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introduction to the english edition
CHRISTIAN AGENDA
Dictated by the spirit
André Luiz
to
Fransisco Cândido Xavier
Published by:
ALLAN KARDEC PUBLISHING LTD
71 The Grove, Ealing Broadway
LONDON – W51 5 LL – Great Britain
Original Portuguese Copyright held by the:
FEDERAÇÃO ESPÍRITA BRASILEIRA
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
1at Publication 1948
English translation copyrights held by:
1st Edition - ©Copyright 1970, by
Christian Spirit Center, USA.
2nd Edition (Revised) - ©Copyright 1988, by
Christian Spirit Center, USA.
3rd Edition (Complete Revision) - ©Copyright 1998, by
ALLAN KARDEC PUBLISHING LTD, UK
CHRISTIAN AGENDA
A classic of Spiritist Literature
(presently in its 33rd Portuguese edition)
received by
Fransisco Candido Xavier
dictated by the spirit
André Luiz
translated by
George C. Hart and Evelyn R. Morales
ISBN 1 898675 01 5
All rights reserved
Printed by: Clifford Frost Limited
Lyon Road, Windsor Avenue, Wimbledon,
London – SW19 2 SE, Great Britain
The Editorial Rights for this 3rd Edition have been kindly conceded to the
ALLAN KARDEC PUBLISHING LTD by:
The Brazilian Spiritist Federation and
The Christian Spirit Center,
Elon College, USA.
APPRECIATIONS
(As stated in the first English edition)
3rd Revision and Editing by:
Janet Duncan
Cover Design:
Irene H. Malvezi
All profits received from this publication will be employed bye the Allan
Kardec Publishing Ltd. In the publication of further Spiritist books in
English.
The translators of this book wish to express their deepest
appreciation to Mdms. Margarida Fernandes Horbylon And
Irene Pinto de Souza Fleury for their inspiration and guidance,
and to Mr. S. J. Haddad who so lovingly aided in the
corrections and preparations of the manuscript.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The English language edition of Christian Agenda has had a
rather interesting history.
It came into existence because of two young American Peace
Corps volunteers, Evelyn R. Morales and George C. Hart, who while
working in western Brazil were impressed by the Spiritist Movement
there. They admired its lofty principles and the adherents’ exemplary
way of life which motivated them to translate this book. We, of the
Christian Spirit Center, therefore, must acknowledge first our
indebtedness to them.
Secondly, our thanks are directed to Lauren S. Luczynsky and
Edwina A. Haddad for their patient revision work of this second
edition, and to the FEDERAÇÃO ESPÍRITA BRASILEIRA for the
permission granted us to reprint this valuable book.
Christian Spirit Center
Elon College, USA - 1970
PREFACE TO THIRD EDITION.
The Allan Kardec Publishing company are indebted to Mrs.
Phyllis Haddad of the Christian Spirit Center, Elon College, USA and
the Brazilian Spiritist Federation very kind permission in allowing us to
revise and republish this valuable book.
It is to be much regretted that till today there are only a few
Spiritist books that have been translated into the English language.
Therefore, the Allan Kardec Publishing Ltd, being an integrated
department of the Allan Kardec Study Group, Centre for Spiritist
Teachings, have pledged themselves to continuing the work of
translating into English and the publication of the principle works of
the Spiritist Doctrine.
Any and all profits gathered from the sale of books is plied
back into the company to help further publications. All the workers
within this publishing company are members of the Spiritist Centre,
and lovingly give their time free of charge so that this work may
continue to go forward. From time to time donations are received,
which also make a great difference to the number of books we are able
to publish. Periodic Fund-raising is also carried out.
This pledge may take a lifetime or more, and certainly will not
come to full fruition during the lifetime of the present Director, but
she feels that the Good Spirits will see to it that there will be those to
come after her who will be able to complete this wonderful task, which
is a great joy and privilege.
We would like to pay tribute to Rudy Bernaskoni, without
whose generous donation this book would not now be published. God
bless Rudy in your spiritual home!
The Editor, London, February 1998.
