brother journeyed to the town of Chhatarpur, the town where Swarnlata now lived, to test Swarnlata memory. They did not reveal their identities or purpose to others in the town, but enlisted nine townsmen to accompany them to the Mishar home, where they arrived unannounced.

▪ Swarnlata immediately recognized her brother and called him “Babu”, Biya’s pet name for him. Stevenson gives only the barest facts, but I can imagine the emotions ran high at this point. Imagine how Babu felt to be recognized immediately by his dead sister reborn.

▪ Ten-year-old Swarnlata went around the room looking at each man in turn; some she identified as men she knew from her town, some were strangers to her. Then she came to Sri Chintamani Pandey, Biya’s husband. Swarnlata lowered her eyes, looked bashful–as Hindu wives do in the presence of their husbands–and spoke his name. Stevenson says nothing of Sri Pandey’s reaction at finding his wife after twenty years

▪ Swarnlata also correctly identified her son from her past life, Murli, who was 13 years old when Biya died. But Murli schemed to mislead her, and “for almost twenty-four hours insisted against her objections that he was not Murli, but someone else.” Murli had also brought along a friend and tried to mislead Swarnlata once again by insisting he was Naresh, Biya’s other son, who was about the same age as this friend. Swarnlata insisted just as strongly that he was a stranger.

▪ Finally, Swarnlata reminded Sri Pandey that he had purloined 1200 rupees Biya kept in a box. Sri Pandey admitted to the truth of this private fact that only he and his wife had known.

Gold Fillings

▪ A few weeks later, Swarnlata father took her to Katni to visit the home and town where Biya lived and died.

▪ Upon arriving she immediately noticed and remarked about the changes to the house. She asked about the parapet at the back of the house, a verandah, and the neem tree that used to grow in the compound; all had been removed since Biya’s death. She identified Biya’s room and the room in which she had died. She recognized one of Biya’s brothers and correctly identified him as her second brother. She did the same for her third and fourth brother, the wife of the younger brother, the son of the second brother (calling him by his pet name “Baboo”), a close friend of the family’s (correctly commenting that he was now wearing spectacles, which he in fact had acquired since Biya had died) and his wife (calling her by her pet name “Bhaujai”), Biya’s sister-in-law–all with appropriate emotions of weeping and nervous laughter. She also correctly identified a former servant, an old betelnut seller, and the family cowherd (despite her youngest brother’s attempt to test Swarnlata by insisting that the cowherd had died).

▪ Later, Swarnlata was presented to a room full of strangers and asked whom she recognized. She correctly picked out her husband’s cousin, the wife of Biya’s brother-in-law, and a midwife–whom she identified not by her current name, but by a name she had used when Biya was alive. Biya’s son Murli, in another test, introduced Swarnlata to a man he called a new friend, Bhola. Swarnlata insisted correctly that this man was actually Biya’s second son, Naresh. In another test, Biya’s youngest brother tried to trap Swarnlata by saying that Biya had lost her teeth; Swarnlata did not fall for this, and went on to say that Biya had gold fillings in her front teeth–a fact that the brothers had forgotten and were forced to confirm by consulting with their wives, who reminded them that what Swarnlata said was true.

▪ This must have been a spectacle. Here was a ten-year-old stranger from far away–so far, in terms of Indian culture, that her dialect was distinctly different than that of the Pathaks–who acted confidently like an older sister of the household, was familiar with intimate names and family secrets, and remembered even marriage relationships, old servants, and friends. Just as amazing, her memory was frozen at the time of Biya’s death; Swarnlata knew nothing about the Pathak family that had happened since 1939.

▪ In the following years, Swarnlata visited the Pathak family at regular intervals. Stevenson investigated the case in 1961, witnessing one of these visits. He observed the loving relationship between Swarnlata and the other members of the family. They all accepted her as Biya reborn.

▪ Swarnlata behaved appropriately reserved towards Biya’s elders, but when alone with Biya’s sons, she was relaxed and playful as a mother would be–behavior that would otherwise be totally inappropriate in India for a 10-year-old girl in the company of unrelated men in their mid-thirties.

▪ The Pathak brothers and Swarnlata observed the Hindu custom of Rakhi, in which brothers and sisters annually renew their devotion to each other by exchanging gifts. In fact the Pathak brothers were distressed and angry one year when Swarnlata missed the ceremony; they felt that because she had lived with them for 40 years and with the Mishra's for only 10 years that they had a greater claim on her. As evidence of how strongly the Pathaks believed that Swarnlata was their Biya, they admitted that they had changed their views of reincarnation upon meeting Swarnlata and accepting her as Biya reborn (the Pathaks, because of their status and wealth, emulated Western ideas and had not believed in reincarnation before this happened). Swarnlata father, Sri Mishra, also accepted the truth of Swarnlata past identity: years later, when it came time for Swarnlata to marry he consulted with the Pathaks about the choice of a husband for her.

▪ How did Swarnlata feel about all of this? Was it confusing for her to remember so completely the life of a grown woman? Stevenson visited her in later years and corresponded with her for ten years after this case was investigated. He reports that she grew up normally, received an advanced degree in botany, and got married. She said that sometimes, when she reminisced about her happy life in Katni, her eyes brimmed with tears and, for a moment, she wished she could return to the wealth and life of Biya. But her loyalty to the Mishra family was undivided and, except for the regular visits to Katni, she went about the business of growing into a beautiful young woman, accepting fully her station in this life.

▪ In some ways Swarnlata is typical of Stevenson’s cases: the amazing number of facts and people she remembered; the positive identification of the previous personality, the exchange of visits between the families, and the age at which she first had her memories. What is not typical, however, is the persistence of clear memories into her adulthood, the lack of a traumatic death, and the support and cooperation between the families (in most cases one or both of the families are reluctant to encourage the child or to bring the case to the outside world). This is a sweet case that illustrates what profoundly enriching human experience a past life memory can bring about.

▪ But many of the cases in Stevenson’s books are stories where love and miraculous reunions mix with conflict, violent death, and hostile emotions. The cases of Ravi Shankar [Chapter 6 in Children’s Past Lives] and Titu Singh illustrate the darker side of life that is often brought to the light when a child has a forceful past life memory.

2. A Boy discovers the name of his murderer from the past life memory.

▪ In December 1983 a boy named Titu Singh was born in a village near Agra. At the age of four he began to insist that his name was Suresh Verma, and that his wife Uma and his two children lived in Agra and were owners of a radio shop. He begged his present parents to take him back home and continued to reject them as his real parents. The entire family was tired with the intense behaviour of the boy, who insisted on being called Suresh and continually asked to go to Agra. He also talked about having been murdered by two men. He could clearly remember what had happened to him:

▪ One day as he had arrived home in his car and had sounded his horn so that his wife would open the gate, two men came running towards him and had shot him in the head. He knew the names of the two men. The one that had fired the shot was a businessman called Sedick Johaadien.

▪ During a stay in Agra, Titus’s older brother went to find out whether there really was a radio shop with the name his younger brother had mentioned. To his amazement he actually found a radio shop with the name ‘Suresh radio shop’. He went in and asked to see Suresh Verma. He was told that Suresh had been the owner of the shop but had died several years ago. When he asked for more information about the owner’s cause of death, he was advised to go and visit the deceased man’s widow Uma Verma.

