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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, 3 de noviembre de 2014




OCTOBER NEWSLETTER 2014



THOSE WHO RETURN “HOME”

Inspirationally received by Yvonne C. Limoges

How wonderful to know that our soul is eternal and that the afterlife exists and that is where all souls return to.

How comforting to know that our loved ones have not disappeared into oblivion, but their soul is merely returning “home.”

For the material world is only a temporary residence whose purpose is to act as a school where we grow, develop and learn, to increase our intelligence and morality, so we can progress ever higher.

Yes, we miss our loved ones but we will meet them again at the appropriate time.

Sometimes unresolved issues, confusion, regrets, and anger are felt by those persons left behind, but when all are reunited again in the spirit world, much will be made clear.

We must remember that we were born into a specific family as well as a specific group of people based on our past life experiences and in accordance with a perfect Divine Plan in order for our progression.  

Remember the good qualities and the good times you had with those you knew who have entered the spirit world.

Pray for them, and remember that no one is perfect and so we all need forgiveness and compassion.

And, God loves all His children!
PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LEFT

Dear God, may you see fit to favorably receive this prayer in the name of those who have recently left this earth.

Help them to perceive the Divine lights that will guide their pathway to eternal happiness. Permit the good spirits to take our words and thoughts to them.

You, who were so dear to so many in this world, listen to us which call to offer anew a pledge of affection from those who love you dearly.

God allowed that you be liberated before us, and since the Divine laws are Perfect, we cannot complain because this would be equal to a wish that you still be subject to the sufferings of material life. Therefore, we must all wait with resignation for the moment of our reunion in that happier world, where you have arrived before us.

Yet, we know this separation is only temporary, and however long it may appear to be, its duration is nothing compared to the blessed eternity which God has promised. You no longer have over your eyes the material veil of this world which hides the splendors of the future existence from us. Now you can contemplate new marvels!

Finally, how sweet and consoling to know, that you will not forget us, as we will never forget you. May the peace of the Lord be with you!  
                                                         AMEN

(Excerpt from the book The Gospel according to Spiritism translated by Janet Duncan)


BE CONFIDENT

                         Written by Jose M. Meseguer

In our human relationships we may find introverted, timid persons…The causes can be diverse and manifest in multiple forms, but basically revolve around lack of self-confidence, creating a psychological barrier against which they dare not face, not knowing their true possibilities for progress and improvement.

All human beings are remarkable for various reasons, everyone can learn something positive and we should …never, ever, underestimate ourselves because we are not able to achieve what others have achieved. Everyone, within one’s means, one can do much.

Feelings of inferiority can be a reflection of instability, doubt and lack of faith of the gifts [God] Our Father has given us

…We are not the product of one day, we have accumulated a rich background in experiences, both positive and negative [from past lives], however, all have given us something that shapes our personality, helping us be more capable every day to perform a task

Spiritual knowledge gives us the key to this enigma, and it is very simple. Before incarnating preparing to develop our tasks that serve on the one hand to liberate us from old debts, and secondly, towards development of certain qualities that are dormant. At the same time, these tasks also mean a chance to go slowly reducing deficiencies, those flaws that still dull and darken our dignified and fruitful life’s work.

The problem arises when we have a failure; it is normal that we have them; it is part of our learning and evidently to which we must submit, to test our patience, perseverance and faith. When we make a correct interpretation and do not encourage our own self-love as necessary to continue and move forward, we interpret and value life situations with a negative or pessimistic attitude, and create insurmountable and impossible walls…not something we can afford.

We need to change those thoughts into more positive, more uplifting ones, recalling successes, pleasant situations we've had in the past, the good works that have filled us with satisfaction; if it was possible yesterday; then today, too.

Therefore, we have to have great willpower and get to work. Most of the important things in life almost always start small, step by step. With few exceptions, any job, to give it full realization requires effort, as we said, persistence and faith. An old adage says: “Practice makes perfect.”

We also have the help of those spiritual beings who trust us and pledged to help in this difficult journey on our world. They are aware of the difficulties; understand us, love us and encourage us to continue forward, always forward, never looking back.

The important thing therefore lies in the simple things.

The great figures of spirituality in their passage through this physical life stood out for their humility and simplicity, standing up to their peers, avoiding worldly honors. Many of them, upon concluding their work here, the fruits of their labor were not even recognized in their lifetime.

So take them as an example, do not feel inferior, everyone is important. Adopt an optimistic attitude towards life and in everything you undertake, large or small, put all your interest and effort.


(This is an excerpt of an article published on October 2014 in the on-line newsletter Amor Paz y Caridad - Love, Peace and Charity- and translated and edited by Yvonne C. Limoges)

HUMILITY

 Spirit message received by Yvonne C. Limoges

Do you pray and ask God for His guidance and blessing before making (especially) important decisions in your life?

Do you feel you are better than others because you believe you are smarter, are more educated, believe you are prettier, and/or wealthier?

