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The Swiss Professor Theodore Flournay (1854-1920) had a very strange experience with Helena Smith from South Geneva. In his psychical research , he found that she remembers many of her past lives , in somnambulistic state , but forgets them when she is awake. She , in her visions/dreams was the daughter of a 14th century Sheik from Arabia, married as the 11th wife to a Prince called Sivrouka Naayaka who built a Fortress in Chandragiri (in South Canara bordering Malabar) and had a passionate romantic life with him and when he was killed she threw of all her ornaments and fine cloths and was burned alive in his funeral pyre. She even remembered her Hindu name as Simandini .All these started in November 1892 and continued till October 16th 1874 and February 17 1895, by which time piece by piece she could give a complete picture of her life in the far off Chandragiri fort which she had neer seen in this life.She even recognized a Guru as Aireya Ganapathirama in that life.The script she wrote on pieces of paper during her somnambulism are given in the book. They are Tamil Brahmi, and Brahmi scripts. Very rare thing to happen !
The Professor at first thought that she is weaving imaginary stories from something she had read or heard in childhood. But she had no such past history on further investigations. The Professor thought that the episode of building Chandragiri fortress in 1402 was not very convincing (since the present Chandragiri Fortress of the Vijayanagara is built only in 15th century). He could not find any king with such a fantastic name Sivrouka Naayikka. In 1402 the ruling King of Vijayanagara was Bukka 2 and he had a name Siribukka or Thiribukka and he thought she was probably referring to him. But as a surprise he came across a book by De Marles which is a 6 volume Indian History .In that text he found just a single line which stated that in 1401 Raja Sivroukka Nayaka built Chandragiri Fort at border of South Canara and Malabar. But Helena did not have acess to that book at all. She thought the Professor was a reincarnation of the erstwhile king, her lover and husband.
Looks like Fiction. But with psychic research the Professor vouchsafe that it had elements of Truth in it. A fabulous story of Love which crossed even centuries to be remembered and cherished by the participants in it. And it somehow proves Punarjanma ,after life of the soul.
Worth reading for a different experience.
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