quarta-feira, 28 de dezembro de 2011
Referring to the concept of Regeneration, amongst numerous definitions, we chose two, the first, as the restoration of what was destroyed. The second, that which is also in tune with the philosophical-spiritist aspect, which is figuratively the moral reform. Let us explain: concerning the first definition, to restore what was destroyed, we re-
fer to restoring the intellectual and conscientious values obstructed by an avalanche of new concepts and ways of life based on the existential-nihilist movements which are summarized in the following statement: live today because there is no tomorrow.
The Spiritist Philosophy, contained in The Spirit´s Book brings up, as a synthesis, the actual values indicated above, giving the human being the responsibility for one’s actions and revealing to oneself, based on science, that life is immortal, and that as heirs of time, we bring weights from the past that need revision today so that, freed, we can write a better future. The second concept, reviewed by the scope of the spiritist thought, leads us to the work of revision of our moral posture before the events that occur in our personal day-to-day lives and that calls us to make decisions, as well as in social events, as members that we are of the community of incarnated Spirits. The current time, as defined by Allan Kardec in “Genesis” is one of a battle of ideas: “Spiritism does not create social renewal: it is the hu-manity’s maturity that will make this renewal a necessity”.
What we are seeing in the world today, is exactly this process, which we conventionally label as “transition”; however, much more than conventions, the Human Being claims for the Divine Being, latent, and that by virtue of incisive external stimuli is projecting oneself to the full Life, like it was predicted by the Spirits to Kardec. Undoubtedly, the tragedies, the cataclysms, the socio-economic crises, the social unrest, do not come from nowhere. All of these appear at the right time for a revision of values, for the regeneration of our Spirits.
(Sonia Theodoro da Silva - published in The Journal of Psychological Studies,Year V l Issue N° 20)
We are used to position the concept of citizenship only in the relations human State; it is the space of the social and political relations, where we elect the managers of public administration having as aim the public well being. Plato, in The Republic, structures his form of govern based in the vision that the philosopher would be the ideal leader, “the authentic government, which should not aim at its personal interests, but those of the ruled.”
Would the philosophers of nowadays be on this condition? Maybe. We know that the excellence of the professions fundamentally lies in the character of the practitioners of these professions, much more than only on their abilities. The training of the woman or man on the course of their duties concerns education and ethics and their moral implications. Ethics that sustains the pillars of citizenship based on the moral laws, without being dogmatized, politicized in the sense of the prevalence of power games in detriment of the basic needs of the individuals.
It seems to us that Spiritism touched the bottom of these issues, by encouraging the exercise of fraternal solidarity. Socrates idealizes a society where the beings would give up power for the common well being, however, we are far from this. The Superior Spirits of the spiritist Codification pointed us to the path of self knowledge and of self education. Allan Kardec integrates these teachings when he tells us about the Intellectual - Moral Aristocracy as the last phase of human growth, where we would direct our behavior based on Wisdom and Fraternity. Léon Denis welcomes this guidance and idealizes a socialist society, in the true sense of the term, without ideolo-gies, which have much afflicted the human beings, little or nothing doing for their ennoblement. Herculano Pires touches upon this issue, telling us about the spiritist cosmossociology, goal of the Spirit that transits between dimensions apparently opposed.
The question is not closed. Still a lot remain to us to do, to meditate, to become aware of, to teach, to be. Let us take the initiative.
(Sonia Theodoro da Silva - Published in The Journal of Psychological Studies - Year IV l Issue N° 19)
With the rise of Spiritism, codified by Allan Kardec, the most important moment of the planetary life was launched: the "dead" demystified death! Since then, they never ceased to communicate, revealing details of their immortal lives when incarnated and of life after death, without interruption; we would no longer grieve at the loss of loved ones, no longer would we fear to die because in fact to die would mean to return home. And, most importantly, they corroborated the most important event to Jesus' teachings - his own resurrection, explained in the most natural manner possible, based on the divine natural laws, giving evidence to His greatest lesson: life goes on in other dimensions. Not that this was unknown; see Ernesto Bozzano's research in Primitive People and Supernormal Manifestation, and The Spirit and the Time, by José Herculano Pires, based on John Murphy's The Origins and History of Religions, which we had the satisfaction to translate into English some years ago.
