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Reincarnation is the theory or belief that human beings are born into the physical body, not just once, but multiple times. In many religions and teachings, it includes being born into animal bodies, but in others, such as in theosophy, only in human forms.


The Key to Theosophy, 123-133H. P. Blavatsky



ENQ. The most difficult thing for you to do, will be to explain and give reasonable grounds for such a belief. No Theosophist has ever yet succeeded in bringing forward a single valid proof to shake my scepticism. First of all, you have against this theory of re-incarnation, the fact that no single man has yet been found to remember that he has lived, least of all who he was, during his previous life.

By John Algeo

Originally printed in the MARCH-APRIL 2006 issue of Quest magazine. 
Citation: Algeo, John. "Reincarnation's White Crow: Ian Stevenson and Evidence of Past Lives." Quest  94.2 (MARCH-APRIL 2006):47-51.

John Algeo

Reincarnation is a hypothesis about what happens to the consciousness of a human being after bodily death. That hypothesis has both simplistic and complex versions, but none of them are subject to laboratory testing because death and rebirth cannot be put into a test tube or under a microscope. Some aspects of the reincarnation hypothesis, however, can be studied with scientific rigor, although the possibility of such study has been widely discounted by those scientists who have mistaken their heuristic techniques for an ultimate metaphysic.

Have we been here before? Various spiritual traditions propose that this life is not the first one we have lived on this earth, but one of many. We could say that with each new life we are in fact picking up from where we left off.

Our individual lives form part of a greater cycle. We can relate to this proposal because, on a minor scale, every day we have a period of activity followed by a period of rest and assimilation. Each new day can be seen as a fresh start with new opportunities for growth

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No subject claims more earnest attention from religious thinkers in the present day than the doctrine which this volume is designed to defend and interpret. The recognition of the all-important truth that the evolution of the human soul is carried on by means of successive experiences of life, will, when completely established, bring the essential principles of religion into line with our scientific appreciation of other natural laws. It will also rescue the spiritual aspirations of cultivated minds from the deadly burden of incredible dogmas, with which they have been encumbered during the growth of modern religious systems — dogmas that have gradually degraded, almost out of resemblance to its original aspect, the true Oriental teaching of the Founder of Christianity.

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Various spiritual traditions suggest that this is not the first life  we have lived on this earth,  and that our individual lives form part of a greater cycle. We can relate to this idea because, on a minor scale, every day we have periods of activity followed by  periods of rest and each new day can be seen as a fresh start.

This Brochure has been produced by the New Zealand Section.

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Nilakanta Sri Ram (15 December 1889 - 8 April 1973) was an Indian Theosophist who served as the fifth International President of the Theosophical Society based in Adyar, Chennai, India. He was much loved as a teacher, lecturer, and writer. A phrase that epitomizes his philosophy is, 

When you are one with every heart that beats, you are nothing in yourself.  (From Theosophical Wiki)


Below are some audio recording of his talks:

Walter Semkiw, MD and Jim Tucker, MD discuss the reincarnation research of Ian Stevenson, MD, which involves children's past life memories that can be factually verified. Children's past lives provide evidence or proof of reincarnation and are presented as reincarnation stories at Dr. Semkiw also introduces the reincarnation case of Anne Frank | Barbro Karlen. Barbro Karlen relates her childhood past life memories of being Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Barbro was a child prodigy writer, much like Anne, and Barbro has the same facial features as Anne. Anne Frank was persecuted as a Jew by the Nazis, whereas Barbro was born into a Christian family in Sweden 9 years after Anne's death. This case dramatically shows how religion and nationality can change from one lifetime to another, an observation that can transform society and make the world a more peaceful place.

Reincarnation is typically associated with Eastern religions or philosophies, but over the past 100 years or so, the idea has taken hold in the West. Some prominent people who have believed in reincarnation include Carl Jung, Benjamin Franklin, General Patton, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and many others. One reason for the continued popularity of reincarnation is the general explanatory power that idea has for addressing some of the fundamental questions of life. Another reason is that scientific evidence supporting the idea of rebirth continues to mount. In this program, John Algeo presents some of the compelling evidence supporting the theory of reincarnation along with a few common objections voiced by the skeptics. Dr. Algeo also explores the puzzling and rather paradoxical statement once made by J. Krishnamurti to a close friend: "Reincarnation is a fact, but it is not true." 1988.

10 Reincarnation Stories That Will Open Your Mind!

Re-incarnation has been discussed for over a thousand years and experts like the late Canadian Psychiatrist Dr Ian Stevenson, researched the subject and wrote books showing that there was much evidence to prove that reincarnation existed.

The following cases are just the tip of the iceberg as to the incredible evidence that exists for the proof of reincarnation.



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