UNA ACLARACIÓN MUY OPORTUNA

Ponemos en el conocimiento de nuestros amables lectores que todo el material que ofrecemos como posts en este blog ha sido extraído de la obra LOS FUNDAMENTOS DEL ESPIRITISMO, previa autorización de su autor nuestro distinguido amigo Prof. Jon Aizpurua.

No nos atreveríamos a divulgar este precioso e invaluable material doctrinario y de divulgación de la cultura espírita si no tuviésemos de antemano la autorización expresa de su autor, de lo contario incurriríamos en el plagio, actitud que nos despierta repugancia tan sólo con mencionar el término.

Hemos escogido esta obra, LOS FUNDAMENTOS DEL
ESPIRITISMO, porque estamos seguros que ella constituye la exposición más actualizada de los postulados doctrinarios expresados por el Codificador Allan Kardec, enmarcados en nuevo contexto paradigamático; el vigente en estos tiempos que corren.

En LOS FUNDAMENTOS DEL ESPIRITISMO el autor reinvidica el verdadero carácter de la Doctrina Espírita, como un sistema de pensamiento laico, racionalista, e iconoclasta, alejado de todo misticismo religioso, tal como fue codificada la Doctrina por el Maestro Allan Kardec en el siglo diecinueve.

Esta obra es eminentemente didáctica, porque está escrita en un estilo ágil y ameno, sin que por ello pierda consistencia en su brillante exposición de ideas, llegando a toda clase de público lector, desde el estudioso del Espiritismo hasta aquellas personas que se encuentran en la búsqueda de una filosofía racional que les ayude a pensar al mundo y a sí mismos.

René Dayre Abella
Nos adherimos a los postulados doctrinarios sustentados por la Confederación Espiritista Panamericana, que muestran a la Doctrina Espírita como un sistema de pensamiento filosófico laico, racionalista e iconoclasta. Alejado de todo misticismo religioso. Apoyamos la Carta de Puerto Rico, emanada del XIX Congreso de la CEPA en el pasado año 2008.

lunes, 1 de octubre de 2012



 

Spiritist Society of Florida

5042 22 Avenue North,
St. Petersburg, Florida 33710



Yvonne Limoges, Director and Editor

E-mail: ylimoges@aol.com





SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER 2012


SPIRITIST CONGRESS in BRAZIL

                       Written by Yvonne Limoges

As a Spiritist, I always wanted to visit the country with the most Spiritists and Spiritist centers in the world. My mother Yolanda Crespo and I finally made that trip. Antonio Leite from NYC (one of the Editors of the virtual website Advanced Study Group of Spiritism and a good friend of many years) met us at the airport in São Paulo and acted as our guide. 

We also had (another editor of the same Spiritist Group but who lives in Brazil) Carlos Alberto Iglesias Bernardo, who kindly drove us around the city providing interesting historical information.We visited 4 Spiritist centers in that city.One of them was founded in 1904 by a pioneering Spiritist named Batuira; one Center was Abrigo Bezerra de Menezes at website www.abrigobezmenezes.org.br; and, another center ran a nursing home for the elderly of which we were given a tour from top to bottom – patients received daily spiritual passes by mediums, and workers and residents all seemed to have a smile on their face. All the centers provided passes, mediumship messages, and one we saw working with helping troubled communicating spirits.

We also visited his original home, the current foundation in his name and also the Spiritist center of the famous journalist, philosopher, translator, poet, parapsychologist, and more, of my most favorite Brazilian Spiritist author of over 50 books, J. Herculano Pires (1914-1979). He is considered the most faithful interpreter of Kardec’s thinking and of the Spiritist Doctrine, as defined by the spirit of Emmanuel, via Brazil’s most famous and beloved medium “Chico” Xavier (1910-2002).  I was graciously given several of Pires’ books translated into Spanish.One can read some of his books on-line in Portuguese at: http://manancialdeluz.blogspot.com/2009/09/as-obras-de-jose-herculano-pires-1.html

            Afterwards, we were driven to the city of   Santos for the five day Pan American Spiritist Confederation Congress (CEPA), website: www.cepainfo.org/ . This port city was by the beach and with mountains all around it.