In Plato (Ion and Timaeus), we find the philosopher approaching the mediumship subject matter; in Greece, the prophetic mediumship flourished in the great Oracle at Delphi; the classical antiquity reminds us of times when communication between the living and the dead happened consistently and uninterrupted. The Old and New Testa-ment are books produced via the mediumship, in which the guiding Spirits of the communities listed therewith are present at all essential times. Mediumship is present at the transfiguration of Jesus on the Mount Tabor, when Elijah and Moses manifested themselves to the surprised eyes of Peter, John and James (Luke 9: 28).
With Spiritism, is Jesus of Nazareth who comes back to talk to us, demystified, full and grand in His mission to lead humanity to its fullness. It is the true religiosity that resurges to our hearts eager for peace, and to our reason as an avid faith - a faith that questions, that seeks, that finds, that reaches plenitude.
(Sonia Theodoro da Silva - Published in The Journal of Psychological Studies,Year IV l Issue N°17)
quarta-feira, 9 de novembro de 2011
How did an old man's trip to the market to buy fish and vegetables lead to a chain of cause and effect events that would change te religious face of the world forever?
Who was Paul of Tarsus?
A fanatical Pharisee and ruthless persecutor of Christians and the newborn Christian doctrine? Or a being predestined by divine choice, who converted upon receiving the gift of the apparition of Jesus in a glorious vision at the gates of Damascus?
This book will show the reader the greatness of Paul of Tarsus, a courageous, daring and sincere man, who repented for radical posture that culminated in the stoning of Christianity's first martyr, Stephen, and who humbly undertook the accelerated revision of his ideas in answer to Jesus' call. Amid persecutions, infirmities, mockery, disillusionment, desertions by friends, stonings, beatings and imprisonments, he transformed his life intoan example of labor through dozens of years of struggle by founding churches and rendering them assestance.
At some pointe in our lives, we all receive Christ's call. What have we done? Paul And Stephen wil enable the reader tounderstand how love erases a multutude of wrongs.
domingo, 6 de novembro de 2011
quarta-feira, 2 de novembro de 2011
segunda-feira, 26 de setembro de 2011
“To know how to 'philosophise' we need to learn the science of going deep into ourselves.”(J.H.Pires)
There is a great importance in the practical meaning of philosophy and Spiritist Philosophy as they stimulate serious and careful thoughts that bring us self-knowledge and open great perspectives to understand the most important human and spiritualists questions. If we just think of philosophy as a disposition to think, we are minimasing its importance in the context of human history. With philosophy, we learn to consider the elements that make up the existence of being-in-the-world, as there is a congenital existential anxiety inside us. The Spiritist Philosophy expands this quest and reveals the existence of the interbeing living in infinite dimensions, temporal and evolutive ones, where he expresses its lights or shadows in the forms concerning to its level of consciousness.
Philosophy seeks answers, rises, develops, reflects, and reconsider the previous answers. It does not conclude, just leads you to do so. During this journey we discover to be in a constant and infinite search of ourselves. Hamlet, Shakespeare’s character, in front of the mirror, and with his court jester’s remains in hands, opens the perspective of the nothing, a distressing, confusing and overwhelming emptiness that takes us by surprise before the silence of the death. The answer is this ? Are these remains the great answer?
