posted on Apr, 11 2013 @ 12:42 PM
Couple of days ago, I came across a Swedish book: "Shanti Devi: En berättelse om reinkarnation",which was originally published in 1994. It has also
been published in English: "I Have Lived Before: The True Story of the Reincarnation of Shanti DeviI". In 1971 the author book Sture Lönnerstrand,
went all the way down from Sweden to expose the ‘fake’ case. After completing his investigations he issued the statement: ‘This is the only
fully explained and proven case of reincarnation there has ever been.”
Today I remembered about it and decided to look it up in ATS, although to my surprise I did not find any threads about this, only a mention at some
post. Google on the other hand had a lot of information on this particular case. It is believed to be one of the best documented cases of
"Shanti Devi was born in a middle class family of Delhi on December 11, 1926. She was just like any other ordinary girl, excepting that till
the age of four she did not speak much. From the age of four, when she started speaking, she ceased to be an ordinary girl and her behaviour changed a
lot. She started talking about her ‘husband’ and ‘children’. She would repeatedly describe her home and her husband’s shop at Mathura. She
said she was a Chouban (member of the Choubey family) of Mathura and her name was Lugdi. She would talk of the food and clothing she enjoyed in a
former life. Her parents ignored her, but she persisted. Her parents got puzzled but she insisted on a visit to Mathura. For five years her parents
tried to distract her mind but to no avail. At last, a sympathetic granduncle came to her aid. He asked her to give him the name and address of her
‘husband’ at Mathura. A friend, Lala Kishan Chand, wrote a letter to the address given by the girl. Soon a reply came, attesting that the
statements of the girl were substantially correct. It was suggested that a relation of Choube Kedar Nath, Pt. (Pundit) Kanji Mal of Delhi might be
allowed to interview the girl. An interview was accordingly arranged. Shanti Devi is reported to have correctly recognized Pt. Kanji Mal as the
younger cousin of her alleged husband. She gave convincing answers to the questions put to her by Pt. Kanji Mal. “After this conversation”, he
wrote, “I was convinced that the girl was really my own relation, now personating in another body.” On November 13, 1935, Kedar Nath Choubey,
along with his third wife (he had one prior to Lugdi) went to Shanti Devi’s house in Delhi. Shanti Devi recognized her husband and expressed
motherly affection towards her son Nitlal who was now her elder. She burst into tears and sobbed for about an hour. Late at night Kedar Nath Choubey
took Shanti Devi in a separate room, and put her some intimate questions. He was satisfied by her answers and moved to tears.
Shanti Devi continued insisting on a visit to Mathura. She added many more details about her house and other events related to her former life. On
November 24, 1935, she was taken to Mathura by the committee of fifteen eminent persons appointed on the advice of Mahatma Gandhi to investigate the
veracity of the claim made by the girl. She was: “kept under close observation and all her movements and remarks were carefully noted” by the
committee. Shanti Devi is reported to have recognized a number of persons, answered all the queries put to her and spotted out the significant places
connected with her past life. "
A bit different angle with some other details from Wikipedia:
A well-written chapter in a
free book in Google Books starting at page 131
Detailed article with interviews with Shanti Devi
Shanti Devi (11 December 1926 - 27 December 1987) was born in Delhi, India. As a little girl in the 1930s she began to claim to remember
details of a past life. Discouraged by her parents, she ran away from home at age six, trying to reach Mathura. Back home, she stated in school that
she was married and had died ten days after having given birth to a child. Interviewed by her teacher and headmaster, she used words from the Mathura
dialect and divulged the name of her merchant husband, "Kedar Nath". The headmaster located a merchant by that name in Mathura who had lost his wife,
Lugdi Devi, nine years earlier, ten days after having given birth to a son. Kedar Nath traveled to Delhi, pretending to be his own brother, but Shanti
Devi immediately recognized him and Lugdi Devi's son. As she knew several details of Kedar Nath's life with his wife, he was soon convinced that
Shanti Devi was indeed the reincarnation of Lugdi Devi. When Mahatma Gandhi heard about the case, he met the child and set up a commission to
investigate. The commission traveled with Shanti Devi to Mathura, arriving on November 15, 1935. There she recognized several family members,
including the grandfather of Lugdi Devi. She found out that Kedar Nath had neglected to keep a number of promises he had made to Lugdi Devi on her
deathbed. She then traveled home with her parents. The commission's report concluded that Shanti Devi was indeed the reincarnation
There is a lot of information on this case in internet. As it has become kind of a legend, then some details may vary depending on the author.
As being an atheist and non-believer in reincarnation, this is a case that really made me think about things. How is it possible she knew so much
about her previous life- the unexplainable accent, the address, recognising the tricks played at her, knowing details, recognising people?
I would understand if she was just a good actor, but she was only 9 - being able to convince Mahatma Gandhi & several other prominent members of the
Indian government to set up a committee of 15 specialists and performing faultlessly under supervision despite the tricks played at her - it seems
impossible act to perform by a 9-year-old even to a sceptic as I am.
What do you think of this case?
edit on 11-4-2013 by Cabin because: (no reason given)