▪ Uma Verma told him that her husband had been shot in front of their house after returning home in his car. No one knew who had shot him and therefore the murder had been unsolved.

▪ Titus's brother then informed Uma that his little brother claims to be her deceased husband. He told her everything that Titu had talked about at home. Suresh’s widow now insisted on going to see the boy herself. She also told the rest of her family about this incident, so Suresh’s parents and his three brothers all decided to join her.

▪ When Titu saw his parents and his wife he was so happy he ran up to them and hugged them all. Then he drummed on a stool with his hands to vent his joy just like Suresh used to do when he was a child. A decision was made with his parent’s permission to take Titu to Agra to confirm his past life memories.

▪ Once they had arrived there his brothers wanted him to show them the way to the radio shop. They tried to mislead him on purpose, but the four-year-old was not fooled. Even when they told the driver to drive faster as they were approaching the shop, the boy suddenly shouted, “Stop! This is where my shop is!” After the boy had recognised several things from his past, his family was completely convinced that Titu really was their previously murdered son Suresh reborn. When Professor Chaddah from the University of Delhi heard of this incident he immediately showed great interest in the case. He visited Suresh’s widow Uma and asked her what it was that had finally convinced her that this boy really was her deceased husband reborn. She said that when she described an incident that only she and her husband knew anything about, Titu was able to remember it clearly. It had been about Titu having given his wife a big bag of sweets when they were out on a picnic.

▪ Professor Chaddah must have told his colleague Professor Stevenson about this case, for Stevenson sent his colleague Antonia Mills to Agra to continue the research with Professor Chaddah. They wanted to clear their doubts regarding the authenticity of this case. All their research confirmed that they were dealing with an authentic case of reincarnation. Naturally they also inspected Titu’s head to see if he had any scars or birthmarks relating to the shot in the head that had killed him in his previous life. To their amazement they found a dent on the right side of his head which was precisely like the mark a bullet entering the skull would leave. On the other side of his head where the bullet had left the skull in his previous life, they found a star shaped scar. The wound would naturally have been bigger than the one on the other side of Suresh’s head, since a bullet leaving the skull would have made a larger hole than the one entering it.

3. The Case of Kumkum Verma

Kumkum Verma was a girl in India who described a life in the city of Darbhanga 40 km from her village. Her aunt made notes of her statements 6 months before anyone attempted to identify the previous personality, and Stevenson was able to obtain extracts of her notebook that contained 18 of them.

▪ They document details that all matched the life of a woman who died 5 years before Kumkum was born, including the name of Urdu Bazar, the section of Darbhanga where she lived; her son’s name and the fact that he worked with a hammer; her grandson’s name; the name of the town where her father lived and the fact that his home was near mango orchards and reaching it involved crossing water; the presence of a pond at her house; and the fact that she had an iron safe at her house, a sword hanging near her cot, and a snake near the safe that she fed milk to.

▪ A man from Urdu Bazar who worked for a friend of Kumkum’s father was eventually able to identify the previous personality. The previous family belonged to a relatively low artisan class while Kumkum’s father was a landowner, homeopathic physician, and author, so even though he went to Urdu Bazar once to meet the previous personality’s family, he never allowed Kumkum to go.

4. The Case of Jagdish Chandra

▪ The case of Jagdish Chandra in India was quite old when Stevenson investigated it - in fact, the subject was then in his late 30s - but the subject’s father, a prominent lawyer, had made a written record of the boy’s statements and their verifications at the time that the case developed.

▪ Jagdish was born in Bareilly, a large city in northern India, and when he was 3½ years old, he began saying that he had lived in Benares, a city approximately 500 km away. His father sent a letter to a newspaper asking for help in verifying the child’s statements.
▪ In the letter, he said that Jagdish stated that his father was named Babuji Pandey and had a house in Benares with a big gate, a sitting room, and an underground room with an iron safe fixed in one of the walls. (Ji added to the end of a name means respected, so Jagdish was saying his father’s name had been Babu.)

▪ He said Jagdish described a courtyard where Babuji sat in the evenings and where people gathered to drink bhang, an Indian drink. He said Babuji received massages and put powder or clay on his face after washing it. He described two cars and a horse-drawn carriage and said Babuji had two deceased sons and a deceased wife.

▪ The day after this was published, Jagdish’s father went to a magistrate to have Jagdish’s statements officially recorded before they traveled to Benares. The recorded statements, in addition to those listed in the paper, included the fact that his name had been Jaigopal and that his brother, who was bigger than he was, had been named Jai Mangal and had died of poisoning.

▪ He said the Ganges River was near the house, and the Dashashwamedh Ghat was there. (Ghats are places where people go to bathe, and Babu Pandey was the supervisor of one.)

▪ He also said a prostitute named Bhagwati had sung for Babu. Jagdish was then taken to Benares, where all of the above statements
about the previous personality were verified (except that Babu Pandey had used automobiles but not actually owned them) and where he appeared to recognize people and places.

5. I Will Return As Your Next Son
▪ Victor Vincent was a Tlingit fisherman. During the years before his death he visited his niece Corliss Chvotkin Seen more and more frequently. She was the daughter of his sister, Gertrude. He seemed to be very fond of his niece and especially their youngest daughter whom he believed to be the reincarnation of his sister Gertrude. In other words, the daughter was her own grandmother, who had been Victor Vincent’s sister.

▪ About a year before his death Victor told his niece the following, “I will return as your next son. I hope I won’t be stuttering as much then as I do now. Your son will bear these scars. He lifted his shirt to reveal a scar on his back, which had remained visible years after having had an operation. There were also needle marks clearly visible around this scar. Then Victor pointed to another scar from an operation, which he had on his nose. He said that this too would identify him in his next life as her son. He also told his niece why he wants to be reborn to her. “I know that with you I will be well looked after. You won’t go off getting drunk.” Sadly there were many alcoholics among his relations for alcohol had become a curse among his people. In many ways modern living had separated them from their traditions or brought them into conflict with them. On my travels around the world I have experienced many such examples of devastation where modern influences have had disastrous effects on indigenous people.

▪ Eighteen months after Victor’s death, Chvotkin Sen gave birth to a boy, who was given his father’s name Corliss Chvotkin junior. His parents were convinced that their son was Uncle Victor reborn, since he was born with exactly those scars he had shown them before his death, namely on his nose and back.

▪ When he was 13 months old his mother tried to help him pronounce his name Corliss. The boy suddenly pointed to himself saying, “Me Kahkody!” This had been the name of Vincent’s tribe. Since he corrected every one who called him Corliss with the name Kahkody, this name finally stuck. When an aunt visited his mother and was told about Corliss being Vincent reborn, the woman said, “I knew it. After his death Victor appeared to me in a dream and said that he was now incarnating in your body so that he could be your son.” The mother had waited in vain for such a dream since it was very common among them for the souls seeking to reincarnate to announce their arrival in a dream.