Existentialism - or the anguish to exist – has urged man to be fully “here” and “now” to accept his intense “human reality” of present moment – the future is nothing but visions and illusions to give to our present direction and purpose. "One hundred years after Kardec, the philosophy in France almost fell apart in the sophism of nothing, with Jean Paul Sartre and his school. But Simone de Beauvoir, Sartre's companion and disciple, confirms and illustrates Kardec’ s considerations, writing: '... I hate to think of my annihilation. I think about the books I read, places I visited, and the accumulated knowledge that no longer will exist (in La Force des Choses).’ The approaching of death, under the idea of nothing, brings to the most cultured creatures a bitter hopelessness. (Pires, JH)."
It is under this distressing perspective that human intelligence has tried to minimize the undeniable and irrefutable reality of death. The Thinker (Le Penseur) is one of the most famous bronze sculptures of French sculptor Auguste Rodin. It shows a man into deep meditation, in a gesture of one who is fighting with a powerful internal struggle. He became the archetype of philosophical inquiry as a quest for himself.
All those who have managed to overcome the surface of existence, even because it carries a sign of their inherent fragility, has been identified themselves with that figure. The Thinker brings an anguish of the form lacerated by suffering; he seems to carry a deformed, disproportionate, personal and tragic drama. His face looks upside down.
He does not look for the anwers in the sky above his thought, but upside down his feet. He does not show a peaceful thinking, he shows a facial expression of torment due to lack of responses.
He is naked. He is abandoned or deprived of illusions that could hide his own reality, he exposes himself. And leaves one of the most eloquent messages to the human being now: the true reality of being does not lie here, in the perishable temporality, but the immortality of the one who thinks: the Spirit.
The "predictions" of great tragedies to happen, through movies and television have shown, metaphorically, this current drama: human being, lost in his inner dramas wants to destroy himself, destroying the source of his own existence - the planet he lives on.Other authors whose works are on the screens, have shown human senses (Babel, Essay on blindness), to dive deep into their emotions, throught the sensitive world, seeking to bring out their personal tragedies and throwing them, as they were projections of himself, in a cathartic movement in search of identification.
In 25 centuries of philosophy, we have innumerable contradictory doctrines. None of the western thinkers have agreed among themselves with their proposals. There is a deep dissatisfaction generated by the lack of agreement. The ultimate goal should be to accomplish at least with some aspects of philosophy, but who could get it until now? We praise those who tried. Their efforts have immortalized the history of the human spirit in its infinite journey through self-knowledge. Even those, who got lost in the emptiness of themselves. So they did, because of the absolute necessity of identifying with each other, and everyone with God.
(Photo: Nietzsche and his mother)
"God is dead," Nietzsche said once. The god presented by the religions is dead. He died for lack of mercy and love to the human being. He died asphyxiated after falling into the millions of coins generated from the criminal money raising from the naivety and lack of knowledge. He died in each ritual of empty answers, which perpetuates the belief that the crucifixion is our freedom (!?).
He died in each mutilated or killed being by lost bullets or bombs strapped to the heart of those who have sought Him in despair. He died in each fallen tree, in every polluted river in the super-heating of the air we breathe. He died yet by the lack of kindness, cordiality and mutual respect among those who call themselves his followers.Prof. Herculano Pires used the phrase "agony of religions" (Pires, JH), to better define the process of transmutation of ostentation for internalization. Pageantry of faith to affirm himself. To perpetuate the olympic representation of human god on Earth, in the figure of those who insist on represent Him.
(Jesus says: FOLLOW ME !)
God has no representatives. He has children and the biggest one was disfigured by the archetypal human psyche, making of his actions and projections of a mythological hero, the son of a god with a mortal woman, and therefore bearer of miraculous virtues, a mix of hero-martyr-warrior who came to let us free from Evil, the archetypal figure of the fallen angel who insists on tormenting human beings with diseases and plagues, which arises between us, one of the most serious moments of our evolution. Jesus reborn in the Spiritist Doctrine, just as simple as he came in person in the manger of light. Jesus became a complete Being, He is one with the Father because He identifies Himself with His laws, in His own dilated consciousness by accepting Love because it is fully understood.
