The Spiritist Review - JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES - 1861

Allan Kardec

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Dictated to Mr. Alfred Didier, medium, by the spirit Lamennais
(Parisian Society of Spiritist Studies)

We have already published a certain number of communications given by the spirit Lamennais and we can observe its elevated philosophical reach. Sometimes its theme was clearly defined; on other occasions, however, it was not so distinct to give it a title. We made this observation to the spirit who then proposed to give a series of dissertations about multiple subjects under the general title philosophical and religious meditations, with the freedom for us to give a particular title to the subjects if needed. We then suspended the publications until we had a number of messages susceptible of coordination. That is the publication that we begin today and will continue over the following issues.

We must take into account that the spirits that reached a high degree of perfection are the only ones capable of assessing things in a way that is totally correct; until then, whatever the development of their intelligence and even morality they can be more or less supported by their worldly ideas and see things from their personal point of view, that explains the contradictions often found in their assessments. Lamennais seems to be in this category. There is no doubt that his writings contain many good and beautiful things regarding his ideas and style, but there are evidently the ones that may be submitted to critics and for which we don’t take any responsibility. Everyone has the freedom of taking away what they find good and reject what doesn’t seem correct. It is only the perfect spirits that may produce perfect things. Well, Lamennais is no doubt a good and elevated spirit and he does not pretend to be perfect yet and the somber, melancholic and mystical character of the man is undoubtedly reflected in the spirit and consequently in his communications. Therefore, from just that point of view, they would already be interesting material for observation.

I

“Ideas change but God’s ideas and designs never change. Religion that is faith, hope and charity, one in three things and the symbol of God on Earth, remains unshaken amidst the struggles and prejudices. Religion exist primarily in the hearts above all, hence it cannot change. It is at the time when disbelief reigns and the clash of ideas without benefit to the truth that the dawn comes up saying: I come in the name of the God of the living ones and not of the dead; it is matter that perishes since it is divisible but the soul is immortal given that it is unique and indivisible. When the soul of the human being is weakened by doubts about eternity it materializes morally; it divides and consequently is submitted to unfortunate trials in the new reincarnations. Religion is thus the human being’s strength. Every day it sees new crucifixions inflicted on Christ. Every day it hears blasphemies thrown at its face but it remains unshaken like the Virgin that watches the sacrifice of her own son, sustained by faith, hope and charity. The Virgin was dispelled by the suffering of the Son of the Man, but she is not dead.”

II

Samson “After reading the story of Samson in the Bible I saw in my thoughts an image similar to the powerful artist that France has just lost, Decamps. I saw a man of colossal stature with muscular limbs as in Michelangelo’s Day. The strong man sleeping by the side of a woman that was burning around her, perfumes, like those introduced by the Orientals, in a typically very luxurious and feminine gesture. The man showed signs of fatigue and there was a little cat at times jumping on him, other times on her. The woman came closer to make sure that the giant was deep asleep and then with a little pair of scissors she had the long hair of the colossal man cut. You know the rest. Armed men jumped on and arrested him. – The man imprisoned by the shackles of Delilah was Samson, said a spirit that I soon saw by my side.

This man represents humanity weakened by corruption, by greed and hypocrisy. Humanity, when God was with her she raised the gates of Gaza, like Samson. When Humanity was sustained by freedom, or Christianity, it crushed its enemies, like the giant crushed the Philistines’ army on his own. ‘Thus, I answered to the spirit, the woman by his side…’ He did not allow me to continue and said: ‘She is the one that replaced God; see that I don’t speak about the corruption of the past centuries but of yours.’ A long time had passed since the image of Samson and Delilah had vanished from my eyes. I saw the angel, always alone, saying with a smile: ‘Humanity is defeated.’ His expression then became deep and thoughtful, adding: ‘these are the three things that will give back to Humanity its primitive strength: Faith, hope and charity. They shall come in a few years and will be found in a doctrine that human beings will call Spiritism.’

Continuation

Each religious phase of humanity has the divine power materialized in the figures of Samson, Hercules and Roland. A man who is savvy in logic would say: ‘I guess you are right, but such comparison seems too subtle and slow.’ It is true. It is possible that such an idea has not yet crossed anyone’s mind; in any case, let us examine it. I spoke about Samson, emblem of power of the divine faith in the early days. The Bible is an oriental poem; Samson is a material figure of that driving force that knocked Heliodors down at the Atrium of the Temple and that gathered the waves of the Red Sea, after having separated them.

This divine power had abated armies and destroyed the walls of Jericho. The Greek came from Egypt and the East. Samson’s tradition only existed as part of the Egyptian History and Philosophy. The Greek flattened the giants of granite from Egypt; Hercules was armed with a club and brought to life. Hercules carried out his twelve labors, defeated the Hydra of seven capital sins and became the symbol of divine power in the pagan world. He was turned into a god. But notice who was the winner between those two giants. Should we smile? Should we cry? As Lamartine said.

Eve had two daughters: Delilah and Dejanira. As you see the tradition of Samson and Hercules is the same as that of Delilah and Dejanira. The difference was that Delilah had replaced the hair of the Pharaoh’s daughters by the diadem of Venus. The Afternoon falls on the famous Roncesvalles, a giant lying in a deep ravine desperately screams Charlemagne’s name. He was crushed under a huge rock that his weakening hands uselessly tried to remove. Poor Roland! Your time has come. You are insulted by the Basques from the top of the rock who still throw big stones at you. There are women among your enemies. Roland may have perhaps loved one: always Delilah and Dejanira. History does not say, but it is very likely. Nevertheless, Roland died like Samson and Hercules. You may now dispute that gentlemen, but it seems to me that this is not a subtle event. What will be the personification of Spiritism’s strength in the future? Time will tell, they say here on Earth. On this side we say: the human being will see always.

Lamennais
(to be continued in the next issue)

Allan Kardec

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