▪ When Corliss was two years old he travelled to the neighbouring seaside town with his mother. Unexpectedly they met a young woman, and before any words were exchanged the little boy called out her name. He was so happy he jumped with joy calling her by her Tlingit name. For this woman had been his step daughter in his previous life. A little later the boy caught sight of a man among the pedestrians, pointed at him and said to his mother, “There’s my son William.”

▪ A year later Mrs. Kotkin took her son along to a big Tlingit gathering. Among the many people present he saw an elderly woman and said, “That’s the old dame. That’s my Rose.” This woman had been his previous wife, whom he used to call ‘old dame’ when he was Victor. In the years that followed Corliss recognised several of Victor’s relatives and friends, calling them not only by their Christian names, but also by the name of the tribe they belonged to.

▪ Corliss once talked about something he had experienced as Victor. One day he had taken his fishing boat far out into one of the wide coves when his motor suddenly failed. He was tossed about in the waves having no control. When he saw a boat he put on a Salvation army uniform which he had on board since he thought that no one would take any notice of a waving Indian in a boat. To his amazement the boat came closer and took his boat in tow. Uncle Victor had told the story in the presence of Mrs. Kotkin a long time ago, but she was sure that no one could have told Corliss about it. Another time he said to his mother, “When the ‘old dame’ and me used to visit you we always slept in this room.” Saying this he pointed to a room which was now used for other purposes. This too was true.

▪ Many such memories would surface in him unexpectedly. When he was nine his memories of his previous life began to disappear. When Stevenson interviewed Corliss at the age of 15, the boy claimed not to be able to remember anything from his past life. All too often the diligent investigator Stevenson has failed to meet children at an age when they still had direct access to memories of their past lives. Therefore in many cases he has had to rely on other people telling him things afterwards. Most of the children who remember past lives begin to talk about these when they are about two years old. But after the age of six the memories usually become less frequent, and by the age of nine are often completely gone.

▪ Mrs. jockey Chvotkin had always combed her son’s hair to the back. Corliss always combed it to the front just like his deceased great-uncle used to do. He also had a stutter like him, just as he had mentioned to his niece in his previous life. When he was ten years old he started having speech therapy. This seemed to have cured him because when Stevenson spoke with him he no longer stuttered. Victor had been a very religious man, which was why he had joined the Salvation army. Corliss also developed similar views on life, which became noticeable when he avidly started reading the Bible and later decided to look for a Bible school. Victor had been a keen fisherman. He used to say that he would be happy to spend all his life out at sea. He had also been very good at fixing boat engines and anything involving the use of his hands. He could not have inherited this from his father since he apparently had no such skills. Corliss was also left-handed just like Victor had been.

▪ Stevenson always inspected extremely carefully the birthmarks that babies were born with. The mark on the base of Corliss’ nose was from a small operation that Victor had undergone in hospital in 1938. This mark was still visible after the operation, during which they had removed the right tear duct. But the larger mark on the back was not typical of a usual birthmark. It was about 2.5 centimetres long, dark in colour, slightly raised and about 0.5 centimetres wide. Stevenson writes, 8 “Along the edges of the main scar I could see small round marks on both sides. Four of these were in a straight line along one side like needle wounds received during surgery.” Corliss must have scratched the scar for it was often inflamed. Stevenson had the hospital send him a detailed account of Victor Vincent’s operation. Corliss’ scar on his back perfectly matched the one Victor had been left with after his surgical operation. This case presents us with clear evidence in favour of reincarnation.

6. I Wish To Be Reborn As Your Daughter
▪ Maria Januaria Oliviero was the daughter of a wealthy Earl and landowner in south Brazil. Her friends called her Sinha (pronounced Sinja). Her friend Ida lived in far simpler conditions than she did. She was the wife of Mr. Lorenz, originally from Germany and now a schoolteacher in this area. Their homes were approximately 20 kilometres apart. In 1918 when Sinha was 28, she fell ill with tuberculosis, which in those days was a practically incurable disease. On her deathbed she told her friend Ida that she wished to be reborn as her daughter and informed her that, “When I return as your daughter I will tell you about the secret of rebirth. I will then tell you many things about my present life so that you will know the truth of it for yourself.”

▪ Ten months later Ida Lorenz gave birth to a healthy daughter who was given the name Marta. When she was still very young and could only speak a few words, the landowner Mr. de Oliviero, accompanied by another man, came to visit the Lorenz family for a short while. Even though the man, who accompanied Mr. de Oliviero addressed the child in a friendly manner, she turned from him and immediately ran up to Mr. de Oliviero hugged him, lovingly stroked his beard and called him Papa.

▪ When Marta was about two-and-a-half years old she asked her older sister Lola to carry her. When she refused the little girl said, “When I was big and you were little I often carried you.” “When were you big?” asked her sister in return. “I didn’t live here then. I lived far away from here where there were cows, oxen, oranges and goats which weren’t really goat’s.” (She meant sheep but didn’t know the right word.) When Lola told her parents about the things her younger sister had told her they were surprised, but put these statements down to imagination. They had not told their children anything about Sinha’s intention of being reborn to them as their daughter.

▪ After this, Lorenz carried out his own investigation into his youngest daughter’s past. He told her he had never lived anywhere where there were ‘goat’s which were not goat’s’, to which the little girl replied, “Well, I had different parents in those days.” One of her sisters jokingly asked whether she used to have a black servant girl like the one they now have. Marta then told her that she used to have a male black servant, a female black cook and a black servant boy. One day the boy was beaten by her father for forgetting to fetch water. Her father interrupted her saying, “But I have never beaten a black boy.” “It was my other father who hit him,” the little girl added quickly. “The black boy begged me saying, “Sinhazinha help me!” I begged my father not to hit him. He let him go and the boy ran away to fetch water.” Her father inquired further, “Did he fetch the water from a stream?” “No, no,” explained the girl, “there was no stream only a spring.” Her father who knew what the de Oliveros family was like, knew that these statements were true. He then wanted to know who this Sinha or Sinhazinha was, (pronounced Sinja Sinja, a shortened version of the first name, which means white cat.) “That was me. I also had another name. I was called Maria. I even had another name which I’ve forgotten now.”

▪ As you can see, we are not dealing with Marta mind reading, since Mr. Lorenz did not know Maria’s full name. He also remembered nothing of the beatings that Mr. de Oliviero had dealt the coloured boy, but Maria’s father later confirmed this fact. In the light of this evidence we seem to be dealing with a genuine case of reincarnation.

▪ Mr. Lorenz now began to write down all statements and information relating to Marta’s past life. It was only a matter of time before he had noted down 120 such pieces of information using German shorthand. Sadly someone in his family decided they were worthless pieces of paper and threw them away. Had this information been kept we would be dealing with one of the most thoroughly documented cases of a child’s past life memories. Mr. Lorenz later tried to write down some of these statements from memory. Much of what Marta talked about was new to the Lorenz family, since they rarely got to hear much about the relationships and events taking place at Sinha’s house.

▪ One day Mrs. Lorenz asked her youngest daughter how she had welcomed her when she visited her as Sinha. Marta replied that she used to put the gramophone on just to please her. Only Mrs. Lorenz could have known of this incident since she had not talked to anyone else in the family about it. Another day when a woman belonging to her past family came to visit, the girl recognised her immediately calling her by her name. When the woman was then told that Marta was her recently deceased Aunt Maria she asked the girl, “If you were really Sinha, tell me how we were related to each other.” Marta then told her that she had been her cousin and also her Godchild.

