Author: Chaitanya Charan
Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing (1 March 2017)
Formats: Paperback / Kindle
About the Author
Chaitanya Charan is a mentor, life coach and monk. Building on his degree of engineering from the Government College of Engineering, Pune, he complemented his scientific training with a keen spiritual sensitivity. For over two decades, he has researched ancient wisdom-texts and practiced their teachings in a living yoga tradition.
Author of over twenty books, he writes the world’s only Gita-daily feature (gitadaily.com), wherein he has written over two thousand daily meditations on the Bhagavad-gita. Known for his systematic talks and incisive question-answer sessions, he has spoken on spiritual topics at universities and companies worldwide from Australia to America.
The book starts with stories of reincarnation from different parts of world mostly from India and Srilanka. The author put forwards arguments regarding this reincarnation stories of why they should be accepted as true stories. He works against tha arguments of these stories being money motivated, culturally motivated, by fraud, parents desire to be famous, investigator bias and so on. In the end you can get a feeling of agreement with the author why you should believe this stories of reincarnation.
The book then uses Vedic knowledge to support the theory of Reincarnation pointing to religious text. The book also tries to look at reincarnation from a scientific view point. Some of the questions you may have like – why are past lives not remembered, does soul exists are tried to answered in light of scientific and Vedic knowledge. The book has a special chapter of near death experience. The model presented here is convincing and gives you answers to most of your questions relating to near death experience, reincarnation, ghosts and soul. But it goes only to how far should you consider this model to be true. Ultimately it’s a model only something like a theory.
A small section describes the existence of ghosts and how possession happens – the same is explained through the model. At the end of reading you may be a bit or totally convinced in theory of Reincarnation. The book does this job well.
What it lacks is the number of examples. I would have been happier to have more interesting stories. The story telling of the few stories presented lack the typical narration you would expect from a good story.
In all, the book does contain few gems of knowledge if you are new to topic of Reincarnation. At a reasonably low price there is some thing to learn about reincarnation. But remember the book is not on Reincarnation but about reincarnation. It just put forwards arguments and model to favor the concept of Reincarnation. Pick up the book if you have interest on the topic else it can get boring and the book may feel absurd if you absolutely don’t believe in the concept.