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.

miércoles, 30 de abril de 2014





APRIL NEWSLETTER 2014
 
A PRAYER TO GOD

        Written by our Founder - Edgar Crespo

God, our Father, we love You and may we do so by following the teachings of Jesus, a superior spirit sent by You to bring to the planet earth the true meaning of love for us.  

Give us the spiritual strength to follow His teachings and the moral strength to follow the dictates of our conscience. A conscience instilled in us, even in the most criminal person on earth.
 
Awaken our conscience and purify it to its highest level. Let us be guided by it, in all aspects of our lives. We know we are doing this when we are acting in accordance with the Divine Laws.

And, the foremost law is the Law of Love; a love so pure that most of us cannot even begin to fathom its meaning, much less profess to follow it. But, follow it we will.

Let us try our utmost to follow the teachings of Jesus who followed the Law of Love to the letter.

Give us the wisdom to understand that the love Jesus spoke of is not the love we generally know.

Most of us love someone or something, but our love is a selfish love. True love comes from the heart with no impurities, and that is the love we wish to have.






This is a love that teaches us to know right from wrong; a love that realizes we are all brothers and sisters on this planet no matter what our skin color, nationality, religion, etc., etc., and we are all souls created equal and progressing towards You.

Dear God, with You everything is possible, and without You nothing! Let us love You when we are well as when we are sick, and/or in need of consolation. Most of us only remember You when something happens to us and/or our family, and that is not right! We should remember God at all times, day and night. We should start our day with a prayer to the Creator, and end the day with a prayer to thank the Creator for all the blessings we have received during the day.

Heavenly Father, give us the strength to truly understand what Jesus came to preach to us over 2,000 years ago, and that was brotherly love.

We will understand it, although progress is slow. But we are progressing, and the Word of God is spreading itself all over the world through the inspiration that comes from the spirit world by mediums that have a tremendous responsibility in acting as messengers of God.            

Dear God, we pray for the good of all mankind as we travel on our road to spiritual salvation!

JESUS – OUR MODEL and GUIDE

                   
              Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

In the Holy books of the three major religions: Islam, Judaism and Christianity, Jesus is considered a great prophet. Only in Christianity is Jesus considered Divine and Co-Equal to God, Church Doctrine of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

To Spiritists, the Infinite Creator, the Supreme Intelligence is First Cause of all things and created all of Creation (which includes all souls and all matter).

According to information from the spirit world, Jesus was the most superior soul who incarnated upon our planet on a mission to teach and demonstrate how high humankind can evolve morally and spiritually.
In Kardec’s The Spirits’ Book, question number 625, the spirits were asked:
What is the most perfect type that God has offered to man as his guide and model?
The superior spirits simply responded, “Jesus.”

Jesus taught that morality and spiritual matters are more important than material things, and he taught the Divine Laws. He taught that we never die, our souls have eternal life and there is an afterlife. 

But how did Jesus become so morally evolved? He started at the same place we all start, as a soul first created by the Creator, who then evolved after numerous material incarnations. We are all equal “children” of the Creator, some advance faster.

However, Christians believe that if someone believes Jesus died on the cross for their sins (whether a good person or even the worst of criminals), they will be “saved” and go to Heaven. But, if one does NOT believe this, they will go straight to Hell for all eternity after their physical death. 

Spiritists (and it seems to me personally, more and more people in general) do not believe in a specific heaven or a hell anymore. They believe we have an eternal soul that after the death of the physical body enters into an afterlife or spirit world. That each person is solely responsible for their own: thoughts, words and deeds. And, we must all earn our way to better circumstances, here in the material world as well as in the afterlife, by learning to be a better person and putting what we learn into practice.

There is no free ride to “heaven” or a better place in the afterlife. We each have to work at self-improvement so as to evolve to higher levels of morality and spirituality (doing no wrong, and all the good possible). Jesus told us how and he told us we can do it. All are “saved” by their own merits!

The Creator, Who is All Love and Mercy, has provided that each soul is given as many material lifetimes as it takes to reach their highest level through reincarnation. Jesus even said, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. [1]

That is why we see people at so many different levels of morality and intellect upon the earth. In addition, the soul can learn in the spirit world between lives, but what it learns can only be put into practice when it returns to a material world. Eventually, after a soul reaches relative moral perfection it does not have to reincarnate or suffer due to poor choices anymore.

In The Gospel according to Spiritism (translated from the French into English by Janet Duncan), Allan Kardec extracted Jesus’ teachings from the Bible, and put them together with communications by morally superior spirits that more fully explain them. Kardec stated, “…we have collected together in this work all the subjects, so to say, that go to form a universal moral code without distinction to creed.”

It does not matter what religion you have or if you have none, anyone can learn to understand these moral teachings. Jesus volunteered to come as a special messenger to bring to ALL of mankind these Universal Divine Laws that apply to everyone on this planet whether one believes or not. Jesus taught many specific things, but the most important was this:

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.  And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” [2]

THE GIFTS OF JESUS

                     Written by Narciso Trevilatto

Are the seeds that shall create one day…much happiness, harmony, inspirational arts, and much sublime love!