▪ Marta begged her parents to take her to visit her father. When she was 12 years old she was finally granted her wish. It was only on this occasion that Mr. De Oliviero discovered that the Lorenz’s youngest daughter was in fact his daughter Maria reborn. Finally he was completely convinced of this fact when he saw Marta going through the house making comments about all the changes, and stopping in front of a wall clock saying, “This used to be my clock. My name is engraved on the back in gold letters.” Later they took the clock down and to their amazement they found the name Maria Januaria de Oliviero on the back in gold letters.

▪ Even though Marta had been 12 years old when she remembered those details in Mr. de Oliveira's house, her memories of her past life as Maria had gradually begun to dry up from the age of seven onwards. When Professor Stevenson visited the now married Marta in Porto Alegre in 1962, she had apparently forgotten many things from her past life. Nonetheless she was able to tell him the exact details of her last months as Maria, especially concerning the events surrounding her illness. This was of particular interest to him since he was a doctor.

▪ When Marta had grown up, some of the older people who had known Maria noticed how similar the two were, even their handwriting was almost identical. Maria had died of tuberculosis as well as severe throat problems, and Marta seemed to have inherited these for the pain in her larynx was often so bad that even as a child she sometimes spoke with a very hoarse voice, or lost it altogether.

▪ When Stevenson looked her up once more in 1972, in order to collect more evidence for his research, he was amazed how many details were still surfacing from her subconscious. For example, Maria’s teacher, whom she had fallen in love with and had wanted to marry, had taken his own life after Maria’s father had refused to consent to their marriage out of pure snobbery.

▪ Even as a young girl Marta knew that one-day this beloved teacher named Florzinho would be reborn to her as her child. She did in fact bear two sons, but they both died shortly after birth. She is convinced that she gave birth to Florzinho twice in a row, because both babies had the same birthmarks in exactly the same place on their heads as her beloved Florzinho once had.

7. Born Again To The Same Parents - This Time As Twins
▪ On the 5th May 1957, while playing on the pavement, eleven-year-old Joanna and her six-year-old sister Jacqueline Pollock were run down by a car. The woman driver had been semi-conscious due to drug abuse. Although the parent’s sadness was great, they pardoned the guilty driver and wrote a letter to her.

▪ When Mrs. Pollock was pregnant a year later, her husband revealed to her that he had a vision. He saw that she would give birth to twin girls and that these two would be their two lost daughters reborn. Even though Mrs. Pollock was reassured by a gynaecologist that there was only one audible heartbeat present and not twins, Mr. Pollock was still convinced that his knowing was correct. Later he was proven to be right. On the 4th October 1958, Mrs. Pollock gave birth to identical girl twins. The first child was given the name Gillian; the second born ten minutes later was named Jennifer.

▪ While their father was admiring his new daughters, he noticed a scar above the right eyebrow of Jennifer, the younger of the two girls. His recently deceased daughter Jacqueline had had the same scar in exactly the same place. She had fallen at about the age of three, and a visible scar had remained on her forehead. To his amazement he also discovered a brown birthmark the size of his thumb on Jennifer. His daughter Jacqueline had had exactly the same birthmark in the same place. All this proved to him that his earlier vision that he had received was true. Gillian and Jennifer were truly his first daughters reborn. Mrs. Pollock, being a strict Catholic, still rejected the idea of reincarnation until the following events occurred.

▪ When the twins were four months old the Pollocks moved to a different area, only to return to Hexham on a visit two and-a-half years later. To the amazement of the parents, their two daughters knew their way around this area extremely well. Without being able to see the school, since it was hidden from sight by the church, one of the girls said, “The school is just around the corner.” The other one pointed to a hill and said, “Our playground was behind there. It had a slide and a swing.” When they approached their old house the two sisters recognised it immediately. Even so, Mrs. Pollock, unlike her husband, still did not want to believe that the twins were really her recently deceased daughters reborn.

▪ When the twins were four years old, Mr. Pollock opened a box, which had been closed for over three years. In it had been kept the toys of his first children. He placed some of these outside the twins’ bedroom door, as he wanted to see whether they would recognise their toys from the past. When the girls came out of their room – where their mother stood as witness to their reactions – Jennifer picked up the first doll and said, “Oh! That’s Mary. (And picking up the second doll,) that’s my Suzanne! I haven’t seen them for ages.” She used the same names, which Jacqueline had previously given her two dolls. “Father Christmas gave us these a long time ago.” She turned to Gillian, and pointing to another toy she said, “And that’s your washing machine.” Now Mrs. Pollock was finally convinced that her twins really were her first daughters, and that her Church must be mistaken in refuting reincarnation.

▪ Both the children developed over-cautious responses when crossing roads and feared speeding cars. The older daughter Gillian loved to comb people's’ hair, especially her father’s. This interest had been the same in their fatally injured Joanna. Joanna had been five years older than her sister Jacqueline, and the sisters had spent most of their time holding hands and had seemed inseparable. Jacqueline always listened to her older sister; whatever she said was right for her. The same behaviour surfaced once again in the twins. The one born ten minutes later leaves all the decisions to her sister and does what she tells her. Once again both of them loved walking around hand in hand, and as before one never seemed to want to do anything different than the other

8. James Leininger 8 Year Old Boy Remembers His Past Life As A Fighter Pilot

▪ If he wasn't born yet, how could a 6-year-old Lafayette boy possibly remember a plane crash that occurred off the Japanese coast during World War II? By Wes Milligan

▪ "When a child speaks of a past life memory, the effects ripple far. At the center is the child, who is directly healed and changed. The parents standing close by are rocked by the truth of the experience - a truth powerful enough to dislodge deeply entrenched beliefs. For observers removed from the actual event - even those just reading about it - reports of a child's past life memory can jostle the soul toward new understanding. Children's past life memories have the power to change lives."
- Carol Bowman, author of Children's Past Lives

▪ Parents are usually quite concerned when their children have nightmares. The tears alone on the face of a child are enough to tug at the heart. Eventually, after the parents comfort their children and allay their fears, the children close their eyes and fall back asleep. Things return to normal, and the nightmares are forgotten.

▪ However, when the nightmares began four years ago for 6-year-old James Leininger of Lafayette, his parents, Bruce and Andrea Leininger, were troubled. The nightmares were coming as much as four times a week, and James would violently kick and scream with his feet up in the air. It appeared as though he was fighting with something or buried in a box, trying to get out. The only way he could escape the nightmares was for his parents to shake him awake. The nightmares were out of control.

▪ James Leininger has been fascinated with airplanes since before he was 2 years old. Above, left: James, at age 6, enjoys a moment at the controls of a plane. Above, right: James Huston Jr., whose tragic death during World War II is remembered in detail by young James Leininger, pauses for a picture sometime in 1944, the year before he was shot down. But it was what James would utter during his thrashing nightmares that would make the hair on the back of his mom's neck stand up.

