Recommended Reading

old souls:

Yesterday I visited Borders Bookshop here in Sydney and obtained a book on Reincarnation research. This was not flaky, new-age speculation, but rather a well-written account based on scientific tests collaborating authentic, strictly documented cases.

I personally need no convincing of the transmigration of the soul at death. But my father does. The other day my father reminded me that he felt that “The Spiritual Master” (my Spiritual Preceptor, Srila Prabhupada, whom my father met in 1971) was the greatest man of the 20th century.

Still my father admits to still being a stubborn agnostic, and needs convincing. “No-one has ever come back to prove that they lived before” is his rote answer to my attempts at explaining how it all works.

So after discovering a massive list of highly regarded literature on all things ‘paranormal’ (have a look at this – scroll up the page for a full list), I’ve obtained a volume to brush up on some case histories.

The book I have started reading is entitled ‘Old Souls’ by Tom Shroder.

Here’s some blurb about the book:

All across the globe, small children spontaneously speak of previous lives, beg to be taken ‘home’, pine for mothers and husbands and mistresses from another life, and know things that there seems to be no normal way for them to know. From the moment these children can talk, they speak of people and events from the past – not vague stories of centuries ago, but details of specific, identifiable individuals who may have died just months before the birth of the child in question.

For thirty-seven years, Dr. Ian Stevenson {see yesterday’s blog} has traveled the world from Lebanon to suburban Virginia investigating and documenting more than two thousand of these past life memory cases. Now, his essentially unknown work is being brought to the mainstream by Tom Shroder, the first journalist to have the privilege of accompanying Dr. Stevenson in his fieldwork.

Shroder follows Stevenson into the lives of children and families touched by this phenomenon, changing from skeptic to believer as he comes face-to-face with concrete evidence he cannot discount in this spellbinding and true story.”

I’m reading at the moment the story of Suzanne Ghanem. There’s a family photo of her strange habit as a baby of holding a telephone receiver to her ear.

Suzanne’s parents say that from the time she could utter her first words, she would pick up the phone and urgently call into it the name “Leila”.

When she grew old enough to speak, Suzanne spoke of remembering the life of Hanan Mansour, a woman who died after heart surgery in a Virginia hospital.

Leila turned out to be the name of Hanan Mansour’s daughter. Family members say that the woman had tried and failed to reach Leila by phone shortly before entering surgery for unsuccessful heart surgery, and her death.
Posted by Kurma on 9/3/07; 6:47:14 AM

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