Are you busy criticizing others for what they do or the way they are without the same level of scrutiny as you do yourself?

Do you feel that when you listen to spiritual teachings you feel you already have heard it all and don’t believe you need at least a reminder about the whys and wherefores of life as well as the supreme morality it teaches?

Everybody mostly goes preoccupied about their busy material lives and since no one is perfect upon this earth, therefore all need constant reminders about the Divine Laws.

All should also look carefully and study the moral shortcomings one may have so they can be eliminated to the best of one’s ability.

Always keep your eyes and ears open to continue learning, which is a long process towards your progression. You cannot do this without sincere effort, an open heart and true humility before the Creator, who loves all His children equally.


TEACHINGS OF JESUS - HUMILITY

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew, 5:3)

The teachings of Jesus are contained in the Bible. Kardec extracted these specific teachings and the superior spirits helped interpret them in the book he published as The Gospel according to Spiritism.

In the Biblical quote in bold writing, Jesus means the “poor in spirit” should have “simplicity of heart and humility of spirit.” This means “the ignorant person who possesses these qualities is preferred to the wise person who believes more in himself than in God.”

“In all circumstances Jesus put humility into the category of virtues that bring Man near to God and pride into the category of vices that keep Man away from God.”  

“The reason for this is clear, for to be humble is an act of submission to God, whereas pride is a revolt against Him [or in other words, in violation of the Divine Laws].”

“For Man then, there is a far greater value for his future happiness by being poor in spirit…” which indicates one should be “rich in moral qualities.”

(Excerpts from The Gospel according to Spiritism published by Allan Kardec and translated from the French by Janet Duncan)

BE SATISFIED & HAVE COURAGE 

“Human misery is not in the uncertainty of the events that sometimes cheer you up, sometimes knock you down. It is entirely in the greedy and insatiable heart that always wants to receive, complaining of other’s aridness and never noticing its own drought. That unhappiness, always aspiring above one’s head; that unhappiness never satisfied by the dearest joys; that unhappiness, I tell you, that is what constitutes human misery…Courage! Each day is liberation. March the painful path; march and keep your eyes on the mysterious star of hope.”     - George, a familiar spirit (June, 1860)

(Excerpt from a spirit communication in The Spiritist Society of Paris’s magazine The Spiritist Review and translated into English by Luiz Cheim and Debi Caron)
THE EXISTENCE OF THE CREATOR

                         Written by Jon Aizpurua

            The Spiritist Doctrine sets as its first major principle the existence of a Creator, acknowledging it as Supreme Intelligence and First Cause of all things. Taking into consideration intuition, in synthesis with proper philosophical deduction that effects are proportional to the forces that generated them, this presents a Creator as a necessary and efficient cause that allows understanding of the majesty of the universe and its harmonious enfoldment, from the minuscule subatomic particles up to the immensity of the cosmos.

            Realizing the limitations of thought and language derived from a rational and logical perspective, Spiritism, nevertheless, tries to approach a cosmic vision of the Divinity, affirming that by definition and nature, the Creator is eternal, infinite, immutable, immaterial, unique, omnipotent, supremely just and good, since if any of these attributes were not present it would cease to be the Creator…

            …the Spiritist concept of the Creator distances itself radically from anthropomorphic ideas which attribute to a God, human forms and attributes as characterized in religious doctrines from various civilizations and cultures all over the planet. Therefore, God is not conceived as a personal being, a patriarchal entity, or as a severe and capricious judge that applies harsh punishments or distributes prizes and compensations.

            Spiritism explains that the law of adoration is fulfilled elevating one’s thought towards the Creator and conducting life in a dignified, honest and loving way, dispensing with all intermediaries, as well as any types of cults, rituals, or sacramental formulas.

            No one progresses morally and spiritually by the simple act of believing a certain religious or spiritualist belief or by participating in specific cults or mystical ceremonies.

Real progress is the result of personal effort manifested in the moral and integral transformation that each human being demonstrates in its thoughts and actions. 

In conformance with the superior moral teachings of JESUS, the law of adoration is summarized within these universal principles: Love God in spirit and truth; love your neighbor as yourself, and do not do to others what you would not want done to yourself.

In short, Spiritism, echoing the simple yet at the same time profound message of the brilliant Master of Nazareth, states that: God is Love.


(Excerpt from the book Fundamentals of Spiritism – the Soul, the Afterlife, Psychic Abilities, Reincarnation and how these influence our lives by Venezuelan university professor, clinical psychologist, and author Jon Aizpurua – translated into English from Spanish and published in 2013. This revised, updated edition is available on www.Amazon.com . See the many 5 star reviews at this website. )


GOOD ADVICE

                Written by Narciso Trevilatto

Good nutrition...acting kindly towards others and with all of nature provides a tranquil conscience, and the ingredients to staying healthy and at peace....

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Edited by Yvonne Crespo Limoges, Director

 

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