            Antonio, my mother and I, and Spiritists (330 participants in all) from Brazil and other countries such as Spain (including the Canary Islands), Venezuela, Cuba, Argentina, Guatamala, Mexico, and the U.S.A. attended. I gave my lecture in English (translated into Spanish) as did numerous others, theirs in either Spanish or Portuguese. The variety of topics was very interesting revolving primarily around the main theme of the Congress which was Reincarnation.
A business meeting was held. And then the Congress ended with a wonderful dinner and dance.
           
 By the way, as we traveled around Brazil, the food we ate was absolutely delicious!
JON AIZPURUA

            The above individual is the Vice President (previously President for 9 years) of CEPA and he was at the Congress we attended in Brazil. He gave an informative and very inspirational lecture that was in the evening and open to the public. Some of what he said was very profound which is too difficult for me to put here, but below are a few thoughts of his to contemplate.

- What kind of person are you?

1) One who does wrong without a conscience and may even enjoy it.

2) One who does wrong without realizing it.

3) One who does nothing.

4) One who does good solely for praise.

5) One who does good for goodness sake. 

- It is never too late to change; it does not matter about the past. One can always look forward towards the future.

-Humans have biological, psychological, humanistic, and social natures.   

-Allan Kardec and the work of his Society were convinced by the spirits through mediumship that reincarnation exists. Kardec wrote and compiled The Spirits’ Book to explain it, and called this way of belief in reincarnation - Spiritism.

- A cute story was: How do porcupines mate? They evolved. As we evolve, we can unite through solidarity and love; the love of Buddha, of Jesus and others who have taught us down through the ages.

(Mr. Aizpurua is an author of seven books, and, of numerous DVDs on biographies of famous people and of culture, art, philosophy, and literature. He has a weekly radio show, and is a university professor in Venezuela. Website: www.jonaizpurua.com/ )  
HOME IS A CHILDREN’S FIRST SCHOOL

The home is the first school in the lives of all children, the people who share it with them every day are the closest example that children take for their life time example, both in words spoken and in attitudes.

Good words and deeds, or bad words and actions are a reflection of the example that adults make. All children imitate adults because many times they do not know what is good or bad.

Often children suffer punishment and scolding, not realizing they are only imitating the attitudes and words that adults say and do around them.

…So “Know thyself.” Educate your own thoughts, feelings and attitudes; that is our mission in life, and we have an even greater responsibility before God when you have dependent children…

When a child who is in our care does something wrong, one needs to investigate patiently whether someone who is around them said or did something for why that child did wrong…

Speak clearly with the child to know who did what, and explain and educate why they should not do things and the pain it can cause…If adults do not explain why they should not do this or that, then the child does not receive any explanation of why not to do it again, because they did not understand…

People living with children should educate them and give the child the necessary time they need throughout their growth, because when they are tiny they absorb everything around them and thus need an adult aware of their responsibilities to God of the education that children receive… discipline with love (not with violence), helping others, sharing, non-violence, love of God, love of nature, love of animals, brotherly love, etc.. These are learned IN THE HOME…

Remember, that one day when you leave the spirit world you will be asked what you did with that child you were given? Think on that…

(Excerpts from an anonymous article by the Ladies Heliosophic Group of Guatemala City, School of Light and Charity – translated from the Spanish by Yvonne Limoges.)

CHANGE

Spirit communication by Julie L. Harper

Everything is in constant flux, and circumstances continually change by the type and degree of intent and attention extended by your mind and heart.

For example, directed feelings, attitudes, actions, and reactions deliver subsequent corresponding conditions.

Your sincere attention will bring assistance from the good spirits who wish to aid your good desires.

Focus on what you cherish, to support and grow what you love.


