Thursday, July 05, 2007

Is 'Kalpana Chawla' Reborn in India?

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In India stories of reincarnation are very common. Every now & then we find small Childs in India claiming to remember their past lives, in which they tell exact details of their previous life. But is this story of a 4 yr old from India claiming to be the reincarnation of Kalpana Chawla true? The great India born astronaut "Kalpana Chawla" worked with NASA in United States of America & died on February 1, 2003 as the Columbia space shuttle on which she was returning to earth after a space mission, disintegrated 16 minutes prior to landing on earth.

Here is "Upasana", a 4 yr old Girl from Bulandshahar in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India. As per one IBN7 - TV report in India today, "Upasana", the little girl claims to be the reincarnation of "Kalpana Chawla".

"Upasana" was born on 23rd March 2003, while "Kalpana Chawla" died on Ist Feb. 2003. "Upasana" claims to be the reincarnation of "Kalpana Chawla". As per "Upasana", she is afraid of planes & claims that she died in the air, in an air crash. She has told Kalpana's father's name too & as per her claim she also knows about the Professors & Mentors of "Kalpana Chawla".

As per Upasana's father Raj Kumar,"Upasana has been telling us ever since she started speaking that her name was Kalpana Chawla and that her father's name was Banarsi Das Chawla but we could not figure out anything as we had never heard of Kalpana".

Now how true is the reincarnation claim of the "Upasana", the little girl as "Kalpana chawla", is debatable. Viewers comments are invited on this.

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Blogger Adity said...

Really interesting. I just checked rediff news and goggled to see if it is a reality or just a faked up story?

I don't really know if one should believe in such stories or not. I had a friend who had a baby girl in the similar situation. She started talking early and used to ask for her previous home and family. Later did my friend found out that same family existed in some other part of the world and was the case of actual reincarnation.

But, the only question just keep coming back to my mind is, if there is re-incarnation, then why does the re-birth originate in India, and why does re-birth happen only in the same native land? Like in this case, she could have born in some other part of the globe, why India??

11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story/fact should be considered seriously. Kaplana's parents and Upasana's meeting should be arranged and made some more confirmations that could be lead to NASA. If there's sureity of Upasana being Kalpana, the researchers could be able to get back into her memory and trace out what actually happened after the connection was lost between the Columbia and the NASA Center. More light could throen on the rest of the crew members. The Indian Government should take a leading step in finding out the truth of this reincarnation and play a helping leading role towards the wrold and NASA.

3:54 AM  
Blogger Sancho said...

All the stories / posts on "Weird India" are from reliable news sources only, whether, these are some prestigious newspapers, TV channels or Reliable online news sources.

This story on "Kalpana Chawla" was shown in the evening of July 5,2007 on IBN7 Hindi news channel in India. A reporter from IBN7 - TV channel team was there with "Upasana", the 4 yr old Girl & her parents. A complete 30 minutes program was shown on IBN7 in which there were talks with "Upasana" & her parents, in which the little girl was giving all these details as posted in this blog post.


1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

get some more info.....

4:51 PM  
Blogger JTCd said...

I wonder if anyone has considered a nine or ten month pregnancy between when Kalpana died and the the child was born. The reality is that reincarnation means re-incarnated, so it relates to bodies, and bodies develop after a nine or ten month pregnancy. Certainly there have been many cases where children do remember previous births, even names and faces and so on......small children are also well known for telling "little whoppers" too.

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Brinsley said...

She wouldn't have known the word plane or professor unless she has read it some where. The source of these words has to be first studied. I don’t believe all aliens come to the US and all reincarnations take place in India .

1:22 AM  
Anonymous Nandini said...

