Geraldo Goulart

The Value of Money

By Geraldo Goulart

“Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses (…) for the workman is worthy of his meat.”Jesus (Matthew, 10:9).     

Mistaken in their illusion that winning more money, in addition to solving their precarious financial situation, would enable them to do something for themselves, countless people feed their weekly gambling addiction.

The bettors do not understand – usually they are simple people – who are compromising their meager resources in the cultivation of what eventually becomes a desperate hope of obtaining extra income, pursuing at all costs the realization of far-fetched dreams such as: travel around the world; acquisition of new cars and cloths; mansions and even performing aesthetic surgeries, believing that with a new look they would be happier, combining happiness and money under the argument that money is not problem but solution.

It is with the utmost sorrow that we observe such occurrences, because we know luxurious residences and beautiful palaces, contain terrible moral evils and psychic disturbances, whose occupants would not hesitate to exchange their properties for an even grander abode. It is an illusion for anyone who thinks there is full contentment, any real lasting joy, tied to financial achievements.

We are not questioning the value of money. After all, it is sometimes mentioned in the Roadmap of Conduct that makes up the great legacy of the Exalted Master. However, if such a reference occurs, it is always to show a behavior that must be made in which we are called to witness against covetousness and avarice (1) or in favor of obedience to the constituted authorities(2) with the due contribution to the tax burden imposed to preserve public administration.

Even today we find companions on this earthly journey desirous of giving to God the same we give to Caesar – money, frivolities, worldliness. They should be better conditioned to surrender to God what belongs to Him and is in us: love of neighbor according to the second commandment (3). Confused, many of us failed to record the representativeness of the two small coins of which the widow’s mite symbol was composed (4). The offering of Love may well be the two-minute donation of attention to the stranger who solicits us, when they are distressed, we should help through outstretched hands. Let us remember Simon Peter when he passed through the Formosa Gate in the Temple of Jerusalem, when he was called by the lame man who begged for alms, then Peter said: “Silver and gold have I none;  but such as I have give I thee:  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” (5), what did the Apostle give? Love, only Love that represented a hug in the name of Jesus Christ, and that was more than enough to satisfy the neediness of the beggar.

In in order to imitate the widow’s gesture it is necessary that we truly want to SERVE. In addition, to repeat the deed of Peter, we require the ability to LOVE. A great mistake is made by those who relate the condition of serving and the fulfillment of charity to the possession of money. How much can we help even when we do not have material support with us? We know from several examples, let us mention one: so many times Dr. Bezerra de Menezes emptied his wallet, and since not having his graduation’s ring, because he had given it to someone to convert it into money to pay for a burial, and the purchase of provisions, he saw himself one day with no other choice but to bestow an EMBRACE to another person in need who sought his help. But he did so with so much Love and Faith that his embrace, granted in the name of the Blessed Virgin as he said, transferred such formidable energy that it performed wonders, and so the person in need received the resources she was asking for.(6)

The difficulties we often parade in the justification for “not doing” seem to be the residue of the impassivity that, indeed, must have been left to us by the undecided young man who pleaded for eternal life, but remained pensive with the invitation that Jesus gave him (7). In fact, to accomplish the Commandments will not be such an arduous task; but GIVING what we have in exchange for a treasure in Heaven does not seem to us to be a very profitable thing, does it? Therefore, we generally go on a path different from that which the Master treads.

The Spiritist Doctrine has helped us enough in clarifying the necessary reordering of our acts. Embedded in the panoply of Kardec-inspired guidelines – always for our benefit, let us emphasize – lies the chapter on Choice of Trials (8). Moreover, if our life plan includes the struggle for survival with little monetary resources – but always sufficient for the maintenance of our existence, however small – why obsess over obtaining? This is also a facet of “bad suffer” (9).

We are deluded when we believe we justify our gambling addiction for the purpose of building shelters, buying clothes and food for the protection of our needy brothers. This is not how Mercy works because it never leads us to the contemplative life. Those who work, as the Lord assured the Disciples deserve their sustenance. Which sustenance did the Lord refer to: bread for the body? Certainly not only this, but also, and especially, to the bread for the spirit, that can be located in the hopes deposited in the result of serving. This overcoming, as a manna that materializes by the arrival of valiant workers, by overcoming harsh difficulties, represents support from Highest Heaven and is related to our ability to receive such blessings. After all, who promised easy ways? Where is the reward in the Gospels without laborious construction?

Jesus, the Maximum Exemplifier, had nowhere for resting His head (10). Thus, we do not understand the reason for such an unbridled gold rush when the true treasure (11), the incorruptible, requires persevering patience and extreme dedication in its attainment.

Knowing how to multiply the talents (12), let us agree to this, is much better than winning the lottery!

