“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi
These immortal words by the famous Persian poet Rumi not only gives hope but also tells us what life is about!
However, these words came true for a woman and her family in India.
Reincarnation is not a concept that a lot of people believe in. I don’t believe in it either. There has been a lot of research done on this subject and the case of Shanti devi defies our believes to an extent.
Shanti Devi was born in 1926 in Delhi, India. She shook the nation with her account of the previous life that she spoke of as a four year old. Her parents at that time discouraged her from talking about her previous life believing that she is creating stories.
She would talk about being married to a Kedar nath from Mathura( a town in Uttar Pradesh, India). She said her name is not Shanti devi but, Lugdi devi and that she died after giving birth to her son. Her longing to see her son and her love for her husband brought her back.
She ran away from her home in Delhi to reach Mathura, however, was found by her family and was brought back. A teacher from her school wrote a letter to Kedar nath in Mathura and to everybody’s shock received a reply from Kedar nath as well. When Kedar nath heard that this little girl claims to be his late wife, he travelled to Delhi to meet her and to know the truth.
To his surprise she answered every little detail that Lugdi devi only knew.
When Mahatma Gandhi heard about the case, he met Shanti devi and set up a commission to investigate. The commission traveled with Shanti Devi to Mathura. 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 of Lugdi Devi.
Shanti Devi did not marry. She told her story again at the end of the 1950s, and once more in 1986 when she was interviewed by Ian Stevenson and K.S. Rawat. In this interview she also related her near death experiences when Lugdi Devi died. K.S. Rawat continued his investigations in 1987, and the last interview took place only four days before her death on December 27, 1987.
I find it hard to believe, I mean how it is even possible, but I guess there are some things that are beyond human understanding!