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1 Who am I ? The science of the soul 1

2 Summary (2.11 to 2.30) 1) APPLICATION OF 2.11
Teacher may use strong words to dismantle the misconception of the student. 2) Jiva and God are eternally individual(2.12) Refutation of Mayavada Theory. 3) Body keeps on changing from Boyhood to old age to death. (2.13) 4) Tolerate the non-permanent dualities of this world(2.14) 5) Soul eternal & Body temporary(2.16– 2.21) 6) Soul changes the body like change of dress(2.22) 7) Soul is not material but spiritual(2.23 – 2.30)

3 The driver and the car are distinct

4 Transmigration of Soul
There are 8.4 million living entities

5 NOT this temporary BODY,
Who am I ? My real identity is NOT this temporary BODY, but... the eternal SOUL !!!

6 of the Soul Proof for the existence Common sense
Difference between the dead body and the living person Intuitive understanding The real self “I” distinct from body, mind and intelligence 2

7 Consciousness - the symptom of the existence of the soul
Eg. Sun rays are symptom of sun Consciousness distinguishes a dead body from a living one Consciousness gives the proof of the soul Near Death Experiences (NDEs) Past-life memories Astral body travel

8 Read example of Dr. Kimberly Clark, professor at the school of medicine at the University of Washington, page 250 of David Ray Griffin book. Taught at University of Washington School of Medicine and a critical-care social worker at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle University Kimberly Clark Sharp

9 Dr. Erlendur Dr. Karlis Osis, Haraldsson Now Deceased
American Psychologist Dr. Karlis Osis and his colleague from Iceland, Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson 442 death bed experiences in the USA and 435 in India. They interviewed doctors and nurses, Along with the patients. They identified a very common experience amongst NDE hospital Patients [SEE NEXT 2 POWERPOINT PICTURES]. Tunnel of light. Light, angels, weightlessness. Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson Dr. Karlis Osis, Now Deceased

10 Past life memories Dr. Michael Sabom Dr. Raymond A. Moody
Dr. Michael Sabom Cardiologist, Medical School, Emory University; Dr. Raymond A. Moody, Physician Common features of OBE’s The feeling of being out of the body The conviction that this experience was real Greatly altered emotional state (joy and happiness) Absence of pain Normal or better than normal visual perception Normal hearing Veridical perceptions Clarity of thought, also significantly altered sense of time high incidence amongst Near Death Experiences in the medical profession (27% of NDE’s had OBE‘s) 90% of the OBE’s do not occur in Near Death Situations. This factor contradicts the theory that OBE’s are hallucinations born of death fear. Physiological arguments that hallucinations were caused by excessive oxygen or excessive carbon dioxide in the body was not verified by Dr. Sabom. Quite the opposite was found to be the case for him, namely that there was a proper balance in these two.


12 Near Death experiences

13 Dr. Ian Stevenson Reincarnation type
Ian Stevenson, eighty year old clinical psychiatrist, Director of the Department of personality studies University of Virginia, recent article appeared in December 1991 New York Times Instigated by Washington Post Editor Mr. Tom Shroder. Mr. Tom Shroder accompanied Dr. Stevenson on visits to Lebanon and India, witnessing how Dr. Stevenson conducted his investigation Dr. Stevenson chronicled a total of more than three thousand reports. Most of them were researched by him personally, and many were ruled out because of incomplete or perhaps falsified reports. Here are some samples. Suzanne, a Druse in Berut(?), Lebanon at the age of two could identify thirteen of her former life’s relatives, and could recount parts of the eulogies delivered at her funeral. Dr. Ian Stevenson

14 Shukla Gupta At one and a half years old, Shukla cradled the pillow or a wooden block, addressing it as *Minu* when asked who Minu was, Shukla said it was her daughter. This continued until she was five years old, during the course of which time Shukla identified the town, and even the particular district within that town, which was her previous life. She identified her name as Mana. After some research, the family who Shukla was speaking about was identified. On an unannounced visit, the former husband of Mana was invited to come to the Gupta’s home. When he arrived, Shukla immediately identified him as her former husband. Upon reaching the former town that Shukla lived in by train, she immediately lead her whole family members directly from the train station, down a number of twists and turns directly before the house. Shukla was baffled about the entrance to the house (because of remodeling after Manu’s decease, the entrance was no longer in the front, but along the alley). She identified by name, by nick name, and by even unknown names that only the family knew the individuals by, thirteen different persons. In the course of remaining in the home for some weeks, she had found three old sarees which she used to wear, out of a merge collection of rumpled old clothing stored some where in the house. She insisted on wearing only those clothes as her clothing. Without having seen the placement of these other items, she identified a particular water pitcher that she used and sewing machine. She knew the particular foods that were her husband’s favorite foods. This was all done at the age of five. One of the most detailed documented cases is that of a young girl named Shanti Devi from Delhi. Beginning at the age of three, she could recall the details of her former life in the town of Muttra, 80 miles away from where she had been born as Shanti Devi. In her previous life, she said she had married a cloth merchant, had given birth to a son and had died ten years later. These descriptions continued for fives years, when at the age of nine the family wrote to this purported former husband, who visited the home unannounced and was immediately recognized by Shanti Devi. A whole group of individuals accompanied the young girl to her former house. Instantly out of a group of thirty persons she recognized who her relatives were, there names, and details of the house. Infact, she revealed that money had been hidden by she and her husband in a particular hiding place within the house. The former husband admitted that he had removed the money and knew of it’s details just as Shanti Devi had described.

