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True Property

9. The only true property that Man can own is that which may be taken with him on leaving this world. What is found on arrival on Earth and that which is left behind on parting, is enjoyed only while living here. Therefore, as humanity is forced to abandon all worldly possessions, it can be inferred that it has no real ownership of riches, only their temporary usage. What then constitutes true property? Nothing which is for the use of the body, but everything which is for the use of the soul, such as intelligence, knowledge and moral qualities. This is what man brings and takes with him, which no one can take away and which will be far more use in the next world than in the present one. It is up to him to be richer on departure than he was on arrival in this world, seeing that his future position will depend solely on what qualities have been gained in the present life.

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When someone travels to a distant country they take as part of their luggage only those things which will be useful to them in that place; they do not worry about those things which will be of no use. Proceed in a like manner in relation to your future life and provide yourselves with all that can be of use to you there. The traveller who arrives at a hostel is only given a good room if he is able to pay for it. Those who have sparse resources are forced to make do with something less agreeable. When they have nothing which belongs to them, they must sleep on a pallet bed. The same applies to Man on his arrival in the world of the spirits, for it will depend entirely on what he owns as to where he will go. Nor will payment be made in terms of gold. No one will be asked what it was they had had on Earth, or what position they had occupied, nor even if they were a pauper or a prince.

Instead, they will be asked what they have brought with them. Neither worldly goods nor titles will be valuated, only the total sum of virtues acquired. Well now, looked at from this aspect, it is possible that the simple worker be far richer than the prince. In vain may the latter allege that before leaving the Earth his entrance into the next world was paid for in gold. The only reply he would receive is that no one may buy a place here; it must be conquered by each person by means of doing good to others. Earthly money may buy land, houses or palaces, but in our world everything is paid for by means of the qualities of the soul. Are you rich in these qualities? Then you are welcome and may go to one of the high places where all kinds of happinesses await you. But if you are poor in these qualities then you must go to the low places, where you will be treated according to that which you possess. – PASCAL (Geneva, 1860).

 

10. Earthly goods belong to God, Who distributes them in accordance with His wishes. Man is nothing more than the usufructuary, a relatively honest and intelligent administrator of these goods or properties. They belong so little to him that frequently God annuls all such provisions and these riches escape from even those who considered themselves to hold the best entitlement. You would say perhaps that this is understandable when related to inherited property, but not to that acquired by work. Undoubtedly if there were such a thing as legitimate riches, then it would apply to the latter, when honestly gained. However, a property is only legitimately acquired when during its acquisition there has been no harm done to anyone.

An account will have to be given of all ill-gotten gains, that is to say gains which may have injured someone. But from the fact that a person may owe the acquiring of riches to themself, does it follow that, upon dying, any advantage may be gained from this circumstance? Are not precautions that may have been taken to transfer these riches to descendants frequently inutile? This is correct, for if God does not desire them to receive certain riches, then nothing can prevail against His wishes. Can someone use and abuse what he owns during his lifetime without needing to give an account of these acts? No, because in permitting the acquisition of this property it is to be supposed that God had in mind to recompense the person, during the actual existence for their effort, courage and perseverance. If however, the property be used exclusively for the satisfaction of pride and the senses, or if they become the cause of failure, then it would have been better not to have received them seeing that what is gained on the one hand is lost on the other, so annulling all merit for the work. In this case, upon leaving the Earth, God will say that the recompense has already been received. – M. a Protecting Spirit (Brussels, 1861).

From the book Gospel according to Spiritism chapter XVI

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La Verdadera Propiedad

9. El hombre no posee en propiedad sino lo que puede llevarse de este mundo. Lo que encuentra cuando llega y lo que deja cuando se va, lo goza mientras permanece en él; pero puesto que está obligado a abandonarlo, sólo tiene el usufructo y no la posesión real. ¿Qué posee pues? nada de lo que puede ser de uso para el cuerpo, y si todo lo que es para uso del alma: la inteligencia, los conocimientos, las cualidades morales, esto es lo que trae y lo que se lleva, lo que ninguna persona puede quitarle, y lo que le servirá en el otro mundo más aún que en éste; de él depende el ser más rico cuando se va que cuando llega, porque de lo que haya adquirido en bien, depende su posición futura.

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Cuando un hombre va a un país lejano, arregla su pacotilla de los objetos que tienen salida en el país; pero no se carga con aquellos que le serían inútiles. Haced, pues, lo mismo para la vida futura, y haced provisión de todo lo que podrá serviros. Al viajero que llega a una posada, se le da buena habitación si puede pagarla; al que tiene poca cosa, se le da una menos cómoda; en cuanto al que no tiene nada, duerme en la paja. Esto sucede al hombre: cuando llega al mundo de los espíritus, su colocación está subordinada a su haber, pero no se paga con oro. Nadie le preguntará ¿Cuánto teníais en la tierra? ¿Qué rango ocupábais? ¿Eráis príncipe o artesano? Pero se le preguntará: ¿Con qué volvéis? No se le tomará cuenta del valor de sus bienes ni de sus títulos, sino del número de sus virtudes; pues con esta cuenta, el arte sano puede ser más rico que el príncipe.

En vano alegará que antes de su partida ha pagado su entrada con oro, pues se le dirá: Aquí no se compran los pues tos sino que se ganan con el bien que se ha hecho con la moneda terrestre podéis haber comprado campos, casas, palacios; pero aquí se paga todo con las cualidades del corazón. ¿Sois ricos de estas cualidades? Sed bienvenido, y podéis ir a la primera clase en donde os esperan todas las felicidades; ¿Sois pobre de ellas? Id a la última en la que seréis tratado en razón de vuestro haber. ( Pascal, Génova, 1860.)

10. Los bienes de la Tierra pertenecen a Dios que los da según su voluntad, no siendo el hombre más que un usufructuario, el administrador más o menos íntegro e inteligente. Vale tan poco la propiedad indi vidual del hombre, que Dios burla a menudo todas las previsiones, y la fortuna escapa al que cree poseerla con los mejores títulos. Puede que digáis que así se comprende en cuanto a la fortuna hereditaria, pero que no es lo mismo con la que uno adquiere por su trabajo. Sin ninguna duda que si hay una fortuna legítima, es la que se adquiere honrosamente, porque una propiedad “no se adquiere legítimamente sino cuando para poseerla no se ha hecho daño a nadie”.

Se pedirá cuenta a un maravedí mal adquirido en perjuicio de otro. Pero de que un hombre deba su fortuna a sí mismo, ¿se sigue que pueda llevarse más cuando muere? Los cuidados que toma para transmitirla a sus descendientes, ¿no son superfluos muchas veces? Porque si Dios no quiere que hereden, nada podrá prevalecer contra su voluntad. ¿Puede, acaso, usar y abusar impunemente de ella durante su vida sin tener que dar cuenta? No permitiéndole adquirirla, Dios ha podido recompensarle durante esta vida sus esfuerzos, su valor, su perseverancia; pero si sólo la hace servir para satisfacción de sus sentidos o de su orgullo, si viene a ser una causa de pecado entre sus manos, más le hubiera valido no poseerla; pierde por un lado lo que ha ganado por otro, anulando el mérito de su trabajo; y cuando deje la tierra, Dios le dirá que ya recibió su recompensa. (M., Espíritu protector, Bruxelles, 1861.)

Del Evangelio segun El Espiritismo Cap. XVI

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