This work appeared for the first time in 1857. Its author, Doctor Denisard Léon Hippolyte Rivail (He took the name Allan Kardec when it was revealed to him as his in Gaulish times of the Druids), was born in Lyon, France, in 1804. This teaching is written under the dictation of the Spirits.
Have also been borrowed here, extracts from two other essential books: "The Book of Mediums" And "The heaven and the hell".
“Educator and philosopher, Allan Kardec (1804-1869), is the father of spiritualism, a spiritualist philosophy taught around the world.
Allan Kardec has devoted his life to the study of mediums and spirits. His work is a way of life where are evoked, through spiritist communications, reincarnation, the future of humanity, the positive meaning of existence, the afterlife..."
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Dorothee KoechlinDorothée Koechlin de Bizemont, a medical journalist, became the French specialist on the American mystic Edgar Cayce after working for several years at the Edgar Cayce Foundation in the United States.writes in his book "The World of Edgar Cayce":
« Allan Kardec spread in France, then in the world, the doctrine of “spiritism”. It was an esoteric religious teaching, complementary to the Bible (but in no way opposed to it in the mind of its author).
This teaching was obtained by a dialogue with mysterious "spirits" informants, disembodied entities-guides. The unfortunate Kardec, in a country as fiercely rationalist and materialistic as 19th century France, unleashed a storm of condemnation. The Catholic Church would have gladly burned him at the stake!
Scandal also in the French intelligentsia, whose scientific triumphalism Kardec denounced. Both did everything to ridicule him: they succeeded so perfectly that even today, in France, no one dares to use the word spiritualist. » « The most serious guarantee of the teaching of the spirits is in the concordance which exists between the revelations made spontaneously, through the mediation of a great number of mediums foreign to one another, and in various countries.
It is not because a principle is taught to us that it is for us the truth, but because it has received the sanction of concordance. Moreover, the serious spiritualist does not confine himself to believing; he believes because he understands, and he understands because his judgment is appealed to. »Allan Kardec
Contributions by Allan Kardec on the theme of:
Life, everyday life, suffering, despair
The way, the awakening, the meditation, the purpose of life
Love, relationship, children
Death, the afterlife, contacts, suicide...