REFERENCES:

  1. Luke 12:13-21
  2. Matthew 22:15-22
  3. Matthew 22:34-40
  4. Luke 21:1-4
  5. Acts 3:6
  6. Lindos Casos de Bezerra de Menezes – Prof. Ramiro Gama – Editora Lake
  7. Matthew 19:16-24
  8. The Spirits’ Book, questions from 258 to 273 e The Gospel According to Spiritism, 16:7-8
  9. The Gospel According to Spiritism, 5:18
  10. Luke 9:58
  11. Matthew 6:19-21
  12. Matthew 25:14-30

(*) Originally published in REFORMADOR (monthly magazine issued by Federação Espírita Brasileira) in April, 1985

 

Pride

pride

By Geraldo Goulart

Several philosophical-spiritual currents affirm that pride is the greatest curse that plagues humankind. It is difficult to understand this statement without reflecting on the effects of pride concerning ourselves.

Very few people admit that they are proud and when they do it, it’s like a justification for what they believe is a virtue rather than a defect. A friend of mine once confessed to me, “I never guessed that I am proud, but when I analyzed my behavior, I immediately realized reactions that even I classified as irrational, I identified myself to be a proud creature that moved in the muddy ground of vanity”.

What is observed is that with some knowledge already acquired on the subject, anyone can identify and modify, if they want to, his or her behavior, distancing themselves as much as possible from that feeling. It is true that one will not achieve immediate success in this endeavor, for we must admit it is very difficult to remove pride.

While we do not realize presence of pride in us, and if we do then we are not willing to fight to smother this from our life, because the satisfaction provided by pride. We feel pleasure in the apparent “victory” that we think we have reached by our own effort. This feeling feeds our ego, as if releasing heady massive doses of corporeal chemistry. In these moments we feel satisfied, happy, fulfilled!

This reaction induces us to be even more and more proud; we boast of our achievements and ability, because the recognition from others make us feel again that emotion and pleasure of a realization that no one else could reach.

On the other hand, when we begin to realize the futility of such recognition just for our pleasure, and when we identify ourselves to be far from deserving the merit we believe we deserve, then the realization begins to affect our self-esteem.

Our conscience, renewed, and bothered by the new knowledge acquired, lights a warning headlight

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Geraldo Goulart

against the old feeling of pride. This awareness promotes an inner struggle because, on the one hand, the ego, remembering the already experienced pleasurable emotions, refuses to not promote another exhibitionist session. Although we realize our achievements should remain anonymous. We need to demonstrate the strength of the Spirit who seeks the path of renewal and growth and that understands the need for help to mastering the threat from the pride.

If we do not allow the still weak voice of our conscience to prevail our pride will strengthen influence of our ego. This would take us off our path to ascend in the spiritual world.

Note that the generation of our “new selves” only by acquiring new spiritual knowledge, is not easy, not even a little. We must eliminate, at every opportunity, physical satisfaction generated by the exaggerated pride, improving the moral tone that will serve as the antidote to nullify the deleterious effects from that consequence in the Spirit.

However, there is an easier and more objective way for the start of the “good fight” against pride: just admit that the origin of any positive momentum that we can show and offer does not belong to us, but – yes! – to the friends from higher. Thus, with so simple way, we learn to set aside our personalityKardec-Jesus that, in fact, is not the author of most of the good deeds that we allow ourselves to undertake.

The Book of Spirits, by Allan Kardec teaches us that pride is a powerful enemy of the spiritual evolution of man because it does not allow him to glimpse the truth but only what is in their own interest.


Below are some of the passages in The Book of Spirits which caution us about excessive pride:

Question 823 in THE BOOK OF SPIRITS:

Whence comes the desire of perpetuating one’s memory by means of funeral monuments?

“It is the last act of pride.”

– But is not the sumptuousness of funeral monuments more frequently due to the action of

relatives desirous to honour the memory of the defunct, than to the defunct himself?

“In such cases it is an act of pride on the part of relatives who desire to glorify themselves; for

assuredly it is not always for the one who is dead that all these demonstrations are made, but

rather to gratify their own vanity by making an impression on others, and to parade their

wealth. Do you imagine that the remembrance of their loved ones is less durable in the hearts

of the poor, because the latter have no flowers to lay upon their graves ? Do you imagine that

marble can save from oblivion the name of him who has led a useless life upon the earth?”

Teaching about natural liberty, in question 828 the instructor says:

How can we reconcile the liberal opinions professed by some persons with the despotism they themselves sometimes exercise in their own houses, and among their subordinates?

“Their intelligence is aware of the law of nature, but this perception is counterbalanced by

their pride and selfishness. When their profession of liberal principles is not hypocrisy, they

know what ought to be done, but do it not.”

Question 929:

There are persons who, being utterly without resources, though surrounded by abundance, have no other prospect than starvation. What course should they take under such circumstances? Ought they to allow themselves to die of hunger?

“No one should ever admit into his mind the idea of allowing himself to die of hunger; a man

could always find the means of obtaining food if pride did not interpose itself between want

and work. It has often been said that ‘No work is dishonorable it honestly done;’ but this is

one of the aphorisms that each man is more prompt to apply to his neighbor than to

himself.”

Here, below, about unhappy marriages, question 940:

Is not the lack of sympathy between persons destined to live together also a source of sorrow, and one that is all the more bitter because it poisons an entire existence?

“Very bitter it is, undoubtedly; but it is usually a misfortune of your own causing. In the first

place, your laws are in fault; for how can you suppose that those who dislike one another can

be intended by God to live together ? In the next place, you yourselves are to blame, for you

often seek, in those unions, the satisfaction of your pride and ambition rather than the

happiness of a mutual affection; and, in such cases, you undergo the natural consequences of

your prejudices.”

