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Shanti Devi January 3, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Magick & Mystery.

Born in Delhi, India, in 1926, Shanti Devi claimed at a young age to have memories of her previous life. 

Among other things, she recalled:

* Her name ~ Lugdi Devi
* Her husband’s name ~ Kedar Nath
* Her village ~ Mathura
* Her death ~ 10 days after giving birth to a child

At four years of age, Shanti Devi told her parents that she didn’t belong with them . . . that her husband and son lived in Mathura.

When questioned, she described the house she had lived in, its furnishings, and even where she had buried some money.

When her past life husband arrived, unannounced, she recognized him.  She also recognized other members of her previous extended family.

From Wikipedia: 

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 of Lugdi Devi.

Her story, considered one of the most compelling and well-documented claims of reincarnation ever investigated, is addressed more fully in a book by award-winning Swedish journalist, Sture Lonnerstrand:  “I Have Lived Before” ~ The True Story of the Reincarnation of Shanti Devi.” 

The book includes many of the past life recollections of Shanti Devi which have been confirmed through independent investigation, and “also reveals the extremely vivid memories of her experiences after Death, the period between her lives, and the return to a physical body.”

Related articles:  The Reincarnation of Shanti Devi (Linda Johnson)


1. ceceliafutch - January 3, 2012

Quite interesting. Reincarnation has a definite place in Jewish spirituality, but I don’t really contemplate it that much. This is a thought provoking story. Thanks for sharing.

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

The book I’m reading now, Karma and Reincarnation by Elizabeth Clare Prophet and Patricia R. Spadaro, has renewed my interest in Reincarnation.

My favorite chapter (so far) is: Out of the Mouths of Babes.

In it, the authors explore stories by several children who have recollection of past lives, including a two year old asked by a sitter whether she had ever baked a cake.

The child’s reply: “Oh, yes. Not now. Before. Before I grew into a baby.”

roughwighting - September 12, 2016

Really, really fascinating.

roughwighting - September 12, 2016

I just downloaded Karma and Reincarnation on my Kindle. :-0

nrhatch - September 12, 2016

It’s fun to consider the possibilities . . . if you get additional details from your grandson, I’d love to hear about them.

2. Joanne - January 3, 2012

This is a passionate topic of mine ever since my youngest son who was about 8 at the time ~ now 26 ~ reminiscently told me as I was putting him to bed one night, that before he came here he was an old man and that he was my father. However, because I knew he was not referring to my present life father and because someone had previously planted a seed in my mind about the possibility of past lives, I set out in an all-out search for the truth about this topic, which led me to a series of phenomenal events in my life ~ a story yet to be published. We have been here before ~ some of us, more often than others…! I’ll need to add this book to my collection of books I read that led to my personal awakening on June 12, 1995 😉

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

Excellent! One of the reasons why life is not “one-size-fits-all” may be because some of us have visited this plane before . . . while others are still “neophytes.” 😉

Each of us has different lessons to learn and lives to lead.

3. Sandra Bell Kirchman - January 3, 2012

I was playing Maple Leaf Rag on the piano one day when my then-five-year-old son declared that that was his song.

I beamed. “So you like it, dear?”

“No,” he protested. “It’s MY song.”

Puzzled, I thought a moment. “Do you mean you wrote the song?”

“Yes,” he said, relieved that I had understood him.

“But Scott Joplin wrote that song, dear.”

Jamie just nodded his head. I showed him a picture of the composer, and he nodded his head again…”That’s me,” he said.

Unfortunately, I didn’t pursue it further, but it has always stuck in my mind.

My daughter, when she too was around four or five, was sitting while I was hastily brushing her hair before going out. She was squirming under the hair pulling I was giving her in my desire to finish quickly. Finally, she had had enough.

Whipping around, she grabbed the brush out of my hand. “DON’T you pull my hair, Mommy, or when I get to be YOUR mommy, I’m gonna pull YOUR hair,” she declared.

I went more slowly after that. I wasn’t going to take any chances.