In the format of Philosophy, Spiritism synthesizes the human efforts in searching the Self, illustrated by the image of The Thinker. As Philosophy, it analyses the elements that accomplish the existence of the human being in the world, however, adding a great journey that awaits him on the timeline, out of this world too.
The human being is – he/she could never “not to be”. Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Sartre’s existentialism, served as a pulsing red light, as if to say: wake up! The beauvoirian anguish in the face of potential losses of her intellectual treasures as a clear demand of death, remains in the hearts of mothers and fathers who have lost their teens because of drugs, alcohol, crime, or sexuality in pathological derangement.
The hopelessness generated by the "scandal" has been mitigated by the Philosophy of the High Spirits; Socrates came first, with his loving experience with ethics-moral founded on the logic and undeniable truth. Plato, with the reality of the world of the ideas that lay covered up at the bottom of the cave. Aristotle, with the the world of forms immediacy to sketch out the persona and his/her achievements.
The Spiritist Philosophy is not a mere instrument for lucubration. Not even the ostentation before the human and worldly trophies. It is rather an alternative, an invitation (for now) to change the current system of thinking. The Spiritist Philosophy provides an universe of self-discovery, however, this process requires the recognition of God's presence in us through His laws, which guide our logic, our development, our evolution, our lovingness. The Moral Laws didactically determined by the Spirits to Kardec, represent part of the process of awareness and recognition of the divine into ourselves.
Non-being is the raving mentioned above, non-being composes the nasty feelings that isolate us from each other: jealousy, pride, arrogance. These feelings are destructive forces which makes the being to stagnate in his/her existence and show the need to suffer in order to awake. Such journey is not over. Jesus’ example remains as a subliminal image-message to permeate our existential moment. His appeal is still beating in the human hearts. The reading of this call has been wrongly decoded. But he is still there. And when the being gets saturated for not being, he will open his/her heart and mind for the banquet - not a platonic one, as a representation of the sensitive, but the intelligible, since it is full of joy, hope and identification with God.
domingo, 25 de setembro de 2011
Just a few people know the articles and chronicles written by dr. Bezerra de Menezes, signed Max (pseudonym,) to “O Paiz” (The Country), a newspaper widely read in Brazil in the late nineteenth century, Rio de Janeiro, with Quintino Bocaiúva as editor. By 1977, Freitas Nobre, founder of “Folha Espírita”, in São Paulo, Brazil, and known for his role in the political circles in São Paulo, researches, organizes and launches this work in the form of published books in three volumes.
Freitas Nobre explains that the first edition came out in books published in Portugal, and he focused on making his work more didactic, giving titles to the chapters according to the contents. Without pretensions of philosophical depth, as in another of his books "The Spiritist Doctrine", better known as "Bezerra’s Letter to his brother", since the target was focused to the population of Rio de Janeiro, Bezerra de Menezes, however, moves through the vast universe of philosophical knowledge to find aspects connected with the Spiritist Philosophy.
Since pre-Socratic period, going to Hellenism with Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Bezerra moves on the neo-Platonic, for Origen, to bring us the ideas about reincarnation, mediumship, cause and effect law, the situation of the Spirit after death, God, Spirit and matter, intellect and moral conditions that determine happiness or the conscious self-flagellation of humans. Ideas that permeated the thinking of ancient scholars, however, some covered in the mythological time in which they lived, are revisited by the doctrine of Spirits, bringing them stripped of Isis’ veils, that covered up the reality with the magic of mystery.
A great admirer of Léon Denis, and vice versa, they both exchanged mails, and on many occasions he was the eminent French thinker Brazil's representative, in the most important events to the process of strengthening of Spiritism in Europe. Honorary President of Brazilian Spiritist Federation, Léon Denis had a special affection for the Brazilian spiritists and in his work “After Death” refers to the development of Spiritism in Brazil, highlighting the efforts of its pioneers, with emphasis on Bezerra, expressing his feelings after his death saying: "When such a man disappears, it is a loss not only for Brazil but for the spiritists of the whole world."