DELIVERANCE

Inspirationally received by Julie L. Harper

Earthly life offers growth by trials and tribulations, and by your very birth, you are strong enough to weather storms. We are never given more than we can handle.

If life is lived avoiding one fear after the next, it's like drifting in an endless sea of dark choppy waves. But he or she, who maintains strong faith in God and spiritual truths, stands upon a solid foundation and can face them.

God's Divine light always shines upon you, providing you the strength you need.


OUR MERCIFUL GOD

Inspirationally received by Julie L. Harper

Prayers are always heard, and some may be answered without the dismantling of universal laws or the harmonious correlations between them.

When the seemingly miraculous occurs, by the answering of petitions for help, this rewards our sincere efforts and this blessing strengthens our faith. This is humbling and purposeful, and provides hope and encourages adoration of God.

Believe in accepting the extraordinary. Everything is divinely done by God's love for all.

What may seem impossible…may be possible!
NEW MOVIE – “HEAVEN IS REAL”

                         Written by Yvonne Limoges

Now in theaters is the movie based on the NY Times best-selling book which has sold millions - Heaven is Real –which is about the true life experiences of a little boy who remembers seeing fascinating things (some information unknown to him) while having what I would call an out-of-body experience, because he never is considered as having “died” and revived by the doctors during his most serious illness.

He comes from a Christian family and in fact his father is a Wesleyan minister. So this incident becomes very uncomfortable theologically for the whole family, as well as the entire church congregation.

I found it done well. It is heartwarming and spiritually informative, for those who are particularly Christian.

It is a good movie to refer people who one may know that come from a strictly Christian background and to gently expose them to the experiences of OBE’s, NDE’s and visions, etc. so as to find it more acceptable in the context that occurs with this boy; for things they may not be used to, or understand, or find counter to strict (mostly Protestant) Christian beliefs.   

It is a charming movie for the month of Easter!

JESUS’ TEACHINGS

His most important teachings from the Bible are:

 1) “I have not come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it” [Love, instead of “an eye for an eye”]; 2) “My kingdom is not of this world” [there is an afterlife]; 3) “In my Father’s house are many mansions” [different  worlds]; 4) “Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of heaven” [reincarnation]; 5) Blessed are the meek, the merciful, the afflicted, the poor in spirit, and the peacemakers for they shall inherit the earth and will see God; 6) “Love your enemies” [Forgive]; 7) “Without charity there is no salvation”; 8) “It is not possible to serve both God and Mammon”[wealth]; 9) “Seek and ye shall find” [pray works for what you need and provides faith]; and 10) “Love God above all else, and others as yourself.” – Compiled by Y.L.
U.S. SPIRITIST CENTER EST. IN 1933

Spiritism spread from France to Spain, and then to its many colonies. From the 1930s on, Spiritist Hispanic immigrants came to the U.S. from Puerto Rico (already U.S. citizens), Cuba and Mexico mostly to NYC, Miami, Illinois, Massachusetts and Texas.


Above is the building that was owned by the Center for the Liberty of Spiritism founded by Mrs. Pilar Perez on Dec. 10, 1933 in New York City. One floor was for the Center’s meetings, one for their social activities and the other they rented out. Some of its members were still practicing until the early1980’s. Members eventually moved and/or disincarnated.  

Our own founder Edgar Crespo, and his sister Angelica, attended this center as children with their parents. My grandmother was a medium and my grandfather served as was one of its officers.

The center had over 30 members. They had lectures, and many classes: to teach Spiritism, for the mediums, and for the children. They also conducted meetings for spirit sessions and spiritual passes. The picture below is of an anniversary celebration of the center. 

The center even had special annual parades down Madison Avenue as seen in this picture below.


When my father became an adult he attended the center’s mediumship classes.

Belief in Spiritism runs deep in my family. My great great-grandfather Juan Ramon Crespo (a medium) practiced it for many years and became the first president of a Spiritist center named - Love of Goodness in 1903 in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico (a U.S. territory) that still exists today. In 2008, our family visited the center and met their members.

Eventually, my father and our family had to move to Florida due to his receiving a better job. We then met and studied Spiritism at home. We would also visit centers in Miami to get Spiritist books, which were mostly only in Spanish and Portuguese.

In 1978, in Florida we opened our meetings to others. Finally, in 1982 the Spiritist Society of Florida was born. President John Zerio of the Allan Kardec Educational Society (est. 1982) with medium Divaldo Franco, on their lecture tours of the U.S., would visit us at my parent’s house and sometimes have dinner.

Our group is still meeting, but at a facility we have been renting for years, and we do our best to study, practice and spread Spiritist principles to whoever is interested. Thanks to God and the good spirits!

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Edited by Yvonne Crespo Limoges, Director

Spiritist Society of Florida

5042 22 Avenue North,
St. Petersburg, Florida 33710


[1] John 3:3, King James Bible New Version

[2] Mark 12:30-31, Ibid.


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