The Spiritist Review - Journal of Psychological Studies - 1860

Allan Kardec

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The letter below was addressed to the Society of Spiritist Studies by Dr. de Grand-Boulogne, former Vice Consul of France.
“Dear Mr. President,

With the vivid intent of taking part into the Parisian Society of Spiritist Studies, but forced to leave France very soon, I request the honor of being accepted as a corresponding member. I have the advantage of knowing you in person and I don’t need to tell you about the interest and sympathy with which I follow the works of the Society. I read your books, as well as those by Baron de Guldenstubbe, and consequently I know the fundamental points of Spiritism whose principles I sincerely adopt, as you have taught them. Since I attest here my strong will to live and die as a Christian, this declaration drives me to provide you with my profession of faith and perhaps you shall see with some interest, how my religious faith naturally welcomes the principles of Spiritism. That is how, in my opinion, the two are aligned:

1. God: creator of all things;

2. Objective and aim of all creatures: contribute to the universal harmony;

3. Three main kingdoms in the created universe: the material or inert, the organic or vital and the intellectual or moral;

4. Every creature is submitted to laws;

5. The creatures of the two first kingdoms obey submissively, and the harmony is never perturbed by them;

6. As the two first ones, the third is also submitted to the laws but enjoys the singular privilege of going around them and the terrible capacity of disobeying God: it is what forms the free-will; the human being belongs simultaneously to the three kingdoms: he is an incarnated spirit.

7. The laws that govern the moral world are formulated in the Ten Commandments, but are summarized by this remarkable precept of Jesus: Love God above all and your neighbor as yourself.

8. Every breach of the law constitutes a disruption of the universal harmony. Well, God does not allow such disruption to persist and the order must be inexorably reestablished.

9. There is a law for repairing any disorder of the moral world, and the law is entirely contained in this word: atonement.

10. Atonement happens as follows: 1st – true repentance and acts of virtue; 2nd – regret and trials; 3rd – prayers and the trials of the righteous person, together with the regret of the guilty one.

11. The prayers and trials of the righteous, although efficiently supporting the universal harmony, these are not sufficient to the absolute atonement of the faults. God demands the sinner’s regret but together with that regret the prayer and penitence in favor of the guilty required by the eternal justice, and the crime is pardoned.

12. The life and death of Jesus turns that loving truth evident.

13. Without free-will there is no sin but there isn’t any virtue either.

14. What is virtue? Courage in the good.

15. The most beautiful thing in the world is not the spectacle of a great soul fighting hardship, as the philosopher said; it is the perpetual effort of a soul evolving in the good path, elevating in virtue up to the Creator.

16. What is the most beautiful of all virtues? Charity.

17. What is charity? It is the special attribute of the soul that, in its fervent aspirations towards the good, forgets oneself and struggles to help others to achieve happiness.

18. Knowledge is far below charity; it elevates us on the spiritual scale, but does not contribute to reestablishing the universal order perturbed by evil. Knowledge explains nothing, repairs nothing, and does not influence God’s justice. Charity, on the contrary, expiates and appeases. Knowledge is a quality; charity is a virtue.

19. What was God’s intent when creating incarnation? Provide part of the spiritual world with a situation without which there would not exist any of the virtues that give us so much respect and admiration. In fact, there is no charity without suffering; no courage without danger; no devotion without disgrace; no stoicism without oppression; no patience without rage, etc. Well then, without the physical world all those evils would disappear and with them the virtues.

As people somewhat detached from the material links, there is harmony in this pool of good and evil, a greatness of an order more elevated than the harmony and greatness of the exclusively material world. This answers in a few words the raised objections that are based on the incompatibility between evil and God’s justice.

We would have to write volumes of books to develop all these propositions. However, the objective of this communication is not to offer the Society with a philosophical and religious thesis. I just wanted to formulate a few Christian truths in harmony with Spiritism. From my point of view these truths are the fundamental basis of religion and far from weakening, they become stronger with the spiritist revelations. I don’t hesitate to make a criticism either; that the priests, blindfolded by the devil-phobia, refuse to learn and condemn without examination. If the Christians opened their ears to the revelations of the spirits, everything that is the cause of uneasiness to our minds or revolting to our hearts in the religious teachings would suddenly disappear. Religion would broaden the circle of its dogmas, without any changes in the essence, and the flashes of the new truths would console and illuminate the soul. If it is true as said by father Ventura, that the philosophical and religious doctrines end up inexorably translated by the ordinary actions of life, it is obvious that a nation initiated in Spiritism would become the most admirable and the happiest of all nations. It could be said that a truly Christian society would be perfectly happy. I agree. However, religious teaching takes place both by terror and love and human beings, dominated by their passions and desperate to overcome the dogmas that threaten them, will be so numerous that the group of devout Christians will always be a tiny minority. There are Christians in large number but the true Christians are rare.

That is not the case with the spiritist teachings. Although its morals are confused with that of Christianity and threatening words are also pronounced, Spiritism is so rich in treasures of consolation. It is at the same time so logical and so practical; it casts a vivid light upon our destiny; it deviates the obscurities that trouble our logic and perplexities that placate our hearts, in truth it seems impossible that a sincere Spiritist neglects a single day of work in progressing and thus contributes to restore the troubled harmony by the overflowing of selfish and greedy passions.

We can therefore say that by spreading the truths we have the joy of knowing we are working for the benefit of humanity and our work will be blessed by God. The people will be happy when the number of those who are righteous and practice charity outweighs those who are selfish and evil. I believe in my soul and conscience that Spiritism, based on Christianity, is called upon to operate that revolution. Imbued with these feelings and willing to contribute to the happiness of my fellow human beings, to the limit of my own strength, while I also struggle to become better, I ask, Mr. President, to be a part of your, Society.”
Yours sincerely, etc.
De Grand-Boulogne, doctor in Medicine, former Vice Consul of France.

OBSERVATION: This letter does not require any comments and every one can appreciate the high level of principles formulated in a manner so profound and at the same time in such a clear and simple way. These are the principles of true Spiritism; these principles that certain people dare to expose to ridicule since they pretend to have the privilege of reason and common sense, as they don’t know if they have a soul and don’t see a difference between their future and that of a machine. We shall add only one observation: Once Spiritism is well understood, it is the protection of truly religious ideas that fade away; that contributing to the betterment of the individual, it will bring the betterment of the masses, and that the time is not far when human beings will understand that in this Doctrine they will find the most fecund element of order, wellbeing and prosperity of all people. And all that for a very simple reason: Spiritism kills the materialism, which in turn feeds and develops egotism, the eternal source of social struggles, giving human beings a reason for their existence. A society where all members are driven by the love for their fellow human beings, which has the word charity written at the top of all codes, that society will be happy and soon it will see all signs of hatred and disagreement disappear. Spiritism can realize such a prodigy and it will do that, despite all those who still attack it, because the aggressors will pass but Spiritism will stay.

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