▪ "He would say, 'Airplane crash on fire, little man can't get out,'" Andrea says.

▪ Bruce and Andrea began to rack their brains about the source of the disturbing information, which they believed was fueling these nightmares. An educated couple, Bruce and Andrea had always tried to create a "Mozart for the mind" atmosphere for their child and had strenuously kept violence away from his sight. So they began to analyze their dinner conversations, what James was watching on television, and other things that could influence him. Bruce and Andrea weren't involved in aviation, and their 2-year-old boy couldn't read yet. There had to be a logical explanation.

▪ Looking for answers, Andrea began to seek help outside of their home. The nightmares weren't going away, and the Leininger's didn't know what they could do to stop them. The possible cures seemed few, and it even crossed Bruce's mind that an exorcism might be necessary if the nightmares didn't end.

▪ Then Andrea's mother, Barbara Scoggin, suggested an explanation that later seemed to be the right answer: James might be experiencing a past life memory.

▪ After reading about a counselor by the name of Carol Bowman from Pennsylvania, Ms. Scoggin explained how Ms. Bowman was an expert on a child phenomenon that was similar to what James was experiencing. Ms. Bowman had also authored a book, ldren's Past Lives: How Past Life Memories Affect Your Child,er her own son had similar problems with nightmares and strange recollections.

▪ Andrea called her immediately. Then after several discussions with Ms. Bowman, Andrea took her advice and began to talk to James about his nightmares right after they happened. As a result, Andrea says, the nightmares decreased drastically.

▪ "When we are dreaming, our conscious minds are not filtering material as when we are in a waking state, so unconscious material, including past life memories, emerge," Ms. Bowman explains. "It is not uncommon for young children to dream of their previous lives. We tend to notice the nightmares, because they disturb the sleep and are often dramatic, realistic stories, as in James' case. They are often recurring, as the child relives the same dramatic events over and over. On some level, they are seeking resolution to these disturbing memories. When Andrea acknowledged what James was remembering in his dreams - his plane crashing - it helped him move through the trauma."

▪ But the side effect, which Ms. Bowman expected, was that James' statements about the crashing airplane and the man who couldn't get out became more detailed, more real to him.

▪ Bruce and Andrea Leininger pose for a portrait with their son, James. The parents say they believe their son has been touched by the spirit of a World War II pilot named James Huston Jr. Now, during the day, James began to consciously mention how "his" plane took off from the water and the Japanese shot down his plane. He even began to be more specific with plane designations and the name of an aircraft carrier that was stationed near Japan during World War II. The eerie and specific details caused Bruce to take up a research quest with Andrea's help to disprove all of James' "facts."

▪ Through all of their research, spanning nearly five years with thousands of declassified documents, personal interviews and military resources, Bruce and Andrea Leininger say they are now finally sure of one thing: Their son is linked with the spirit of a World War II Navy pilot by the name of James M. Huston Jr., who died in 1945.

Uliar 'coincidences' observed from the beginning

▪ Bruce and Andrea say they began to see signs of a spirit linked with their son when James was 20 months old. While moving from Richardson, Texas, to Lafayette in February of 2000, Bruce took James to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Texas. Andrea says planes had always been his fixation: He spent hours playing with toy planes and he would yell when he saw a real plane in the air.

▪ Bruce recalls his son being mesmerized with the planes at the museum; the boy kept wandering back to the World War II section of the museum. When he tried to take James away from the exhibit, after being there for nearly three hours, James put up a fuss and started to cry. To satisfy his curiosity and to calm him, Bruce bought him a Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration videotape at the museum. James played it so much that he practically wore it out.

▪ Mes Leininger signed his drawings "James 3" before his father knew about James Huston Jr. In April of 2000, after getting settled in their new home in Lafayette, James' nightmares began. Bruce and Andrea at first attributed their son's nightmares to being in a new home with unfamiliar sounds. But when they didn't stop, the parents' interest went to a whole new level.

▪ Meanwhile, the furniture suffered from James' toy plane collection. James would crash his toy planes into tables and chairs, Andrea recalls with laughter as she points to the numerous nicks on the living room table. The table served as a landing strip for his planes. Crashing became such an obsession to James that whenever someone mentioned flying, James would blurt out, "Plane crash on fire," which Andrea says unnerved her.

▪ But still, Bruce and Andrea admitted, these actions were similar to those of any child growing up - that is, until James became really specific with details of his nightmarish crash.

▪ From July to September of 2000, James began to tell his parents that the plane in his nightmares was shot down by the Japanese after it had taken off from a ship on the water. When James was asked if he knew who the pilot was, he simply replied "James."

▪ Andrea asked James what type of plane he was flying in his dreams, and he said it was a "Corsair." Then, after repeated attempts to push for more information right after the nightmares, Bruce and Andrea got the word "Natoma."

▪ On a whim to try and make sense of it all, Bruce did a simple Internet search for the word Natoma. The result: there existed an aircraft carrier by the name of U.S.S. Natoma Bay, stationed in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. Bruce thought then it was just a coincidence.

▪ James Huston Jr., a World War II fighter pilot, as he appeared on Feb. 7, 1945, about one month before he was killed in action. In October of 2000, another piece of the puzzle came clear. After another nightmare, James gave his parents the name of Jack Larsen, and he said it was Larsen who flew with James.

▪ The next month, James relinquished another piece of information, which floored his already-skeptical father. Bruce was thumbing through a book, Battle For Iwo Jima,Derrick Wright, which he had recently received from a history book club. While Bruce was inspecting the book, James jumped into his lap to watch cartoons. While waiting for the cartoons to come on, James looked at the book with his dad. Suddenly, James pointed to a map of Iwo Jima near Chichi Jima and said, "Daddy, that is where my plane was shot down." Bruce says he almost keeled over. Weeks later, after several more Internet searches, Bruce stumbled upon a website that referred to the Natoma Bay Association. He contacted a Leo Pyatt, who later said he was a radioman on an Avenger fighter plane with the VC-81 squadron.

▪ Bruce couldn't hold in the questions. He asked Pyatt if there were any Corsairs flown on the Natoma Bay. Pyatt said no - only Avengers and Wildcats. Bruce then asked if he had flown any missions near Iwo Jima, and Pyatt said he had been a part of 36 missions there. Finally came the real question, about the existence of Jack Larsen. Pyatt said he knew Larsen, but he never knew what happened to him.

▪ After realizing so many details from a 2-year-old boy were somehow realistic in nature, Bruce became a man possessed, trying to disprove all of these "coincidences." He began to track down military records from across the nation. His ultimate goal was to disprove these "coincidences" and to end the silly idea, once and for all, that a supposed spirit was affecting his son.

▪ Consequently, he needed to find Jack Larsen.

Parts of the puzzle begin to come together

▪ Bruce couldn't find anything on a Jack Larsen - anywhere - in military records after his son mentioned the name. He searched every list he could find from the U.S. National Archives on the men who died who were stationed on the Natoma Bay and all carriers during World War II. There were several Larsens and Larson's who had died, but no Jack Larsen of the Natoma Bay. He searched for more than a year, with nothing to show for it. He almost gave up.