Ive been reading about KCs reincarnation story as well as some of the comments posted on different sites with curiosity.While some have taken a balanced approach others have blissfully laughed if off as an indian weirdness(the kind of bliss that stems from ignorance)and some even being ashamed of being indians(hello!)and some pathetic enough to worry what others will think of indians who spoke of the R word.Who says reincarnation is reported only in India?True,The concept of reincarnation has been in this country for thousands of years as also in other ancient civilizations,but today and in the last 150yrs or so there have been psychiatrists in the west who have observed this phenomenon and are now using past life regression therapy to cure many patients of chronic illnesses.true,there are people who think it is not scientific enough but then most peole are very uneasy when it comes to matters of death.The point is every one of those undergoing treatment has had a recovery after going through the therapy.Nobodys been able give a "scientific" explanation to these recoveries but they have shown that past life exists.its a realm that cannot be explained by logic and reasoning alone and nature doesnt follow human logic.And there r enough mysteries in the universe that science cant explain,and science hasnt always been right.The last century has seen physics take a giant leap in perspective from deterministic classical newtonian mechanics to an indetermistic perspective of quantum physics which also dabbles with the nature of the mind of the observer.why are we afraid to look forward and find out more about what we see?And why does reincarnation have to have religious connotation?we need to be open minded and conduct studies and research into this before passing callous comments which at best come from ones ignorance.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Vicky said...

Yes there are such re-incarnations. I saw a similar episode on Discovery channel yrs ago about a young boy who claimed to be a famous football player i suppose.I dont remember this players name but the channel arranged a meeting and got some of his childhood group photos and asked him to recognise where he is and such stuff. He was accurate. Even this players sister was sent into the room where he was seated all alone and as soon as she entered he called her by her name.they spoke about their childhood.He even shared some experiences which only they both knew.That lady was in tears.It was really amazing.I think someone too should arrange such sort of meetings u know so that we can know what happened on that fateful day.

3:51 PM  
Blogger PK said...

In reply to the 9 month pregnancy comment, it is believed that the soul of a person only enters the foetus during the later months (7th I think but certainly not from the 1st month).

Reincarnation is an intergral part of the Hinduism way of life. I think people/scientist should study it objectively instead of just dismissing it simply because it doesn't correlate with the western ideology (which has been proven wrong in many instances)

9:59 AM  
Blogger Madhu said...

We pretend to be purely believers of science,but then we should also know that there is a cosmic truth "Truth never dies". Bhagavad Gita is another ...

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"then why does the re-birth originate in India"

for the same reasons that UFOs and Alien Abductions are seen in the USA.....

folklore and hogwash

9:08 PM  
Anonymous RK said...

Reincarnation is something that cannot be brushed away. Though there is no scientific proof of reincarnation, there are numerous logical evidences. The basis is

that the human soul is considered to be a database into which all your life's learnings go and nothing is forgotten. This memory and knowledge however is

temporarily suppressed as the soul takes a new birth to fulfil a different purpose and acquire new learning, like a cleaning a slate to write again. For example, a child

from a uneducated family is found to recite from memory ancient texts at a very early age. Musical / mathematical / scientific prodigies from families having no

related background in the area. Even common people like us find we are good at doing something which others are not and vice versa. Same holds good for strong

personal likes and dislikes. These are strong evidences of skills / memories of a past life. The question arises why memories of past life persist across births only in

certain cases. It has been reported from research on reincarnation cases that in most cases, violent deaths tend to carry over memories of past life. To the question

on considering the nine month pregnancy period between births, it has also been researched and reported that souls enter the womb anytime between 6 months to

just a few hours before childbirth(Science and Spirituality, by Bhrama kumaris World Spiritual University). Arguing against reincarnation, many others question

increase in the number of souls as the population of earth has exploded since the birth of man. Where did these souls come from ? Are we sure souls can be born

only on earth ? Are we sure life does not exist anywhere else on the universe ? Even if souls can be born only on earth, there can be many waiting to be born. As

the soul is born again and again, it learns more and more in each lifetime. Advanced human qualities such as balanced, composed, mature and an intelligent

disposition develops out of repeated seasoning of the soul. Also, it is found, reincarnation tends to lead a soul to similar professions to probably complete unfinished business / desires / learnings. Also, rebirth need not necessarily take place in India. It is a worldwide phenomenon (Born Again by Walter Semkiw)

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Dr Satish Kumar Kushwaha, MS(BITS),MHM,MBA,M.Phil.(Psy),B.Sc.Homeopath (Govt Regd.),PastLife Therapist & Researcher said...

I thank you NANDINI and RK,

In my show on INDIA TV I have already explained "Yes" Its true that Soul take birth as per their preference and for a particular experience.

In my therapy and research practice of last around 20 years, I even found many soul-groups are taking birth together with role exchanged to experience expansion of emotions and feeling.