Léon Denis and Bezerra de Menezes are Spiritist Philosophy legitimate thinkers. This philosophy unfolds naturally in Science and Religion, because this is the correct way the knowledge has been constructed: the phenomenon, its study and research that result in a philosophy and their ethical and moral ramifications are natural conductors to lead the spiritist knowledge which, sometime later, had had its natural sequence with the mission with Emmanuel, leader of the phalanx of Spirits dedicated to the development of the three aspects of doctrinal approach going by the romancing literature and poetry.
Absolute consistency; total harmony of purposes and selflessness in the cause of Jesus, which was re-established after almost 2000 years of wandering the world, after being dead in the temples that men has risen to their own and ephemeral purposes.
The alliance - mentioned in the Bible - between God and man, has been transformed, transfigured and demystified with Spiritism, which appears, brilliant, as a natural result of the achievements made by the noble Spirits of "heaven" and earth.
To guide the beginners of Spiritism, we mention the following authors and their approaches, although the ones who has been mentioned here also developed their studies on other aspects, but all under the legitimate foundations of the Spiritist Doctrine:
• Philosophy: Léon Denis, Bezerra de Menezes, Deolindo Amorim, José Herculano Pires.
• Science (here we mention researchers on mediumship, spiritist anthropology, cosmology, physics, medicine, reincarnation, etc.): Gabriel Dellane, Ernesto Bozzano, Cesar Lombroso, William Crookes, Alexander Aksakoff, Camille Flammarion, Albert de Rochas, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alfred Russel Wallace, Hernani Guimarães Andrade, André Luiz (Spirit).
• Ethical and moral principles: Emmanuel (Spirit), Cairbar Schutel, Euripedes Barsanulfo, Herminio C. Miranda.
Based on the above authors, the knowledge is firmly structured on critical sense where accuracy and faithfulness to the legitimacy of the High Spirits’ teaching is the keynote.
Certainly today there are serious writers who follow the same paths of their predecessors, and therefore will be easily identifiable by the seriousness of their work and behaviour that guide their spiritist researches.
According to Gabriel Dellane in his message psychographed in 2004 in Paris: "If the knowledge we have had nowadays has not able to release us from the generalized shadow of reason, of feelings and moral, something has been misunderstood. Either that knowledge is not an expression of the truth, or we are not properly assimilating their contents. It is time to wake up (...). We are facing the overflow of madness without dimensions; (...) explosions of selfishness (...) serious fights caused by countless stunned souls. (...) Above all, however, the sun shines wonderfully in Spiritism, which shall heat our hearts and light up us to victory, for our spiritual freedom."
PS: THE SPIRITIST PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES PROJECT WAS INSPIRED BY DR. BEZERRA DE MENEZES.
Bibliography: Menezes, Bezerra, Philosophical Studies - Vols.,I II, III; ________, Spiritism; MACHADO, DJ, ed., org., Leon Denis and International Spiritist Congress, Paris 1925; Delanne, Gabriel (Spirit), TEIXEIRA, Raul (medium), Freedom to Spiritism - psychographed message on the occasion of the closing of the Fourth World Spiritist Congress on 10/05/2004 in Paris, France.
segunda-feira, 19 de setembro de 2011
We say hello to all our friends in France, England, Japan and all the countries who have studied with us through these blogs of the Spiritist Philosophy Project
The picture "Water Lily Pound" by Claude Monet above, give us an idea of rebirth: our lives should be as a flowered garden, like Monet's; we are entering springtime in Brazil, so you may also renew hopes, plans and all the good things that life can give to you; enjoy it with us!