The natural consequence is (complementary answer):

– But, in such cases, is there not generally an innocent victim?

“Yes, one for whom it is a heavy expiation; but the responsibility of such unhappiness will,

nevertheless, be brought home to those who caused it. If the light of truth have reached the

soul of the victim, faith in the future will give consolation under present suffering. But the

causes of these private misfortunes will disappear in proportion as your prejudices are dissipated.”

 

About weariness of life, suicide as shown in question 947:

Can we consider as having committed suicide the man who, becoming disheartened in his struggle with adversity, allows himself to die of despair?

“Such self-abandonment is suicide; but those who had caused the crime, or might have

prevented it, would be more to blame for it than the one by whom it had been committed, and

the latter would therefore be judged leniently. But, nevertheless, you must

not suppose that he would be entirely absolved if he had been wanting in firmness and

perseverance, or had failed to make the best use of his intelligence to help himself out of his

difficulties. And it would go still harder with him if he had been one of those whose

intelligence is paralysed by pride, who would blush to earn their living by manual labour, and

would rather die of starvation than derogate from what they call their “social position. (…)”


The one must read book in the series of book about Spiritism

The Spirits Book

Further instructions and explanations about the attitudes derived from pride and that compromise the spiritual evolution of creatures can be found in THE BOOK OF SPIRITS and also in The Gospel According to Spiritism. These two books were compiled by Allan Kardec, the Encoder of Spiritist Doctrine, and deserve to be read. Its contents certainly enlightens the reader’s understanding and facilitates decision-making in many common situations in day-to-day lives.

Get them and have a good reading!

 

Poverty and Wealth – Difficult Trials

Geraldo Goulart

By Geraldo Goulart

It is known that the Earth is in the planetary transition that will elevate it from the category of the worlds of trials and expiation to a world of regeneration. As we have not yet arrived at the paradise of a planet of regeneration, there are still countless awful experiences that parade on a daily basis on this planet. Misery, autoimmune diseases, deforming diseases, endemic ills, unborn children with deformities, premature deaths that translate painful separations, extremes of beauty and ugliness, wealth and poverty, are some of the most well-known trials among the various painful situations that go through the reincarnated spirits on Earth.

Of all the rosary of evidence known today, two are noteworthy for being hard to bear: the proof of wealth and that of poverty. There are people who are surprised when they learn that wealth is a test – the most difficult one that can be contemplated – because they believe that it is impossible for someone to be unhappy because they have a lot of money. However, oddly enough, many people would prefer to switch positions with others who are less privileged just because they are identified as less unhappy and because they know that money does not buy them happiness and peace.

Whoever goes through the proof of wealth has as his first challenge the task of containing the natural impulse to leisure, since he has everything, he needs for its maintenance without ever worrying about getting what he wants. Ahead, we must somehow understand that what we have in our hands truly belongs to divine mercy because, when we are disembodied, we will take nothing with us, except the spiritual goods we have obtained as a result of the good use of resources made available to us.

If there is no vigilance and common sense, wealth can lead people to gambling, vanity, pride exacerbated by believing themselves powerful only because of their purchasing power. But the time will come when they will realize that their coins will not free them from disappointments, from moral suffering, from other people’s greed, from equally proud and arrogant foes, or from diseases. Pain and distress level them out with the other creatures they believed to be inferior to them.

Yes, wealth is a very difficult test. Because of it, there is the other extreme, poverty. Equally arduous proof where possibly those souls who did not know how to manage the wealth in past lives were interned, when they failed in all the obstacles presented to be overcome .

If the rich are lost due to idleness, addiction and possibly also lust, the poor can complicate their ordeal by grumbling and non-conformity. Especially if they do not seek to improve themselves, preferring to live passively from others’ commiseration.

What is learned is that difficulties exist to be challenged, overcome and not for individuals to bend over them as if they were incoercible forces from which one cannot escape the yoke.

In poverty, the spirit submitted to it can learn something that it did not apprehend when in transit with wealth: dignity. Thus, for such a purpose, the poor will be honest without being proud. They will be conformed without giving up. And, in addition, they will be pious without being boorish. Finally, their hands that did not know how to bend to donate, will rise, stand straight, to receive, without murmuring.

The Spiritist Doctrine is lavish on wise teachings for those who yearn for knowledge and reflection. In order to eliminate residual doubts in people about which of these two tests will be the most difficult in the life of the relationship, the inquirer should refer to items 814 and 815 of THE BOOK OF SPIRITS and the doubts about this chapter will cease.

Light and peace!

Eternity Travelers

Geraldo Goulart

By Geraldo Goulart

“Voyagers of Eternity in search of evolution”, this is how we could justify our presence on Earth.

The human soul, created simple and ignorant, as informed to Kardec in item 155 of THE BOOK OF SPIRITS, after transiting through the Mineral, Vegetal and Animal kingdoms over a period that cannot be measured, is characterized as worthy of wearing the physical covering in the Animal kingdom to test your ability to learn – disciplined or not – and to overcome. This evolutionary journey begins in worlds inferior to our planet and crosses other planets with the same conditions that we know in this blessed house called Earth and that is characterized in the list of worlds that offer that offer opportunities for evidence and expiation.

