The Spirits' Book

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Cosimo, Inc., Nov 1, 2005 - Religion - 431 pages
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When two "grave and serious" spirits began speaking to a French academic through two young mediums and "completely revolutionized [his] ideas and convictions," Allan Kardec decided to set down these spiritualistic revelations. The result electrified the high society of the mid 19th century, which was already fascinated by "spirit tapping" and other paranormalities, and earned Kardec-a pseudonym his spirits commanded him to use-a place in this history of the paranormal as the father of spiritism.Kardec "interviews" the spirits, asking more than 1000 questions about morality, the nature of the soul, the history of humanity, and more, including: . "Is the soul reincarnated immediately after its separation from the body?." "Does the spirit remember his corporeal existence?." "Could two beings, who have already known and loved each other, meet again and recognise one another, in another corporeal existence?." "What is to be thought of the signification attributed to dreams?." "Are good and evil absolute for all men?." "What is the aim of God in visiting mankind with destructive calamities?." "Is it possible for man to enjoy perfect happiness upon the earth?"Promising nothing less than the secret of the destiny of the human race, this extraordinary book, first published in 1856, is as curious today as it was a century and a half ago.French scholar HIPPOLYTE LEON DENIZARD RIVAIL (1804-1869), aka Allan Kardec, was a longtime teacher of mathematics, astronomy, and other scientific disciplines before turning to the paranormal. He founded the Parisian Society of Psychologic Studies, and founded and edited the monthly magazine La Revue Spirite, Journal of Psychologic Studies. He is also the author of The Gospel as Explained by Spirits (1864).

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Page 54 - The idea that universal space is peopled by beings who are in perpetual contact with us, and who communicate to us their ideas, is certainly not more repugnant to reason than the hypothesis of a universal radiation, coming from every point of the universe, and converging in the brain of a single individual, to the exclusion of all the others.

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Allan Kardec (n. Lyon, 3 de octubre de 1804 - m. Paris, 31 de marzo de 1869) fue el seudonimo del pedagogo frances Hippolyte Leon Denizard Rivail, quien es conocido hoy como el sistematizador del espiritismo. En 1854 Rivail fue iniciado en un pasatiempo popular de mediados del siglo XIX: intentar comunicarse con los espiritus de los muertos. Quedo convencido de la existencia de una region espiritual habitada por las almas inmortales de los muertos y de que era posible comunicarse con ellas. Su "espiritu familiar" le informo que en una existencia previa, en el tiempo de los druidas, habia vivido en la Galia y se llamaba Allan Kardec. Ademas, los espiritus le anunciaron por medio de diferentes medium que "habian llegado los tiempos fijados por la Providencia para una manifestacion universal y que, como ministros de Dios y agentes de su voluntad, ellos tenian la responsabilidad de instruir e iluminar a los hombres, dando comienzo a una nueva era para la regeneracion de la Humanidad." Profundamente impresionado por todo esto, Rivail comenzo a ordenar una inmensa coleccion de escritos psicograficos que le proporcionaron sus amigos espiritistas. Empezo a asistir con regularidad a sesiones espiritistas, preparado siempre con una serie de preguntas que se le respondian por medio de los medium de "manera precisa, profunda y logica." Desde el mismo principio Rivail dejo claro "que los Espiritus, siendo simplemente las almas de los hombres, no tienen ni conocimiento supremo ni sabiduria suprema; que su inteligencia depende del progreso que hayan hecho y que su opinion no es mas que una opinion personal.

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