sábado, 3 de setembro de 2011
The educator José Herculano Pires thus define the Spirit’s experiences in the process of evolution: “Every experience represents an acquisition to the Spirit, which will become integrated on its cognitive functions in the form of intuition categories. While the unconscious residue does not disappear, the overcome experience can be reactivated by the imprudence and abuse”. (PIRES, J.H. Pesquisa sobre o amor, Paidéia, 1983). The lucid Kardec’s follower recognizes that the mistakes and crimes committed in previous existences can resurge in the form of obsessive or even aggres-sive behavior if they are not systematically and constantly worked throughout an entire existence, in order to develop latent values and virtues. “Sexuality”, he continues, “is a form of manifestation of love. In the human being, however, the love’s manifestation covers all its vital, existential and psycho-affective structure”. On the vital level it is sensation, bringing peripheral expressions, displacing them to the passion, which is not the exaltation of love but of sensuality. The crimes of love have nothing to do with Love; they are fed by these expres-sions and end up animalizing the human being in the vile expression of its deepest indignity.
Sexuality, as a manifestation of affection when accompanied by Love, fulfills the human being. Without love, sexuality is a mere animal impulse, degradation of the generative functions, whose ultimate goal is the incarnation of the Being. “In the evolved couples the sexual act is not merely sensorial pleasure. The sensorial pleasure is only a spark of the vital fire which triggers the whole process of human creation. (…) Only the meanness of the rabble, of the populace incapable of un-derstanding the greatness of a creative act could have made of sexuality a matter of scandal, malice and sin”.
We are living the evolutionary moment of sensorial unruliness, activated by the allegedly libertarian of woman world movements. The woman, subjugated to man’s violence during centuries and animated by the inferiority feeling brought by religions, has shifted to the other end of the rope. The woman does not recognizes herself as a Being that brings with it the possibility to love and to generate lives, but as that who should dispute the same baseline of excesses practiced by man. A media tool to sell male products, the woman continues to be a slave of her own image, deluded by the advertising exposure.
When Jesus freed the adulterous woman and Magdalene, He recognized their immense latent power of Love but out of focus and unbalanced. The first woman may have remade her paths. Mag-dalene, the divine sinner, found herself and loved Humanity to whom she dedicated the rest of her days, leaving an eloquent message of redemption through Love.
Men and women of the twenty-first century. We were created for the development of the divine potentialities that silently lie in the depths of our being. It is time to make them flourish. It is time to place them on top of the bushel, as Jesus has done.Published on The Journal of Psychological Studies, September, October 2011 of The Spiritist Psychological Society, London, England. See this article also in André Luiz Spiritist Foundation: http://www.feal.com.br/artigo.php?car_id=60&col_id=22&t=Evolucao-e-Sexo
segunda-feira, 15 de agosto de 2011
1.Allan Kardec says (according to The Spiritists’ Book - Conclusion VI) :
“To suppose that Spiritism derives its strength from the physical manifestations (spirit manifestations), and that it might therefore be put an end to by hindering those manifestations, is to form to one’s self a very false idea of it. Its strength is in its philosophy, in the appeal it makes to reason, to common sense.” In Conclusion VII, Allan Kardec completes: “Spiritism presents three different aspects: the aspect of spirit manifestation, the philosophic and moral principles deducible from those facts, and the practical applications of which those principles are susceptible.” (Excerpts based on English translation of The Spiritist’s Book,Allan Kardec, by Blackwell, A.,1920, Lake).
2. This on-line Course of Spiritist Philosophy intends to go deep into the Spiritist Philosophy conception as a CONCEPTUAL SYNTHESIS OF KNOWLEDGE AND THOUGHT (José Herculano Pires, according to Léon Denis words in The Evolution of Thought, in The problem of Being, the Fate and Pain).The excerpt “Spiritism, third Conceptual Synthesis” explains this process, emphasizing the efforts of human thought to reach the purpose of the existence and its apex with Spiritism, bringing to a rational analyses both dimensions of life using an investigative methodology applied to the Platonic world of ideas and its ultimate goal for which it is intended to be, i.e., the moral and ethics implemented by Jesus in both existential dimensions always aiming for the evolution of the Spirit. The first module deals with this Synthesis, analyzing the most important philosophers during the History of Universal Philosophy whose conclusions bring the convergent points with the Spiritist Philosophy in its conceptual and historic development.
