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Can some people really recall details of their past lives?Where is the logic or the need for reincarnation?

in my view, If there is no reincarnation, then God's love and forgiveness are not unlimited, it has a limit, our sins. But if, as Jesus stated and John confirmed, God's love is endless and limitless, there should be a way in which the spirit can erase all his wrongdoings and errors. And that way is reincarnation.

The Sanskrit word for rebirth or reincarnation is 'punarjanam' and 'samsara' (the round of births and deaths or transmigration of the soul).

S. Rajmohan,a famous research scholar at the Ramakrishna Mission, Chennai, India,writes : "For death is nothing but the dissolution of the body, which is a mere cage for the jiva (soul). At the time of death, the self entrapped in the snare of the five elements leaves one body and enters another."

The Bhagvad Purana states: "Just as commodities like gold and other articles change hands, a jiva (soul) wanders from one species of existence to another." So we are reborn and get a life in accordance with our past karmas or deeds.

Wrote Sri Aurobindo in The Life Divine: "The law that deprives us of the memory of the past lives is a law of the cosmic wisdom and serves, not disserves, its evolutionary purpose... A clear and detailed memory of the past lives, hatred, rancor, attachments, connections would be a stupendous inconvenience; for it would bind the reborn being to a useless repetition or a compulsory continuation of his surface past and stand in the way of his bringing out new possibilities from the depths of the spirit."

Most Buddhist sects agree with reincarnation. The Tibetan Book of The Dead describes the soul's passage after death and how it comes back to human form. The story of the Dalai Lama is the best example of children's past life memory. Each of the Dalai Lamas, over many centuries since the birth of the first in 1351 AD, followed the same line; each one was an incarnation of the last, retaining the spiritual wisdom acquired over many lifetimes.

However, scientists discount reincarnation. They attribute reincarnation claims to:
Fantasy: Work of imagination to avoid some unpleasant situation such as an unhappy home.
Fraud: Where either the child or the family fabricates a case to achieve some personal goal.
Genetic memory: The claimed memories of previous life are passed onto him through genetic transmission.
Cryptomnesia: The subject's knowledge about previous life is not in question, but he may have come by it normally.
Paramnesia: A memory disorder in which a person on seeing a new place or meeting a stranger feels that he has been to the place or has met the person before.

In fact, Dr Anil Aggarwal, Professor of Forensic Sciences at Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi says: "Nowadays you have test tube babies, so where is the soul involved in this? Moreover, if you look into cloning, this totally washes out the theory of rebirth."

Men of science demand proof. Elucidates Dr Aggarwal: "We can't see air, but we can measure it by instruments. So even if we can't see the soul, we should at least be able to check its presence with something. Until you can prove the concept of the soul, you can't prove rebirth."

Research indicates that a person's previous (parallel) incarnations can apparently shape certain aspects of their emotional dispositions as well as their physical body. For example Burmese children who now remember previous lifetimes as British or American air force pilots shot down over Burma during World War II. All of them have fairer hair and complexions than their darker colored siblings.

Some people still bear marks or scares from other lifetimes. Some people have fears and phobias as results of past life experiences. It is as if the template of the modern body remembered the experiences of the former body and reformed a new body with the old problems and physical markings.

Thomas Huxley, the famous English biologist, thought that reincarnation was a plausible idea and discussed it in his book Evolution and Ethics and other Essays. The most detailed collections of personal reports in favor of reincarnation have been published by Professor Ian Stevenson, from the University of Virginia, in books such as Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation.

Stevenson spent over 40 years devoted to the study of children who have apparently spoken about a past life. In each case, Professor Stevenson methodically documented the child's statements. Then he identified the deceased person the child allegedly identified with, and verified the facts of the deceased person's life that matched the child's memory. He also matched birthmarks and birth defects to wounds and scars on the deceased, verified by medical records such as autopsy photographs.

In a fairly typical case, a boy in Beirut spoke of being a 25-year-old mechanic, thrown to his death from a speeding car on a beach road. According to multiple witnesses, the boy provided the name of the driver, the exact location of the crash, the names of the mechanic's sisters and parents and cousins, and the people he went hunting with -- all of which turned out to match the life of a man who had died several years before the boy was born, and who had no apparent connection to the boy's family.

