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THE GOOD SPIRITIST
4. Spiritism, when thoroughly understood and above all when deeply and sincerely felt, leads to the results already expounded, which characterize the true Spiritist just as much as the true Christian, for they are one and the same. Spiritism does not institute any new morals; it only makes it easier for mankind to understand and practise Christ's morals by giving an unshakable and enlightened faith to those who are in doubt or who waver. Meanwhile, many of those who believe in the fact of mediumistic manifestations do not comprehend the consequences nor the far reaching moral effects, or if they do, then they do not apply them to themselves. To what is this attributed? Is it due to some failing in the clarity of the doctrine? No, because it does not contain any allegories or forms which could lead to false interpretations. Clarity is the very essence from which it gets its strength, because it touches Man's intelligence directly. There is no mystery, and those who are initiated are not in possession of any secrets hidden from the people. Is it indispensable then to possess an outstanding intelligence in order to understand? No, in as much as there are people of notable capacities who do not understand, whereas there are many of ordinary intelligence, even young people, who grasp the meaning of even the most delicate points with remarkable precision. This proves that the so called physical part of science only requires eyes to be able to observe, while the essential part demands a certain degree of sensitivity, which can be called maturity in the moral sense and which is quite independent of age or level of education, because it is peculiar to the spiritual advancement of the incarnate soul. In some people, material ties are still too strong for them to be able to release themselves from earthly things. A kind of mist with which they are surrounded, does not allow them to see into the infinite future. This results in the fact of them not being able to break away from old tendencies or habits because they cannot see that there exists something better than what they already have. They believe in Spirits as a simple fact. But this modifies none or very few of their instinctive tendencies. In a word, they perceive nothing more than a small ray of light insufficient to guide them or offer profound aspirations which would make it possible for them to overcome their inclinations. The phenomenon touches them more than the morality, which seems to them to be hackneyed and monotonous. They ask only that the Spirits unceasingly initiate new mysteries, without asking themselves if they have become worthy of penetrating the hidden secrets of the Creator as yet. These then are the imperfect Spiritists, some of whom have remained stationary in time or have turned away from their brother's and sister's faith, due to their having drawn back before the necessity of self-reform, or perhaps they have kept sympathy with those who share the same weaknesses or prejudices. Nevertheless, the acceptance of the fundamental principles of the doctrine is the first step, from which it will be easier for them to take a second step in a future life. The person who can be justifiably classified as a true and sincere Spiritist is to be found on a superior level of moral progress. The spirit of this person almost completely dominates their physical body, so giving them a clearer perception of the future. The principles of the doctrine, which leave many untouched, cause them to feel deep inner vibrations. In short, their heart is moved and this is what makes their faith unshakable. It is like a musician who is touched by only a few chords, whereas another person hears only sounds. The true Spiritist can be recognized by their moral transformation and by the efforts they employ in order to dominate their bad instincts. While one is content with a limited horizon, the other, who understands that better things exist, makes every effort to liberate himself and always manages to do this when their desire is strong and true. *****
1) - the true spiritist and the true Christian both are the same thing. 2) -Spiritism doesn't institute a new doctrine, but the one of Jesus Christ. 3) - Spiritism has nothing of mysterious, nor any occult secret to the common people. Estudo ‘Os bons espíritas’, dado por Martinho no Centro Espírita Joana d’Arc, São João de Meriti, RJ a 05/ 07/ 2011.
4) - to understand Spiritism it is not necessary to have intelligence out of the common. 5) - The person who can be justifiably classified as a true and sincere Spiritist is to be found on a superior level of moral progress. The spirit of this person almost completely dominates their physical body, so giving them a clearer perception of the future. The principles of the doctrine, which leave many untouched, cause them to feel deep inner vibrations. In short, their heart is moved and this is what makes their faith unshakable 6) It is like a musician who is touched by only a few chords, whereas another person hears only sounds. 7) - The true Spiritist can be recognized by their moral transformation and by the efforts they employ in order to dominate their bad instincts. While one is content with a limited horizon, the other, who understands that better things exist, makes every effort to liberate himself and always manages to do this when their desire is strong and true.
