Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Curious Cases of Reincarnation and Split Incarnation

In his book Born Again  Dr. Walter Semkiw makes some interesting claims about Reincarnation. A few years ago, I read that book and came to know about Split Incarnation. I do not want to talk about veracity of claims the book makes. The idea of split incarnation is a little bit odd for even those who are familiar with reincarnation.

For those who have never come across this idea earlier :

Split Incarnation means,embodiment of single soul in two bodies at a time or at different times.The example given in the book is of following two persons :

Jawaharlal Nehru (Hindi: जवाहरलाल नेहरू, IPA: [dʐəʋäɦəɾläl nɛɦɾu]; 14 November 1889[2]–27 May 1964) was the first and longest-serving prime minister of independent India, serving from 1947 to 1964. A leading figure in the Indian independence movement Nehru was elected by the Congress party to assume office as independent India's first Prime Minister, and later when the Congress won India's first general election in 1952. As one of the founders of the Non-aligned Movement, he was also an important figure in the international politics of the post-war era. He is also referred to as Pandit Nehru ("pandit," Sanskrit, "scholar", as honorific) and in India, as Panditji (-ji, honorific suffix).

Benazir Bhutto (Sindhi: بينظير ڀٽو, Urdu: بینظیر بھٹو, IPA: [beːnəziːɾ bʱʊʈːoː]) (21 June 1953 – 27 December 2007) was a Pakistani politician who chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), a centre-left political party in Pakistan. Bhutto was the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state, having twice been Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988–1990; 1993–1996). She was Pakistan's first and to date only female prime minister.

According to the author of the book these two persons were Split Incarnation of same soul. Now, worthy of being noticed are their birthdays, sexes, backgrounds etc.

I personally feel there's no reincarnation. There's only one life and we act our destiny out through it. I don't feel that there's any free-will. Yes illusion of free-will exists which is a part of destiny. The plethora of evidence which is used in supporting the theory of reincarnation, is, in my opinion, caused by something similar to Akashic Records. Now the problem is trying to describe something vague using something even more vague is hilarious--yes it's. You might assume that there exists a universal memory--a buffer which holds the entirety of thoughts, feelings and emotions. Various people at various times somehow get tuned to these memory banks and under the illusion of reincarnation start believing that the memories were their own. 

Another example along the lines of Split Incarnation. Satya Sai Ba ba of Puttaparthi claimed to be a reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba.The story is one of the most fascinating ones I've ever heard. A scorpio sting makes him unconscious around his 14th year of life and after regaining consciousness he says that he's a reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba. Now there might be two resolutions of this exceedingly curious case: The first one is simple--that he was indeed reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba and he just recalled his previous birth after getting stung by a scorpion. The second is that he was someone else and spirit of Shirdi Sai Baba took over him in his 14th year. 

I would take up another similar case. Prasang Paarijaat is authoritative biography of sage Ramananda who was considered a reincarnation of lord Ram. It discusses his mysterious disappearance around age 12 and he reappeared in a sacrificial ground where hundreds of devotees chanted Ram mantra a billion times. Now here it's clear that it's kind of lord Ram taking over the life of the boy who mysteriously disappeared. 

These cases are rare but not too rare. Preparing body vessels for greater spirits has been done in occult circles. A popular example is that of Philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti 
Jiddu was selectively chosen by Charles Leadbeater and Annie Beasant of Theosophical society. He was prepared to become a body vehicle for reincarnation of Buddha as Maitreya.