ANSWERSTOEVER-RECURRING QUESTIONSFROM THE PEOPLE
Mission of the True Spiritualist.
I. — Question: “What is the position of the true Spiritualist? Is itpossible for him to remain indifferent to the welfare of mankind? Does notsuch a faith tend to render its recipients wiser, happier, and more useful?”
Answer: Light is pouring in from the eternal Spheres. It flings its radiance onevery passing eye. The weary, benighted traveler beholds it afar off. Nature, withan impartial hand, scatters her truths everywhere; the same at the poles as beneaththe equator; and thus the whole globe is abundantly filled with their beauty andfragrance. Unhappy, indeed, is that mind which can neither see their proportionsnor enjoy their hallowed magnetic principles. Those immortal truths which
“—heal, and soothe, and bless, Are scattered at the feet of man, like flowers.”
Do they not deserve universal attention? They are gentle in their lovingness,delightful in their fragrance, magical in their tender touches of wisdom, sublime intheir mountainous grandeur, holy in their significant teachings, and God-like intheir boundless magnificence and eternal power. In such truths we perceive the“breath of Nature, and behold her endless bloom.” She unbosoms her every graceto the truth-worshipper. Her disclosures are to those only who love her wisely; tothe uncertain child, the ruthless man, “her face is veiled” both day and night. But toher devoted lovers. Nature is lavish and tender forever, and she is also just in all her requirements.To the true Spiritualist (using the term in its largest sense) are vouchsafedthose immortal principles of Truth, which exalt humanity and enrich eternity. The positive radiance of individual immortality, breaking with infinite light and luster upon this unhappy world, reveals our manifold imperfections. Antiquated errors,and time-cemented systems of injustice and wrong, betray their hideous proportions. The abundance of good light exhibits the darkness of evil in every place and nation. That mind which has stricken off the shackles of mental slavery,and which, with new-born gladness, realizes the eternal dignity and birthright of individual life, is certain to sing the songs of Freedom and of boundless Reform.Hence, it is the undoubted province of the true Spiritualist to reverence the principles of Progression, and, at the same time, to stand like a mountain of adamant against the regressive waves of superstition. Perforce of his powerfulconvictions, and in consequence of the incessant urgings to righteous conductemanating from his best guardians in the Spirit Land, the believer is, of necessity,