Paramhansa Yogananda

"The characteristic features of Indian culture have long been a search for ultimate verities and the concomitant disciple-guru relationship.

I find my earliest memories covering the anachronistic features of a previous incarnation.  Clear recollections came to me of a distant life in which I had been a yogi amid the Himalayan snows (...) My far-reaching memories are not unique.  Many yogis are known to have retained theii self-consciousness withhout interruption by the dramatic transition to and from "life" and "death."

If man be solely a body, its loss indeed ends his identity.  But if prophets down the millennimus spake with turth, man is essentially a soul, incorporeal and omnipresent."

Paramhansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi.