Children's Past Lives. Includes a well-moderated bulletin board forum. Also be sure to check out their Library of articles, and Carol's books from which you can read excerpts (see also Recommended Books section of this website).
An article describing one of Carol Bowman's strongest cases, presented in a very fair and professional manner by ABC's "Primetime" on April 15, 2004.
University of Virginia Health Science Center, Division of Perceptual Studies (Dr. Ian Stevenson and Dr. Jim Tucker), call for cases
A summary of the history of reincarnation believe in Western society.
2001 Gallup poll showing 25% of Americans believing in reincarnation. Note that the June 2005 Gallup poll, which I can't link to directly, shows that this figure has dropped by a full 5%, to 20%, and in November 2005 it increased one percent, to 21%.
An introduction to past-life regression therapy
Spiritualist teachings on reincarnation and karma
Historical overview of reincarnation in Western culture, including Christianity, from Theosophy (see my comments)
A Catholic history of Origen, giving a somewhat different account than is cited by most reincarnationists. Comments (see also link below)
A website which explains the scenario described in the Catholic website above, and adds some crucial details, suggesting that the Emperor Justinian pulled a political "fast one" on the pope.
Reincarnation in the Bible
A discussion of "proof," by G. de Purucker of the Theosophical Society. There is a link at the bottom of the page to additional Theosophical articles on reincarnation. See also my comments on these articles.
Quotes on reincarnation from the Transcendentalists (also presented by the Theosophical Society)
Quotations relating to reincarnation.
Reincarnation 2002.com Joseph Myers' reincarnation page, including a number of proposed past-life matches with known historical figures and comparison photographs. See additional comments on these types of cases.
Reincarnation Media on the Web
A 1992 BBC program entitled "In Search of the Dead" Pt. III, featuring the research of Dr. Ian Stevenson and colleagues.
A documentary about Meher Baba's book, "God Speaks," explaining reincarnation.
James Leininger ABC Primetime espisode
Robert Snow, Proof Positive episode
Peter Ramster documentary, "Reincarnation".
Marge Rieder's Millboro study.
Jeff Keene, Proof Positive episode
Scottish child who remembers a past life
"Stevensonian"-type case, investigating child with past-life memories
The opening portion of a graphics-intensive documentary on reincarnation. Note especially the magnificently morphed faces at the end of the segment!
Lyrics to a haunting song by Brendan McCloud entitled "Reincarnation."
Documentary produced by the Theosophical Society entitled "Reincarnation: The Untrue Fact". (Comments)
A Mercedes ad with a reincarnation theme (meant to be humorous but it's actually rather powerful).
Reincarnation Stories on the Web
The section of Bruce and Andrea Leininger's blog in which parents can share their own children's past-life memory stories. See also the home page for their book, "Soul Survivor."
The Boy Who Once Again Lives with his Wife from the Past
News article about a Vietnamese reincarnation case, in the "Anomalist" archives
Rittmeister's Past-Life Memories Collection
Stories on About.com
Still more past-life memory accounts
Reincarnation accounts from Beyond Religion
Case studies of past-life therapy presented by members of IARRT
Story of a woman who runs into evidence of a past life, experiencing the common elements of recognition, synchronicity and vivid, repeating dreams.
A past-life therapist briefly describes a few of her cases in which historical validation for past-life memories was obtained.
A past-life regression patient whose memories of being persecuted in the 12th Century were verified.
Afterlife and Near-Death Experiences
Insights into the Afterlife
How to communicate with the deceased.
The Patience Worth case.
Life in the World Unseen. A detailed account of the afterlife by the late Robert Hugh Benson, as channeled by his friend Anthony Borgia, by way of correcting the mistaken ideas he had written during his lifetime in his book The Necromancers.
Stewart Edward White and Betty White: Warning; The Gaelic Manuscripts; The Road I Know by Steward Edward White.