CONTENTS
Introduction to the English Edition
A Note to the Reader
1. Christian Imperatives
2. Redeeming Principles
3. Some Christian Privileges
4. In Your Own Favour
5. Evangelical Remedies
6. In Your Benefit
7. A Fraternal Solicitation
8. Brothers and Sisters in Dangers
9. In Conversation
10. In Grave Moments
11. Preventive Medicine
12. Always Help
13. In Reality
14. While
15. In Doing So You Will Profit
16. Some Definitions
17. In Truth
18. Useful Reminders
19. A Matter of Choice
20. Natural Conclusion
21. Sowing
22. Even Further
23. Realities
24. Appearances
25. Ascend Higher
26. If you so Desire
27. Difficult Experiences
28. Effectively
29. It is Reasonable to Think on This
30. Replies to Those in Haste
31. Reveal Yourself
32. Signs
33. Without These Resources
34. Be Prepared
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35. Learn With Nature
36. Logically
37. Liberate Your Soul
38. Do Not Ruin Your Day
39. With Jesus
40. You Can Be Sure
41. Defend Yourself
42. You, Yourself
43. Personal Problems
44. Rise Above
45. Always Called
46. Seize the Opportunity
47. Entreaties
48. Consulting Goodness
49. Help Yourself
50. Conclusion
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INTRODUCTION TO THE ENGLISH EDITION
One of the most outstanding achievements in the latter part of
the past century was the scientific contact with the Spirit World,
pioneered by distinguished men and women in several countries especially
Europe and the United States.
Today, after several decades of direct communication with that
world, a vast body of knowledge has been compiled in abundant literature
and textbooks expounding the precise laws which govern the invisible
plane and the phenomena of spirit manifestation on Earth.
The Spirit Doctrine also known as the Third Revelation1, with its
three aspects of science, philosophy, and religion, has appeared in this age
in order to revise conceptions, remove doubts, and impart more reason
and logic to religious faith.
For the first time in recorded history, Man has been led to
approach religion not only with deep reverence, but with an intelligent
investigation of its claims and marvels as well.
The faculty of mediumship with its various manifestations, has
been the dominant factor in proving the reality of the afterlife and the
transcendental nature of our universe. Through this faculty a multitude of
phenomena has been witnessed, demonstrating to the astonishment of
many that intelligence is not merely a product of brain cells.
As a result of an interview with Sir Oliver Lodge2 in the early
1930’s, a British magazine published an article (of which only the
highlights are recalled) having this unusual title: “The Eye does not See,
the Ear does not Hear”. Sir Oliver said that the body is an instrument used
by the Spirit in much the same way that a piano and violin are used by the
musician. The eye, he added, is only a living replica of a photographic
camera which transmits, through the optic nerve, light sensations to the
brain, where the image is captured by the indwelling spirit.
In addition to Sir Oliver Lodge, other eminent scientists who
studied spirit phenomena also concluded that the human body, being one
of the great wonders of creation, is but a clothing of the Spirit used on the
physical plane of existence in order that it may fulfill certain tasks, gain
experience, and advance in intelligence and virtue.
Another interesting discovery of psychic research, emphasised in
the writings of Allan Kardec3, was the existence of an intermediary , an
ethereal body, semi-material in nature that acts as a link between the
Spirit and the physical body; he named the “perispirit”. Kardec pointed
out that the knowledge of this element furnishes us with the key to a
better understanding of supernormal manifestations, and that it is by
means of this intermediary body that the Spirit will reach and act upon
grosser matter.
The etheric body or perispirit, survives physical death and in the
hereafter continues to serve as a vehicle for the intelligent entity or Spirit.
Greatly resembling the physical body in appearance, and often seen
through clairvoyance, its existence is by no means an abstract one. It can,
in some instances, become visible and occasionally tangible, having been
photographed and even weighed. Another important attribute of the
perispirit is its function as the storehouse of memory, resembling, in the
words of Gabriel Delanne,4 “a natural phonograph ever recording
sensations to be played back later on.”
The perispirit, therefore, is the agent which acts between the
Spirit and physical matter and carries out, in the sensory world, the orders
emanating from the intelligent principle. This explains, to a great extent,
the mechanics of communication whether it be related to the beyond or to
the phenomena commonly known as telepathy. In this light, a “prophet”
or medium is one whose etheric body make up, including all physiological
qualities, are such as to permit a closer attunement with the invisible
planes of life. By the universal Law of attraction, it naturally follows that a
medium must always “be watchful and pray” as well as lead a virtuous life
in order to receive the assistance of the more advanced spiritual Beings,
and thus safely perform all tasks.
3
According to Allan Kardec, coordinator of the Spirit Doctrine in France, the first revelation
came through Moses, the second through Christ, and the third through the Spiritual Messengers.
In England, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle referred to it as the “New Revelation.”