▪ The problem was Bruce was looking for a dead man. After attending a Natoma Bay Association Reunion in September of 2002, Bruce found out that Jack Larsen was alive and well in Springdale, Ark.

▪ But the reunion unearthed something far more important to his son's puzzling nightmares. After speaking with veterans from the carrier and their families, never mentioning the motivation of his son's unexplainable behavior, Bruce learned there were 21 men who were lost from the Natoma Bay.

▪ James Huston Jr. was a fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Above, left: Huston poses with his Corsair plane - the same type of aircraft that James Leininger mentioned by name during his earliest nightmares. Above, right: The U.S.S. Natoma Bay is the carrier from which Huston flew for some five months before he was shot down. The carrier lost 21 men during its campaign in the Pacific. One of those men was a Lt. James McCready Huston Jr. from the VC-81 fighter squadron, who was shot down at the age of 21 on a special strike mission against shipping in Futami Ko Harbor at Chichi Jima, according to declassified aircraft action reports. Huston had volunteered for the mission, the last mission he would have flown before returning to the United States. He was the only pilot from the Natoma Bay who was shot down at Chichi Jima.

▪ The name stuck out even more in Bruce's mind because the Leininger's had noticed that James had been signing his name as "James 3" on his crayon drawings of World War II planes. He was even saying he was "James 3" - months before the reunion - implying that perhaps since Houston was named after his father, James Leininger was the third.

▪ At this point, Bruce says he became frustrated because his quest to disprove the possibility that his son was experiencing a past life was going in the wrong direction.

▪ "All he ever draws are planes fighting, and he knows the type of planes. I mean he even draws the red sun for the Japanese," Bruce says. "But after he drew 'James 3' for the first time, I asked him why he did that. James said, 'I'm the third. I'm James 3.' He's been calling himself that ever since he was 3 years old. I think he is struggling with something unresolved or he just wouldn't be still drawing those images, like a needle stuck on a record. "

▪ Determined to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle, Bruce visited Larsen in Arkansas in September of 2002 and asked him about Huston. Larsen said he couldn't remember what happened to Houston, but he was sure his plane had been hit by anti-aircraft fire on March 3, 1945 - the day Huston failed to return from his mission and was then pronounced missing in action. Larsen had been Huston's wingman during the day's run to Chichi Jima.

▪ However, Bruce still had hope that all of this talk about spirits was wrong. After vigorously checking into the squadron's aircraft action records, he found out that Huston was shot down in a FM2 Wildcat fighter plane - not a Corsair - and no one at the reunion mentioned anything about Corsairs taking off from the Natoma Bay. Bruce says this apparent inaccuracy gave him hope that all of this was just a series of coincidences.

▪ Just to make sure, Bruce tried to find members of Huston's family. In February of 2003 he made contact with Anne Huston Barron, Huston's sister, who now lives in Los Gatos, Calif. Through several phone conversations, the Leininger's and Ms. Barron became friends, and she agreed to send Bruce photos of her brother during his military service. The packages of photos arrived in February and March of 2003.

▪ In one of the packages was a photo of Huston standing in front of a Corsair fighter plane - the same kind of plane James had mentioned over and over. According to Bruce, interviews with past servicemen and declassified U.S. military records, before Huston joined up with the Natoma Bay and VC-81, he was part of an elite special squadron, the VF-301 Devil's Disciples, from January to August of 1944.

▪ The elite squadron test-flew Corsairs for carrier use, and only 20 pilots were selected for this assignment. However, the VF-301 squadron was disbanded after eight months and Huston was then transferred to VC-81 on Oct. 8, 1944.

▪ When he learned this, Bruce says, all of his skepticism vanished.

▪ "I don't have an answer for this, so I can't explain it either," Bruce says. "Through it all, there has to be an element of faith. There could still be the coincidence of dreaming this all up, but there are odd factors you have to calculate. Lightning can strike once, but when it strikes eight or nine times, you can't say it's a coincidence."

▪ Bruce didn't tell Ms. Barron about his son's supernatural story until later that fall, in October of 2003. When he finally told her about the possibility of her brother's spirit being a part of James, she says she was stunned at first and had to let it all sink in. Then on Oct. 15, 2003, Bruce and Andrea received a letter from her, along with several of Huston's personal effects, that not only said she felt James should have the belongings, but that she truly believed the story.

▪ "This child couldn't know the things he does - he just couldn't - so I believe he is somehow a part of my brother," Ms. Barron says. "These are the things you read about. There must be a reason for it, but I have no hint of what it could be. It's some phenomenon that I don't understand. It all happened nearly 60 years ago. There must be a reason."

▪ Despite not knowing the reason for these coincidences, Ms. Barron is convinced that James Leininger is somehow linked to her lost brother. She now calls the 6-year-old boy "James 3." In turn, he refers to Ms. Barron, who is 86 years old, as his sister.

▪ As Bruce would uncover more information about Huston, without telling James about any of it, the Leininger's would notice more about their son's actions. James had three G.I. Joe dolls and named them Leon, Walter and Billie - names of three pilots who coincidently served with Huston.

▪ According to U.S. Pacific Fleet records, Lt. Leon Stevens Connor, Ensign Walter John Devlin and Ensign Billie Rufus Peeler were among the 21 fatalities from the Natoma Bay. They were also members of the VC-81 air squadron with Huston. When asked why he named the dolls the way he did, Bruce says James answered, "Because they greeted me when I went to heaven.'"

▪ After James said that, Bruce could only leave the room in stunned silence.

▪ James also explained to his father how Corsairs would frequently have flat tires and would always tend to turn to the left. After checking with military historians at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas, the statement was verified.

▪ Andrea recalls the first time she cooked meatloaf for James, who had never had the meal in his life. After Andrea told him they were having meatloaf for dinner, James said he hadn't had meatloaf since he was on the Natoma Bay. So, Bruce and Andrea contacted several veterans from the carrier, and they learned that meatloaf was a regular meal for the crew.

▪ The day James Huston's plane went down

▪ After discovering the Corsair connection was real, there was one significant detail from James' dreams that needed to be explained: exactly how the plane was shot down. After another wave of nightmares, Bruce and Andrea recall how James would say his plane was shot in the engine, and he would repeatedly check and make sure fire extinguishers were available and marked wherever they went.

▪ However, none of Huston's wingmen - Jack Larsen, Bob Greenwalt or William Mathson Jr. - from the VC-81 squadron saw his plane shot down on March 3, 1945, mostly because his plane was the last to dive in the strafing run, according to VC-81 military war diaries. Greenwalt, who also served with Huston as a Devil's Disciple, says when the squadron realized that Huston's plane was no longer in the air, their planes took a second run to look for debris. They found nothing. With no eyewitnesses, the Leininger's could only "believe" that Huston had been shot down near Futami Ko Harbor at Chichi Jima.

▪ As luck would have it, in June of 2003, another veteran helped Bruce with his research. An Internet posting left by him on the Natoma Bay Association website nearly a year earlier caught the attention of a veteran by the name of Jack Durham. Durham turned out to be a member of the VC-83 torpedo-bomber medium (TBM) squad from the U.S.S. Sargent Bay that had run parallel to Huston's squadron on the day he was shot down. According to U.S.S. Natoma Bay aircraft action reports, the VC-81 squadron covered the TBMs during the Futami Ko Harbor strike. Without a doubt, Durham says, he saw Huston's plane shot down by anti-aircraft fire - a fact confirmed by VC-83 aircraft action reports.

