This July, residents of Uttar Pradesh, India, have flocked to visit four-year-old Upasana. Her father, Raj Kumar, says that "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." The girl also describes dying in a "crash" in the sky four years ago.
Upasana was born in April of 2003, two months after Indian astronaut Kalpana Chawla was killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Chawla was born in a remote Indian village similar to Upasana's.
The University of Virginia's Division of Perceptual Studies has extensively studied cases of children remembering past lives. These studies and their scientific conclusions are discussed in depth in Dr. Jim Tucker's book "Life Before Life."
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