15 The internationally acclaimed Shanti Devi case is one of the most spectacular cases in the history of spontaneous past life recall. This was a case in India which began in 1930, long before Dr Stevenson began doing his own research. However, he did review the case from the available extensive documented information and stated that Shanti Devi made at least 24 accurate statements of her memories which matched confirmed facts (Reincarnation International, Jan No 1 Lon). At the age of four in 1930 in Delhi, India, Shanti Devi began to mention certain details about clothes, food, people, incidents, places which surprised her parents. Briefly, Shanti mentioned the following which were later verified to be true. She: • identified herself as Lugdi who used to live in Muttra, 128 kilometres away, • spoke the dialect of that area without having learned it, • claimed to have given birth to a son and died ten days later, events which it was later found did happen to Lugdi. • when taken to Muttra recognized her husband of her former life, Kedar Nath, and spoke of many things they did together in the past, • was able to identify with accuracy a number of landmarks where she used in live in the previous life in Muttra immediately before she arrived in her house where she used to live, • was able to correctly state how the furniture was placed when she used to live there in her home, • knew that in her former life where she had hidden 150 rupees in an underground corner of a room for safe keeping in the house. The husband of the previous life, Kedar Nath confirmed that although the money was not there he was responsible for taking it himself. • correctly identified Lugdi's former parents from a large crowd. This case was so impressive to the authorities that a committee of prominent persons, which included a prominent politician, a lawyer, a managing director of a newspaper (Pandit Neki Ram Sahrms, Tara Chand Mathur and Lala Deshbandu Gupta) was formally organized to investigate the Shanti Devi case. The committee was more than satisfied that Shanti knew things that she could not have obtained by cheating, fraud or in any illegitimate way. None of the members of the committee knew Shanti or had any connection with her in any way whatsoever. Their definitive verdict was in very clear terms that all the evidence was conclusive proof of reincarnation. The case became internationally known and attracted the attention of many, many sociologists and writers. For example, in the 1950's a Swedish writer Sture Lonnerstrand, traveled to India to meet Shanti Devi and to continue to investigate for himself the documented facts. He too came to an irreversible conclusion that the Shanti Devi case is a foolproof case for reincarnation (Reincarnation International, Jan No 1 Lon).


17 Swarnlata Case Memories at age 3 Remembered over 50 facts
Born 1948, India Name Biya Pathak & had two sons Details of House: 4 rooms, white w/black doors with iron bars. Had motor car Died of “pain in her throat” & was treated by Dr. S.C. Bhabrat in Jabalpur Professor Banerjee verified all of these facts 1959 Biya’s family visited her unannounced – test memory Imdtly recognized brother, husband & son Reminded husband – stolen 1,200 rs. fm box – only he & his wife had known this At home, she recognized, Biya’s room & the room she died in; Second, third & fourth brother Wife of younger brother Son of second brother




