What is past lives reincarnation? It’s a theory that says that the soul lives many lives, again and again. One of the philosophies that believes in past lives reincarnation is Hinduism, as dictated by common, or deeds, and athma, the soul. Religious Hindu scriptures tell that the soul can’t be destroyed, but only changes and lives on, moving form from one body to the next, just as a snake might shed its skin.
This is a very different philosophy than that of Christianity, which centers around Christ’s resurrection. The Hindus state that the soul can take any form, man, woman or animal. The deeds or karma of a human being in the present, say the Hindus, will determine the life he or she will lead in the next life.
There are several Hindu scriptures that talk about past life reincarnations. Most notably is the Bhrigu Sanhita, a scripture that supposedly held an accounting of all future and past births for current souls living. Unfortunately, this scripture no longer exists, and has been lost to time.
Recently a fantastical case came to light in what is being called the most documented case of reincarnation ever: A young boy from Louisiana, James Leininger, was able to recall over 50 specific memories from someone else’s life since he was merely a toddler.
Following is an excerpt from WSBT.com:
“Initially what caught my attention was his extreme fascination with WW2 fighter planes,” said Andrea Leininger, James’s mother.
James went to the Cavenaugh Air Museum with his father Bruce and stared at the planes for hours. “He just seemed mesmerized,” said Bruce.
Soon after that experience, when James was just 3 years of age, he began graphically drawing aircraft carriers, fighter planes and bombs. “They’re bombing ships, men parachuting, dropping bombs. It’s all he would draw,” said Bruce.
Then, the boy began having night terrors. “He’d be crying and he’d say, ‘airplane crash on fire, little man can’t get out’,” said Andrea. “He said, ‘Momma, the little man is on his back going like this’,” she said while gesturing her hands as if trying get out of a box. “He said, ‘ooh, ooh, ooh…can’t get out.’ I said, ‘well, who’s the little man?’ [James] goes, ‘me’.”
James told his parents he was a pilot whose plane, a Corsair, took off from a boat named Natoma and was shot down over Chichi Jima, Japan, by the Japanese.”I thought we were gonna faint,” said Andrea.
Bruce went to the internet and began searching his son’s story, “I was hoping to disprove it.”
But Bruce learned it was all real. The U.S.S. Natoma Bay was an aircraft carrier that fought in WW2 in the battle for Lady Gulf. March 3, 1945, a pilot named James Huston, 21, from the Midwest, took a direct hit and was killed.
Bruce tracked down survivors of the Natoma Bay and took James to their reunion. His parents were shocked again when little James recognized former shipmates by name. “He said, ‘you’re Bob Greenwalt,’ and he had never met Bob Greenwalt,” said Andrea.
James also recognized James Huston’s sister. “He said her name is Annie but she wasn’t my only sister. I had an older sister named Ruth,” said Andrea. James met with Annie and recalled intimate details about their past childhood, their parents and James Huston’s favorite personal possessions. Annie Baron believes James is the reincarnated spirit of her brother. “It’s just too amazing to describe,” said Annie.
Last year, Bruce and Andrea flew with James to Chichi Jima for a memorial service. Without any help, James remembered exactly where James Huston’s plane crashed into the water.”When we took our tour of the harbor, he said ‘that’s where the planes flew when my plane was shot down’,” said Bruce.
During the memorial service, James placed flowers in the water and then began sobbing.”James just lost it. It was heart wrenching,” said Andrea.
But when the ceremony was over, James had finally made peace with his past. All of the previously violent drawings were replaced with positive pictures of dolphins and a Japanese shipping sailing at sea.”It was cathartic,” said Andrea.
“We had finally closed the loop,” said Bruce.
Fortunately for little James, his parents were open-minded about his experience, looking up the event on the Internet and, perhaps most importantly, taking him the Natoma Bay Reunion and the Chichi Jima memorial service. The willingness of his parents to believe in their young son gave James the comfort and closure he so desperately needed. Had his mother and father reacted with disbelief, or even hostility, the outcome for James could have been devastating.
To read the book based on this story, Soul Survivor, click here.
If you have a child who seems to be experiencing painful past life memories and you’d like more information, contact Carol Bowman or Ian Stevenson.
Sources in part: WBST.com and Past-Lives-Regression.com.