Reincarnation has been one of the most favourite subjects for Indian filmmakers irrespective of the language. The whole idea of a person getting reborn in another body after dying is truly filmi indeed. But as they say, truth is stranger than fiction.
This filmi idea is very much accepted today even by modern psychiatrists or psychologists as therapy to treat their patients. Reena Kumarasingham is one such practitioner of past live regression therapies.
Co-incidentally, she came across more than a handful of people who regressed back to the life of people who were around Jesus Christ and somewhere related to him. The recording of the regression sessions is what Shrouded Truth is all about.
The book is an interesting, insightful, at times shocking and a challenge to the popular belief around Christ. The most significant one being the claim from all participants that Jesus didn’t die on the cross (not divulging further to avoid spoilers).
However, deep inside the book gives an overwhelming message of love, unity and equality among human beings across of all races the world, which is so vital in the times we are living.
Although the entire book is a non-fictional account of a group of people’s past life experiences, it follows a story format. In a lot of fictitious books and movies, a story is told through different characters, which is then merged as a single story.
This is exactly what happens with Shrouded Truth. As the individuals keep sharing their past life experiences, slowly but steadily a story forms developing. It turns out to be an enlightening affair about the Biblical era, even for someone like me who had hardly any knowledge on the period before reading it.
The stories do bring back memories of Ashwin Sanghi’s The Rozabal Line. Of course, the big difference is that it was purely a work of fiction.
This isn’t a book where there is scope for criticisms on the writing style. This is simply because the major portion of the book is the conversation record between Kumarasingham and the participants. The explanations provided in between is simple and to the point.
Perhaps the only issue is the length. The book could have been little shorter by omitting out few conversations that are repetitive. In other words, it could have been crisper.
How much to believe?
The most obvious question any reader would ask here is how genuine is the book and whatever it claims. The author’s honest approach is felt throughout, especially during the very last chapter, at least for me. In fact, she herself has raised this concern few times in the book. It is also possible to contact her in case of any questions, thanks to the era of the internet.
But there are also people who don’t believe in reincarnation or the existence of the soul. Personally, I feel they can still read the book with an open mind just to know the fascinating story of a group of people who selflessly strived to spread the message of humanity across the world.
Review by: Keyur Seta
Author: Reena Kumarasingham (Contact her by visiting divineaspect.com or blog.divineaspect.com or facebook.com/divineaspectiam
Pages: 393 (including the preview of her next book Illuminated Truth)
Publishers: Heart Press
Promoters: Publishing Push
Cover: A simple illuminating image of a light, which goes with the theme