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It was 1930s British India. A little girl, Shanti Devi, in Delhi became the national sensation. She reportedly could remember her past life—even how she died and her in-between stage. When this case came to Mahatma Gandhi’s attention, he personally talked to the girl and set up a 15-member commission to investigate it. This unscientific account shocked the world scientists when the report was published in 1936, saying Shanti Devi was a reincarnated kid who had a past life.
Shanti Devi was born in 1926 and until the age of four she did not speak. One day when she first spoke she surprised her family. She said to her mother that this was not her real home, her home was in Mathura and her name was Lugdi. She also said her husband and son lived there. Her family did not believe her story. Later, a teacher in her school promised Shanti a trip to Mathura if she gave her husband’s name and address. He wrote a letter to her husband, Kedernath, detailing everything. He received a letter quickly that said everything the girl mentioned was true. Kedernath’s wife passed away some years earlier and he had a son. Eventually Kedernath along with his son traveled to Delhi to meet Shanti Devi.
Through media this reincarnation story spread all over India like a wild fire. Ian Stevenson, an internationally known researcher on reincarnation, came to India and investigated this Shanti’s case which he later published in his book titled Twenty Cases: Suggestive Reincarnation. He worked for the University of Virginia’s Department of Psychology and traveled extensively around the world to explore paranormal cases. Ian Stevenson believed that reincarnation should be taken seriously as a possible explanation. He died in 2007. Here are a few possible signs described below that may determine kids who had a past life.
Traumatic memories and nightmares – Traumatic memories and nightmares could be possible signs of reincarnation that indicate kids who had a past life. Some children might say in a past life they were somebody else and have disturbing memories of a terrible death. One case is Carson Culpepper, who said to her mother that she recalled being at the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, which happened some years earlier she was born. Also, the children who had a previous life often experience nightmares.
Birthmarks – Birthmarks are considered as indication for reincarnation. Ian Stevenson found numerous examples of birthmark cases. In one case, an Indian boy was born without fingers on his right hand. He remembered his past life where his fingers cut off after sticking them in a fodder chopping machine. In another surprising case, a boy was born in Turkey with a malformed right ear. This boy recalled having been shot and killed at close range on that side of his head.
Advanced skills and adult-like behavior – Children who have allegedly been someone else in a previous life seem to display surprising talents beyond their years. Some may act in a way beyond their years which is not usual in that age.
Fears and phobias – Many people have fear of water, dogs, spiders, rats and also suffer from phobias that are completely irrational. Psychologists say there might be a root of these bizarre fears and phobias. Probably these fears carried over from a past life.
Mysterious pains – Mysterious pain is one of the signs that indicate kids who had a past life. A reincarnated child may have aches and pains that the doctors can not fairly pinpoint or find a medical explanation. It can be labeled as hypochondriac, where a person imagines his ailments. It might suggest, those mysterious pains, cramps, sores could be reflections of suffering the person endured in a past life existence.
By Rahad Abir