Life After Death: Are We Close To Proof?

I recently attended my grandma's funeral. Assuming you've been to a funeral, you can relate to the feeling of staring at a loved one lying in a box. It's weird, it's sad, it's eerie. Who doesn't wonder if the soul of the deceased is right there next to you, staring at that same box?!

The great mystery of life is what happens after death. Do you believe the soul goes on? Or is "6 feet under" the name of the game? I'd like you to consider three very interesting possibilities that suggest life after death:

1. The Story of the Dalai Lama

In the history of Tibet, hundreds of cases have been reported of young children who are considered to be the spiritual continuation of lamas who've recently died. The children recognize adults as their former disciples, identify their former possessions, and acknowledge specific places where they lived in a former life. The current, ever-popular 14th Dalai Lama recalls as a young boy, "As soon as I arrived in Lhasa, I told my attendants that my teeth were in a box in a particular room of The Summer Palace. When they opened the box, they found the 13th Dalai Lama's teeth. I pointed at the box and told them my teeth were inside." It's hard to call BS on the Dalai Lama. (This story is recounted in The Monk and the Philosopher by Jean-Francois Revel and Matthieu Ricard.)

2. The Mystery of Xenoglossy

Wikipedia defines xenoglossy as a "paranormal phenomenon in which a person is able to speak a language that he or she could not have acquired by natural means."

There are countless cases of people who, when deep in meditation or hypnosis, are able to mysteriously speak languages which in some cases are extinct. One such well-known case documented at Columbia University regards parents who observed their two-year-old twins speaking a strange language they initially thought was playful jibberish. The parents soon noticed something unique and complex about the language. They brought the boys to the linguistics department at Columbia University, where an expert identified the language as Aramaic. This ancient language is practically extinct and was mainly spoken around the time of Christ. There was no way the twins could have picked up the language from TV. (This account comes from Messages from the Masters by Brian Weiss, MD.)

3. Near-Death Experiences

With modern techniques of resuscitation, so many people are reporting having near-death experiences ("NDE"s) that the medical community is starting to pay attention. The International Association for Near Death Studies is an organization of leading NDE researchers, including medical doctors. One of their main focuses is seeking a part of the brain that continues to function after death. In other words, they're on a mission to find scientific and medical proof of life after death. (See Time magazine's special edition: Exploring The Unexplained.)

It's easy to think it's all a bunch of bologna. But there are so many cases of NDEs, xenoglossy, and memories of Tibetan youth.

Could they all be lying?

Or might there just be something to it ...?