Unencumbered by a physical body and its many vital needs for survival such as oxygen, can souls or ghosts travel, apart from the seven astral worlds, to other planets? Can a soul be reborn on another planet? The UK Mirror recently carried a fascinating article headlined : “ ‘Genius’ Russian boy can remember previous life on Mars in astounding detail”. Steve Robson wrote that “…The curious case of Boriska Kipriyanovich, now aged 20, continues to startle experts… From an early age, he began telling experts about his previous life on Mars. Boris believes he lived among an alien civilisation that was ravaged by war and then a nuclear catastrophe. The Martians were seven feet tall and breathed carbon dioxide, he said.

 “He claims he was a Martian pilot and travelled to earth where he was “reborn” in 1996.The human race has much more knowledge to unlock, and the Great Sphinx in Egypt holds the key, he says. “The human life will change when the Sphinx is opened, it has an opening mechanism somewhere behind the ear; I do not remember exactly,” claims Boriska… Boriska is said to have displayed much higher than average intelligence from young age and was reading, writing and speaking by just 18 months.”

Over the years, three different categories of “explanations” have covered strange happenings:  supernatural or paranormal, the time-warp theory, and extraterrestrial. Does the case of Boriska Kipriyanovich fall in the extraterrestrial category or does it fall somewhere in between the paranormal—since it was a non-earthling born on earth—and the extraterrestrial categories? Incidentally, when I was travelling through remote villages in the Garhwal Himalayas, a village woman had narrated in minute detail a very interesting encounter with an alien who had a green skin. Curiously, a few months after this encounter she gave birth to a queer looking baby with green skin. News of the happening spread fast even from such a remote area and photographs of the “green baby” were taken but unfortunately, the baby died before it could be “scientifically” examined. However, after hearing the accounts scientists dismissed them as those of “gullible” people.

 Yet significantly, the majority of worldwide sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects or UFOs and often their occupants have not come from illiterate, gullible people or people of unsound mind or prone to hallucinations. Many unimpeachable accounts of sightings are on record. Jimmy Carter, the former US President was quoted by the “National Enquirer” as saying, “I am convinced that UFO’s exist because I’ve seen one… It was a very peculiar aberration but about 20 people saw it… It was the darndest thing I’ve ever seen. It was big; it was very bright; it changed colours; and it was about the size of the moon…”

I for one would much rather believe documented accounts by such personalities of repute and many others like Nicholas Roerich, the famous Russian painter with such close connections with India, Sir Francis Chichester, the well known flier, sailor and navigator, than what scientists would have one believe. One of the most fascinating sightings of UFO occupants took place in Brazil. Jose C. Higgins, a member of a survey crew, was left to face three alien entities after other crew members fled. “One of them”, said Higgins, “used a stick to make eight holes in the ground that suggested a solar system with seven planets. The entity pointed to the outer one as being their home and called it Torque…”, later interpreted by UFO enthusiasts to denote that they came from Uranus.

 The majority of scientists, including the well-known astronomer and writer Carl Sagan have been skeptical about UFOs and the existence of extraterrestrial beings. After all, they argue, it would require not only highly advanced technology to conquer time and space and travel to earth but a high level of not just intelligence but evolution and development as well. In any case, why would such advanced beings want to visit us—clearly primitive by comparison—on earth?  Even if they do so and travel at the speed of light—186,000 miles per second—it would take several hundred or thousand years in planetary time to visit us and return to their planet.

 Now, as to why they would want to visit us, who are we to decide on their reasons? On earth, don’t so called “advanced” people visit so called “primitive” tribes or communities, often spending long periods with them documenting their way of life? Talk of several hundred or thousand years in planetary time is no doubt based on presently known “scientific” calculations, but we all know that time is relative. Moreover, nobody has been able to measure the speed at which our thoughts or mind travels. In less than a second, your mind can be in London, New York, Tokyo, etc. etc, Mars, Uranus, Neptune, etc., etc. 

Of course, the mind is not a metallic spaceship but then the scientists are assuming that interstellar travellers, if they exist, must have conquered time and space. To illustrate a point, remember that ancient time—mythical or otherwise—when Icarus tried to fly with wings of wax? The human race at that point would have been astounded to hear about the supersonic Concorde. Yet the supersonic possibility existed even then, has existed all along, but the means to recognise it and harness it was not known.

 Similarly, spirit guides and reliable personal accounts—too long to enumerate here—have confirmed that it is possible though not commonplace for certain souls to travel to other planets. It is known that souls and ghosts can cross time and space in a jiffy but for most people a lot still remains in the realm of the unknown. In fact, who really knows how many unrecognised and unharnessed possibilities exist upon earth, in the universe and beyond? An excerpt from the Song of Creation is particularly thought provoking in this context: “Who verily knows and who can here declare it, whence it was born and whence this creation comes? / The gods are later than this world’s production. Who knows, then, whence it first came into being?/ He, the first origin of this creation, whether he formed it all or did not form it, / Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven, he verily knows it, or perhaps he knows not.”