This last item 'the true spiritist can be Recognized’ it is worthwhile to be memorized, because it is not only a lot of times reminded by lecturers as it is the truth about Spiritism, because Spiritism demands moral transformation and the due effort for that, because Spiritism teaches that we are progressive and the natural evolution demands our effort to accompany the purposes of God Who already provides our needs requesting in His Laws that we should be perfect. Did not Jesus say:' Be perfect',2 that’s because it is actually at the beginning of the development of our spirit in the spiritual ascension that we have a most need of effort, since after passing through infantilism and to cross juvenilities we arrive to the maturity 3 and responsibility, Jesus saw us to arrive maturity and he said:' …Look on the fields; for they are already white to harvest' 4 Jesus undirectly was talking of the spiritual life, that we were mature enough for the spiritual development and comprehension that: ‘Man shall not live by bread alone’, 5 but from the spiritual. God created us' simple and ignorant',6 only that now we are to walk on much more for the spiritual than for the matter, our intellectual development pushes us towards the morals and the spiritual, it is the call for our encounter to the divine, a call to our true essence, which naturally is divine, it is the seed that God had planted in our being in our tinier center of our true ‘self' with the purpose of us increasing up to the overlapping apexes limits, which God prepares as the utmost inheritance to be received, apexes which He provides for His children in the immortality of the spirit. As well as we shall know Him intimately as our Lord. Jesus Christ knows Him, to have coexistence, to share of His will and to be accomplished in God when feeling like Jesus felt and said:' I and my Father are one', 7 Such was Jesus' coexistence with God. By the will of God in elapsing of eternity all will arrive to those apexes of the spirituality, but it is not gratuitously but in the growth at our own step, because if it were of the will of God us to be in those landings instantly, God would not create us' simple and ignorant', but to have created us already angelic of brilliant light like the sun’s brightness, wise persons, kind, full of love, affection, power and other more attributes or virtues that are attributed to the superior Spirits as it is to Jesus, because all reached up all of the ascension landings to God and that only in their due time and merit arrived to that blessed peace blessing and accomplishment in the constant benign presence of God. In their escalade to the celestial apexes shall we say then, done by the grace and infinite will of God powerful willingness of seeing His children by His side, because' we are His creation.' 8 The length of time of that accomplished course solely God knows, because for the spirit there is no measures of time, but a continuous eternity in the arms and providences of God. *****
Matthew, V: 48
Having men passed through various kingdoms to arrive to the Humanity, one agrees therefore that one continues towards (the kingdom of Heaven)
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John, IV: 34-38 - Matthew, IX: 37 e 38. - Luke, X: 2. Mathew, IV: 4. The Spirits’ Book, Q. 115-121 John, X: 30. The Spirits’ Book, Q, 77
Do let us learn a little on ourselves, for us to arrive to the humanity without us suspecting how long it took in the hands of God in the subject 190, 191 and 192 of the Spirits’ Book?
190)-. What is the state of the soul at its first incarnation? "A state analogous to that of infancy, considered in its relation to a human life. Its intelligence is only beginning to unfold itself; it may be said to he essaying to live."
191)-. Are the souls of our savages souls in a state of infancy? "Of relative infancy; but they are souls that have already accomplished a certain amount of development, for they have passions." - Passions, then, are a sign of development? "Of development, yes, but not of perfection. They are a sign of activity, and of the consciousness of the me; while, on the contrary, in the primitive state of the soul, intelligence and vitality exist only as germs." The life of a spirit in his totality goes through successive phases similar to those of a corporeal lifetime. He passes gradually from the embryonic state to that of infancy, and arrives, through a succession of periods, at the adult state, which is that of his perfection, with this difference, however, that it Is not subject either to decrepitude or to decline, like the corporeal life that the life of a spirit, though it has had a beginning, will have no end ; that he takes what appears from our point of view to be an immense length of time in passing from the state of spirit-infancy to the attainment of his complete development ; and that he accomplishes this progression, not in one and the same sphere, but by passing through different worlds. The life of a spirit is thus composed of a series of corporeal existences, each of which affords him an opportunity of progress; as each of his corporeal existences is composed of a series of days, in each of which he acquires a new increment of experience and of knowledge. But just as in a human lifetime there are days which bear no fruit, so in the life of a spirit there are corporeal existences which are barren of profitable result, because he has failed to make a right use of them.