Allan Kardec is a pseudonym of Hyppolyte Leon Denizard Rivail, a distinguished French
educator, disciple of Pestalozzi and editor of La Revue Spirite, investigated survival and
compiled the most widely read text books on the subject today. His main works are: The Spirits’
Book; The Medium’s ‘Book; The Gospel According to Spiritism; Genesis; Heaven and Hell.
2
4
1
Sir Oliver Lodge, F.R.S., D.Sc., LL.D., M.A., is a famous physicist and one of the first great
thinkers to investigate survival by scientific methods and reasoning. Several works on the
subject include: Survival of Man; Reason and Belief; Life and Matter; Science and Religion;
Raymond or Life and Death; Ether and Reality; Why I believe in Personal Immortality; The
Reality of a Spiritual World.
A famous French writer on the subject of life and the hereafter. An engineer by profession,
he was scientifically minded and participated in many important psychic investigations. He is
the author of several important books such as: Le Phenomene Spirite; Le Spiritisme Devant la
Science; Recherches sur la Mediumnité; l’Âme est Imortelle; l’Evolution Animique; Les
Apparitions Materialisees des Vivants e des Morts.
Among the several phases of mediumship known today,
automatic writing is the most often used in Spiritism, especially for the
writings of books and messages, and for the receiving of medical
prescriptions.5 Two of the characteristics of automatic writing are a fast
movement of the hand, which is under the control of an invisible
intelligence, and a continuous flow of material regardless of the
complexity of the subject. The words are at times larger in size than those
of ordinary writing, and often linked together by an elongated line.
Christian Agenda was received through automatic writing by the
Brazilian medium Francisco Cândido Xavier. In order to more fully
appreciate the contents of this book, a few words should be said about this
remarkable, but humble man. Though his education did not go beyond the
rural elementary school of his country, he has, nevertheless, written over
four hundred books dictated by evolved spirit messengers. All through his
sixty years of voluntary service he has helped thousands of people and
given many thousands off medical prescriptions through automaticwriting. For this intensive work and the patient ear he lends to people’s
problems, he does not receive any payment whatsoever.6 All the
copyrights of his books have been donated to help the poor, and the
Spiritist Movement in general, on the grounds that been mediumistically
written they do not belong to him.
Assisted by highly evolved spiritual Guides, “Chico” Xavier as
everybody calls him, constantly seeks to regulate his life to be in
accordance with their lofty standards. To those who know him, it is at
times difficult to determine which is the more excellent, the moral
teachings he receives or the power of his own examples. His attitude
towards mediumship and service may be summed up as faithfully
reflecting the injunction of Jesus, made to His disciples to freely give what
they have freely received.
Andre Luiz, the spiritual author of this book, is a pseudonym of a
renowned doctor who lived in Rio de Janeiro in the early part of this
century. He has written, mainly through Xavier and later also through the
medium Dr. Waldo Viera, several other books, among which is the wellknown series beginning with Nosso Lar.7 In this book, Andre Luiz describes
his first experiences in the Spirit World where he arrived completely
unprepared for the new state of existence; he also describes his suffering
in the lower regions and subsequent rescue, and gradual adaptation to a
life more real and more intense than the one on Earth. He tells about “The
Astral City” itself, which is the name of a spiritual colony in the vicinity of
the Earth’s sphere, where he was transported for treatment and
instruction. All of André Luiz’s other works continue to be highly
instructive, dealing with a great variety of subjects, all dictated for the sole
purpose of helping terrestrial Man to understand the many problems
affecting this and the next life, and showing the best path to be followed.
André Luiz, however, is only one of the many spirit
communicators working today through Xavier, each of them using their
particular literary style. Among these messengers are at least one hundred
poets whose verses, now proclaiming the spiritual message, often exceed
in beauty and wisdom the ones they wrote while still on Earth.
Of the books received by Francisco Cândido Xavier alone, the
number of copies printed has reached several millions, and Christian
Agenda is now in its twenty-first edition in the original Portuguese8. Most
of Chico’s work has been published by the Brazilian Spiritist Federation,
which for nearly a century, has guided the movement in that country
wisely steering it along the path of Christian charity, offering gratuitous
service, and brotherly love.
S. J. HADDAD
5
At each of his sittings Francisco Cândido Xavier is known to receive a stack of prescriptions
three or four inches high. The medium José Arigó, known as “The Surgeon of the Rusty Knife,”
wrote numerous and unusually long prescriptions on the average of one per minute.
6
Non-professional mediumship is stressed by the Allan Kardec school, which is generally
followed in Latin America. Through spirit messages, Kardec was instructed about this matter,
and became convinced that the Spirit Doctrine should have no clergy and its services be entirely
free of any charges or donation. Consequently, mediums and other Spiritist workers in Brazil
usually have regular occupations as sources of income. Spiritual work is performed only in their
leisure hours.