From there, using his free will and being sensitive to the orientations that come from the Most High, the merciful Spiritual Friends, his soul will follow his evolutionary journey towards the Angelic kingdom, where unforgettable adventures await him.

Nevertheless, heed the information that, as to intercede on his behalf, the Spiritual Friends can not interfere in the decisions assumed by the embodied soul. The merit or demerit of the choices about which path to take belongs to each individual in view of the free will that we all have .

The evolutionary journey brings the soul to the most varied landscapes and earthly situations. Wealth, poverty, health, diseases, beauty, ugliness, weddings, celibacy, are some of the tests that are necessary and to which the evolving spirit may have to undergo. The trials, are in fact, are conditioned to the failures or successes made in past lives in the exercise of free will.

Unquestionably, learning drives souls to progress, but it cannot be said that much knowledge – especially “scientific knowledge” – can be translated as spiritual evolution. That’s because, to gain Knowledge we sometimes lose Love. In fact, as several luminaries who have come to the planet with uplifting messages have taught us, the greatest virtue is Love. It follows that Knowledge without Love is nothing, while Love, even without Knowledge, is everything. And there is a simple and clear explanation for this: Knowledge contributes to the horizontal evolution of man. Love symbolizes its vertical evolution, upwards, upwards.

The auxiliary literature of the Spiritist Doctrine offers several case studies for those who wish to learn more about this topic. We read reports that affirm that souls of great knowledge are still immersed in libraries of the Beyond handling heavy, bulky textbooks, trying to know the “how” and the “why?” of items that were their concerns in the last earthly passage. While other souls, unconcerned with philosophical and / or chemical and mathematical constructions, take decisive steps on the evolutionary path simply because they have given themselves to Love and service.

Light and peace!

It’s Better not to Smoke

By: Geraldo Goulart

Chakras“Sane minds’ people usually eat reasonably for their life maintenance, but unwise people ingest unnecessary substances to death’s profit.” (André Luiz em “O Espírito da Verdade”, p. 134, 3rd. edition, FEB)

People who have been in touch for some time with Spirit’s Doctrine may be surprised with the treatment of a subject on which there is consensus and for spiritualists there is no doubt. We are concerned, however, with those who are now coming to the paths trodden by many already and cannot understand very well why spiritualists should not smoke.

Most of us who follow the Doctrine today, just starting from so many different experiences, many are – we believe – former smokers. Thus we understand the effort of our will which is to be developed by those who wish to persevere in spiritual work that we recently embraced, and still keep with some nostalgia the taste of the “harmless” cigarette, pressed by a yearning generated by an abstinence not yet consciously understood.

Depending on their point of view, it is likely that large numbers of Brothers come to learn something about spirit’s strength centers after a year studying. Religions, as a rule, do not have scientific and religious connotations to its followers. They always base their sermons – the ministers – in moral behavior patterns for with this philosophy (which is valid!), curtailing the spread of harmful habits in who that may hear them.

In Spirit Doctrine, despite the moral-philosophical approach, the treatment of this subject presents us with another connotation: smoking harms us significantly; the spiritual manifestation because it dampens spiritual sensitivity. But how can a material substance, the tobacco, which is directed to the physical body, harm the spiritual body? Let’s see it. “The perispirit is a complete fluidic organism, under whose constant influx is modeled and kept the physical body. Its importance is considerable in Embryology and Anatomy, as also in Physiology and Pathology. It is connected part by part, cell by cell, molecule by molecule, to the material structure; everything that goes in one, immediately affects to the other. The perispirit’s functional balance can be disturbed by immaterial agents, fluidic, of the same nature, so that, and this disturbance, affecting the physical body, makes it also sick.” So, “There is a spirit pathology, as there is a spiritualist biology …” (1)

Each one of us, incarnated, is a spirit that has other bodies: dense body, perispiritual body, mental body, etc. These bodies are interconnected by communication channels known as “strength centers” that are located in corresponding regions in the physical body, the nerve plexus, which are the meeting points of the nervous systems of the human body, where they form true connections. The essence of everything we eat for the maintenance of the physical body is added to the blood that, in the bloodstream, will bathe the plexes where, through the communication channels pass to the Spirit the manifested energy that was added on it. “From these secondary centers interwoven into psychosoma, and consequently in the physical body, through plexiform networks … ” – we highlighted – ” the gastric center being responsible for the digestion and absorption of dense or less dense foods, that anyway, represent concentrated fluidic penetrating our organization …” (2)

The cigarette besides the chemical residue which is released to the saliva and thence to the stomach – and hence to the bloodstream – contains chemical components which, when burned, volatilize up, passing very easily to the other dimension, which is where the Spirit vibrates. These substances affect the cellular constitution of the spiritual body manifestation, degrading the natural protection that exists against the outside energies that can affect us the Spirit’s balance and harmony.