192)-. Is it possible for us, by leading a perfect life in our present existence, to overleap all the intervening steps of the ascent, and thus to arrive at the state of pure spirits, without passing through the intermediate degrees? "No; for what a man imagines to be perfect is very far from perfection; there are qualities which are entirely unknown to him, and which he could not now be made to comprehend. He may be as perfect as it is possible for his terrestrial nature to be; 'but he will still be very far from the true and absolute perfection. It is just as with the child, who, however precocious he may he, must necessarily pass through youth to reach adult life; or as the sick man, who must pass through convalescence before arriving at the complete recovery of his health. And besides, a spirit must advance in knowledge as well as in morality; if he have advanced in only one of these directions, he will have to advance equally in the other, in order to reach the top of the ladder of perfection. But it is none the less certain that the more a man advances in his present life the shorter and the less painful will be the trials he will have to undergo in his subsequent existences." - Can a man, at least, insure' for himself, after his present life, a future existence less full of bitterness than this one? "Yes, undoubtedly, he can abridge the length and the difficulties of the road. It is only he who does not care to advance that remains always at the' same point."
It suits that we should deepen this knowledge with the subjects’ numbers 607 to 610 of the Spirits’ Book codified by Allan Kardec:
607)-. You have stated that the soul of man, at its origin, is in a state analogous to that of human infancy, that its intelligence is only beginning to unfold itself, and that it is essaying to live (190); where does the soul accomplish this earliest phase of its career?
"In a series of existences which precede the period of development that you call humanity." - The soul would seem, then, to have been the intelligent principle of the inferior orders of the creation? "Have we not said that everything in nature is linked together and tends to unity ? It is in those beings, of which you are very far from knowing all, that the intelligent principle is elaborated, is gradually individualised, and made ready to live, a3 we have said, through it subjection to a sort of preparatory process, like that of germination, on the conclusion of which that principle undergoes a transformation and becomes spirit. It is then that the period of humanity commences for each spirit with the sense of futurity, the power of distinguishing between good and evil, and the responsibility of his actions; just as, after the period of infancy comes that of childhood, then youth, adolescence, and ripened manhood. Is the greatest genius humiliated by having been a shapeless fetus in his mother's womb ? If anything ought to humiliate him, it is his lowness in the scale of being, and his powerlessness to sound the depths of the divine designs and the wisdom of the laws that regulate the harmonies of the universe. Recognize the greatness of God in this admirable harmony that establishes solidarity between everything in nature. To think that God could have made anything without a purpose, and have created intelligent beings without a future, would be to blaspheme His goodness, which extends over all His creatures." - Does this period of humanity commence upon our earth? "The earth is not the starting-point of the earliest phase of human incarnation; the human period commences, in general, in worlds still lower than yours. This, however, is not a absolute rule; and it may happen that a spirit, at his entrance upon the human phase, may be fitted to live upon the earth. Such a case, however, though possible, is infrequent; and would be an exception to the general rule."
608)-. Has a man's spirit, after death, any consciousness of the existences that have preceded his entrance upon the human period? "No; for it is only with this period that his life, as a spirit, has begun for him. He can scarcely recall his earliest existences as a man; just as a man no longer remembers the earliest days of his infancy, and still less the time he passed in his mother's womb. This is why spirits tell you that they do not know how they began." (78.)
609)-. Does a spirit, when once he has entered upon the human period, retain any traces of what he has previously been, that is to say, of the state in which he was in what may be called the ante-human period? "That depends on the distance which separates the two periods, and the amount of progress accomplished. During a few generations, there may be a reflex, more or less distinct, of the primitive state, for nothing in nature takes place through an abrupt transition, and there are always links which unite the extremities of the chain of beings or of events; but those traces disappear with the development of free-will. The first steps of progress are accomplished slowly, because they are not yet seconded by the will; they are accomplished more rapidly in proportion as the spirit acquires a more perfect consciousness of himself."
