I was on site visiting one of my interior design projects in Mumbai. The building was under construction and everything was very basic. For example, there were no safety grills installed yet on the huge windows. The apartment I was designing was on the sixth floor of a high rise.
It was a summer afternoon and the heat was unbearable. I had had a heavy breakfast without much to drink before coming to work. I started working, taking site measurements and so forth. Apparently, I was becoming dehydrated because I started feeling giddy and my eyesight started to dim out and then come back. I told my staff to continue with the job while I moved to an airier space in the living room, where I felt slightly better.
There was cement all over the floor with its dust was in the air, and there was no place to sit down. As I've needed to wear prosthesis on my right lower leg since I was nine years old, I was not able to stand for very long, especially under these conditions. So I sat down to rest on the sill of an open window. Then everything seemed to go black.
When I opened my eyes, people were around me splashing water on my face. I was seated on the slab where a supervisor was holding my arms to support me. I felt myself shaking and trembling. As I looked around, I could not recognize anyone or anything. They were all asking me questions, exclaiming they were so glad I had ‘returned.’ After a few minutes, I began to recognize the people in the room. They told me I had been unconscious and that my body had been shaking violently for twenty minutes before I had opened my eyes.
Here is more about what happened:
When I sat down on that sixth floor windowsill, I could sense my eyesight dimming again. When unconsciousness overcame me, my body apparently flopped backward – out of the window – and out of the building. I don't remember any of this, but I began slipping downward. Meanwhile, the owner of the apartment, having gone down to the fifth floor to do some work with an engineer, was, by fortunate chance, standing near the open window only one floor below where my body had started its descent. As they both noticed me slipping past, the client reflexively caught hold of my leg (the natural one) and hung on to it while the engineer supported him. I was very frail in those days only weighing forty-eight kilograms [about a hundred and six pounds.]
They held me there by one leg while the rest of my body swayed upside down outside the building. My own staff rushed to help and pulled me back in. Meanwhile, *I* had slipped straight into another world and into another life. There I was seeing everything as another person – and I don't mean I was ‘looking at’ another person. I *was* that person. I mean, it wasn't like watching a video tape – It was real. I was witnessing the world around me – a different world – as a different person.
This other ‘me’ was lying in a four-poster bed. My body and legs were under the covers, so I couldn't see the rest of me. What I could see were the people who were standing there – my elder brother (around twelve years old) and my mother. They were both brown-skinned and dark complexioned. Not the same family I have now. They seemed to belong to the Indian middle class. I vividly remember the ambiance of the room. My brother and mom were standing together near my bed and having a conversation. I do not remember the details of that conversation now, because I did not try to remember it by repeating it to myself over and over when I came into this life again, the way I did with the details of some of the other experiences I had as that person. They were both talking with serious faces, although the conversation itself was not about anything serious. I lay on the bed listening to them. I remember thinking of myself as a girl child, bored by their ordinary talk. Neither were paying attention to me, entertaining me or smiling at me. I closed my eyes and kept them closed for a long time, hearing their conversation but not paying attention to it.
When I opened my eyes, I was back at the construction site! I didn't understand what my body was, who I was or where I was, or who the people around me were. All I knew about myself was from that other life.
Later while discussing the events with the supervisor, I was told they had been splashing water on my face and trying to wake me up for a long time. I had not sensed any of this while I was in the other life. I was not connected to this body at all! Afterwards, I spent long days in disbelief. I began recollecting and correlating things about my current life. In my heart I always ‘knew’ that the other life was the real world. It was as real as this one and it was not a dream. Even though I had seen no white light nor passed through a tunnel nor had I floated above my body, I had nevertheless gone to another reality. I had been transported straightaway to the life of a different person. For days after the incident, whenever I recalled that life, this one would seem unreal and when I'd try to convince myself that this life was what I'd lived for twenty-five years, my soul refused to believe that I hadn't been living the other life.
I've never remembered the transition events not my fall from the sixth floor window, not the two Samaritans catching me and saving me from crashing to the ground, not the people carrying me in, nor being splashed with water for a long time. While that was going on, I had transitioned to the other life! The events I experienced there, I remember very well!