Who wishes to study the vital centers and strength centers of the spiritual body, will learn that such aggression, caused by the gradual use of alcohol, tobacco, toxic and other alkaloids, results in disastrous effects, and besides know that with such attitudes only makes worse their situation after death. Thus, the “restful sleep” – that comes after death for every people – may be more extended; the “disconnection of the perispiritual ties” of the Spirit in the physical body may also be more painful; and other problems may appear in aggravated form.

While reincarnated, physical life presents the Spirit a much reduced vibration pattern than normal, just to promote its connection with the dense body. What distinguishes the mediumship potential of creatures is their ability to perceive the highest vibrational level from those without physical bodies; vibrations such that, higher and more purified, is the entity, the greater its content and its manifestation.

The cigarette is an absorber of sensitivity, its usage, only harming the work of those who propose to work on the interchange between the two planes through the mediumship action, since for such an enterprise well-developed sensitivity is one of the primary requirements. And those that do not want to leave the tobacco habit may, of course, participate in mediumistic tasks, but not all of them can achieve due to the serious constraints that make their bodies sick. So:

  • by the evil that leads to the detriment of the physical body;
  • by moral dependence that submits the person;
  • by the aches and pains now unknown, but that will be proved “post mortem”;
  • by the discomfort to non-smokers (which label smokers rightly of “poorly educated”);
  • by the gradual deterioration of psychic faculties of the person and,
  • for the full liberty and balance in its attitudes,

 

hope that each one trace in their accessional objectives, the limits that must be respected for their own good. So, one can better understand the André Luis (Spirit) quote: “…but unwise people ingest unnecessary substances to death’s profit.”

And even being aware that the doctrine nothing forbids, because before elucidates, explains, will say to himself: – IT’S BETTER NOT TO SMOKE!

References:

  1. Homeopatia e Espiritismo, Lauro S. Thiago – 1ª. edição FEB
  2. Evolução em dois Mundos, André Luiz (Espírito), cap. II, 6ª. edição FEB (psicografado por F C Xavier e Waldo Vieira)
  3. Os, Chakras, C.W. Leadbeter, Editora O Pensamento
  4. Entre a Terra e o Céu, André Luiz, Editora FEB
  5. Passes e Radiações, Edgard Armond, Editora Aliança

6) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra

(This article was originally published in June 1982 in REFORMADOR, monthly magazine published by FEDERAÇÃO ESPÍRITA BRASILEIRA – FEB under the title “É Poibido Fumar”)

Geraldo Goulart

Geraldo Goulart

The Departure Time

It was a touching scene: the daughters around their mother’s bed in the hospital, heavy and somber faces, red and watery eyes. Every person present trying to pick words of encouragement up, but in their heart, all of them experienced a sense of loss already ingrained in their spirits.

We can seriously say that we are not prepared for this moment, fatal and inevitable, which is the time for the return of our loved ones to the spiritual homeland. We are not. This is because even those who have been educated in some religion since childhood have not been taught in this respect. We study almost everything in programs of evangelization – in any denomination – but we do not talk about the “death” phenomenon. However “death” is life! And we have quoted this elsewhere.

Notice that we are prepared – always! – for various occasions: birthdays, holidays, weddings, holidays, Christmas, New Year, New Year’s Eve, Carnival …, and whatever else it may appear. But not only are we not prepared for a funeral ceremony, as we also do not know to say anything other than the well-known phrases as: “my condolences“, “my feelings“, “rest in peace“, “I am so sorry“. Fallacies!

Even worse when people of a strong and passionate temperament arise who do not accept what has happened – the separation -, and they begin to shout improprieties against the Godhead like: “- Why did God do this to me?“.

They do not understand – would it be possible try to make them understand? – that, in addition to suffering the loss, are also interfering, very often, in releasing of the creature that no longer animates its physical body, but that also cannot move itself away to another dimension due to the desperate calls they make to him at that moment.

It is well known that life on Earth is momentary. No matter how many years you will live, it will always be a great time spent here. Here we come, the spirits in need of learning, to pave the evolutionary journey alternating between Love and Pain to become better. This is fate. It is not by chance that Kardec’s grave, the tireless codifier of the Spiritist Doctrine, we read: “To be born, to grow, to die, to be reborn still and to progress always, such is the law.”

In some cases of illness, there are occurrences where there is the sudden improvement of the patient for the specific purpose of preparing the afflicted hearts of the relatives for the fatal outcome. This is when what is commonly called “the visit of health” occurs. Note also that in various distressful situations, the expected does not always occur.

Cases in which family and friends wait for the final moment, contrary to all expectations, it does not come. The patient recovers and life goes on. And there are situations where friends and family themselves pray for the outcome, believing that the sick person is already suffering too much and it is better that they “rest” by the way of death. Which is an illusion.

In the vast Spiritist literature, there are reports where the reader can verify the way of acting of Providence. Here a patient recovers and receives an additional time for family members to calm down, thereby avoiding the enormous burden of suffering that would be undue to the feelings of that group. There occurs the postponement because some objectives are yet to be achieved in that family collectivity. Not knowing the day and the hour when the thief will come, no one can say when it will be the final hour of whoever it is.