AFFLICTIONS OF LIFE - Kardec

“We can ask God for earthly favors and He will concede them to us when they have a serious purpose. But seeing that we judge their utility from our own point of view and as immediate necessities, we do not always recognize the bad side of what we ask.”

“God, Who can see things in a better perspective than we can and only desires the best for us, may refuse what we ask for, just as a father would refuse his child what he knew would be prejudicial for him.”

“If what we request is refused we should not be disappointed; on the contrary, we should think that to be deprived of our wish is a test or expiation [making amends], and that our recompense will be in proportion to the degree of resignation shown towards what we have to put up with.”

(A preface to a prayer from The Gospel According to Spiritism – in the Collection of Spiritist Prayers - translated from the French by Janet Duncan.)
BLESSINGS ARE YOURS

Spirit communication by Julie L. Harper

With awareness and gratitude, you will know that blessings are yours.

Conditions either come as blessings that deliver happiness or unfavorable circumstances to enable opportunity to learn and grow by error.

Teachings toward personal progression exist in all circumstance, whether perceived as desirable or not.

Every situation is of God’s allowance, always making gratitude an appropriate expression.

Your gratitude for happiness or for a learning opportunity honors God, and this sentiment promotes acceptance of the Divine order which may deliver comfort.

Each point-in-time holds potential for comfort when God’s benevolence is praised, and faith is held that all is as it should be.


DIVINE PLANS
                                                Anonymous

When it looks like things are not going your way, know that there is always a Divine Plan that is best for you.

If you put your trust in the Creator, you will receive great spiritual rewards in time.

Also, you may get what you want, just not in the way you thought.
 

(From the internet and translated from the Spanish by Yvonne Limoges.)

MATERIAL WEALTH

                         Written by Yvonne Limoges

Being born rich or having acquired great riches can be the very worst of trials on earth because of the seduction it may have over humans in the acquiring of unnecessary material goods and the potential for instilling selfishness and pride.

Nevertheless, a full accounting of its use by the persons who have it will have to be made upon return to the spirit world on how those riches were used. Were they used for purely selfish reasons, or were they also used to help others in need?

There can also be long time repercussions due to the law of cause and effect of their use that can play out in future existences. So, be rich in spirit!


TRUE PROPERTY – a spirit communication

“The only true property that Man can own is that which may be taken with him on leaving this world. What is found on arrival on Earth and that which is left behind on parting, is enjoyed only while living here. Therefore, as humanity is forced to abandon all worldly possessions, it can be inferred that it has no real ownership of riches, only their temporary usage. “

What then constitutes true property? Nothing which is for the use of the body, but everything which is for the use of the soul, such as intelligence, knowledge and moral qualities.

“This is what man brings and takes with him, which no one can take away and which will be far more use in the next world [spirit world] than in the present one. It is up to him to be richer on departure than he was on arrival in this world, seeing that his future position will depend solely on what qualities have been gained in the present life.”

“When someone travels to a distant country they take as part of their luggage only those things which will be useful to them in that place; they do not worry about those things which will be of no use. Proceed in a like manner in relation to your future life and provide yourselves with all that can be of use to you there.” – spirit of “Pascal,” in Geneva, 1860.

(Kardec’s The Gospel According to Spiritism, Ch. 16, translated from the French by Janet Duncan.)  

POINTS TO PONDER
                     Written by Narciso Trevilatto
Our responsibilities are increased in accordance with our knowledge…
May God give us the strength to conquer our vices and pride…
We have a conscience…but, our degree of pride, selfishness and feelings vary unto the infinite! Those more conscientious and sentimental are likely to comprehend and forgive more…
We arrive at greater happiness by providing it to others. May peace be with all of us!         

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
A Spiritist should be a responsible citizen by being active for the betterment of society, so educate yourself now and don’t forget to vote in November! – Y.L.        

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Yvonne Limoges, Director and Editor

E-mail: ylimoges@aol.com

 

Spiritist Society of Florida

5042 22 Avenue North,
St. Petersburg, Florida 33710

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