Have you ever heard about children who remember their past lives?
The notion that the soul is immortal is not unfamiliar to any religion we humans have ever invented.
Some religions, like Buddhism, place the idea of everlasting life at the center of their teachings, with everything else being just a mere consequence of this assumption. The interesting part related to our story is that the selection process of the new Dalai Lama is done after the death of the previous one and that all candidates are children.
A child who can recognize the objects that belonged to the deceased spiritual leader is named his successor. Reincarnation in its purest form, wouldn’t you agree? Buddhists are not the only ones who believe in the never-ending cycle of life and death, as a matter of fact, similar beliefs can be found on every continent.
In the last hundred years, many psychiatrists have researched the phenomenon of people remembering the facts from their past lives. In their studies, they have discovered that most of their subjects were children between the age of 3 and 7. Interestingly, most of the children forgot these memories in the same period most of us lose the early childhood memories, around the time we turn 6 or 7 years old.
So let’s take a look at some of the studies that might prove that past lives and reincarnation are more than just stories from a religious book.
Hanan Monsur and Suzanne Ghanem
Hanan Monsur was born in Lebanon in 1930’s and by the time she was twenty, she married a policeman named Farouk. She gave birth to two girls Leila and Galareh. During the second pregnancy, Hanan experienced heart problems, but she decided not to listen to the doctors and became pregnant for the third time. In 1962, her third child came into the world, this time, a son.
During this period, she told her husband that she was going to be reincarnated and have lots to say about her previous life. A year later, her health condition worsened and she had to go through an operation. Hanan flew to Richmond, Virginia, where she died while recovering from the operation. Before dying, she tried to make a telephone call to her daughter Leila. She never reached her.
Ten days after Hanan died, Suzanne Ghanem was born. At the age of only sixteen months, Suzanne picked up a telephone and was constantly repeating ‘Hello Leila’. At the time her family didn’t understand what was going on, but as Suzanne grew, she was able to identify thirteen family members from her past life. The two families met and Farouk accepted Suzanne as a member of his own family. They were in contact for the rest of his life.
Rashid Khaddege and Daniel Jurdi
On a sunny day in 1968, a mechanic named Rashid Khaddege got into a car with his friend Ibrahim and went for a ride. They drove to the Military Beach in Beirut, but unfortunately, the driver lost the control of the vehicle. Both men died on the spot. One year later, a boy named Daniel Jurdi was born. His first words were Ibrahim.
As a two-year-old Daniel repeatedly claimed that he wanted to go home, that his parents were not his real parents and that he didn’t have a father because his real father was dead. He also claimed that his father’s name was Naim, as it turned out Naim was the name of the Rashid’s father.
While driving with his mother near the place where Rashid had died, little Daniel recognized the place and told his mother ‘This is where I died’. Years later, the two families met. Daniel recognized Rashid’s sister as his sister without ever seeing her before. He also knew that Rashid’s favorite fruit was a banana. Strangely enough, Rashid’s family had stopped eating bananas because it evoked memories of him. Daniel still has a car phobia due to his experiences in his previous life.
Anne Frank and Barbo Karlen
Perhaps one of the saddest stories we all remember from our childhood is Anne Frank’s story. An innocent young girl hiding from the Nazis in the attic for years, only to be captured and executed in the concentration camp. A horrible story that informed us of the horrors people had to go through during one of the most terrible wars in history.