We Don't Die - A Skeptic's Discovery of Life After Death
#1 International Bestsller by Sandra Champlain
The word "reincarnation" derives from Latin, literally meaning, "entering the flesh again". The concept of reincarnation, that of an individual dying and then being reborn into another body, has existed in various religions for at least 3,000 years. It has now spread to the point that there are probably more people alive who believe in reincarnation than do not. Even in cultures such as the United States and Western Europe that do not have a predominant belief in reincarnation, 20 to 30 percent of the population holds the belief.
There are too many incredible stories of reincarnation to dismiss it and say its not possible.
WERE THESE AMAZING CHILDREN REINCARNATED?
CHRISTIAN FRIEDRICH HEINECKEN : He is said to have been talking within just a few hours of birth in 1721. At just one year old he knew the main events in the first five books of the old testament. At just two the whole of biblical history. At three world history . He could also speak German, Latin and French. In 1724 the King of Denmark brought him to Copenhagen. The infant predicted his own death within twelve months and died at four as predicted.
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART : At only fours years old he wrote a piano concerto, minuetes and a sonata. His compositions were technically accurate and also extremely difficult. At seven he composed a full length opera.
MIGUEL MANTILLA : This two year old had the ability to answer such questions as in what year will February 4 be a Friday.
JEAN LOUIS CARDIAC : Born in France in 1719 this three month old baby could repeat the alphabet. At three years old he could read Latin, at four he could translate it into French or English. He died at just seven years old.
BLIND TOM WIGGINS : The blind child of a slave he played the piano as a professional at four. Tom went on to play the piano internationally, but away from the piano he only could speak a few words. He died world famous in 1908.
JOHN STUART MILL : At just three years old he knew Greek, at six he knew Xenophon, Herodotus and Luciasn
JOSE CAPABLANCA : Born in Cuba by the age of four he was a world class chess player. He went on to become world champion.
GIANNELLA DE MARCO : On March 12, 1953 this eight year old girl conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The London concert was the 123rd of her career which began at just four years old.
CARL FRIEDRICH : GAUSS : At three years old he noticed a calculation mistake in his father's payroll records. He went on to become the greatest mathematician of the 19th century.
Some sages say our bodies were like houses which accommodate a new tenant after its occupant moves on another place for a journey. The majority will surely contradict this idea considering if one dies, the physical body decays with it and the fact that we have identified life on this planet relative to the state of health of the “house”, everything ends the moment it is ruined. But what if the decayed body actually has a tenant who moves on to another journey without our eyes seeing it considering it had been obscured by tears for the mourning that follows?
If this possibility has some bit of truth in it, dying may not actually be the case in our human existence but a question of where do we go from here and what separate personalities have we attained ever since we forgot to consider and refuse to validate the strange nature of our being. For the simple reason that if we couldn’t recall what we did months or years that passed in our present life, how much more with past lives? Consider these cases for example.
Shanti Devi – A famous case of reincarnation claim was Shanti Devi. Born 11 December 1926 and died 27 December 1987, Shanti Devi has caused some serious controversy on the case of reincarnation the moment she claimed she remembered her past life as Lugdi Devi and the memory she got out of it that corroborated the details on actual circumstances. She was still a young girl in the 1930s when her claim caught the attention of Mahatma Gandhi who assisted her by organizing an investigation committee in verifying her past life’s circumstances. When Kedar Nath met her pretending to be her brother with their son, she readily recognized him as her husband in past life. A visit to Mathura, her claimed place of residence during her past life made her recognize Lugdi Devi’s relatives and even Lugdi Devi’s grandfather. The investigation committee concluded that Shanti Devi was indeed a reincarnation of Lugdi Devi. Shanti Devi did not marry and has carried her story till her death in 1987.
James Leininger – As a child, James had been troubled by recurring nightmares about an airplane crash. As frequent as four times a week this nightmare will prompt his parents to shake him awake to get him out of such frightening experience. The striking semblance of his nightmares would be his gesture kicking and screaming, “Airplane crash on fire, little man can’t get out.” Playing with his toy airplanes, he would smash them into the table simulating a crash and utter, “Plane crash – on fire!” Things began to improve when his grandmother suggested her grandson’s nightmares might have something to do with his past. Recommending the assistance of Carol Bowman to her daughter, James was brought to the former for counseling and although the nightmares had been minimized, James memory on the details of a would be past life had increased. James was able to remember the details of his aircraft (a Vought F4U Corsair) including the name of the aircraft carrier (Natoma) and his former wingman in the squadron, Jack Larsen. When Larsen was reached on a reunion of US World War II veterans, he confirmed being the wingman for a pilot named James M. Huston, Jr. Reported missing after a raid over Futami Ko Harbor in Chichi Jima back in 1945. Only one inconsistency surfaced regards to the plane’s make since records show Huston disappeared aboard an FM2 Wildcat fighter not the Corsair. By spring of 2003, James’ father Bruce managed to contact Huston’s surviving sister, Anne living in California. When photos of Huston from the war were examined there indeed was the former pilot pictured in front of his plane, a Corsair. It turned out Huston was part of an elite squadron called Devil’s Disciples flying Corsairs (Squadron VF-301). It certainly was the last type of aircraft he had flown with during the time of his disappearance.
Joan Grant – Born 12 April 1907 and died 3 February 1989, Joan Grant earned fame for her novels about life at the time of the pharaohs and pyramids in Egypt. Her novels like Winged Pharaoh, Eyes of Horus, So Moses Was Born, etc. tells about life in ancient Egypt with uncanny accuracy (as for her first novel Winged Pharaoh) as later confirmed by scholars relative to historical facts. Writing without research and corroborative readings from history, Grant claimed to have been Sekeeta, a princess in previous lifetime as her first novel portrayed. She further made an analogy concerning the human personality and an orange fruit which appears as a single object under the eyes of the observer. However when the orange’s skin is peeled off, a separate part is shown as a separate fragment of the whole. More so, she related the orange to the theory of time which further creates an illusion making it harder for us to comprehend the nature of reincarnation as a normal process in the aspect of our lives.
Being open about the possibility of things beyond our expectations is the first step at understanding the nature of our existence. Whether we are concerned about the doughnut and not the hole or we give time trying to understand the concept of wormholes in space & time or the actual worms that will be boring holes (you know where) somewhere, it is up for us to use our rational thinking. Sometimes we spend our lifetime figuring matters of least importance than issues of utmost consideration that determines our being. We have the freedom to choose or follow the trend.