International Association for Near-Death Studies
Dharma Talks: the insights learned from one near-death experience, and how to cope with stage IV cancer
Near-Death researcher and author P.M.H. Atwater
Dr. Raymond Moody's website, and an interview with Dr. Moody
Out of Body Experience Research Foundation (includes numerous personal accounts)
Poetry by Rumi about death (note "Why Cling?" with a reference to reincarnation)
Melvin Morse, children's near-death experiences. Includes a video interview with a girl who describes her NDE.
Beyond the Veil
A Lawyer's Case for Reincarnation Excellent overview of the entire history of after-life studies, including reincarnation.
Light Hearts, Elisabeth Hallett
Deeper Teachings by Genuine Spiritual Masters*
Avatar Meher Baba and his teachings on reincarnation and karma. Note that the first website linked here contains an online library of several of Meher Baba's works.
Portions of a version of "The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna," an extensive first-hand account of what it was like to be with Sri Ramakrishna and his close disciples.
The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda online. At his initial address to the World Parliament of Religions at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, the Swami was given a standing ovation after simply uttering his first words of welcome, "Sisters and brothers of America". (To read this speech, click on "Volume I", "Addresses at the Parliament of Religions", then on "Response to Welcome"). The story of Vivekananda's coming to America is included in "In Another Life", presented by a monk of the Order.
Five lectures on reincarnation by Swami Abhedananda, who was a direct disciple (along with Swami Vivekananda) of Sri Ramakrishna. To my knowledge he was not in a state of spiritual illumination as Swami Vivekananda was, so while his subject is exactly on-target with the subject of this website, and the intellectual source for his writing is the teachings of a God-Realized master, his lectures may not carry the same spiritual authority.
The entire Bhagavad Gita online
Excerpts from "The Problem of Rebirth" by Sri Aurobindo. Note this is an advanced treatment of the subject, and one really needs to spend time with the book absorbing his entire argument as it progresses through each chapter.
Chapter of a book based on the teachings of Sai Baba of Shirdi, on the subject of the importance of a human birth. (This is the original Sai Baba, not the more recent one who claimed to be his reincarnation.) Note in the text where you see "Gods" this is a typo and should be lower case, "gods", meaning devas.
Sufi mystical poet Jalaluddin Rumi.
The songs of Hafiz.
The songs of Kabir.
The poetry of Farid ud-Din Attar. (I believe that in the first poem, "The Dullard Sage," the line should read "In the candle flame of His face I have forgotten all the answers"--which is to say, "His" refers to God, not to the moth.)
Includes a question and answer session with Ramana Maharshi about reincarnation. I think the introductory commentary may be a bit misleading, if the author feels that Ramana Maharshi was saying that the doctrine of reincarnation is mistaken. Ramana Maharshi acknowledges (grudgingly) that reincarnation exists from our spiritually ignorant perspective, i.e., if we accept that we are a limited individuality with a body, and that we are born and that we die, then, along with that package, we also reincarnate. But he is pointing the questioner to a deeper understanding, that of his real identity as the true Self, which in fact does not reincarnate, per se, because it is never limited to the body. Keep in mind that in a Q&A format, the master tailors his response to the spiritual understanding and preparedness of the questioner; but when this session is copied down and read by someone else, it may or may not be how the master would have responded to that reader.
Excerpts from question and answer sessions with Baba Hari Dass about death. (page one) (page two)
EARTh--the European Association for Regression Therapy
A.R.E. (Edgar Cayce Foundation)
Mount Madonna, Baba Hari Dass
The Institute of Noetic Sciences
Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology)
Institute for Afterlife Research
The College of Metaphysical Studies
The Boundary Institute
American Society for Psychical Research
California Institute of Integral Studies
Work by Peter Teekamp, along with a presentation of the case for his having been Paul Gauguin.
The art of transformation, mandala artwork by Julie Thorn.
Atma Speaks, a children's presentation of the main principles set forth by Meher Baba's book "God Speaks".