3. This Project also intends to develop the Spiritist Philosophy of Existence, demystifying Jesus, therefore with no intention of bringing him to the “humanity of tests and atonements” (The Gospel according to Spiritism, Allan Kardec, chap.3) as he was part of it, but as a real archetypal model to be followed, the Being par excellence, who conquered himself, overcoming the appeals of the matter at all levels of evolution considered.
The study of each philosopher in this educational program aims to highlight the core of their thought, the moment it was intuited and worked on and its real meaning in the process of knowledge construction; truths of reason built throughout time and culminating on the structuring of Spiritist Philosophy, under the direction and guidance of the High Spirits. The Spiritist Philosophy has its key characteristics based on a total lack of academic or religious dogmatism which led and leads to the strengthening of the materialist-nihilist theories with all the negative consequences to the human spirit. (Sonia Theodoro da Silva)
terça-feira, 21 de junho de 2011
THE SPIRITIST PHILOSOPHY, AS CONCEPTUAL SYNTHESIS OF HUMAN KNOWLEDGE TAKES PART OF THE PHILOSOPHICAL TRADITION. ITS CONCEPTIONS OF GOD, SPIRIT AND MATTER, DOES NOT ENCOURAGE PRACTICES OF TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS AND CONTRADICTORY PHILOSOPHIES, OR EVEN “CREATES” NEW SCIENTIFIC CONTENTS LACKING OF INVESTIGATION. ON THE CONTRARY, IT HAS EXPANDED THE CONCEPTUAL HORIZONS OF KNOWLEDGEMENT. IT HAS EMANCIPATED HUMAN THOUGHT FROM MEANINGLESS SYSTEMS AND THEORIES, IT RENEWS HUMAN BEHAVIOUR AND WORLD VIEW. THE SPIRITIST PHILOSOPHY HAVE GUIDED US TO THE REAL SENSE OF RELIGIOSITY AND SELF RESPECT. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTS HAS EMERGED AND FOUND ITS ANWERS WITH THE SPIRITIST CONTRIBUTION, BASED ON FUNDAMENTAL AND RELIABLE PREMISES.
WITH THE SPIRITISM DOCTRINE, THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS WERE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE, CONSCIOUSNESS AND STRENGTH – IN OTHER WORDS, THE REAL CHRISTIANITY CAME TO LIFE. TO KNOW HIM - THE MASTER OF LIGHT, HIS DOCTRINE WITHOUT MYTHICAL ASPECTS AND, AT THE SAME TIME, BRINGING HIM BACK NEARBY US IN ORDER TO LEARN HOW TO FOLLOW HIS STEPS IS THE ESSENTIAL AND MOST IMPORTANT GOAL WHEREVER WE ARE. THE MAIN GOAL OF THE SPIRITIST PHILOSOPHY IS TO DECONSTRUCT OLD CONCEPTIONS AND PARADIGMS TO BUILD NEW ONES ON NOBLE BASIS. THEREFORE, TO FOLLOW IT AS OUR GUIDE DIRECTING THE COURSE OF OUR LIVES IS THE SAME AS FINDING A SOLID PATH AS JESUS’ SOLID ROCK PARABLES.
I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO THOSE WHO GRANTED ME THE OPPORTUNITY OF IMPLEMENTING THIS PROJECT WITH ITS PHASES AND STAGES, AS THIS ONLINE STRUCTURAL COURSE. I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY DEAR STUDENTS WITH WHOM WE COULD TALK, DISCUSS, INCREASE, ADD AND EXCHANGE EXPERIENCES, CREATING SOLID FRIENDSHIP AND MUTUAL RESPECT AMONG ALL.