Many soulsmind complex do not go back to the original/other plane and get stuck up/or prefer to be in the plane to rebirth very soon 0-3 years, it depends upon many factors.

Yes Adity these days it is more common in accedental cases/ murders/un natural death circumstances to either reincarnate to complete the experience or to help such souls as guide of soul transportation (Guiding such souls to masters)in the extra human world of existance.

What is Science ? Probe to find the truth .... and it is having maximum opening/ scope.History of science teaches that every next day is giving light to the unkowns of yesterdays....Eyes can SEE VIBGYOR...but infrared and ultra voilet exists...Human ears can hear 20HZ-20000HZ..but infrasonic and Ultrasound exists.....Whay there is Dormant DNAs... if they are vestigial...they were having some role ...

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we indians are born stupid nd will die stupid.. are we going to even discuss about this? this is the most absurd thing which we could ever talk about.. I guess I gnorance is our birth right.. any one who belives this stupid news should get a life.. sorry but .. you seriously should get a life..

4:39 PM  
Blogger Liwaste said...


do you seriously belive tht god created human beings? if yes.. then he is the one who created caste systems.. well thts what bagavat geetha says.. (I am a dont try to find holes in quran or bible just for the sake of argument) geetha says tht he made humans.. of different kinds.. namely shathryas.. nd I dont remembr the other divisions.. but yeah.. the "god" which geetha talks abt is a racist god.. nd I really am not comfrtable with racism..

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi @ Madhu, God is not racist. He specified classes basing on the behavior/nature of the human being. For example, if a person by birth a brahmin, but behaving as a sudra, then that person even though born as brahmin is no more considered as a brahmin. and a sudra following the rules of a brahmin in his way of living,he is promoted to be a brahmin. This is Nature's law and this is what Bhagavad gita says. Dont read Bhagavad gita by yourself and please do not self speculate. It is the song of the God.You should hear it from a bonafied spiritual master. Do not unnecessarily talk what evr it comes to your mind

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don' t know she is right or wrong but to prove that upsana is kalpana chawla or not upsana has to be asked some questions related to kalpana chawla's nasa program
i think

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some one asked why India. I say that is because of "runanubandha". As you all are discussing Atma is infinite and not bound by time. Some lives back may be that Atma is in-debted to this man or family.
It is very easy to discard and negate one's beliefs because it is very hard to understand them.
also it is now a fashion to argue against Hinduistic beliefs. In any case, this girl's aatma might have existed as Kalpana Chawla in her previous birth, that does not mean she will become another Kalpana in this birth. She has a different purpose. Isnt it amazing comparing Universe that we see to our knowledge. What we know is nothing we know a sand grain in ocean and we think we are intelligent creatures! This is what is called MAYA...Enjoy it.

11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Upasana was already living foetus(child in womb)when Kalpana Chawla met with her fatal tragedy.
Hence Kalpana Chavla has got to be reborn, if at all,at a date later than day of birth of Upasana.
However, rebirth is a well-documented phenomenon.
The book,"Many mansions", written by Edgar Casey is most illuminating on the subject.

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am amazed at how suddenly this is a religious issue...why cant people see this as part of the uniquely diverse world we live in where all kinds of things are reported and investigated. Reincarnation was seriously considered by judaism and christianity up until a century or so ago..but seeing how their support cud destabilize the whole religious set up of the church they just got together and decided that those who believe in reincarnation will be damned..hee hee..yeah..and the pedos and perverts who call themselves instruments of god wudnt be damned...anyways being a hindu i dont believe in damnation...but i dont believe in everything thats told to me..hinduism actually encourages the quest for truth and I think we cant say anything for sure unless we investigaet such claims thoroughly..Take Shanti devi and her story of reincarnation for example...and please dont link this to religion..or trash it like UFO and Alien sightings. We actually have verifiable facts here...we can always ask the children who claim to be reincarnations and try to find out the truth unlike grainy videos or pictures that are the sole basis for UFO or alien sightings. All we need to do is investigate further...and i suggest we do that with an open mind instead of trying to trash a faith or a way of life or a belief each his own...any belief system that condemns other belief systems and labels them false cant possibly be good.