The reincarnation page for teens on the In Another Life website, originally commissioned for the London Vedanta Society (hence the lack of a back-link and different look).
Global Consciousness Project at Princeton University involving the apparent impact of mass consciousness on random number generators
Virtual puja (worship) of Lord Krishna, designed by the London Vedanta Society for children. (It's not just for children and it's not virtual)
Detailed commentary on the Puranas (Hindu scriptures) by Dr. E. Krishnamacharya, M.A., Ph.D. (in Word format)
A "pro" article discussing magician Harry Houdini returning after death to give his wife a pre-arranged coded message, through medium Arthur Ford. Includes a discussion of the methods of unfair debunkers.
The TASTE project, transcendent experiences reported by scientists
A paper by Alfred Russel Wallace, a colleague and collaborator of Charles Darwin who wrote extensively on evolution and other subjects, about psychic phenomena he had personally observed and studied.
Crop circle research
Possession case of Lurancy Vennum.
Rainsnow. A site dedicated to the promotion and development of the spiritual and cultural project of global transformation enunciated in the Rainsnow books.
After Death Communication Research Foundation, with personal accounts
Beyond religion. A former minister has the courage to explore beyond organized religion, including reincarnation.
In Search of the Loving God--evidence for Jesus having lived in India.
Evidence for Jesus having lived in India.
Another extensive site detailing evidence for Jesus having lived in India after the crucifixion, and suggesting that his burial-place is in Kashmir. Comments.
A New Ecumenism Based Upon Reexamination of the "Lost Years" [of Jesus] Evidence by James W. Deardorff, Oregon State University, including a discussion of reincarnation in the original source of the Gospel of Matthew.
*I am using the word "genuine" to mean that these masters are either spiritually Perfect (God-Realized), or that they are, in my estimation or understanding, genuinely spiritually advanced or stationed on the higher planes of consciousness. I use the word "genuine" to distinguish from philosophers who are developing an intellectual system, and from teachers who are either self-deluded or intentionally posing as having a spiritual authority they don't really have. Most people, when they have been exposed to what they believe to be spiritual teachings, have actually been encountering this latter variety. The teaching of a spiritually Perfect master, to the extent it is accurately preserved, is the safest and most reliable, and its hallmark is a simplicity, grandeur and depth beyond the scope of any philosophical treatise. It also gives one intuitive, direct contact with the Source of the teaching to the extent one is spiritually prepared to receive it. Because this kind of teaching comes from the Ocean of Knowing, it is not read like philosophy. You will gain more by deeply absorbing and concentrating on one expressed thought in these works, if by doing that you get a touch of that Ocean, than you will by trying to intellectualize entire chapters. Think of it as rare vintage wine, which is best sipped and savoured rather than gulped.
In the above list, those masters whom I understand to have been spiritually Perfect are Krishna, Buddha, Meher Baba, Sri Ramakrishna, Rumi, Hafiz, Kabir, Attar and Sai Baba of Shirdi (not Satya Sai Baba). In one case, that of Baba Hari Dass, I can personally confirm based on attending a retreat led by him in 1974 that he is genuine in the sense used above, but I don't know what his spiritual station is. In the case of Meher Baba, my own master, I can confirm from personal contact with many of his direct disciples, extensive access to recorded first-hand accounts through my archiving work, and from my own inner experience of following him for 35 years, that he was genuine and God-Realized, to the extent that any ordinary person could judge. Sai Baba of Shirdi was the master of Meher Baba's master. I have also studied Sri Ramakrishna intensively for the same amount of time, and feel an inner connection with him. It is clear to me that he was God-Realized, as also confirmed by Meher Baba. The status of the rest of the God-Realized masters listed above (Krishna, Buddha, Rumi, Hafiz and Kabir) has been agreed upon by history as well as confirmed by Meher Baba. This list is, of course, not exhaustive, but in my estimation it is correct.