There were dozens of incidents like this in our household as the kids were growing up.

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

Great anecdotes, Sandra!

The book I’m reading now talks about building on our strengths from previous lifetimes. They believe that Mozart “started” composing so proficiently at age 5 as a result of lots of prior practice in earlier lives.

Is your son as talented a musician in this life as Scott Joplin?

Please say YES! 😀

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

Sandra’s reply is below . . . see Comment 8.

4. atreegrowsinbklyn - January 3, 2012

Very interesting post. I’ve added the two books to my list. I’m heading to the library this afternoon.

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

Wonderful. I love heading to a section of the library to pick up a specific book . . . while scanning the books around it for further inspiration.

Happy reading.

5. Andra Watkins - January 3, 2012

Nancy, this is a really inspired way to start a new year of writing. I’m enjoying this very much.

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

I had no plans for what to focus on after the holidays disappeared from view ~ other than to allow the path to unfold before me.

In the unfolding process, we went to the library, and I picked up some intriguing titles . . . causing REINCARNATION to re-enter my radar screen.

I’m enjoying the book on Karma. Something I’ve never studied before . . . other than the occasional passing reference.

6. Piglet in Portugal - January 3, 2012

I am going to order this book! I believe in reincarnation – did I say that? Some people look at you as though you are mad when you admit it…

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

You are in GOOD company, PiP! Lots of “deep thinkers” have concluded that reincarnation is more likely, than not.

Including: Ben Franklin, Albert Schweitzer, Voltaire, Goethe, Balzac, Emerson, Longfellow, Henry Ford, Huxley, Yeats, Kipling, Dali, and even George S. Patton!

7. suzicate - January 3, 2012

This is very interesting, Nancy. Thanks for sharing. I’d like to read about more of these instances.

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

Fascinating topic . . . especially when their is independent verification of the claims.

8. Just A Smidgen - January 3, 2012

This is something I have always believed.. so many dreams allude to another time and place:)

Sandra Bell Kirchman - January 3, 2012

Unfortunately, no. He is an oilfield accountant. But he does know how to work with energy when he puts his mind to it. As I understand it, it’s not necessarily the obvious talent that emerges in another lifetime but perhaps a more spiritual quality that the original person worked through in that lifetime, that is of great help in this lifetime.

I have also heard (and believe) that once you master a lesson, skill, or relationship in one lifetime, you don’t need to repeat it.

I also believe that people who remember previous lifetimes and share them so convincingly are doing so as part of their purpose in this lifetime. Those who don’t share have other things to do. I know that having fragments of the past of my present lifetime can be very distracting. Imagine if you had fragments of five or ten lifetimes all clamoring to be remembered. It would drive me nuts 🙂

Sandra Bell Kirchman - January 3, 2012

Oops, wrong place. This should be after Nancy’s comments of “Please say yes.”

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

Good thoughts, Sandra.

I expect that I would not want to be constantly reminded of previous lives in THIS lifetime. Very hard to live in the NOW if we are constantly pulled backward in time.

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

Thanks, JAS. Our dreams may well be windows to the past.

9. Tori Nelson - January 3, 2012

This gave me chills. It’s easy to dismiss such a concept until proof is right there in the form of one, miraculous little girl.

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

If we keep an open mind . . . we begin to see miracles we’d previously overlooked.

10. sufilight - January 3, 2012

I read this eagerly while sipping a cup of tea. 🙂 Have you read Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss? His book gives one goosebumps as the doc was totally scientific in his approach to life until a patient of his while under hynsosis regressed to a past life; he had meant to regress her to her childhood in order to address a mental issue she was having. This patient changed his life as she was cured of her psychological issue after that regression. I wanted to see him for past life therapy before he got too well known and was on the waiting list (this was about 15 years ago) but realized that it would be difficult to hypnotize me as I need to read lips due to my hearing issues.

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

I haven’t, but the book I’m reading now, Karma and Reincarnation, talks a bit about Dr. Brian Weiss, chairman of the department of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai, Miami. As you note, he steered clear of “unscientific” fields until a patient began recalling past life memories.