For a better understanding and absorption of knowledge on the subject, we suggest reading the books “The Book of Spirits” and “Heaven and the Hell” both by Allan Kardec and read the series of Andre Luiz books by Francisco C. Xavier, beginning with Nosso Lar.

Get them and good reading!

By Geraldo Goulart

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In Search of Happiness

The one must read book in the series of book about Spiritism

The Spirits Book

By: Geraldo Goulart

“In general terms, it is possible to affirm that happiness is a Utopia, whose conquest has been striven after by successive generations without their ever having been able to reach their objective. If the sensible man or woman is a rarity in the world, then the absolutely happy person has never been found.”

The Gospel According to Spiritism – chapter V.

 

The film “In pursuit of happiness”, starring Will Smith, discusses the true story of a humble man, full of personal problems, who, like most of us, seeks to overcome all obstacles to achieve his goal. He learned that the way to happiness was to win in life through work and perseverance instead of luck (it does not exist!).

We believe that all know many people who are also in search of happiness. It is even possible that at this point, we ourselves are … But what is happiness?

So much has been written and speculated on happiness; it has been trivialized to the point of being compared to the “luck”. In fact, if we ask several people what is happiness for them, we hear an answer that it would be “win” something or a lot of money. In this context, the verb “to gain” relates to the luck factor.

Understanding that this subject is relevant to most people and also that clarification can heal the feeling of anguish, dissatisfaction and the feeling of unhappiness of people, several spiritual friends inspired Kardec to treat this subject in THE BOOK OF SPIRITS.

In The Book of Spirits, item 920, Kardec asks the entity if it was possible for man to enjoy perfect happiness upon the earth. The Spirit’s answer, as usual, is crystal clear and flawless: “No; for corporeal life has been appointed to him either as a trial or an expiation; but it depends upon himself to lighten the evils of his lot, and to render it as happy as life can be upon the earth.”

As can be understood, life on the planet should not be assumed as a winning ticket that offers us only

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pleasures, satisfactions and rest. Notwithstanding, life provide us the opportunity to ease the difficulties and pave the way. The effort expended to achieve the condition to savor the happiness, even though relative, will only be successfully crowned if we are diligent, persevering, even obstinate.

The character portrayed by Will Smith, we repeat, is real and still can be counted in the number of those on Earth. A black US citizen abandoned by his wife who could not bear the financial condition in which they lived, which he was criticized for having spent all the money he had saved for the purchase of machinery which could not resell. She goes out and leaves him; he has the responsibility to finish rearing his son, still a child. But he is undeterred and says to himself that he will overcome.

Returning to Kardec, on item 921 the he asks: “We can conceive that man will be happy upon the earth when the human race shall have been transformed; but, meanwhile, is it possible for each man to ensure for himself a moderate amount of happiness?.”  Then the entity replies: “The more often that man is the architect of his own misfortune. Practicing the law of God he is saved from the evils and reaches such a great happiness behaves as a rough existence.”

Note that the entity doesn’t even considers the question about the possibility to achieve a relative happiness. Going in the opposite direction, remembers that it is man who erects his own unhappiness. But one might ask, is that really so?

If you, the reader, is one of those people who wonder about why are not happy, analyze yourself, your acts and behavior, and try to identify the cause of what you believe is the engine of your suffering, your anguish, your unhappiness. After an honest assessment, try to answer, if you caused or not, your troubles which have come to this point.

Ah, yes, the film has a happy ending. It’s worth watching it to see the his perseverance end in victory.

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I hope you enjoyed the article by our friend in Brazil, Geraldo Goulart. He has written for Spiritist The Problem is the SolutionPublications in Brazil and now he is translating some of his article for us!

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Protective Injury

Geraldo Goulart

The knowledge that some children are born with congenital ailments and / or physical injuries that will restrict the new life that begins for those newcomers to the planet usually bothers and distresses people.

The obstacles that those creatures and their parents will have to face later are immediately visualized. In fact, some limitations end up affecting the whole family. Caring for children with Down’s syndrome, paralysis, deafness, dumbness or blindness, among others, requires not only sublimation from their caregivers who need to be vigilant about the child, but also – and especially – with a huge dose of Love and Patience.

What we want to stress here is that nobody, absolutely nobody, analyzes the fact from the spiritual point of view. Why don’t we? Once we know that with bad choices made with our free will everyone can contract debts that are not always redeemed in the present life, it is understood that there are

The disincarnations in which the Spirit carries with it needs of future redemptions that will certainly be projected into future returns to next life.

Knowing also that the return to material life is always programmed, inclusive with the presence of reincarnating spirit (see MISSIONARIES OF THE LIGHT – Spirit André Luiz, FEB), it is impossible to

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attribute to the Creator or to fate, the existence of (re) births with limiting problems. This even brings new insight and reflection on the biblical quotation from Exodus 21:24 “eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot“.

Yes, no one returns to material life bearing stigmata that represent vengeance from whoever it is. All congenital evils brought to Earth are no more than intrinsic needs to those who bring them, and who, for reasons beyond our understanding, will also be necessary purges for parents and others involved with those who bring such deficiencies. To clarify the subject, it is also suggested to read The Spirits Book (Allan Kardec, FEB), questions 171 (Justice of Reincarnation) and 258 to 273 (Choice of Trials).