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know upasana's address. i would like to go and meet her in person

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding kalpana chawla's rebirth, I strongly beleave that upasana must be interviewed by NASA regarding all the confidential matters which were thought to her by NASA so as to conform her rebirth which in return will be very helpfull to NASA to reconstruct the events that have taken place before the aircrash

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Sujay Raj said...

Almost around 80% to 90% of Physicist believe in Time Travel, Tele Port, Parallel Universe etc., They say that there's a way for all these. But we dont have much resources to do that. People are inventing a new fuel (Antiprotons) which supports to travel faster than light. 100 Yrs back people believed that these are fictions.

We may not have a scientic proof to prove reincarnation exists. But we'll find it soon in our future. Questions like God, Demon, Souls, Hell and Heaven everything will be answered.

One of my friends asked me a question, "Our galaxies diameter is several light years wide. There are billions of galaxies out there, no astronmer yet discovered god. How do you say that god exists?".

Just assume that there'll be worlds in One, Two and Three Dimentions. People in 1 dimentional world cannot see 2 dimensions. People in 2 dimentional world cannot see 3 dimensions. In a same way, people in 3 dimentional world cannot see 4 dimensions. Because, we are locked in our 3 dimentional world.

I am not saying we have 4th dimension. I am saying we may have 4th dimension world. Some people say "There's only one god with different names" May be that is wrong. Like in our 3 dimentional world, there may be people living in 4th dimension so called Gods, Demons, Angels, Souls etc., They could see us. As we are locked in our 3 dimentional world, we may not able to see them. We dont have any idea whats going on there.

But Sages who were in Ancient India practised meditation. They explored the incredible powers of our brain. They utilized the complete functionalities of our brain. May be thats the reason why lot of myths got started in India.

In Bible, long back Moses and Solomon wrote that Earth is shaped Circular (literally sphere) and its hanging without any support. But nobody believed. Even, Vatican killed so many scientists including Galileo who said earth is sphere and its revolving round the sun. But now we accept that as we know about our solar system.

We say that our universe started from Big Bang, and now we have billions of galaxies, stars, planets and life on planets etc, How did all came to Existence? How did the big bang happen?

While comparing to these mysteries how big is reincarnation? When you believe Big Bang, galaxies, stars, planets why not reincarnation?

If somebody someday comes and knocks your door and says "I am your great great great great great great great great great Grand Daughter or Son" dont just slam the door !! May be they are your future descendants came travelling through time to visit you" !!


A three yrs old boy or girl says you are my husband / wife, dont just run.. Instead of that inform some popular media or research centres.

Sujay Raj

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It all starts to make sense when one begins to question about the purpose of life? Why I am born here in this paritcular period, space with particular sets of tendency? Then we begin to search for the answers, first we try out science and all existing modern philosophies. Still we don't get our answers, because though science has made a great progress in last's not evolved enough to answer the mysteries behind birth and death. Science can't make human to this date, and it can't stop one from dying either. So it has its limitation. We have to understand this limitation of science. Then we need to open our mind and search for new and old available knowledge about life and death.
In process of doing so we come across our valuable vedas, upanishads and geeta...
At first we find some hesitation at believing them..
but once you start to delve into the ancient knowledge you will experience something that is really convincing(somehow), something so integral and something so true...
everyting is explained in those valuable scriputres..
whole message of vedas and upanishad is about 'purpose of life' has explained everything..from life to death to reincarnation.

We just need to be open...and we will get our answers...

this is my experience...
It may help those of you who are really searching for the 'Meaning of Life'..

Bhojraj Poudel

10:39 PM  
Blogger lakshmi vinayan said...

i do believe in reincarnations and rebirths........but just cant digest why it only takes place in India and no other place..else in this world........

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@lakshmi....first of all reincarnation does not 'only' takes place in india also happens in other countries...but they don't come & tell you...or we can say as they don't believe in these things so they declare that person as...''mad'' there are many things in this world about which we don't know any thing...for those topics its better to keep our mouth shut...for the above written matter..if you don't believe in recarnation then answer that how the girl was so sure about everything about Kalpana Chawla....

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just because science has not been able to explain it yet does not make it untrue. After all science itself evolves. The universal truth is mysterious and wonderful..

1:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those who think reincarnation happens only in India, must read "Twenty Case suggestive Reincarnation" by Ian Stevenson.


5:17 PM  
Anonymous rusty alakanuk said...

dear friends, to all those who have raised the question of 'reborn' being phenomenon singularly cited in i dian context only, i would like to introduce dr. ian stevenson, chief psychiatrist hospital university of virginia also head of its division of personality studies dep. according to the good doc these instances are not restricted to the subcontinent uniformly spread and noticed around the globe but since the child' past life memory is sharpest at younger age, children are incoherent and as they grow older and get better at communication, memory starts to blur. since most other civilization had not entertained the idea as deeply it is entrenched here, most cases go unreported. also if we were to apply logic or cause and effect theory there is no escaping reincarnation. i was born ssickly and you healthy may be attributed to physical conditions, but emotions,trauma, also status, inequity etc for a new bornchild or accidents, suffering et al cannot be explained without assuming an unconcerned god or the final arbitrator without any sense of justice, if refuse in perpetual continuation of the journey of psyche despite intervening destruction and disintegration of its physical abode is not taken. furthermore without reincarnation there can be no motive towards moral behavior either.

4:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Space Shuttle disintegrated over Texas during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. So why didn't she reincarnate into a Texan child?

Also, we have never lost anyone outside of Earth's atmosphere (well there are some rumors that some Russians might have died and the government covered it up). The Challenger blew up as it was taking off and the Columbia upon re-entry as I mentioned above.

What would happen if one died in space like on Mars?

1:11 AM  
Anonymous Sandeep Pandit said...

Ok all the post where the they have asked the following questions
1. Why UFO /aliens only visit US
2. Why reincarnations only happen in India.

1. UFO is a world phenomenon, you can search and find out that more UFOs are see in Mexico, south america and Europe than reported in US. NATO forces in Europe had their own investigations done on UFO phenomenon. Prior to cold war it was thought Hitler had secret flying machines which were UFOs. Old paintings have depicted the same UFO "flying saucers" some thousands of years ago.
2. Reincarnation is not limited to India - please read books like Ramond Moody on near death experiences, Books by Brian Weiss on reincarnation. These are Harvard doctors who stumbled upon hundreds of cases of reincarnation and soul surviving physical death.

I think mainstream scientist worry about their research grants and hence do not elect to work on these subjects.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Manoj Venkat said...

i wont belive it because we are only a human beings not god!!!if you are born as animal in previous birth then how he remember in present then??its human ok animal means????????????then?

9:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

very very interesting story ..

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

believing a story (may be a prooven and defined fact) been left to a person's knowledge, his consience .,but please dont drag once's nation,religion,caste,gender,etc while mentioning ur opinion on it,our constitution gave an INDIAN ,these primary rights ,right to speech,right to religion,respect it and those rights ,,,,.i am proud as an INDIAN,jai hind

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these things happen frequently all around the word but y our so called gyani saints n mahatma dont tell something about the logic they give that "manav yoni is granted after 84 lack yonis".so in above case(or all others)how can a person travel in 84 lacs yonis in a few days like above from 1 feb to 23 march????

Piyush kotiyal(09810476479)

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe this. May be the terrific last moments before her death, makes her remember even in her next one.

5:12 PM  
Blogger D3VANSH SHARMA OJHA said...

i'd like to share my story
i always felt like a classy american actress love wearing growns and all. as a child i used to love christmas, liked to worship jesus even had a feeling that america is my nation and a feeling of being very big famous celeb. my name is DEVANSH SHARMA a male born on 23 rd nov. what u'd think about such feeling from my childhood.

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievably true. It is a fact which is beyond the comprehension of human mind & intelligence.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The story could be true coz hindu dharm belives in soul is not destroyed, only transferred to another body. I know atleast 2 such reincarnation cases in real life which are 100% true and i know those people in person.

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly dat is what i thought at first.........why all this happens in india.....

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today i talked to Kalpana Chawla's Father ......but he didn't talked about this matter ....seems like he didn't knew anything about this......i wish that a meeting must be held between the two families..... ....

2:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

omg..this is unbeleivable..
untill today i just beleived in science..
but after some researche on google and other sites i have started beleiving in reincarnation.

6:12 PM  

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