Famous People Who Allegedly Believed In Reincarnation

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) apparently believed in reincarnation. He wrote an epitaph for himself--"...the work shall not be lost, it will reappear once more in a new and more elegant edition...revised and corrected by the Author".

Franklin also wrote: "When I see nothing annihilated and not a drop of water wasted, I cannot suspect annihilation of souls...I believe I shall, in some shape or other, always exist."

French philosopher Voltaire was quoted as saying: "It is not more surprising to be born twice than once."

Famous author Rudyard Kipling apparently believed in reincarnation.

patton.jpg General George S. Patton (1885-1945) is purported to have said that he believed that he was once a Roman general.

Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson (1805-1882) also allegedly believed in reincarnation.

It has been said that Count Leo Tolstoy, author of "War And Peace" and "Anna Karenina" believed people are born again and again.

Psychic Edgar Cayce apparently claimed to have lived before and that etheric records of the history of all mankind called the "Akashic Records" exist for and can be accessed by the psychically sensitive. Edgar Cayce apparently claimed to have been an Egyptian high priest in a former life.

The Tlingit tribe of Alaska believe in reincarnation. They allegedly believe that a soul notifies his/her future mother that he/she intends to reincarnate by appearing in her dreams while she is pregnant.

The Inuit believe that people can be reborn as non-human animals.

The ancient Greeks called the incarnation of a soul into a human or animal body "metempsychosis".

The Greek mathematician/philosopher Pythagoras taught reincarnation.


It has been said that the famous Greek philosopher Plato believed that souls perfect themselves by reincarnating.

Jung Reknown Swiss-born psychologist Carl Jung (1875-1961) apparently believed that he had lived before and would quite possibly live again. Carl Jung postulated that man has a type of genetic memory base he called archetypal memories. Jung was the man who developed the theory of a "collective unconscious".

Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1892), born Helena Hahn in Russia, one of the founders of the Theosophical Society, apparently believed that reincarnation is necessary for the purification of humanity.

Some Kaballists believe in reincarnation--that some of the prophets were reincarnated.

The Bible mentions that John the Baptist is Elijah.

Buddhists believe that people are reborn as long as they have bad karma, and that one escapes the sorrow of reincarnating when one attains nirvana. There is the belief that this can only occur when one has eliminated all personal desires.

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Dr. Ian Stevenson, who was a psychiatrist at the University of Virginia, did research into claims of reincarnation, particularly in India.

According to the Hindu Bhagavad-Gita, people are reborn until they achieve spiritual enlightenment. Some believe in the law of karma, as it is sometimes interpreted, as cause and effect (essentially that what goes around, comes around). According to some religious tenets, after death transmigration of souls occurs: the soul passes into another body following death. The cycle of incarnations is sometimes referred to as the Wheel of Rebirth. To the Hindus, reincarnation is bondage, to return again and again to pay off karmic debts, and the goal is to escape the cycle of rebirth. The Sanskrit word "samsara" means "Wheel of Rebirth".

Shanti Devi

Perhaps Stevenson's most famous account was the story of Shanti Devi. According to Dr. Stevenson's report, in 1935, a little girl named Shanti Devi told her parents that she was in fact, Ludgi, a young mother of three who had died in childbirth. She allegedly claimed she was from a town named Muttra. The Devis were reported to be surprised to discover that there was a town called Muttra and that there was a young woman of that town who had died during childbirth whose name was Ludgi.

When taken to Muttra, Shanti reportedly saw her "former family" and seemed to immediately recognize her husband and some of her children and was overjoyed to see them. She also allegedly could speak in the dialect of that region.

Child Prodigies: Talents Acquired In Past Lives?

Some children seem to be born with extraordinary talents. Famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a child prodigy who composed relatively advanced concertos and played them at the age of six.

The Wheel of Karma

The Book Of The Dead

The Bardo Thodol is the Tibetan Book of the Dead. According to the Bardo Thodol, after death each soul enters a transition stage that lasts for 49 days. At the end of the Bardo, the soul either goes to heaven (nirvana) or returns to earth in another incarnation.

The Egyptian Ankh--the symbol of life

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