Leon Denis

Life and Destiny by Leon Denis in PDF

288px-Léon_denis_1870A member of our Spiritist Facebook group, Spiritism and the Spirit World Around Us, (please join!) pointed us to where there is one of Leon Denis’s books in PDF format.

First a little bit about Leon Denis, straight from Wikipedia:

Léon Denis (January 1, 1846 – March 12, 1927) was a notable spiritist philosopher,[1] and with Gabriel Delanne and Camille Flammarion, one of the principal exponents of spiritism after the death of Allan Kardec. He lectured throughout Europe at international conferences of spiritism and spiritualism, promoting the idea of survival of the soul after death and the implications of this for human relations. He is known as the apostle of French spiritism.

Also, if you read the book, Memoirs of a Suicide, by Yvonne A. Pereira,  you will read in the preface that the spirit of Leon Denis assisted her in organizing the book. The book was published in 1955 and Denis died in 1927. Hence, once more proving that if you are a Spiritist, after you die, you are put to work right away!

lifeandDestinyHere is the link to the PDF: denis-life-and-destiny



Here and Hereafter – a book by Leon Denis in pdf

HereAndHereafterA reader of this blog has found Leon Denis’ book, Here and Hereafter, in pdf format.

Here is the link – Here and Hereafter.

I have just started to look at some sections of the book, but one topic, Social Problems, caught my interest. In it, he wrote, about the differences of equity between social classes and the solutions found (in his time at the beginnings of the 1900’s), which are still true today.

“Our institutions may change in form, but they can never rid us of those evils that are inherent in our imperfect nature. The happiness of man does not depend upon political changes, revolutions or any other social modifications. So long as society remains corrupt , even so will its institutions be, no matter how many changes may intervene. The only remedy lies in that moral transformation to which the higher teaching shows us the way. If man would but bestow upon this task a little of that passionate interest which he devotes to politics, if he would only pluck from his heart the root of his ailment, then would social iniquity soon cease to exist.” [Here and Hereafter, Leon Denis, p.161]

Therefore, whatever forms of government that we anticipate would bring us social nirvana, all would fail because of the current level of human nature. Until our base nature changes, whatever form of government comes upon us, it will always degenerate into a corrupt facsimile of itself.

Death is Actually Awakening

LeonDenis_ApostoloIn Life and Destiny, a book by Leon Denis,he turns around the common usages of birth and death and explains the process for what it really is;

“Birth is death to the soul. It is imprisoned with it etheric body in the tomb of the flesh. What we call death is simply the return of the soul to liberty, enriched by the acquisitions it has been able to make during the course of its earth life.” [Life and Destiny, Leon Denis, Forgotten Books, p. 119]

For what are we? An immortal soul, our true being is our spirit. That is our essence, while our physical bodies are like a book cover, to be used as a tool for learning and then discarded after the semester is over.

Leon goes further and then describes our dual states in our physical bodies, that of sleep and awake;

“We have seen that the different states of sleep are just so many moments of return to life inout-of-body space. The more profound the sleep the more the soul is emancipated, and the higher its flight, the deepest sleep borders on the first state of the life invisible. In reality, the words sleep and death are inappropriate;  when we sleep on earth, we awake in the spiritual life. The same phenomenon is produced by death; it differs only in duration.” [Life and Destiny, Leon Denis, Forgotten Books, p. 119]

Hence, our life here is but a short interlude, a sonata of music which follows a precise score and has its themes and motifs, and always at some point ends. At times, we may not enjoy all of the notes, but we have no choice but to sit through the entire piece. We might as well try to enjoy and learn as the orchestra plays to the end.

ReincarnationBook-Small-3dTo more fully understand the concepts of reincarnation and the process whereby we plan out our trials on earth, I suggest you read my book, The Case for Reincarnation – Your Path to Perfection.




Don’t be Worried About the Death of Faith – This is a Transition Period – According to Leon Denis

LeonDenis_ApostoloDo you worry, as do I, about the level of materialism in our culture? And question how can this ever change. According to Leon Denis, when a new religious doctrine is revealed, at first there is an abundance of faith, next human nature takes over and the numerous negations takes its toll. Faith is gradually replaced by disbelief in anything of a higher power. Hence, faith is replaced by materialism. Only when materialism has exposed its powerlessness to maintain social order does the door open again to faith and the rejection of materialism.

Leon Denis wrote about this in a book, Life and Destiny,  published in the year 1919. If he thought he was in the midst of materialism in the early years of the 1900’s, he would be amazed at our current level. Not only does a sizable portion of people profess no faith, but those who have faith are marginalized by society.

But don’t give up hope, for Leon Denis writes about the lack of faith:

“And the inevitable result has been discord and discontent in the human family. Out of this discontent has come a crisis; in spite of all appearances of the death of faith, faith is not dead, but is being transformed and renewed. The doubt of today prepares the path for the conviction of tomorrow. An intelligent faith will govern the future and permeate all races.” [Life and Destiny, Leon Denis, p 32]

In the years following the end of World War I, materialism gained strength, given the moral emptiness of the powers that promoted the Great War. After the debacle of World War II, where one would think a renewed faith would be present with the breakdown of society; but that vacuum was not filled with faith in God, but faith in government benevolence. While many programs are indeed started with good intentions, the effect has been to diminish our personal responsibility toward others, since we believe all is taken care of by nameless bureaucrats. Therefore, the majority turn their focus on their own material desires. Desires manipulated by our consumer culture.

The problem is that crass materialism does not promote self-discipline and without it people allow themselves to be influenced by those promising an illusion of comfort. When all believe in taking and not giving, no society can survive for long. Therefore, at sometime in the future, a majority shall realize that a balance between faith, self-discipline and materialism is required. Hopefully, without a cataclysmic event that forces a painful abrupt change.

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