Oct 25, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Five-Year-Old Boy and Indian Twins Claim They Are Reincarnated

Time travel stories – Tik Tok video warnings from people from the future, photos and paintings from the past of people seeming to be using cell phone and ear buds from the present – are all the rage these days. In a sense, reincarnation is also a form of time travel – a person dies and then comes back in the future in the body of another person, bringing with them their memories. This kind of Quantum Leap variation popped up in the news twice recently with stories twin brothers in India who claim they were once other twin brothers who were murdered in a property dispute, and of a five-year-old boy in Ohio claiming to have once been a woman who died in a fire. All claim to have evidence which proves their stories. Could reincarnation be the one true form of time travel? Must one die to move to the future?

“The children also showed behavior unusual in their families and that, in those cases in which the claims were verified, matched the behavior of the deceased persons the children claimed to have been. My first journey to Asia therefore showed the need for more journeys.”

The first reincarnation tale comes from the Daily Star and the late Dr. Ian Stevenson, a noted Canadian-born American psychiatrist and the founder and director of the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Stevenson was the rare medical professional who investigated the paranormal and his primary area of focus was the subject of reincarnation – could emotions, memories, and even physical bodily features can be passed on from one incarnation to another? As he investigated various alleged cases of reincarnation, he came upon Ram and Shesh Narain Diwediamoo, two brothers born in India in 1964. Or were they?

As Stevenson relates the story, the Diwediamoo twins very early in their children began to talk of being farmers named named Bhimsen and Bhism Pitmah. Things got scary when they said they had been by a man named Jagnath over some land. As described in the LAD Bible, they said this Jagnnath invited them to his house under the pretense of settling their dispute. Once they were inside, he instead attacked and killed both brothers and hid their bodies in a well. Being concerned and probably hoping this was just the strange but fertile imaginations of Ram and Shesh, their family followed up on the names … and were shocked to discover that Bhimsen and Bhism Pitamah were real brothers … who had disappeared in April of 1964, just four months before Ram and Shesh were born.

As word spread about the strange connection between Ram and Shesh and Bhimsen and Bhism, the Diwediamoo family was contacted by the Pitmah family and friends of the brothers. They were shocked at the accurate details the young boys had of their missing relatives. This then reached Dr. Stevenson, who interviewed them in person. He coaxed more information from the then 11-year-old boys – they ‘remembered’ rings and watches they had worn, how many acres of land they had owned, that the older farmers had another brother named Chandra, that they had both been married and both had sons, and they had unusual behavior quirks of the older men that only their family would know of. Then came the most eerie revelations.

Ram and Shesh told Stevenson about their ‘murderer’. Jagannath was an important man from the neighboring village of Kurri and he had two accomplices. That information was forwarded to the police, who verified it. Then they showed him their strange marks they were born with. Unlike normal birthmarks, these stretched horizontally across their abdomens. Stevenson believed these would match the fatal wounds on the bodies of both brothers. Unfortunately, Stevenson died in 2007 and no follow-ups with Ram and Shesh seem to have been made, nor was there any confirmation of the murder of the Diwediamoos by Jagnath. Stevenson was both respected as a knowledgeable medical researcher applying science to the paranormal subject of reincarnation, and as a quack by skeptics.

The New York Post brings up another case of alleged reincarnation to compare and contrast to that of the Diwediamoos. The parents of Luke Ruehlman of Cincinnati, Ohio, claim that has soon as he could talk, Luke babbled on about a woman named Pam. Since many kids have imaginary friends, they either ignored Luke or played along with him … until the day he said that HE was Pam and that she had died.

“He turned to me and said, ‘Well, I was, well, I used to be, but I died and I went up to heaven. I saw God and then eventually, God pushed me back down and I was a baby and you named me Luke.’ “

What does one say to a two-year-old who comes up with that kind of story? As Luke talked more, he claimed that as Pam he had traveled on a train to Chicago – a city neither he nor his family have ever visited. When he told his mother that he had black and wore earrings “when I was a girl,” she decided to see if she could find ‘Pam’. Like the family of Ram and Shesh, she got an unexpected shock – in 1993, a woman named Pam Robinson was one of 19 people killed in a fire at Chicago’s Paxton Hotel. In an appearance on the television show, “The Ghost Inside My Child.” Luke was show photographs of black women and he immediately picked out Pam Robinson. That led his family to contact Pam’s family, whose members noted that Pam liked the music of Stevie Wonder and playing the keyboard – two interests shared by Luke.

Unfortunately, that seems to be the end of the investigation into the alleged reincarnation of Pam Robinson in Luke Ruehlman. Are these two cases strong enough to prove reincarnation? Not really. Dr. Stevenson conducted hundreds of investigations and interviews of possible reincarnations around the world with memories as detailed as these and yet could not provide the scientific proof that reincarnation exists.

It would help if other scientists or medical professionals would follow up on Luke Ruehlman and the Diwediamoo twins to see if they themselves still believe they lived and died in past lives. That would require them to expose themselves to the ridicule investigators like Stevenson received. It is one thing to be skeptical or critical based on evidence. It is another to merely mock or slander. What will we do when there are no more scientists willing to do these investigations?

Is reincarnation, if it exists, the closest thing we have to real trime travel?  

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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