Since then, he’s regressed 2,000+ patients and has written 4 books on his work, including “Messages from the Masters.”

In his words: I believe we do reincarnate until we learn our lessons and graduate. There is considerable historical and clinical evidence that reincarnation is a reality.

I wonder if your hearing would be a complete bar to hypnosis, or whether the right person could work around it.

11. thirdhandart - January 3, 2012

When it comes to reincarnation, I’m keeping an open-mind.
It’s so interesting to hear about people’s experiences with reincarnation, NDE and ghosts (as related on this post and the last one). Even though I’ve never had any personal experiences, I think these things are possible.
Thank you so much.

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

Life is far more interesting when we keep an open mind . . . rather than feeling we already have “all the answers.”

Angels are another topic that I enjoy reading about ~ some people describe experiences with angels that make me smile with BELIEF.

12. souldipper - January 3, 2012

Good…I’m delighted to know about this book, Nancy.

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

Sounds like a fascinating life story . . . especially her recollections about life after death before her rebirth.

13. clarbojahn - January 3, 2012

Thanks for your review of this book. It sounds very intriguing.

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

Thanks, Clar. I haven’t read the book, just some articles about Shanti Devi. Lonnerstrand’s book did receive favorable reviews on Amazon, and the story itself is fascinating.

14. Carl D'Agostino - January 3, 2012

I want to write all this off as foolishness but every now and then something like this comes along. I can at least admit I am a product of my yesterday(s) and that may not be past life, but passed life and there actually is some sort of connection. I am also the product of millions of past lives of the human race and all the ancient civilizations. I can accept the thinking along those lines. That is not reincarnation but being part of a greater chain of human experience. Right now I just look for the future life, i.e., social security check arriving on the 18th.

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

I’m convinced that there’s more to life than meets the eye . . . with mysteries and miracles waiting around every corner (and sometimes arriving special delivery). 😉

15. jannatwrites - January 3, 2012

I’ve heard of people who have recalled events of a past life, but never one with this much detail. That must have been strange!

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

I expect that her family and friends (in both lives) were more open to the idea of reincarnation than many Westerners. 😉

16. Cindy - January 3, 2012

Very interesting. I have had distinct experiences of having been in places before. One of the strongest was when I entered a castle in Germany, I knew exactly where to find the servants’ hidden staircase.

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

That is very cool! Maybe you were the cook! 😉

I’ve always wanted to live in a castle. I loved visiting the castles of the Loire Valley in France ~ Chenenceaux, Chambord, Amboise, as well as Versaille (too big!), and Petit Trianon.


17. Tammy - January 3, 2012

I’d like to read this book Nancy. I’m a firm believer in this cycle and believe that many of us do return until we get it right. Check out Journey of Souls by Michael Newton. Some of the case studies are a bit tedious but I loved his conclusions.

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

Thanks, Tammy. I expect that many of us do return here (again and again) until we manage to get it “right.”

I’ll check out his book.

18. jeanne - January 3, 2012

I have never really given much thought to reincarnation. over the last couple of days I have given it much thought especially as it applies to my own faith. It is a fascinating topic.

nrhatch - January 4, 2012

The book I’m reading now traces the roots of belief in Karma and Reincarnation through the ages . . . including its “interplay” with Christian beliefs.

The authors conclude that Jesus recognized and acknowledged reincarnation at several points during his ministry . . . without coming right out and talking about it.

19. Julie - January 3, 2012

Wow! Must put this on my MUST read list for the year. Thanks for the recommendation! Fascinating.

nrhatch - January 4, 2012

I found her story to be quite enticing ~ especially since her statements could be easily verified by people still alive.