Stevenson believed that his strict methods ruled out all possible "normal" explanations for the child¹s memories. However, it should be noted that a significant majority of Professor Stevenson's reported cases of reincarnation originate in Eastern societies, where dominant religions often permit the concept of reincarnation.

There are many people who have investigated reincarnation and come to the conclusion that it is a legitimate phenomenon, such as Peter Ramster, Dr. Brian Weiss, Dr. Walter Semkiw, and others, but their work is generally ignored by the scientific community. Professor Stevenson, in contrast, published dozens of papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Some scientists, such as Paul Edwards, have analyzed many of these accounts. In every case they apparently found that further research into the individuals involved provides sufficient background to weaken the conclusion that these cases are credible examples of reincarnation. Philosophers like Robert Almeder, having analyzed the criticisms of Edwards and others, suggest that the gist of these arguments can be summarized as "we all know it can't possibly be real, so therefore it isn't real" - an argument from lack of imagination.

The most obvious objection to reincarnation is that there is no evidence of a physical process by which a personality could survive death and travel to another body, and researchers such as Professor Stevenson recognize this limitation.

Another fundamental objection is that most people simply do not remember previous lives, although it could be argued that only some, but not all, people reincarnate. Certainly the vast majority of cases investigated at the University of Virginia involved people who had met some sort of violent or untimely death.

Some skeptics explain that claims of evidence for reincarnation originate from selective thinking and the psychological phenomena of false memories that often result from one's own belief system and basic fears, and thus cannot be counted as empirical evidence. But other skeptics, such as Dr Carl Sagan, see the need for more reincarnation research

Did you ever feel like you had been somewhere before or had already met certain people? I think that most of us go through this at least once or twice in our lifetimes. While most of us pass this off as just one of those crazy things that can't be accounted for, there are some that credit this to having lived before and having been to a place in a past life or having met people in a recent past life? I don't know how you, as the reader of this article, feels about this subject, but I can assure you that reincarnation is quite real to some people. Some people say that it is impossible on religious grounds and that we (our souls) go to either heaven or hell, depending on whether we have led good lives or not. Others feel that we are given chances, to correct our mistakes and misdeeds by being put on Earth again. The amount of chances being either limited to an unknown amount or unlimited and only recurring until we live our life correctly. When this happens, we then go to heaven. So what does this really mean? One interpretation is that Earth is hell and we are constantly sent here to suffer and correct our misdeeds. Another interpretation is that Earth is a place, neither heaven or hell, but more like purgatory, where we are given many more chances and ultimately most of us will land in heaven.

Could there ever be any proof that someone was reincarnated and had lived at least one past life? First of all there are three different things that could cause people to know things about past lives. I am not talking about people that just plain lie. The first thing would be that they actually lived past lives. Secondly that they acquired the memories, somehow, of people who died and lastly they heard about people who died, or even read about them and somehow they now feel that these facts are coming from their own memories. Hardly anyone, except me, believe that it might be possible to acquire the memories of a deceased person. The reason I believe it, is that our atoms go back into the ground all around us when we die and even some may go into the air. I fell that since insects can pass chemical memory, maybe through some unknown process, humans can do the same after they die. It might be just as easy as breathing in a few atoms form the air around us. There is also the fact that sometimes we read or hear about something, maybe when we are young and convince ourselves that it is our own memory. People can do this easily, especially if they dream about something enough. It then may become their memory. Of course this is always the chance that the person who thinks they were reincarnated, might be.

A six year old boy represents a fascinating case for reincarnation. He talks of a plane crash, where he was the pilot. The plane crashed off a Japanese island in World War II and the boy has all the memories of that day as the pilot of the plane. He has constant nightmares of being shot down. They are so violent that his parents have to wake him up. The nightmares began when the boy was only two years old. As is my custom, I do not use the names of people in these types of articles. As the boy grew older, more details about the crash would come out in his dreams. Those that believe in reincarnation also believe that the dreams of past lives are a lot more apt to appear in young children and that adults unconsciously block out these thought and dreams. As the boy grew he began to name the plane's designation and the name of the carrier it came from. The boy who was now six years old was taken ...

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