Richard Salva talks in his book “Soul Journey: From Lincoln to Lindbergh” about an interesting statement by Paramahansa Yogananda where he discussed Abraham Lincoln and his past birth, as well as subsequent birth:
Abraham Lincoln had been a yogi in the Himalayas who died with a desire to help bring about racial equality. His birth as Lincoln was for the purpose of fulfilling that desire. He has come back again (in the 20th century) as Charles Lindbergh.
In his book, he talks of uncanny similarities between Abraham Lincoln and Charles Lindberg and also how they could have been a Himalayan Yogi in past life!
Part One of the book enumerates the uncanny resemblance between these two great Americans. Initially the anecdotes from their lives may seem a little far-fetched and may raise eyebrows but as one reads on one realizes that innumerable incidents and happenings can certainly not be ticked off as mere coincidence. Truly, they were two bodies, one spirit.
Part Two of the book explores the signs of yogic development in the lives of these two great men – especially, their adherence to dharma, reincarnation, karma, self-detachment, and other basic doctrines of Hinduism. Despite their striking similarities, Lindbergh fell short of Lincoln’s lofty standards. For instance, his secret second family in Europe. However, this is logically and satisfactorily explained by the soul’s growth chart right at the outset of the book, and as Richard admiringly puts it, “Lindbergh was Lincoln on vacation”.
Salva also makes another interesting claim – that Thanksgiving Day – the festival in US just passed has a decidedly Hindu link:
“The holiday of Thanksgiving has a Hindu origin. I noticed that President Lincoln repeatedly chose Thursdays – the holiest day in the week for Hindus – as national days of prayer, fasting, and thanksgiving.”
It is true that Thursday (apart from Tuesday) is an especially important day for many things and that using Thursday, of all the days is interesting.
I am no expert in reincarnation or in detecting past lives of people, but I just found this link fairly interesting. Maybe I will give this book a read.