20. viviankirkfield - January 4, 2012

Thanks so much, Nancy. This is a topic that generates a lot of conversation. My husband and I have a shelf filled with Brian Wiess and others who delve into this subject. Science is just peeking into the window of other dimensions…there is so much that we don’t know..in fact, what we don’t know far outweighs what we do know. 🙂

nrhatch - January 4, 2012

Several people have mentioned Brian Weiss ~ sounds like you are quite familiar with his work. You might enjoy this quote of his:

I have come a long way from that fateful day when I, a classically trained physician, professor of psychiatry, and confirmed skeptic, realized that human life is grander and more profound than even my rigourous medical training had led me to believe.

That sums it up quite nicely, eh? Miracles and mysteries abound.

21. SidevieW - January 4, 2012

A deja vue experience convinced me i had been a child in a place I’d never even seen in a photo before, only in a recurring dream

nrhatch - January 4, 2012

Very cool, Sidey.

Deja vu, in some instances, is thought to result from the delay between the visual perception of an event and the relay and processing of the information perceived.

In other cases, such as the kind that you describe, the feeling of “been there, done that” may have a far more mystical explanation ~ a recollection of a past life or a connection to the spirit who lived that life through ESP.

In either event, experiences like yours make me open up my eyes more fully. 😯

22. cuhome - January 4, 2012

Fascinating story!!! I’ve often wondered if those deja vue experiences we all seem to have aren’t fleeting glimpses of past lives . . . ?

nrhatch - January 4, 2012

They certainly could be a parting of the veil between this world and the next . . . or this life and past lives.

Living in the NOW reminds us to be open to the mysteries of life, letting go of preconceived notions, judgments, and opinions to wonder, wander, and ponder our experiences more fully.

With eyes wide open. 😯

23. adeeyoyo - January 4, 2012

Such an interesting post, Nancy. I can’t wait to get a bit more mobile so that I can start going to the library again! Years ago I read a lot about reincarnation and I woudn’t mind refreshing my memory with some more up-to-date research.

nrhatch - January 4, 2012

It’s been a long time for me too, Denise. On my last visit to the library, I headed to the stacks looking for one thing . . . and stumbled into the little book on Karma and Reincarnation. It’s been a FUN read ~ especially since I’ve never really studied Karma before.

I wonder if your library will deliver books to your door? My sister’s library in Orlando MAILS their requests to them.

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25. Team Oyeniyi - January 5, 2012

Absolutely fascinating!

nrhatch - January 5, 2012

Far more compelling than when someone claims to have been someone famous and long dead (e.g., Joan of Arc or King Henry VIII).

Most of what they “recall” is “public knowledge” OR esoteric fact incapable of independent verification because everyone with first hand knowledge is dead.

26. bluebee - January 6, 2012

I’m a terrible skeptic about these things, Nancy, and think that there’s probably a perfectly rational explanation for Shanti Devi’s experiences – but would happily be proven wrong 🙂

nrhatch - January 6, 2012

Dr. Weiss started out as a skeptic and became a believer ~ the more he delved into the subject with his patients, the more convinced he became.

I tend to believe many of the accounts of past lives. Based on the totality of my experiences in life, I’m convinced that there’s more to life than meets the eye.

27. eof737 - January 8, 2012

I remember it well and it remains a fascinating recollection. I believe in past lives so it is plausible to me. 🙂

nrhatch - January 8, 2012

I remember your story about the red door. 😀

28. You Were Born To Succeed - January 16, 2012

Hi Nancy,
I love this post. I am about to post a blog on reincarnation and will include this one in “Related Comments,” where it happily showed up for me. This is such a fascinating subject, a lot of people can relate to it, and it is powerful for healing. Thanks for posting it.

nrhatch - January 16, 2012

Excellent! Definitely link it up! 😀

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30. shreejacob - September 23, 2013

Thanks for pointing me to this post, Nancy.
I’m currently reading the book Autobiography of a Yogi…and reincarnation and stories of it as so naturally accepted that it’s like “every day” dialogue..hehe
I’ve seen some documentaries on reincarnation and there have been cases also reported in the West too!

nrhatch - September 23, 2013

I find the subject fascinating and am OPEN to the idea of recirculating spirits even though I can’t recall any of my prior lives . . . or even some of this one. :mrgreen:

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