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.

If you would like to learn more about Spiritism and how we live life after life in the pursuit of become a perfect spirit, read my book 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How they Impact your Daily Life. It is available in Kindle, paperback, and audio formats.

… REST IN PEACE

By Geraldo Goulart

near-deathLarge numbers of people, upon learning about someone’s death, automatically express their feeling saying, “rest in peace”. Such expression is more a cultural attitude than religious one; an act that seems godly, but that does not keep any connection with the reality of the “post-mortem”.

This superficial faith that does not encourage study, no research, and prefers to rely on dogmas, mysteries and symbolism, induces its professed to believe that after disembodiment only what will remain for the righteous is paradise (to the righteous and chosen) or overwhelming flames of hell (to the unrepentant sinners who have not accepted salvation) and thus keep people linked to ignorance about the reality of spiritual life. Most religions says that they shall spend an eternity singing hymns in the Promised Land, if they are a believer, pious and God-fearing. It reveals a total unawareness about how is the Life after life.

They certainly have never heard – or even have read about – that here on Earth we have a faint copy of how the life is in other dimensions. In fact, all the progress made by the earthly man comes from inspiration on the other side of life and, yes, they are achievements that fall far short of the outreach that could have been. If here there are schools, libraries, artistic events, hospitals, places of worship, is because at some point in the past, people were inspired to work those activities and principles for the benefit of earthly society. Therefore, it is easy to conclude that, also on the side, there are institutions – and better ones – developed for the progress of the Spirits.

The first books in the series “Life in the Spirit World” dictated by the Spirit Andre Luiz to the medium Francisco Cândido Xavier, edited by Federação Espírita Brasileira, are rich in surprising revelations

and also in details of life after to what we call on Earth of “death”. From its reading we learn, aboutSONY DSC the organization and administration of the work, rests, entertainments and treatments devoted to the “dead” in some of the cities of beyond. We learn what happens in violent disembodiment caused by traumatic accidents; also those that occur due to serious illness, or by suicide. It is shown to us the spirits are affected by their repeated memories, especially when people were preoccupied with the material goods of earth in their last passage through the planet.

Remember two questions addressed to Emmanuel who is in the CONSOLADOR (FEB), items 147 and 148:

  • Does death provide unexpected changes and some modifications as many desire?

 

       — Death does not lavish miraculous changes to our consciousness.

Disincarnating is simply changing state, you don’t change the infirmities or virtues with the simple release of your body. It is important to observe only the change of the area in which you learn – from the terrestrial to the spirit plane. (…)

 

  •  -What awaits the disembodied man, directly, in the early years of life beyond the grave?

— The disembodied soul naturally seeks the activities that were its favorite in the circles of material life; obeying its similar desires, as it occurs in societies of your world.

Are not your cities replete of associations, of guilds, of whole classes that are joined and that unionize for determined aims, conjugating identical interests of several individuals? There, are not the loan sharks, the politicians, the traders, the priests, aiming at each group to defense of their own interests?

The disembodied, looks for, anxiously, in Space, the similar crowd with his thinking, in order to continue the same kind of life left on Earth, but in the case of passionate and vicious creatures, his mind again will find the materiality obsessions , as money, alcohol, etc., obsessions that become his moral martyrdom of every hour, in the closest spheres of the Earth.

That said, on the other hand, we observe that nature works continuously in the production and reproduction of essential items to the balance of the planet and of material life, then it is easy to deduce that the Creator is also working incessantly. In the Old and New Testament, are about 10 to 12 references to the substantives “rest” and “sleep,” but no one can infer that is “eternal” rest. Both in Psalms as in Deuteronomy and Isaiah, you can read that God works while we sleep. Will it be then that He sleeps or rests while we are woken? But we know that when in one hemisphere is day, in the other is night. So, there is no chance of rest for Him.

The Spiritist Doctrine codified by Allan Kardec, clarifies, in psychographic messages in different countries, the subject that the Supreme Intelligence works incessantly. And with regard to the type work there is also unanimity. In all the books of the Spiritist Pentateuch, there are varied comments on the subject. After analyzing them, it is easy to conclude that the Creator works unceasingly for our progress.

With regard to the “death” it is appropriate that those desiring further information read and reflect on Chapter II of THE BOOK OF SPIRITS where one can find enlightening answers. At the end, readers will understand that there is no “rest in peace” simply because after a necessary short period for the Spirit-101-Front-smallreadapting the Spirit; when one returns to the Spiritual Plan dimension, many surprises and activities await them. Hence death is not the end and the “nothing” does not exist just because life goes on.

Learn more about Spiritism – read Spiritism 101 – The Third Revelation to gain an introduction into the basic questions of your immortal spirit and the spirit realm.

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

 

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