Dejavu is uncanny feeling (familiar yet strange) experienced by certain person’s, mostly innocent small girls and boys. The Indian people being religious minded and having many super natural beliefs; see it as theory of incarnation, or a proof for transmigration of souls. For Dr. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psycho- analysis, dejavu was memory lapse or error. Some others co equate Deja vu with extra sensory perception, astral projection, and Paramnesia. The people having rationalistic and materialistic approach towards life and nature dismiss it as delusion and superstition but it is psychic reality beyond rationalism and comprehension. Déjà vu isdazed and dreamy state of human mind in which present is confused or infused with the past. Difficult to evoke déjà vu experience in laboratory settings
Déjà vu is very queer and mysterious mental sensation experienced not by all but some people and that too, not at all the times at will but only occasionally and suddenly. It is spontaneous mental phenomenon not under the conscious will of the subject experiencing or sensing it. This mental phenomenon shows great connectedness and association of human’s present life with his past or previous life. This also shows that human life is continuous and unending process. This also somewhat resembles the Indian philosophy of “transmigration of soul and karma theory “according to dominant thought of Indian philosophy self or Atma never dies or perishes. It is only the physical body of man that dies or perishes. The human dying process has been compared with “changing of clothes”. The human body is made of five sheaths or envelops or coverings namely
The Indian mystics and Meta physicians have divided the human body into five parts or koshas. The first two parts of human existence are perishable. They call these the material body, gross body or mortal body. The gross material human body is composed of five elements namely earth, air, fire, water, akasha. The deeper three sheaths of human existence namely manomaya kosha, vigyanmaya kosha, and Anandmaya kosha. Comprise the subtle or matter less body. The subtle body is essence of human existence. It never dies and takes rebirth till the actual realization takes place. The human life is not end of journey it is only one destination or milestone.
In the light of this background we shall try to understand this peculiar phenomenon of déjà vu. To understand it fully some understanding must be necessary of Jungian philosophy of collectiveness of unconsciousness Dr Sigmund Freud pioneered the concept of individual unconsciousness. Dr Yung elaborated it as collective unconsciousness. What is collective unconsciousness? It is connecting link between the present life of mankind and its past life of centuries since the dawn of civilization. So human life is continuous journey or evolution from primitive nomadic jungle life to the present modern complex developed city life .The one end of déjà vu joins with Indian philosophy of transmigration of soul and the other end with the collective unconsciousness of mankind. Human mind is great link between earthly life of senses and transcendental life beyond senses. The phenomenon of déjà vu is beyond senses although it is felt by senses. It is the dichotomy of truth that truth is beyond all Maya or material world yet its expression is only possible through material world of senses and it pervades in it as fragrance in the flowers.
déjà vu is French word the meaning of which is “already seen or happened” It is the exaggerated and strong sensation or feeling that one has already witnessed a situation, an event, or person which he is presently seeing with his eyes, even though the exact circumstances of previous experience are uncertain. It is strong feeling that a particular event has happened before in the same way. In the Deja vu strange things seems familiar. suppose a person from India goes to America and while passing from the streets of new York city , the Indian person has queer sensation in his mind as if he has visited this place sometime before. He thinks in his mind and says to himself, “I have seen this before, I have been here before, it is exactly what I saw before”etc. And the streets seem very familiar to him. All strangeness of New York streets has changed into familiarity. the second example of Deja vu may be the same person feels in the new York streets while talking to a stranger that conversation has happened earlier ,” we were talking or conversing earlier also here on this very place.” He wonders whether it is truth or he is seeing a dream .Deja vu is dreamy and dazed state of human mind in which present is confused with the past. The present self of individual is lost or dissolved and past self is evolved for a moment or moments. The experience of dejavu is usually accompanied by strong sense of familiarity, weirdness and strangeness.
Dr Sigmund Freud’s views on dejavu
.The term déjà vu was coined by French psychic researcher Emile Boirac in his book “the future of psychic science” Dr Sigmund Freud, the founder of “Theory of psycho- analysis “calls this sense” uncanny.”Déjà vu refers to a state wherein a person feels certain
The previous experience of places and persons is attributed to dream. Although in some cases there is firm conviction that the experience has genuinely happened in the past life. Déjà vu is a feeling that a person gets in a new situation of having faced or experienced that situation previously in this life or previous life. In other words, when a person experiences a new situation suddenly, he or she feels and senses that the situation is exactly familiar as it occurred at some point in their lives in the past. The subject feels great sense of wonderment and strangeness but he is not frightened at all. It is as if the subject has lost all control with the present reality and gone to in the past. It is transitory loss of all present consciousness.
Dazed feeling; a far off sensation; as though things done today occurred a week ago, this type of sensation is total confusion of mind. It seems the connection of mind with time and space is disconnected transitory.
Indian view point about dejavu
In Indian psyche every reality and phenomenon is associated with either super naturalism or religion .In India the experience of déjà vu has been connected to experiences of rebirth and reincarnation. When a feeling of previous cognition or prior knowledge is strong enough, the people feel sure it must have come from a former incarnation or previous birth. One case of Deja vu become very famous and wide spread in India, when a little girl named shanty Devi, born in Delhi in 1926, claimed that she had lived elsewhere in her former birth, and even named the city. When she was taken there, she correctly identified the house, family, and other circumstantial details. A case of Deja vu of a boy aged 12 came to me to whom I was treating for wheezing and allergy problems. The boy used to go to his school on bus and on the way to that school the bus had to pass through a village. When the bus used to reach that very particular village the boy used to shout loudly “it is the village of my previous birth and I used to play here” And even he identified his mother, father and home in that village.. This is not an isolated case. I have heard from many patients that they had feelings of dejavu at a particular moment in their life times. Rather I deliberately put this question to them. It may be concluded that déjà vu may be caused by fragments of past life memories being jarred to the surface of the mind by familiar surroundings or people. The memories of past lives are stored in our un -conscious when we begin a new life after death.