All Press Releases for November 17, 2006

Does Thanksgiving have Hindu Roots?

A yoga master's statement that Abraham Lincoln had been an advanced Himalayan yogi in a past life casts a possible Hindu light on the American holiday of Thanksgiving.

    /24-7PressRelease/ - SAN JOSE, CA, November 17, 2006 — "The holiday of Thanksgiving has a Hindu origin," says Richard Salva, author of a critically acclaimed book on the reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln.

Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh is based on a statement by the great master of yoga, Paramhansa Yogananda, who declared that Abraham Lincoln had been a Himalayan yogi in a past life, and that he was reborn as the famous aviator, Charles Lindbergh.

"During my search for signs of a past-life yoga practice," Salva said, "I noticed that President Lincoln repeatedly chose Thursdays as national days of prayer, fasting, and thanksgiving. It is because of Lincoln that we celebrate Thanksgiving on a Thursday. This is interesting, because Thursday is considered a holy day—a day for prayer, fasting, and spiritual reflection—among Hindus, who call it "guru day."

In his book, Richard Salva presents more than 500 connections between Lincoln, Lindbergh, and the ancient spiritual science of yoga. The connections span every aspect of the human condition—from the physical to the mental, emotional, spiritual and interpersonal—and provide convincing evidence that Lincoln had had a Hindu past life, and that he reincarnated as Lindbergh.

By drawing parallels to the life and words of Lincoln, the author explains how past-life experiences influenced Lindbergh—thus presenting answers to questions about the aviator that have puzzled historians for decades: such as why Lindbergh fought so hard to prevent America from entering WW II.

More than one out of every five Americans today believes in reincarnation—yet few are aware of how past-life patterns affect them. Soul Journey fills this gap, by offering a vicarious experience of reincarnation. Through clear and persuasive parallels between the lives of Lincoln and Lindbergh, the reader discovers how the hidden laws of karma and reincarnation impact the events of his or her daily life.

Soul Journey addresses other important issues, such as the secret spiritual history of America's greatest president, including his past life as a Himalayan yogi; the hidden clues that reveal past lives; how greatness is achieved; and the spiritual principles behind the yoga postures that millions now practice.

Soul Journey has received Five Stars from Foreword Clarion Reviews and Midwest Book Review, and has drawn praise from metaphysical experts. Yoga scholar Dr. David Frawley calls it "a fascinating account." Reincarnation authority Frank DeMarco describes the book as "highly interesting" and "a thoughtful comparison of Lincoln . . . and Lindbergh." And Swami Kriyananda, disciple of Yogananda, asserts that "it deserves to become a classic."

Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh (ISBN: 0977238105, 344 pages w/photographs and illustrations, 5.5" x 8.5" quality paperback) is available for $16.95 in bookstores, through, or by contacting Crystar Press at or

About the author:

Richard Salva has studied yoga philosophy and practiced its teachings for thirty years. An author and minister, he has lectured on reincarnation, yoga philosophy, and history in the United States and in Europe.

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