▪ Pulling up more records on the bomber squad and reading their military war diaries, Bruce then contacted other VC-83 crew members - John Richardson, Bob Skelton and Ralph Clarbour - and they all confirmed that not only had Huston's plane been shot down, but they saw it get hit in the engine, causing an explosion in the front of the plane. It then crashed into Futami Ko Harbor, the same place James pointed to in the history book with his father in November of 2000.

▪ Every detail of James' dreams have been verified to the Leininger's' satisfaction, whether through eyewitness accounts, personal interviews or military records. Bruce and Andrea say they are absolutely convinced that Huston's spirit has touched James. They just can't figure out why or how exactly.

▪ "If a soul reincarnates with 'unfinished business,' or dies a traumatic death, these memories are more likely to carry over into another life," says Ms. Bowman, the author and expert on such metaphysical phenomena. "In James' case, he died a traumatic death as a young man. There was still much emotion and energy that may have propelled these memories forward. … As I see it, a part of James Huston's consciousness survived death and is a part of James Leininger's soul consciousness. The present incarnation is not a carbon copy of the last, but contains aspects of James Huston's personality and experience."

▪ James continues to recall his past life memories, even today. But Bowman says children usually lose their abilities to remember past life memories by the age of 7. With time running out, what could be the final piece to the puzzle is the crash site itself, and if the cockpit were jammed shut, it would explain the first nightmares. But due to U.S. military regulations concerning downed aircraft in foreign waters, Bruce says diving on the site and disturbing the remains of the pilot would be prohibited.

9. Case Study of Taranjit Singh of Aluna Miana village

▪ IS rebirth possible? Are there any scientific bases for believing in rebirth? Since time immemorial, man has been struggling to find a solution to this mystery but conclusive evidence has thus far eluded him.
▪ Now, in probably the first-ever case of its kind, a Patiala-based forensic science expert has sought to scientifically prove the phenomenon. Putting forward for debate his research in a case involving the rebirth of a child who lived in Chak Chela village of Jalandhar district in his past life and now lives in Aluna Miana village of Ludhiana district, Vikram Raj Singh Chauhan claims to prove on the basis of the comparison between the handwriting of the child in his previous and present births, the theory that rebirth is possible. His findings have been hailed at the recent National Conference of Forensic Scientists at Bundelkhand University, Jhansi.

▪ A couple of months ago, a six-year-old boy Taranjit Singh of Aluna Miana village near Payal in Ludhiana claimed to remember his previous life. In fact, according to his economically weak parents, the boy had been claiming this since he was two years old and used to attempt to run away from home. The boy said he was born in Chak Chela village in Jalandhar district in his past birth and his real name was Satnam Singh and his father’s name was Jeet Singh. He said he was a student of Class IX in a school in Nihaluwal village at the time of his death. On September 10, 1992, he was returning home on a bicycle from his school along with his friend Sukhwinder Singh when a scooter-rider named Joga Singh of Mirajwala village, Shahkot tehsil, hit him. He received serious injuries on his head and died the following day.

▪ His present father Ranjit Singh said as the boy became more insistent, he and his wife took him to Chak Chela village in Sangrur district. They could not find anyone resembling the people their son had described as his parents. When someone told them that there was a village called Chak Chela in Jalandhar district as well, they decided to go there.

▪ The boy’s father Ranjit Singh and his friend Rajinder Singh went to the government school in Nihaluwal village in Jalandhar district where they met an old teacher who told that it was true that a boy named Satnam Singh had died in an accident and he was the son of Jeet Singh of Chak Chela village. Then the family reached the house of Jeet Singh and narrated the whole story.

▪ Ranjit Singh also said that his son claimed that the books he was carrying when the accident occurred had been soaked in his blood. He also had Rs 30 in his purse. On hearing this, the woman Taranjit claimed was his mother in his previous birth, started weeping and confirmed his claim. She said she had preserved the blood-stained books and Rs 30 as the last memory of her child.

▪ After few days Taranjit Singh’s brother in his previous life Kewal Singh, sister Lakhbir Kaur, friend Buta Singh, father Jeet Singh and mother Mohinder Kaur came to Aluna Miana village to meet Taranjit. Lakhbir Kaur showed the photographs of her marriage to Taranjit Singh and asked him to recognise himself in his previous birth. Taranjit Singh immediately recognised the same as also the photo of his parents in his previous birth.

▪ This story was carried in some newspapers. Vikram Chauhan told this writer that as a man of science, he refused to believe such a story but driven by curiosity, he decided to investigate. He visited the villages concerned a number of times. The boy and the parents of both the births repeated the same story. He spoke to a shopkeeper who told him that the boy had taken a notebook on credit of Rs 3 from him a few days before his death. When the shopkeeper went to the boy’s village, the boy immediately recognised him but said he owed him Rs 2 only. The shopkeeper admitted the fact and said he had only wanted to test the authenticity of the child’s claim.

▪ Thereafter to confirm the incident scientifically, Chauhan took samples of the writings of Taranjit Singh both in Gurmukhi and English and also of Satnam Singh from the notebooks kept by the family of Satnam Singh, in order to find out whether or not the handwritings of Satnam Singh and Taranjit Singh were similar. A basic theory of forensic science that the handwritings of two different individuals cannot be the same was the basis of his investigation. If Taranjit Singh and Satnam Singh were the same person, then their handwritings also had to be the same.

▪ The author explained that a person’s handwriting has specific characteristics, which are determined by one’s personality and hence no two persons write in the same manner.

▪ It is an applied science combining the study of optics, physiology and psychology. A person’s psychological makeup determines, to a large extent, his handwriting. Thus, the mind plays an important role in shaping a person’s handwriting and the hand only translates into action the dictates of the mind, which cannot be the same in two different writers.

▪ The author revealed he was amazed to find that the handwriting of Taranjit Singh corresponded almost exactly with that of Satnam Singh. The only difference lay in the muscular coordination of the two writers as Taranjit Singh was not accustomed to writing. This was quite unusual and suggested that something in the two boys was same.

▪ The author argued that if it is presumed that the soul is transferred from one person to another then it can be inferred that the mind will remain the same. Thus, if Satnam Singh’s soul was believed to have been transferred into Taranjit Singh’s body, then it stood to reason that the handwriting of Taranjit Singh would correspond with that of Satnam Singh.

▪ The scientist proved this in a conference. According to the minutes of the conference, a number of forensic experts examined the handwriting samples and found that these were similar.

10. The Boy Who Once Again Lives With His Wife From The Past
▪ There is a couple, the guy is a famous author, and he and his wife run seminars in the whole of America.

▪ The couple in question had a son whom I shall call Michael. When he was a baby he desperately wanted to hold his father’s Rolex watch in his hands. He kept reaching for it again and again. As soon as he could speak his first words, he pointed to the watch and said, “Mine!” One day, when his parents called him by his name, he pointed to himself and said, “Sunny.” He insisted so long and so forcefully on being called Sunny that his parents soon gave in and agreed to his wishes. A few months later the young nipper said, “Me Sunny Ray.”