Someone will ask “— But what to think when the child is born normal, without any anomaly and then, due to some misfortune, suffers an accident that consequently also limits his life? A quadriplegic, for example? “. The likely answer is that the limitation now presented will be of benefit to that Spirit who someway, by any chance, became the passive agent of the occurrence. Also beneficial are all inhibitory diseases. The recognition of the benefits of this purgatory aspect to the Spirit does not mean that one is here apologizing to suffering.

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Organically healthy people – everyone knows – have the free will to decide what to ingest. Then they ingest everything that compromises their organic equilibrium. They smoke, drink, vitiate and overeat themselves in food and, at the end of their existence, they return to the Spiritual Plane as “suicidal” because, with so many abuses against themselves the time that had been granted to them to cross their last passage through the orb due to the imbalances caused to the material body. Possibly, they did not know the quotation from Paul: ” All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient.” – 1 Corinthians 6:12″

On the other hand, people who are born with limitations, because they have their free will partially curtailed due to congenital limitations, cannot advance in actions that could be harmful and organically compromising to them. Simply because they cannot even initiate innumerable actions, however much they wish to perform such acts. That is why it is said that his/her physical deficiency is a protective injury.

Down syndrome, for example, because of the difficulties it imposes on the intellectual development of those who suffer from it, inhibits the birth of negative and self-destructive feelings that harm many normal people, intellectualized or not. A birth injury, which characterizes limb paralysis, and even a dystrophy, does not allow the individual to perform any physical actions that may reach themselves and / or their fellows. Spirits who bring deficiencies in the physical body are protected because they are incapable, due to their limitations.

Protective ills have two specific functions in the lives of those who are subjugated to them: 1) it does not allow them to aggravate the role of past needs due to untimely attitudes; and, 2) they collaborate so that the sufferers develop patience throughout the time in which they had to live under such condition. Those who suffer such ills understand at some point that the revolt will not change their situation. They then submit, rescuing mistakes from the past without increasing his burden with undue new actions.

The conformed submission ends up being a palliative that tends to lessen inner distress. The person understands – and it is true – that the rebellion generated by the inconformity only increases the suffering, bringing with it the feeling that all that will afflict him for eternity.

In most reincarnations, the Spirit himself – looking at his past – asks for his trials to reduce the burden of debts generated in inconsequential attitudes. Often, the wise spirits that accompany the person planning a future reincarnation, advise them to review the size and intensity of the factors chosen to avoid succumbing with new commitments along the new journey.

In truth, protective injuries are unfolding acts in previous lives, because, still and always, with each action, a reaction corresponds.

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By Geraldo Goulart

 

 

Dark Thoughts

You who are reading these words at this moment, if you are influenced by some depressive feeling and, therefore, thinking of a self-destructive impulse, do not do that.

Feeling yourself exhausted and thinking you are tired of life and are seeking relief by the exiting the material life, try to read this short text till the end for a few minutes more, and after please, make a brief exercise in reflection.

Self-destructive feelings cannot solve any kind of problems, whatever they may be. On the contrary, such feelings only increase personal frustration because they insinuate the erroneous idea that you do not know a way for solving the situation on your own and besides that it will not be worthwhile to seek a help from anyone.

As we all are transmitters and receivers of mental-spiritual vibrations, remaining with this mental posture, you end up attracting and being surrounded by uncouth spirits who are pleased in involving anyone who is going through bitter needs and suicide impulses.

Spiritist Literature is lavish in narratives that portray the plight of those who have allowed themselves to give in to the suicidal impulse because they believed that, leaving the life by his own free will they would be ridding themselves of problems. However, a sad surprise is waiting for them: they did not get rid of their problems; their problems are increased; their burden of suffering is increased.

They came out of material life to be re-entered into Real Life, the Spiritual Life, where nothing is hidden from guardian spirits. They suffer even more because they awake in a place where there is crying and gnashing of teeth and now experience their final moments by the repetition of the last extreme act with which they ended their existence. This extreme act is reacted second by second. Moreover, this will remain for as long as the time they cut off their material life to when their blueprint was for them to die. That means whether someone supposed to live by 80 years and suicide oneself at 60 years old, he/she will be repeatedly suiciding along 20 years in Earth time.

The immediate torment of the suicidal is a torment that seems to be infinite, eternal, for him or her. Their last fatal act in material life, which was the action that caused the extermination of the life, is repeatedly revived. It is the trigger triggered by the blow of the weapon; the jump of the building or the bridge and the panoramic vision of his/her life in the last seconds before the impact; and the sensation of his body flying over the rails of the railroad or the vehicle. In addition, they suffer, repeatedly, that moment, as if it were a movie without any interruption.

It is necessary to persevere in the struggle in search of solutions – which exist! – and always arrive through friends; By written messages or by other means. It cannot be forgotten that the Friend of All our Hours – Jesus! – is attentive to our needs and always sends the resources we need to overcome the afflictions. Evidently, those who succumbed were because they could not identify the relief sent.

