The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

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EVOLUTION, KARMA, AND REBIRTH 91They went to the village together as promised, and she recognizedit as they approached, pointing out the place wherethe bus had hit her, and asking to be put in a rickshaw,whereupon she gave directions to the driver. She stopped therickshaw when they arrived at a cluster of houses where sheclaimed she had lived. The little girl and her bewildered fathermade their way to the house she said belonged to her formerfamily, and her father, who still did not believe her, asked theneighbors whether there was a family like the one KamaljitKour had described, who had lost their daughter. They confirmedthe story and told the girl's astonished father thatRishma, the daughter of the family, had been sixteen years oldwhen she was killed; she had died in the car on the wayhome from the hospital.The father felt extremely unnerved at this, and toldKamaljit that they should go home. But she went right up tothe house, asked for her school photo, and gazed at it withdelight. When Rishma's grandfather and her uncles arrived, sherecognized them and named them without mistake. Shepointed out her own room, and showed her father each of theother rooms in the house. Then she asked for her schoolbooks, her two silver bangles and her two ribbons, and hernew maroon suit. Her aunt explained that these were allthings Rishma had owned. Then she led the way to heruncle's house, where she identified some more items. Thenext day she met all of her former relatives, and when it wastime to catch the bus home, she refused to go, announcing toher father that she was going to stay. Eventually he persuadedher to leave with him.The family started to piece the story together. KamaljitKour was bom ten months after Rishma died. Although thelittle girl had not yet started school, she often pretended toread, and she could remember the names of all her schoolfriends in Rishma's school photograph. Kamaljit Kour had alsoalways asked for maroon-colored clothes. Her parents discoveredthat Rishma had been given a new maroon suit of whichshe was very proud, but she had never had time to wear it.The last thing Kamaljit Kour remembers of her former life wasthe lights of the car going out on the way home from the hospital;that must have been when she died.I can think of ways that one might try to discredit thisaccount. You might say that perhaps this little girl's family hadput her up to claiming she was the reincarnation of Rishmafor some reason of their own. Rishma's family were wealthy

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