▪ His mother was immediately taken by this name, which after all meant sunray. So from now on she called him My Little Sunray. One day he told them that he had a wife whose name was Dawn, and that they had both lived in Texas. In his present parent’s house they mainly listened to classical music. When the radio played a Country and Western song Michael would sing along, and to their amazement he even seemed to know the words. One day Michael was looking at a book about dogs with his mother. All of a sudden he pointed to a white spaniel and called out excitedly, “That’s my dog Willie!” His parents never seemed to seriously consider that their son could be talking about something from a previous life.

▪ Some time later when the boy was seven years old, the couple was running a seminar in Texas. One of the people taking part was Dawn Ray. During a break Michael’s father started a conversation with the woman, and asked her whether she was married. She told him, “I have been a widow for eight years.” “What was your husband’s first name?” “Sunny”, she replied. The couple then looked at each other in amazement. Then he asked the woman whether she would please come to their hotel after the seminar because they had something important to tell her. When she got there they told her that they have a son who claims to have been married to someone called Dawn Ray from Texas in a previous life. “Did you own a white spaniel?” asked Michael’s mother. “Oh yes, that was our Willie. He and Sunny were inseparable!” Mrs. Ray now was determined to get to know Michael. Michael’s parents phoned home to arrange a flight for him and two days later the seven-year-old was able to fly out to be with them. They did not tell their son over the phone why it was so important for him to come to Texas so suddenly. After collecting him from the airport they took him straight away to Mrs. Ray’s house. When she opened the door, the boy recognised her immediately and called out excitedly, “Dawn!” He stretched out his hands and ran into the arms of the dazed Mrs. Ray, hugged her and gave her a big kiss on the cheek.

▪ Finally everyone sat down in the living room. Mrs. Ray, who was still sceptical, asked Michael whether he knew this house. He did not recognise it. On hearing that, she explained that she only moved into this house two years after the death of Sunny. Then Michael asked her whether she had kept his guitar. Mrs. Ray was highly amazed at this question. She went to a cupboard and took out a guitar and placed it into the outstretched hands of the little man. Michael held the instrument like a competent guitar player. After a couple of tries, even though the fret board was not the right size for a seven-year-old, he began to play and sing a well-known folk song. This especially amazed his parents, since to their knowledge their son had never played the guitar. Then he asked Mrs. Ray, whom he now addressed as Dawn, whether she also kept his watch for him. She fetched a box in which the watch was kept. It was a Rolex identical to the one his father was wearing. Then he asked her for his camera. His parents first wanted to know exactly what it looked like. When he had described it, Dawn fetched it and it perfectly matched his description. Also his pipe, which he wanted to see, had first to be described by him.

▪ “Dawn sold her house and moved in with the family in California. She looked after Michael, since his parents were often away travelling. When she moved to New York Michael missed her so much that even though he was only fourteen-years-old his parents agreed to let him live in New York with her. They have lived together ever since”

11. The Dutch Clock
▪ Bruce Whittier had reoccurring dreams of being a Jewish man hiding in a house with his family. His name had been Steffan Horowitz, a Dutch Jew who was discovered in his hiding place along with his family and taken to Auschwitz, where he died. During and after the dreams, he felt panicked and restless. He began to record his dreams, and one night he dreamed about a clock, which he was able to draw in great detail upon waking.

▪ Whittier dreamed about the location of the clock in an antiques shop and went to look. The clock was visible in the shop window and looked exactly like the one in his dreams. Whittier asked the dealer where it had come from. It transpired that the dealer had bought the clock from among the property of a retired German major in The Netherlands. This convinced Whittier that he really had led a past life.

12. Here Lies Austin
▪ When my brother was about 2 or 3 he told us his name used to be Austin. One day we were picnicking right along side a cemetery, when my brother took off running towards the gravestones, my dad and I followed him and found him touching a large headstone that simply read “Here Lies Austin” no name, no date. My brother did not learn to read until he was 6 and this headstone wasn’t even right out visible from where we were, yet he ran right to it.

Dr. Ian Stevenson's Life Work and Publications

1. Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation University of Virginia Press, 1966

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2. Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation, (second revised and enlarged edition), University of Virginia Press, 1974. This book includes detailed reports of 20 cases of children (from five different countries) who claimed to remember previous lives.

3. 30 Most Convincing Cases of Reincarnation

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Cases of the Reincarnation Type
1. Cases of the Reincarnation Type Vol. I : Ten Cases in India, University of Virginia Press, 1975.
2. Cases of the Reincarnation Type Vol. II : Ten Cases in Sri Lanka, University of Virginia Press, 1978.
3. Cases of the Reincarnation Type Vol. III : Twelve Cases in Lebanon and Turkey, University of Virginia Press,1980.
4. Cases of the Reincarnation Type
Vol. IV :Twelve Cases in Thailand and Burma, University of Virginia Press, 1983.

Birthmarks and birth defects
1. Reincarnation and Biology: Volume 1: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects
2. Birthmarks and Reincarnation and Biology:
Volume 2: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects

Birth Defects and Other Anomalies.
1. Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect.
(A short and non‐technical version of Reincarnation and Biology, for the general
reader) Praeger Publishers, 1997.

Other books
1. Children Who Remember Previous Lives:
A Question of Reincarnation.
2. European Cases of the Reincarnation Type:
McFarland & Company.
3. Telepathic Impressions: A Review and Report of 35 New Cases, University Press of Virginia, 1970.
4. Xenoglossy: A Review and Report of A Case, University of Virginia Press, 1974.
5. A World in a Grain of Sand: The Clairvoyance of Stefan Ossowiecki, McFarland Press, 2005.
6. Unlearned Language: New study in Xenoglossy
University of Virginia Press,1984 Selected articles
7. Stevenson, I (1983). "American children who claim to remember previous lives". The Journal of nervous and mental disease
8. Stevenson, Ian (1985). "The Belief in Reincarnation Among the Igbo
of Nigeria". Journal of Asian and African Studies
9. Stevenson, I. (1986). "Characteristics of Cases of the Reincarnation Type among the Igbo of Nigeria". Journal of Asian and African Studies
10. Stevenson, Ian (1993). "Birthmarks and Birth Defects Corresponding Wounds on Deceased Persons". Journal of Scientific Exploration
11. Cook, Emily Williams; Grayson, Bruce; Stevenson, Ian (1998). "Do Any Near‐
Death Experiences Provide Evidence the Survival of Human Personality after Relevant Features and Illustrative Case Reports". to Journal of Scientific Exploration
12. Stevenson, I (1999). "Past lives of twins".
13. Stevenson, I (2000). "The phenomenon of claimed memories of previous lives: possible interpretations and importance". Medical Hypotheses
14. Stevenson, I (2001). "Ropelike birthmarks on children who claim to remember past lives". Psychological reports
15. Pasricha, Satwant K.; Keil, Jürgen; Tucker, Jim B.; Stevenson, Ian (2005). "Some Bodily Malformations Attributed to Previous Lives". Exploration Journal of Scientific
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