Allan Kardec

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It is a well-known that we don’t get much attention from the press but that does not preclude Spiritism from advancing fast, a clear demonstration that it is strong enough to march alone. If the press is mute or hostile there is no reason to believe that all of its representatives are against Spiritism. Many, on the contrary, are sympathetic but hold back their positions out of personal considerations since nobody wants to take the initiative. The general public is voicing their opinion on a growing scale these days. The idea is generalizing and when it has reached the masses the progressive press will be forced to follow suit or pay the price for staying behind with those who never advance. They will do it particularly when they understand that Spiritism is the most powerful instrument of propagation of a grandiose, humanitarian and generous idea that it preaches endlessly. There is no doubt that its teachings are not lost but how many strikes are necessary to hit the rock of prejudices before breaking it down? Spiritism offers a fertile ground and flattens out the last barriers that prevent its movement. That is what will be learned by those who take the burden of studying it in-depth, assessing its reach and observing the consequences that already show their positive results. However, in order to achieve that there is the need for serious observers rather than superficial ones; people who don’t write just for the sake of it but who turn their principles into a religion. Have no doubt that such people will be found and sooner than expected we will see some of those names heading the propagation of the spiritist ideas, people whose names bear authority and whose memories will remain in the future as having contributed to the true emancipation of humanity. The article below, published by the Akhbar journal from Algeria, on October 15th, 1861 is already a first step in that direction and it will have followers. Our readers may perhaps recognize the talent of one of our most eminent journalists under the modest pseudo name Ariel.

“The European press has given a lot of attention to this work. After reading it one can understand why, regardless of the opinion that one may have about the collaboration that the author admits to have had from extraterrestrial intelligences. In fact, suppressing some pages of the introduction that exposes the modes and means of such collaboration – the contestable part by the profanes – the remaining is a book of the highest philosophy, of an eminently pure moral, particularly having a very reassuring effect on a human soul, dazed between the sufferings of the present and the fears of the future. In addition, many readers may have exclaimed on reaching the last page: I don’t know if all this is true but I really wish it were!”

“Who has not heard about the strange communications from a few years ago, that certain privileged persons were interpreters between the material and the invisible world? Everyone took sides on that issue and as is typical, the majority of those who sustained the banner of belief or the others who retreated to the field of unbelievers who did not bother to investigate the facts, whose reality some believed and others denied.”

“These are not matters for discussion in a newspaper like ours, though. Thus, neither contesting nor attesting the post-mortem signatures of Plato, Socrates, Saint Augustine, Julio Caesar, Charlemagne, Saint Louis, Napoleon, etc. found at the end of several paragraphs of Mr. Allan Kardec’s book, we must say that if these great men were returning to the world to give us explanations about problems of the highest interest to humanity they would not express themselves with more lucidity, with a more profound moral sense, in a kinder way, with a greater elevation in the views and language than they do in the eccentric work which we are trying to give an idea. These are things that one cannot read without emotion and that cannot be forgotten immediately after they were read. In that sense The Spirits’ Book will not suffer, like many others have, the indifference of the century. It will have eager adversaries, ruthless jesters, but we would not be surprised if it also found, on the other hand, very enthusiastic and sincere followers.”

“Since we cannot consciously take sides – given the lack of previous verification – we remain with our humble task of reporter by saying this: read that book which totally departs from more of the same contemporary banalities. If you are not going to be seduced, captivated, you will perhaps be irritated but, there is no doubt, you will not remain cold or indifferent.”

“We recommend in particular the passage about death. This is a subject that nobody likes to discuss, even those who consider themselves strong and courageous. Well then! After having read and given some thought to that we found ourselves surprised for no longer finding something horrifying in that supreme crisis. It leads us to a point where death is no longer feared or desired. Other not less important problems find equally unexpected and consoling solutions. In short, the time spent reading this book will be a time well spent for the satisfaction of intellectual curiosity and will not be lost in terms of moral betterment.”


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