Rare are those among us who seem to remember anything about our first breath at birth, what transpired in the nine months inside the womb or even our existence before our biological conception. Our first memories of living in the body are steeped in deep mystery and lie hidden beneath layers of veiled consciousness. How fascinating, then, to find gifted individuals who experience a conscious birth, who recall the realms of the cosmos from where they journeyed to reach Earth, as well as their reasons for coming here. We describe memory of events occurring prior to life in a physical body and developing a physical brain - "gifted memory."
William Wordsworth, the 19th Century English poet refers to Gifted Memory when he says:
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
the Soul that rises with us, our Life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting, and cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness, and not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come from God, who is our home.
Gifted Memory suggests that consciousness is not confined to a physical body, and that memory is independent from having a brain and neurological system. Surprising historical sources posit that Gifted Memory is natural. Gifted Memories have not been well reported or accepted in Western cultures, since the scientific theory prevailed that newborn babies did not have sufficient brain development to be able to have memories. But advancements in medical research and insights into the abilities of newborns to bond with their mothers quickly after birth reveal that the brain is far more developed at birth than previously thought.
The ability to maintain awareness beyond death, through other worlds, and back to rebirth is proportional to spiritual maturity. The higher the consciousness, the greater the power of memory. Individuals with the greatest gifted memories of their conscious birth are enlightened persons, who report more profound experiences due to their higher state of human consciousness. The ability to consciously recall experiences associated with life in the womb, the earliest moments after being born, and even before fetal development are extraordinary and reflects a poorly known characteristic of enlightened individuals.
Plato, Sufism, Middle Eastern Gnosticism, Mormonism, Transcendentalism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, to name just a few, teach that Gifted Memory will arise as we ascend the evolutionary ladder of consciousness.
Plato (ancient Greece) - The soul then being immortal, having been born again many times, and having seen all things which exist, whether in this world or the world below, has knowledge of them all; and it is no wonder that she [the soul] should be able to call to remembrance all that she ever knew about virtue, and about everything . . . for all inquiry and all learning is but recollection.
A. Bronson Alcott (1799-1888, American Transcendentalist writer) - The soul's destiny is to see through the veil - to dispel the oblivious slumber and recover for the mind recollections of its descent and destiny.
Epes Sargent (1813-1880, American Transcendentalist writer) - The soul is like a bird that is born in a cage, however, nothing can deprive it of its natural longings, or obliterate the mysterious remembrance of its heritage.
Chwolson (Middle Eastern Harranites) - God endowed us with an intelligence and faculty of perceiving so that we can recall that we are strangers down here.
Iranian Gnosticism - My soul, O most splendid one . . . whither hast thou gone? Return again. Awake, soul of splendor, from the slumber of drunkenness into which thou hast fallen . . . follow me to the place of the exalted earth where thou dwelledst from the beginning . . . .
Joseph F. Smith (19th century American Mormon President) - The power of the Spirit allows us to catch a spark from the awakened memories of the immortal soul, which lights up our whole being as with the glory of our former home.
Cosmic Cradle, Souls Waiting in the Wings for Birth, presents accounts of Gifted Memory in the words of contemporary people, East Indian saints, Tibetan lamas, Native Americans, ancient Greek philosophers, to name a few. These individuals are experiencing varying degrees of enlightenment.
Whether or not, they are fully enlightened yet, their gifted memory is at least a glimpse of our soul's journey to human birth. As Buddha pointed out, there are four modes of human birth. From the most advanced memory of human birth to the lowest:
1. To enter the mother's womb fully conscious, stay in the womb with full awareness, and experience birth consciously. Enlightened masters report all these memories.
2. To enter the mother's womb fully conscious, stay in the womb with full awareness, but lose awareness during birth.
3. To enter the mother's womb fully conscious, but lose awareness in the womb and throughout birth.
4. To enter the mother's womb unconsciously and remain unconscious throughout womb-time and birth. This heavily veiled memory is more typical of most human births.
India is the world's spiritual incubator for Enlightened Masters landing on planet Earth. No where else do we find such a rich heritage of experiences of the superconscious state. For that reason, we are highlighting the Gifted Memory of Thakur Anukulchandra, who lived as an enlightened master in India teaching about the highest spiritual form of human life, as described in Cosmic Cradle.
We first present Thakur Anukulchandra's advanced Gifted Memory in which he observes the entire process of creation, from the prime indivisible point to this widely evolved vast universe, the Creator and the created both. Next we share cross-cultural parallels to Thakur Anukulchandra's memories. These parallels contain bits and pieces of his exhaustive memory.
Enlightened individuals do not necessarily describe their memories of birth or their existence before this lifetime since they have all dissolved their egos and prefer to avoid discussing their private histories. Therefore, we are grateful to Thakur for inspiring us with one of the most extensive accounts illustrating how much human memory may encompass. Thakur's high state of enlightenment is an important consideration in the power of his memories. Few enlightened masters seem to share these memories but more accounts may exist in the untranslated biographies of other masters.
Thakur Anukulchandra was a renowned Indian guru, physician, and founder of the Satsang ashram. Anukulchandra set up schools, charitable hospitals, engineering workshops, a publishing house, and a printing press. He was a prolific writer; noted among his ninety-four books are Satyanusaran, Punyapunthi, Anushruti, Chalar Sathi, Shashvati, and Pritibinayak.
Thakur was born in 1888 in the primitive village of Himayitpur where tigers, bears and poisonous snakes roamed freely in the streets even during the day. The village was situated on the bank of the river Padma, where crocodiles floated on the surface of water freely. As a young boy, Thakur used to swim in the River Padma along with the crocodiles. Very often he went deep to the bottom of River Padma to meditate for a long period and he never felt discomfort due to cessation of respiration.
From early youth, Thakur frequently became absorbed in melodious songs to the Almighty. At that time, his body temperature would rise above 110F. He had no pulse. In that stage of superconsciousness, Thakur felt as if he had been expanded to bear the whole Universe in Him. He felt responsible for all events happening in the Universe. He felt his existence among all living entities around him. In that stage of consciousness, a horse was beaten in front of him and the cane marks on the horse's back appeared distinctly on the back of Thakur.
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