History and Cases of Reincarnation Case of Indian Boy Jasbir Part 1

About the history of reincarnation in the case of Jasbir son of Sri Girdhali Lal Jat in India.


The Case of Jasbir

The Revelation

Not yet four years old, Jasbir had fought valiantly against the disease threatening to overcome him, but finally it seemed that he had indeed succumbed to the dread smallpox. All signs of breathing stopped. His body felt cold to the touch. His jaw hung open.

Jasbir's sorrowing father, Sri Girdhali Lal Jat, went out into the village to seek help in burying his son. Fortunately he was persuaded to postpone burial until the next day, for in a few hours Jasbir's respiration suddenly resumed and his body exhibited physical reflexes. In a few weeks, he had fully recovered. Only a few facial pockmarks remained of the disease.

These events took place in Rasulpur, a small village in northern India, on a spring night in 1954. Until that time Jasbir had been a normal boy, playing with his friends and getting along well with his family. But as soon as he had recovered from the attack of smallpox and was eating well and talking coherently once more, it became clear that he had undergone a complete personality change.

Although his family was of a caste lower than the Brahman, Jasbir began using words which were usually part of only the Brahman vocabulary. He refused to eat food unless it was prepared in the Brahman manner. He might have starved had not a neighboring Brahman lady agreed to prepare his meals for him. He lost all interest in his toys and in playing with his friends. And he began to tell members of his family that he was from the nearby village of Vehedi, that he had a wife and child, and that he was really Sobha Ram, the son of Shankar.

Who Was Who

It was not until three years later that the Jat family found proof that these bizarre manifestations were anything other than a mental aberration. In 1957 Srimati Shyamo, who had moved from Rasulpur to Vehedi, 20 mi. to the north, returned to her native village to visit her family. This woman made such visits at intervals of several years, so Jasbir could not have seen her except when he was a tiny baby. Also, since she was of the Brahman caste, she ordinarily would not have associated with a family belonging to the Jats' caste. Yet when Jasbir saw her in Rasulpur, he appeared to recognize her and addressed her as "aunt," which means "older female friend of the family." Srimati Shyamo inquired about him, and from his statements and her earlier discussions with a family by the name of Tyagi in Vehedi, she was able to put Jasbir's story into perspective.

Sri Shankar Lal Tyagi, the head of a Brahman family in Vehedi, had lost his 22-year-old son in a freak accident in the spring of 1954. The family was taking part in a wedding procession from one village to another when Sobha Ram fell from the chariot in which he was riding and was badly hurt. He died later that night of a head injury, leaving behind his widow, Sumantra, and his son, Baleshwar.

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