You know that joke about a rich man who consulted a psychic to find out who he’d be in his next life? Planning to make out his will, he wanted to know about his next incarnation so he could leave all his wealth to himself.

If truth is stranger than fiction, then recently a man in Wiltshire found a well-preserved Roman villa with valuable artifacts buried in his own backyard – a find hailed as ‘unparalleled in recent years’. What makes it intriguing is this man occupationally designs luxury rugs for Roman aristocrats and is fascinated by Roman history ever since he visited Pompeii as a child. Go, figure!

You can read about that discovery here.

Irrespective of the fact, if headlines on reincarnations grab your attention like nothing else or the very mention of it anywhere elicits a grunt from you, we ask you to suspend disbelief and take a look at five famous (suggested) incarnations that either sound quite plausible or been ‘explored to death’…

1. Politics/Religion

In the first page of ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’, the author refers to memories of a past life. This was published back in the 40’s, when few in the West believed or were even familiar with the idea of reincarnation. Today, many believe the author, Paramahansa Yogananda was a reincarnation of William the Conqueror. This is brilliantly researched in the book, ‘Two Souls, Four Lives’ and further supported in ‘Walking with William of Normandy’ – a couple of enjoyable reads among others and if you are also curious about other possible reincarnations of Yogananda, you could well refer to this ebook.

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2. Politics/Science

From a Himalayan Yogi to American aviator, inventor, author, activist, explorer as Charles Lindbergh, President Lincoln could have reached ‘rarefied heights’ politically, aeronautically and spiritually few only dream of. ‘The Reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln’ points out this karmic connection in great detail.

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3. Politics/Arts

In ‘A Tale of Two Statesmen’, remarkable parallels are drawn between Winston Churchill and Napoleon Bonaparte by the Director of Churchill Archives Centre- underpinning a remark by Paramahansa Yogananda that they were the same souls. It is interesting to note, Churchill (who won a Nobel Prize in Literature) had finally learnt a lesson on war that had eluded him as Napoleon.

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4. Science/Business

From building private rockets (SpaceX) to the fastest ever transport (Hyperloop), Elon Musk is the perfect example of one not only undeterred by failure but goes on without loss of enthusiasm from one failure to failure as is evidenced by his tenacity to fire up rockets even after expensive failures. He is well known for his frequent quotes on ‘not accepting failure’, an attitude he was equally known for in his previous incarnation as Thomas Edison, if this revelation/observation is someday proved true.

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5. Arts/Science

Brian Green is a leading string theorist, highly cited science writer and a self-confessed fan and die-hard follower of French writer and Nobel Prize Laureate, Albert Camus. In this tell-tale interview, he shares his undying commonality with the famous philosopher that can only be described as a past life connection.

“I sort of re-read Albert Camus every few years. He has a hold on me in a very deep way, his ability to weave deep philosophical questions together with the  human concerns that we all have, into what I find to be riveting stories, makes him a compelling thinker.”

The article goes on to say, Dr. Green’s love for Camus isn’t the recently discovered intellectual regard of a guy in his 50s. It goes way deeper. It has occupied him most of his life, from the time he discovered Camus in his father’s bookshelf as a teen, through his doctorate on the six hidden dimensions right up to his present day quest of quantum gravity in describing cosmic microwave background radiation – the image of Camus, cigarette hanging from his lip, lurks beneath his equations…

Besides a quirky likeness, wiki shows Green was born 3 years after Camus died.

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As incredible (or fanciful) all this may sound, notwithstanding how our past was, point is we can still be inspired by men and women, past and present and probably ask ourselves, how we would like to be remembered in the future?

 

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Bhaskar Dutta is a self-help author and IT specialist based in London.

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