Date NDE Occurred: May 2005
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Neither pleasant NOR distressing
Did you feel separated from your body? No
I lost awareness of my body
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness The profound consciousness came after I began assimilating and understanding what I had experienced. This happened days after the incident.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was as normally alert throughout the experience as we are in our current daily lives.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
Time was so slow, it seemed like forever. Time just did not pass.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Same as always.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Same as always.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, but the facts have not been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Indifferent, casual and relaxed, the way every little kid feels when their family isn't entertaining them.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I realized that both that life and this one seemed equally real while I was living them. Once out of that life, it was difficult to believe that it no longer held significance or relevance in my existing lifetime. Consequentially, I realized that this life, too, which seems so real and serious to me now, is not a reality. It is probably a projection of my mind just like that other life was. It all depends on which projection I'm currently living in. Once it's over, it will hold no meaning, just like I cannot use that life (or its relations, property, objects) in this life anymore. But ‘I’ remain immortal, whether I live that life or this one. I keep living through everything! Truth is ‘that which never changes.’ In my experience, the lives that keep ever changing are not the Truth. Then what is truth? Me, I am the only truth.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Hindu Had been reading the Bhagavad Geeta since several years before the incident. This incident marked the onset of my Kundalini Energy activation.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Ever since the NDE, I have been on a spiritual path, studying and learning. I will continue on this path for as long as I exist.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Hindu Although a Hindu, I do not believe in religious rituals. I do not hold fasts nor do I worship idols. Am rather a follower of Humanity (Saamaanya Dharma) that forms the core of Hinduism. I have been this way forever.
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience Before the NDE, my Hindu culture had always taught me about reincarnations and rebirths... but I had learned that this series of lifetimes occurs one after the other... in a row... It was a totally new discovery for me to find that the mind can be switched to play different lifetimes at the same time. All my spiritual study and research started only after this NDE... when I realized that what I already knew was only partial Truth.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Before the NDE, my Hindu culture had always taught me about reincarnations and rebirths. I had been taught that this series of lifetimes occurs one after the other, in a row. It was a totally new discovery for me to find that the mind can be switched to play different lifetimes at the same time. All my spiritual study and research started only after this NDE, when I realized that what I had known up until that point was only partial Truth.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? Yes Not "during" the experience, but I realized the continuity after returning to this life.
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes In that life, I was content and one with the world... There was a sense of unity and calmness... I felt one with everything around... unlike my ongoing lifetime.
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes From time to time, that experience unravels itself further and brings new lessons for me. Apart from learning what true love is, I saw what a fiction ‘Life’ is and it put me in touch with the observer of these two lifetimes, which is me.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are not meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes Not DURING the experience, but after returning to this current lifetime.
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes I realized that both that life and this seemed equally real when I was living them. But once out of that life, it was difficult to believe that it no more held significance or relevance in my existing lifetime. Consequentially, I realized that this life t
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I did not fear death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Greatly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are not meaningful and significant
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? Yes The life I was transported to had me born to a family with modest means. From the room around, it was evident that they were much poorer than where I stand in this lifetime.
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes In that life... I KNEW that my elder brother loved me very much - I was his pet. And that love was REAL, it was COMPLETE... unlike the family love I've seen in this lifetime that's hinged with selfish interest at some point or another. It is beyond words.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Unknown
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs I had at the time of my experience Before the NDE, my Hindu culture had always taught me about reincarnations and rebirths. I had learned that this series of lifetimes occurs one after the other, in a row. It was a totally new discovery for me to find that the mind can be switched to play different lifetimes at the same time. All my spiritual study and research started only after this NDE, when I realized that what I had known up until that point was only partial Truth.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience Once I returned from the NDE, for many days I could not relate to THIS world. So I kept revising my memories of THAT world in an effort to keep it alive. I was so perplexed between the two realities that maybe I thought I should have my equipment ready in case I was again destined to return to THAT world. I was so intrigued by the findings that I kept revising the memories repeatedly. Other events in my life around that time were not revised by me like this... So in an order of priority, my mind washed them off and kept this one alive.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes 1) I began witnessing miracles practically every day. Impossible things would happen and facilitate what was safest and most convenient for me.
2) My inner voice was awakened, and I'm not speaking about conscience. My conscience has always been active. I have been a hardcore righteous person all my life, with strict discipline in every aspect. My inner voice would guide my actions. Following it would bring great prosperity and goodness for all.
3) My Kundalini Energy awakened.
4) I was assigned my purpose in life.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The entire experience is humbling and empowering.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes After the NDE, the only thing my family knew was that I had fallen from the 6th floor, gone unconscious for some time and then woken up. I did not tell my family anything else because the first person that I spoke to about what had happened, just minutes after the experience, behaved as if it was a casual, everyday thing that happens to everybody, and that he ‘knew it all.’ So I stopped right there. I didn't want to impart a Divine Experience to such ‘know-it-all.’ In my mind, I kept marveling about it and exploring what I had gone through. I am still on that track.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real Whenever I recall it, it still seems as real as it seemed then. Then it makes me laugh about how seriously we take our current lives.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No