When a problem, an affliction, arises, if one surrenders and allows an internal unbalance, this emits perceptible signals to the Spiritual Plane. With the same promptness, that the Friends of the Higher send aid, entities of very low vibratory pattern that characterize the obsessing spirits, also approach the incarnate sufferer and initiate the sieges.

The reincarnated Spirit, not being vigilant in the faith, does not perceive the beneficent fluids upon itself and accedes to the pressure of the lower vibrations, desponding. With this, it seems to him that his situation is even more complicated because those obsessive entities only present them with somber pictures.

At that moment, when surrounded by antagonistic pressures, the decision will depend on the free will of the incarnated Spirit. It will be up to him to decide which force will win. However, the Lord warns that with watching and praying, it will be easier to avoid afflictions.

So dear reader, you would better think well and twice. React! Do not be discouraged, because the solution of your problem has already been forwarded to you. Although you just did not see it, it is waiting for your acceptance as soon as you change your mind.

Review the latest goings on. Raise your head and say to yourself: “I’ll face it! I will win!” and throw away your dark thoughts.

In case of doubt, do not be ashamed or afraid for asking some help, and someone will be routed to assist you. Then, do not give it up. Your best friends from Spiritual world are just waiting for your decision to be made and then they will start to treat your internal wounds.

Geraldo Goulart

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By Geraldo Goulart

Indirect Suicide

By Geraldo Goulart

Whenever we hear comments about suicide, it comes to mind the picture of an extreme, violent, abrupt death that, in fact, is what characterizes a suicide based on someone’s desire to end immediately their own life. However, the Spiritist Doctrine let us know that this extreme act is a serious error because the only life with which the suicide ends is merely that of his physical body. On this subject, for those who wish to know a little more, we recommend reading the books “THE MARTYRDOM OF SUICIDES” (written by Almerindo Martins de Castro) and also “MEMOIRS OF A SUICIDE” (by Yvonne A. Pereira) both edited by Brazilian Spiritist Federation.

Notwithstanding the false impression that the suicide has gotten rid of what has been tormenting him, suicide has more scope in the Spiritual Plan than that considered here on Earth. Studying the Spiritist Doctrine, we are informed that the unfortunates who commit violent suicide have, in the True Life dimension, a greater burden of suffering, but it is not about this aspect that we wish to reflect, but rather to consider the aspects about indirect suicides (or unconscious suicides) regularly practiced and that may surprise us when we arrive at the Spiritual Fatherland.

In the book “OUR HOME”, André Luiz (Spirit and author of Chico Xavier’s fraternal narrative) tells that as he regained consciousness after his passing, he heard a faint but perfectly noticeable voice calling him: “suicide, suicide… “and he was astonished and wondering if that would be him. After all, he had not committed suicide, and if he had died (he was alive, and very alive, he thought) it would have been because of acquired syphilis. However, sometime later, after a medical visit to a treatment room, he learned that syphilis, associated with other factors such as alcohol use, had generated a cancerous stage that it had damaged his kidneys and liver. Andre, though battered by the evils that caused his discarnation, but lucid enough, acknowledged that by his own fault he had assaulted his physical apparatus by accelerating his physical death. He who had been a doctor on earth had not considered such possibilities!

After careful reading of the Spiritist literature crossed with some biblical passages, we learn that we expose ourselves to daily situations that subject us to the condition of unconscious suicides. Let’s look at some:

  1. Excess of diet and drink (overeating and continued ingestion of alcoholics that make the gastric tract vulnerable and affect the kidneys and liver).
  2. Verbal Intemperance (the feeling of anger, anger, generates negative forces for the one who feeds it and strengthens it in free and repeated aggressions against others and throws excessive doses of adrenaline into the bloodstream).
  3. Nervous imbalance (evidence of poor mental process).
  4. Sexual excesses (degenerating vital energies whose absence can bring the individual closer to madness)
  5. Ingestion of harmful elements such as drugs (alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, crack, LSD, heroin, cocaine and derivatives).
  6. Immoderate use of medication – or its abstinence – (excessive doses in relation to the prescription or ignore the prescription by own decision believing that the doctor did not know how to analyze your problem).
  7. Carelessly crossing roads and / or exposing yourself to risky situations such as not using a walkway or waiting for a traffic light, which is considered suicide even by road legislation.
  8. Drive recklessly taking the risk of killing and dying.
  9. Unprotected sex with strangers.

Although most of the described actions may provide pleasure, they should be avoided as they may be – somewhat – contributing to the self-extermination of the person who practices them. Paul’s statement is worth remembering: “Everything is permitted to me, but not everything suits me. Everything is permitted to me but I will not let anything rule” (Corinthians 6:12). In what suits us because it is necessary for the maintenance of material life, we must observe the equilibrium so as not to strike the fine line that isolates us from the moment of death while we still need to remain in physical health.

We end with the warning from our Sublime Master that we pray and watch because through prayer thanking the blessed gift of life that is bestowed on us for the evolution of our Spirit, we will also be watching over our actions avoiding the precipices in the evil that lurks at us at various times. One careless act will include us in the condition of unconscious suicides who may have to reside in the dark valleys of mourning and pain for a set amount of time – until the date of their planned death.

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