21 Chase Bowman at the age (5 years) he had his first past life memories
Chapter 1 "Sit on your Mom's lap, close your eyes, and tell me what you see when you hear the loud noises that scare you," Norman gently instructed Chase.  I looked down at Chase's freckled face. Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to hear. Young Chase immediately began describing himself as a soldier-an adult soldier-carrying a gun. "I'm standing behind a rock. I'm carrying a long gun with a kind of sword at the end." My heart was pounding in my ears and the hair on my arms stood up as I listened. Sarah and I glanced at each other in wide-eyed amazement. "What are you wearing?" Norman questioned.  "I have dirty, ripped clothes, brown boots, a belt. I'm hiding behind a rock, crouching on my knees and shooting at the enemy. I'm at the edge of a valley. The battle is going on all around me."  I listened to Chase, surprised to hear him talk about war. He had never been interested in war toys, and had never even owned a toy gun. He always preferred games and construction toys; he would spend hours at a time happily building with blocks, Legos and his wooden trains. His television watching was strictly limited to Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers, and none of the Disney movies he had seen depicted war.  "I'm behind a rock," he said again. "I don't want to look, but I have to when I shoot. Smoke and flashes everywhere. And loud noises: yelling, screaming, loud booms. I'm not sure who I'm shooting at-there's so much smoke, so much going on. I'm scared. I shoot at anything that moves. I really don't want to be here and shoot other people." Go to Civil War Drawings to see other drawings done by Chase after the regression.  Although this was Chase's little-boy voice, his tone was serious and mature-uncharacteristic of my happy five-year-old. He actually seemed to be feeling this soldier's feelings and thinking his thoughts. He really didn't want to be there shooting at other men. This was not a glorified picture of war or soldiering; Chase was describing the sentiments of a man in the heat of battle who had serious doubts about the value of his actions, was terrified, thinking only of staying alive. These feelings and images were coming from some place deep within him. Chase was not making this up.  Chase, age 5  Chase's body, too, revealed how deeply he was experiencing this life. As he described himself shooting from behind the rock, I could feel his body tense on my lap. When he admitted he didn't want to be there and shoot at other people, his breathing quickened and he curled up into a ball, as if he were trying to hide and avoid what he saw. Holding him, I could feel his fear.  Norman sensed Chase's distress with his role as a soldier who, in order to survive, had to kill other men. He explained to Chase, talking slowly, "We live many different lives on Earth. We take turns playing different parts, like actors in a play. We learn what it means to be human by playing these different parts. Sometimes we are soldiers and kill others in a battle, and sometimes we are killed. We are simply playing our parts to learn." Using simple language, Norman emphasized to Chase that there was no blame in being a soldier. He assured Chase that he was just doing his job, even if he had to kill other soldiers in battle.  As he listened to Norman's assurances, I could feel my son's body relax and his breathing become more regular. The anguished look on his face melted away. Norman's words were helping. Chase was actually understanding and responding to these universal concepts.  Chase Bowman at the age (5 years) he had his first past life memories

22 Case 1: Lesion/ toenail Thiang San Kla Born – Thailand, Oct. 1924
Six Birth Defects – 2 major Lesion of left side of head Right toe – partially detached portion of the nail Recognized police officer Recalled names of murderers Spontaneously recognized daughter

23 Case 2: The Hand Lekh Pal Jatav – born December 1971, India
Birth Defect – born without the fingers/phalanges of his right hand He indirectly identified his father Pointed to the place where the machine had stood

24 Case 3: The Leg Ma Khin Mar Htoo
Birth defect – leg missing from 10 cm below the knee Previously known as Kalamagyi Kalamagyi was run over by the train Right leg severed - found considerable distance behind the rest of her body

25 Knowledge of the Soul The Soul is : indestructible BG 7.7
The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind nainam chindanti sastrani nainam dahati pavakah na cainam kledayanty apo na sosayati marutah 3

26 individual BG 2.12 Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be na tv evaham jatu nasam na tvam neme janadhipah na caiva na bhavisyamah sarve vayam atah param BG 15.7 The living entities are my eternal fragmental portions. Due to conditioned life they struggle from senses and mind Ma mai vamso jiva loke Jiva bhuta sanatana Manasastanidriyani prakrtistani karsati

27 situated in the region of the heart
sat-cid-ananda Body is asat, acit, nirananda situated in the region of the heart Soul gives the energy to the heart to flutter changes bodies BG 2.22 As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones vasamsi jirnani yatha vihaya navani grhnati naro 'parani tatha sarirani vihaya jirnany anyani samyati navani dehi

28 BG 2.13 dehino 'smin yatha dehe kaumaram yauvanam jara tatha dehantara-praptir dhiras tatra na muhyati As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change

29 infinitesimally small
Kesa agra sata bhagasya Satadha kalpitasyaca The size of the soul is 1/10,000 the size of the tip of hair.

30 inconceivable BG 2.25 It is said that the soul is invisible, inconceivable and immutable. Knowing this, you should not grieve for the body. avyakto 'yam acintyo 'yam avikaryo 'yam ucyate tasmad evam viditvainam nanusocitum arhasi

31 Matter is formless, The Soul gives form to matter. Eg Shirt
Matter is dead, spirit gives life to matter Eg. Car Matter undergoes tranformations Takes Birth Grows 4

32 stays Produces offsprings dwindles Dies

33 Spirit soul does not undergo these tranformations
BG 2.20 For the soul there is neither birth nor death at any time. He has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain na jayate mriyate va kadacin nayam bhutva bhavita va na bhuyah ajo nityah sasvato 'yam purano na hanyate hanyamane sarire

34 Earth Mind Gross body Subtle body Water Intelligence Fire False ego
Air Ether If one gives up his subtle body before the time of death, he gets liberated

35 Am I GOD ? We are : not GODS GOD’s can never become GOD 6

36 Soul Supersoul Humans (jivatmas) GOD (paramatma) Infinitesimal (anu)
Infinite (vibhu) Cognizant of everyone and everything Cognizant of one’s body A loving servitor Eternally a loving master 7

37 Simply saying is not enough, one should act accordingly
Eg of Birds and the sage By chanting mantra, Person becomes “Brahmabhuta prasannatma” We are one in quality with GOD, but different in quantity. Our salvation depends on the acceptance of this reality.

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