Children Who Remember Past Lives: Do you believe in reincarnation?
'"When science doesn't find something, there are two possibilities: The not finding of something that doesn't exist and the case of even though something exists, it can't be found. They are different. For instance, about past and future lives and not being able to prove them scientifically, it is just that scientists cannot find them, but that doesn't prove that they don't exist." - His Holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama"'
Maureen Healy from Psychology Today, works with parents whose children have traumatic memories of past lives. She has documented some interesting cases of children who have these dramatic memories.
I like the idea that there are counselors and others out there who do not dismiss children out of hand when they come forward with their stories. This short interview on Psychology Today highlights one such person, Professor Jim B. Tucker. Her short interview with him is at the link attached.
From the article in Psychology Today:
"(JT): James Leininger is a case that has received some press. He is a boy from Louisiana who began having terrible nightmares about a plane crash around the time of his second birthday and then told of being a World War II pilot who was killed over the Pacific. His father spent several years researching the situation and eventually identified the pilot James must have been describing. I was able to study both the records of the pilot and the documentation of James's statements that was made before the pilot was identified, and they matched extremely well."
I also found some video's on YouTube that describe some children's experiences and memories.
Here is an interview with Professor Jim B. Tucker on Thanatos T.V.
"Prof. Dr. Jim B. Tucker has been researching cases of past life reports in children for 40 years and continues the work of his predecessor Dr. Ian Stevenson, who originated this area of research in the United States. As director at the Department of Perceptual Studies, Prof. Tucker reviews and examines reports coming in predominantly from people across the United States with first hand reports of children recounting past life memories. In this interview we look into some of the methods being applied in obtaining, selecting and cross checking data of such extraordinary accounts – 2,500 so far and counting – as well as the implications that might be derived from the results of this particular and unconventional body of scientific investigation. Next to the evidence collected by Prof. Tucker et al., we discuss related aspects of mind, consciousness, the interaction of mind and body as well as the nature of human consciousness at large."
An In-Depth Online Interview with Jim B. Tucker by Werner Nieke
"For the last sixty years, doctors at the University of Virginia Division of Perceptual Studies have investigated cases of young children who report memories of previous lives. Dr. Ian Stevenson, the founder of this work, published numerous scholarly articles and books about cases from all over the world. After working with Dr. Stevenson for several years, Dr. Jim Tucker took over the project when Dr. Stevenson retired. With Life Before Life, he presented an overview of the research. After focusing on American cases, he told of his experiences with some remarkable children in Return to Life, a New York Times best seller.
'Now comes BEFORE: Children's Memories of Previous Lives, a 2-in-1 edition combining both books, with a new introduction that includes the fascinating case of a boy who remembered dying in the Vietnam War."
Christians generally do not believe in reincarnation. That was not the case before the 6th century A.D. Before that reincarnation was a matter of common knowledge of Jews and Christians alike. We will cover that in another article.
From Modern Guide to Hinduism:
"Hindus believe that it is acceptable to choose the action that will do the least amount of harm to the people involved: the mother and father, the child and society. Hence, Hinduism is generally opposed to abortion unless it is necessary to save the mother's life. Ahimsa (non-violence) teaches that it is wrong not only to kill living beings, but to also to kill embryos, therefore, it is usually best not to have an abortion unless having a child brings up major health concerns for the mother. Hindu texts are strongly opposed to abortion: one text compares abortion to the killing of a priest, another text considers abortion a worse sin than killing one's parents, another text says that a woman who aborts her child will lose her caste. Another reason many Hindus are opposed to abortion is that many of them regard having kids as a duty to society rather than a personal choice. The belief in reincarnation can be used to make a strong argument against abortion: If a fetus is aborted, the soul within it suffers a karmic setback. It is deprived of the opportunities its potential human existence would have given it to earn good karma, and is returned immediately to the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Thus abortion hinders a soul's spiritual progress. With all of this in mind, people might not be sure why abortion is even legal in India. Abortion is practiced in Hindu culture in India, because the religious ban on abortion is sometimes overruled by the cultural preference for sons. This can lead to abortion for the purpose of preventing the birth of girl babies, which is called 'female feticide'. This also happens in countries such as China who also prefer to raise male children. This is an additional controversy and debate based on morals. On the contrary, reincarnation can also be used to make a case that abortion should be permitted. Under the doctrine of reincarnation, abortion only deprives the soul of one of many births that it will have. The consequences of abortion are therefore not as bad as they are in those religions where a soul gets only one chance to be born and where abortion deprives the soul of all possibility of life. Hindus believe that all life is sacred, to be loved and revered, and therefore practice ahimsa (non-violence). All life is sacred because all creatures are manifestations of Brahman."
Hindus believe that there is one true God, the supreme spirit, called Brahman. Brahman has many forms, pervades the whole universe, and is symbolized by the sacred syllable Om (or Aum). Most Hindus believe that Brahman is present in every person as the eternal spirit or soul, called the Atman, therefore abortion can be interpreted to mean the killing of God in the womb.
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