DEAR FRIENDS, WE WISH THAT THE SPIRITIST PHILOSOPHY COULD OPEN YOUR NEW HORIZONS, THOSE FROM A NEW CIVILIZATION, THE CIVILIZATION OF THE SPIRIT, THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN RISING AS BEAUTIFUL AND LIGHT DAWN; IT IS PART OF OUR HOPES, EXPECTATIONS AND EXPERIENCES – IT IS IN YOUR CONSCIENCE: SO, LIVE IT FULL OF JOY – THIS IS OUR BEST WISHES.
SONIA THEODORO DA SILVA (www.feal.com.br/colunista.php?col_id=22&n=Sonia-Theodoro-da-Silva)AUTHOR OF THE ONLINE SPIRITIST PHILOSOPHY COURSE – SPIRITIST PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES PROJECT
quarta-feira, 1 de junho de 2011
SPIRITIST PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES PROJECT
"EACH PERIOD OF HUMAN EVOLUTION HAVE ENDED WITH A CONCEPTUAL SYNTHESIS OF ALL ITS ACHIEVEMENTS" (José Herculano Pires, spiritist philosopher, based on Léon Denis' words)
This online course takes part of the“SPIRISTIST PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES PROJECT” here posted as a summary of the whole Project, of its intellectual property according to the Brazilian laws of authorship, which contents and dynamics have been introduced in Spiritists centers in São Paulo, São Paulo City, Brazil, where it has attended hundreds of people interested on Spiritist Philosophy. This Project observes a new interdisciplinary approach by means of Spiritist researches and studies based on the abundant and serious spiritist literature and also laic literature which aspects converge toward Spiritist Doctrine. Also an Interactive Place where students can participate and interact which each other, in a place free of controversies.(SONIA THEODORO DA SILVA)
terça-feira, 17 de maio de 2011
The 19th and 20th centuries were characterized by the intensification of human conflicts that engendered an extremely confusing and distressing scene when compared to the scientific, philosophical, so-cial and artistic achievements over the same period. Human beings showing clearly and without embellishments their er-rors and misdeeds, seem to seek with the same commitment, solutions to the tragedies that stun them. Heirs of their own fears, they have been trying to find answers to existential dramas that advanced technology, with all its glamour and efficiency, has failed to resolve; on the contrary, it seems to enhance the escape mechanisms from a reality that displays clearly and without em-bellishments that: we bring serious moral fis-sures that become more evident every day, and they do not follow the same pace as the scientific progress. The first decade of the 21st century, soon to end, al-though chosen by the UN to be the Decade of the Culture of Peace, has proven to be one of the most violent, as it has inherited from earlier centuries the same psychosphere restrictive of high moral values and the lack of respect for Life, as manifested in all forms.
We are really living the transition so strikingly proclaimed by Jesus and the High Spirits of all time. Recurring issues, such as those proposed by Existentialism, today converge not to the fierce nihilism but to the Philosophy of Light, the Spiritist: who we are, why we exist, where we came from, where we are heading to and many other issues can be answered in simple and clear ways. The anomalies of any sort, the intimate misrule, the fragmentation of our feelings is just a painful scene of that bias that tends to send us to one direction: the need to find ourselves. Jesus of Nazareth’s Gospel, illuminated by the lights of His Doctrine, can play the role of: illuminating consciences that now lie in misunderstanding, ignorance, afflictions, renewing our hope.
Let’s therefore pursue Jesus' invitation, outlined in one of the most beautiful passages of The Gospel According to Spiritism, "Law of Love": “when humans adopt it as rule of con-duct and basis for their institutions, they will understand the true brotherhood and will reign among them peace and justice. There will be no more hatred or dissent, but only togetherness, harmony and mutual goodwill.”
Published at The Spiritist Psychological Society - The Journal of Psychological Studies -Year IV l Issue N°14 l January - February 2011
Sonia Theodoro da Silva is the author of the Spiritist Philosophical Studies Project, collaborates in Centro Espírita Nosso Lar Casas André Luiz,Fundação Espírita André Luiz, resident in São Paulo, Brazil.