The Spiritist Review - Journal of Psychological Studies - 1860

Allan Kardec

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(Society, May 25th, 1860)

Charles de Saint-G…, is a living thirteen year old mentally challenged boy, whose intellectual faculties are so much inexistent that he does not even recognize his parents and can barely feed himself. All his organs have completely stopped from any further development. Some people thought that this could be an interesting subject for a psychological study.

1. (to St. Louis) – Could you tell us if we can evoke the spirit of that child? – A. Yes you can evoke him as if he were dead.

2. Your response makes us suppose that we can make the evocation at any time. – A. Yes, his soul is attached to the body by material links but not by spiritual links. His soul can always disengage.

3. Evocation of Ch. de Saint-G… – A. I am a poor spirit, bounded to Earth like a bird held by the foot.

4. In your present condition as a spirit, are you aware of your almost nullity in this world? – A. Certainly. I feel my imprisonment well.

5. When your body sleeps and your spirit is free are your thoughts as lucid as if you were in your normal state? – A. When my unfortunate body is asleep I am a little bit freer to elevate to heavens to which I aspire.

6. Do you have a painful feeling as a spirit with respect to your corporeal condition? – A. Yes because it is a punishment.

7. Do you remember your previous existence? – A. Oh, Yes! That is the cause of my current exile.

8. What was that existence? – A. A libertine youngster at the time of Henry III.

9. You said that your current condition is a punishment. Then, you have not chosen that? – A. No.

10. How can this present existence serve to your progress considering your oblivious state? – A. It is not oblivious to God who has imposed that to me.

11. Can you foresee the duration of the present existence? – A. No; a few years more and I will return to my homeland.

12. What have you done as a spirit between the previous and current existences? – A. Since I was a frivolous spirit, God imprisoned me.

13. In your waking state, are you aware of what goes on around you, despite the limitation of your organs? – A. I see and understand but my body does not see or understand.

14. Can we offer you with anything useful? – A. Nothing.

15. (to St. Louis) – May the prayers for an incarnated spirit have the same efficacy as those in favor of an errant spirit? – A. The prayers are always good and pleasant to God. In the current position of this unfortunate spirit they cannot serve; they will be useful later since God puts them in reserve.

Observation: Nobody can neglect the elevated moral teaching that results from this evocation. Besides, it also confirms what has always been said about the mentally challenged. Their moral handicap does not mean a handicap of the spirit that, apart from their material body, enjoys all its faculties. The limitation of the organs is just an obstacle to the free manifestation of the faculties; it does not annihilate them. It is like a strong man whose limbs are tied up by a strong rope. It is a well-known fact that in certain regions, far from being a reason for neglect, the mentally challenged are surrounded by careful benevolence. Wouldn’t such a feeling be originated from the intuition of the true state of these miserable creatures, deserving more attention, the more their spirit which understand their condition, must suffer by seeing themselves as an outcast of society?

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