610)-. The spirits who have said that man is a being apart from the rest of creation are, then, mistaken? "No, but the question had not been developed; and besides, there are things that can only be known at their appointed time. Man is, in reality, a being apart, for he has faculties that distinguish him from all others, and he has another destiny. The human species is the one which God has chosen for the incarnation of the beings that are capable of knowing Him."”
God is love, therefore our ascension towards Him can only be through love, thence it was the whole Doctrine of Jesus with total base in love and he tirelessly gave the example for us to follow him, ‘The disciple is not above his Master; but every one hat is perfect shall be as his Master’ , (Luke, VI: 40) thereon the possibility of surpassing him; Jesus didn't say: …'greater works than these shall he do’: ,(John, XIV: 12) Our spiritual growth is slow, since nature doesn't give jumps, but the development of love in us, proceeds faster if we practice the love which the Gospel of the Lord addresses us in his teachings.
Let us see: to love our enemies, to give the other face, to make peace while we are in the road, to love the neighbor, not to do to the others that which we do not want for us, to pray for the one who harms us, to trust and to have faith in God, all these practices elevate us in spirituality, we prosper and grow in the true life of the spirit. Love doesn't mistreat, love is faithful, love is tolerant and he who loves has its return and payment in love, because love given is love received, because the love’s source is God, therefore the source is inexhaustible, on our giving love at the same hour God fills us with more love, and if we love we are in His Will. *****
Love edifies (I Corinthians, VIII: 1-3)
 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.  And if any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.  But if any man love God, the same is known of him. ***** Fraternal charity: (II Peter I: 5-9)  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. ***** Fraternal love: (I John, II: 3- 10 )  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.  Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.  Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.  He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.  He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. ***** Love doesn't harm anyone: (Romans, XII: 9-21)  Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;  Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;  Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;  Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.  Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 5
 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.  Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.  Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.  If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. *****
Love is the fulfillment of the Law: (Decalogue) - (Romans, XIII: 1012)  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light….”””
***** Well then, in this study we concluded that love is everything, he who loves be a Christian or a spiritist are both under the will of God and one is a brother of Jesus he who makes the will of God, 9 and let us not ever forget that God is love, therefore the good Spiritists are the ones who live in love’ atmosphere, be it little or be it a lot, but he who does love a little is already in union with God, because he will grow more and more and will give pleasant fruits to God and Jesus to whom God assigned of bringing His Doctrine to the world,10 so that we might know Him and letting us know that He didn't forget us and that He accompanies us in our journey after Him and that He awaits us of open arms, as alikeness of the prodigal son's father,11 because this is God which Jesus showed us to be, a Father full of love! Well, may God be with us, as formerly, today and always.
This last item 'the true spiritist can be Recognized’ it is worthwhile to be memorized, Because it is not only a lot of times reminded by lecturers as it is the truth about Spiritism, Because Spiritism demands moral transformation and the due effort for that, Because Spiritism teaches that we are progressive
Mark, III: 35. John, VII: 16-29. 11 Luke, XV: 11-32.
And the natural evolution demands our effort to accompany the purposes of God Who already provides our needs requesting in His Laws that we should be perfect. Did not Jesus say:' Be perfect',12 That’s because it is actually at the beginning of the development of our spirit In the spiritual ascension that we have a most need of effort, Since after passing through infantilism and to cross juvenilities We arrive to the maturity and responsibility, Jesus saw us to arrive maturity and he said: ‘…Look on the fields; for they are already white to harvest' 13 Jesus undirectly was talking of the spiritual life, That we were mature enough for the spiritual development and comprehension that: ‘Man shall not live by bread alone’, 14 but from the spiritual.
Extract of the study ‘Os bons espíritas’, given by Martinho at Centro Espírita Joana d‘Arc, São João de Meriti, RJ. a 05/ 07/ 2011.
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Matthew, V: 48 John, IV: 34-38 - Matthew, IX: 37 e 38. - Luke, X: 2. Mathew, IV: 4.
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