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What is Spiritism?

•  “Spiritism is a science which deals with the nature, origin and destiny of Spirits, as well as their relationship with the corporeal world.”

•   It is the set of  principles, as revealed by the Superior Spirits, contained in  Allan Kardec’s works, which constitute the Spiritist
Fundamentals: The Spirits’ Book, The Mediums’ Book, The Gospel  Explained by Spiritism, Heaven and Hell, and The
Genesis.                                                                       Allan Kardec (Taken from Qu’est-ce que le Spiritisme? – Préambule) Translated from the original French

Allan Kardec (1804-1869)

Allan Kardec


What it reveals
•   It reveals more profound concepts with respect to God, the Universe, the Human Being, the Spirits and the Laws which govern life itself.
•   Furthermore, it reveals who we are; where we have come from; where we are going to; what  is the objective of our existence; and what
are the present and past causes of pain and suffering.

What it encompasses
•  Spiritism contributes to all areas of knowledge, human activities and behavior, offering new perspectives for humankind.
•  Spiritism is studied, analyzed, and practiced in all the fundamental aspects of life, such as scientific, philosophycal, religious, ethical,
moral, educational, and social.

Its main principles are:
•   God is the Supreme Intelligence, first cause of all things. God is eternal, immutable, immaterial, unique, omnipotent, supremely  just
and good.
•  The Universe is God’s creation. It encompasses all rational and non-rational beings, both animate and inanimate, material and
•   In addition to the corporeal world inhabited by incarnate Spirits, which are human beings, there exists the spiritual world, inhabited by
discarnate Spirits.
•   There are other inhabited worlds in the Universe, with beings at different degrees of evolution: some less, some egual, and others more
evolved than men on Earth (us).
•   All the Laws of Nature are Divine Laws because God is their author. They cover both the physical and moral laws.
•   A Human Being is a Spirit incarnated in a material body.
•   What connects the physical body to the Spirit is a semi-material body named perispirit.
•  Spirits are the intelligent beings of creation. They constitute the world of the Spirits, which pre-exists and outlives everything.
•   Spirits are created simple and ignorant. They evolve intellectually and morally, passing from a lower order to a higher one, until they
attain perfection, when they will enjoy unalterable bliss.
•   Spirits preserve their individuality before, during, and after each incarnation.
•   Spirits reincarnate as many times as is necessary for their spiritual advancement.
•   Spirits are always progressing. In their multiple physical existences, they may sometimes become stationary but they never regress. The
speed of their intellectual and moral progress depends on the efforts they make to attain perfection.
•   Spirits belong to different orders according to the degree of perfection they have attained: Pure Spirits, who have attained maximum
perfection; Good Spirits, whose predominant desire is towards goodness; and Imperfect Spirits, characterized by their ignorance, their
tendency towards evil, and by their inferior passions.
•   The Spirits’ relations with Human Beings are constant and have always existed. The Good Spirits attract us towards goodness, sustain
us in life’s trials, and help us bear them with courage and resignation. The Imperfect Spirits induce us towards error.
•   Jesus is the Guide and Model for all Humankind. The Doctrine He taught and exemplified is the purest expression of God’s Law.
•   The morality of Christ, as contained in the Gospels, is the guide for the secure progress of all Human Beings. Its practice is the solution
for all human problems and the objective to be attained by Humankind.
•   Human Beings are given free-will to act, but they must answer for the consequences of their actions.
•   Future life reserves for Human Beings penalties and pleasures according to the respect they do or do not show for God’s laws.
•   Prayer is an act of adoration for God. It is found in the natural law and is the result of an innate sentiment in every Human Being, just as
the idea of the existence of the Creator is innate.
•   Prayer makes Human Beings better. Whoever prays with confidence grows stronger against evil temptations, and God sends the Good
Spirits to assist them. This assistance will never be denied when requested with sincerity.

Los Huerfanos

Hermanos míos, amad a los huérfanos; si supierais cuán triste es el estar solo y abandonado, sobre todo en edad temprana! Dios permite que haya huérfanos para inducirnos a servirles de padre. ¡Qué divina caridad la de ayudar a una pobre criatura abandonada, la de impedir que sufra hambre y frío, la de dirigir su alma con el fin de que no se pierda en el vicio! El que tiende la mano al niño abandonado, es agradable a Dios porque comprende y practica su ley.

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Pensad también que el hijo que socorréis, os ha sido con frecuencia muy amado en otra encarnación, y si pudiéseis acordaros, no sería caridad, sino un deber. Así, pues, amigos míos, todo ser que sufre es vuestro hermano y tiene derecho a vuestra caridad, no a esa caridad que hiere el corazón, no a esa limosna que quema la mano del que la recibe, porque vuestros óbolos rehusarían, si la enfermedad y la desnudez no les esperasen en la bohardilla que habitan! Dad con delicadeza; añadir al beneficio el más precioso de todos: una buena palabra, una caricia, una sonrisa de amigo; evitad ese tono de protección que atormenta el corazón, y pensad que haciendo bien, trabajáis para vosotros y los vuestros. (Un espíritu familiar. París, 1860).

Del libro Evangelio segun el Espiritismo. Capitulo XIII