One morning in 1950, Mme B., the wife of a Paris bank employee, is bending over her daughter Therese’s cot. The fifteen-month-old little girl has just woken. The mother takes her in her arms and bids her good morning.
To her great astonishment, the child then says several times, very distinctly, the word “Arupa”… The mother asks her if she is trying to call her father. But the little girl repeats “Arupa”.
All day and on the following days, she says again this word that no-one in the family has ever heard.
Mr B., who is amused by it, tells his office colleagues, and one of them, who is interested in Oriental philosophies, tells him that Arupa, in Sanskrit, means “liberated from all matter”, that is to say “God”…
Mr B. naturally finds it curious that his little girl is saying a Sanskrit word. Unimaginatively, he does not draw any particular conclusion from it. He thinks that she must have heard it on the radio.
But six months later, another surprise: Therese suddenly begins to use English words. This time, Mme B., worried, consults a paediatrician who finds no explanation and does not try to probe the problem. He even gives this unimaginable answer:
“Don’t worry about it, it’ll go away!”
A few more months pass and, on the contrary, it does not “go away”. Therese continues to sprinkle her babbling with English phrases – more and more numerous – that she also pronounces with an impeccable accent. And one day, playing shopkeepers with her mother, the little girl suddenly says:
“Does this cost three rupees?”
A word that no-one has ever used in front of her.
Mme B. is beginning to look at her daughter with anguish. An anguish which grows even more when, some time later, Therese, seeing the portrait of Gandhi in a newspaper, cries:
“Oh Bapu! It’s Bapu!”
The B.’s want to find out what is happening. They buy a biography of the Mahatma and learn, stunned, that Bapu is the name which was given to Gandhi in private by his family and his disciples. Conscious of finding themselves in the presence of a mystery, they continue their investigation and acquire books on India. One evening while they are flicking through the pages of these books, Therese approaches and sees a portrait of Yogananda. She says with a serious air:
“It’s Yogananda. I know him; he came to Bapu’s place. He lunched and slept there. He was very kind…”
For months, the B.’s avidly question Therese who recounts many anecdotes on the life of Gandhi whom she claims to have known well. Many anecdotes which were all verified.
Then the little girl grows up. And her strange memories gradually fade…
The fourth case dates from 1924 and was witnessed by Doctor Maurice Delarrey, who recounted it in La Revue spirite, in 1948.
“At the time, I still had a certain scepticism about the doctrine of reincarnations and successive lives. My wife and myself often performed communication experiments with the Other World with an Ouija Board.
“Well, one day, the board, under my wife’s hand, slowly and with difficulty spelled the letters of the name: FELIX. Despite our questions, we were unable to obtain more during this seance. But the following day, the same name was given to us, followed this time by a surname: FR… My wife then remembered that her father had had a domestic by this name, for about ten years. I asked the supposed entity if it was he who had once been in the service of Mr X. and his family, in the village of B… The answer was clearly affirmative. My wife then remembered that this FELIX’ right ear stuck out a lot.
“During another seance, a dialogue was established between this FELIX and ourselves, as soon as he had given his name. We asked him what he wanted. He answered that he wanted to tell us that he would soon be returning among us. We wanted to know what he meant by “among us”. He said that he meant into our family. As our family is a big one and its members are scattered, we wanted to know the name of the region where he was to be born. He said that it was P. and he gives the name of a little town where we have some family. We asked if it was to be in the home of our young relation Y. He said that it was and that he already had two daughters. We asked if he knew their names, and he indicated their names and their exact ages. We wanted to know the date of his birth. He gave 24 September 1924, in the morning. We asked what would prove that it was he, himself, who was born that day. He answered that my wife would recognize him by his ear…
“We were then in the month of May and did not know of our relation’s pregnancy.
“On 24 September 1924, at eight o’clock in the morning, a telephone call from the young father informed us of the birth of his son.
“Three months later, my wife and I were invited to a family celebration at our cousin’s place, where he is happy to present his son to us.
” ‘ Come and see our beautiful boy… But he’s not yet used to seeing so many people, and today, he isn’t in a very good mood: each time that he sees a new face, he gets angry and screams for ages… We are unable to console him!’
“We enter the bedroom where the baby is. As soon as my wife approaches the cradle, the child starts to smile through his tears which are still rolling down his cheeks, and he reaches out towards us with his little hands. The mother says:
” ‘ Isn’t that extraordinary! You’d think he knows you!’
“I ask her why he has a band around his head. She tells me that the poor little thing must have been in a bad position in her body because he had been born with his right ear sticking out, and the doctor had told her that the band would fix the problem.”
Doctor Delarrey adds in conclusion:
“I leave the reader all latitude to attribute this adventure, from start to finish, to simple chance and to pure lucky coincidence or to see a patent and indiscutable proof of a forseen reincarnation, predicted and accomplished…“
To be continued.