History and Cases of Reincarnation Case of Indian Boy Jasbir Part 2

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


The Case of Jasbir

Jasbir had described exactly his death as Sobha Ram, even adding details which had not been known by the Tyagi family, but unfortunately these could not be verified. Jasbir claimed that at the wedding Sobha Ram had been given poisoned sweets by a man who owed him money. Riding back from the wedding, Sobha Ram became so giddy from this poison that he fell from his chariot and later died from the injuries he received. Jasbir remembered that after he had died, he had met a sadhu, or holy man, who'd suggested that he "take cover" in another body. Apparently Sobha Ram chose the recently vacated body of the young boy Jasbir.

The Reaction

The Jats were distraught at the change in their son, no doubt as distraught as Jasbir was to find himself in these circumstances. Although Sri Girdhali Lal Jat went to some trouble to find a Brahman willing to cook for his son, he was anxious to conceal the problem as much as possible. Jasbir was so laughed at and scolded when he recounted his stories of having a wife and child that finally he stopped repeating them. After a year and a half, he relaxed his Brahman dietary habits and took his meals with his family. He still remained withdrawn, however, not only aloof from other villagers but alienated even from his own family.

Shortly after Srimati Shyamo's visit to Rasulpur, members of Sobha Ram's family came to meet Jasbir. The boy recognized them and was able to explain the relationship of each to Sobha Ram. Later Jasbir visited Vehedi and picked out the Tyagi dwellings and fields with no difficulty. He also showed appropriate attitudes toward the Tyagi family, evidencing extreme affection for Sobha Ram's son, Baleshwar. (Sobha Ram's wife had returned to her father's village, because Jasbir's father had refused to allow him to meet her.)

After Jasbir's statements were found to have apparent validity, the Jats were able to accept the change in their son, and they accorded him respect despite his aloofness. The Tyagis also reacted positively. They initiated visits to Jasbir's village and had him spend several weeks at their home at different times. Jasbir showed an obvious preference for the Tyagis, which led to strain between the two families. The Jats were afraid that they would lose their son, and he, at times, threatened to run away from Rasulpur to Vehedi.

The case was last reviewed by an outside investigator in 1964, when University of Virginia professor Dr. Ian Stevenson researched it for his book Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation. Stevenson reported that Jasbir's memories of being Sobha Ram had not diminished, although his memory of the interval between Sobha Ram's death and his reappearance as Jasbir was becoming unclear. Jasbir still felt isolated, lonely, and depressed in Rasulpur and had cried after the departure of a recent visitor from Vehedi. The Jats remained determined to raise their son in the way they saw fit, however, and until Jasbir/Sobha Ram reached his second coming of age, he was bound to the circumstances of the body he had so hastily chosen.

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