7
Literally “Our Home.” Currently in its 47th Portuguese edition, with over 1,250,000 copies
sold, it was the first book Xavier received from the spirit André Luiz., This book was followed
by several others among which the translated titles are: In the Greater World; Labourers of
Eternal Life; The Messengers; Missionaries of Light; Liberation; In the Domains of
Mediumship; Action and Reaction; Between Earth and Heaven “Nosso Lar” is the only book
available in English, published by the Allan Kardec Publishing Ltd, under the title “The Astral
City.”
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By 1997 this book has reached its 33rd edition in Portuguese, totaling 450,000 copies in all.
A NOTE TO THE READER
Legions of companions are seeking guidelines worried about
finding the best way to live their lives…
They would like to receive direct suggestions from the Spirit
World that would elevate them to the height of an easy victory. They
would like to readjust everything that concerns their business, to all of
a sudden modify the mental attitudes of their loved ones, and penetrate
the secrets of improvised circumstances involving the free will of
others, taking advantage of the opinions of their brothers and sisters
who are discarnate, inhabitants of other spheres of life. However, no
one can evade the lessons of experience with their function of always
instructing and perfecting.
In view of this reality, any orientation that is not based on the
person’s inner harmony will be nothing more than a play upon words,
often laudable and beneficial, at the service of accommodation.
When transformed to goodness Man represents the
fundamental guarantee of human happiness. That is why it is
imperative, before all else, to realise the greatness of being in relation
to life and the Universe, which are always touched by the Divine
Wonders in their smallest details.
How can events be guided, measures adopt, manifestations
controlled or brought into harmony for specific ends, situations and
occurrences which lie within ourselves?
If an aborigine were to be transported into a palace of modern
culture he could not possibly demand that civilisation retrogress to the
state of primitive huts in order to satisfy his deficiency of
understanding. On the contrary, his duty would be to educate himself
in order to comprehend the progress of the world.
The astronomer whose feet are firmly planted on the ground,
would not ask the stars to leave the courses set for them in infinite
space by Cosmic Laws. It is his obligation to perfect optical
instruments so as to be able to reach his objectives when facing the
celestial greatness.
It would be childish to keep driving away insects which swarm
on an infected centre under the pretext of healing it. Logic dictates that
the wound be treated and the infection removed.
Mankind, having Heaven as its inheritance, will always reflect
upon the Divine Paternity in accordance to the level wherein he finds
himself.
Let us, therefore, flee from the age old intentions of gaining
easy access to cheap benefits.
We cannot deny the imperative need to collaborate in the
journey towards evolution.
In all departments of the Universe we will find benefactors and
those who receive benefits. For the hierarchy itself to function properly
it must be founded upon the principles of solidarity.
Nevertheless, it would not be licit to despise favours, neither
should we accustomed ourselves to protection.
Systematic protection is comprehensible for the tender young
plant, just as it is natural to support the beneficial vegetable which is
heavily laden with fruit. But for ourselves who are affected by the
revelation of immortality, we are the owners of only the most
rudimentary knowledge and are far from a super production in the area
of goodness. We are human Spirits at some distance from our original
inexperience, but still lacking in virtues. We are justifiably needing to
illuminate our consciences, perfect our sentiments and individual
qualities, so that we do not receive God’s blessings in vain.
This little course in spirituality which André Luiz is offering is
not a presumptuous collection of rigorous recommendations. It is a
friendly message to those who ask for instructions from the spiritual
entities, as if the true work of salvation were resident outside of
themselves. This book presents a few words from our sphere of
struggle where we learn that the miracle of perfection is the result of
effort, knowledge, discipline, elevation, service, and perfectioning
within the temple of our “Spirit.”
Therefore, we are not dealing with a pretentious manual.
Here, dear reader, you will observe only the recollection of
the ancient teachings of the Master in a new setting of words being
presented for us to remember, together with Him that the Divine
Kingdom (the edification of God within Man) will. in truth, never
come to the world through outward appearances.
EMMANUEL9
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Spirit guide to Francisco Cândido Xavier
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2
CHRISTIAN IMPERATIVES
REDEEMING PRINCIPLES
Learn – humbly.
Teach – practising.
Administer – by educating.
Obey – willingly.
Love – edifyingly.
Fear – yourself.
Suffer – benefitingyourself.
Speak – constructively.
Hear – without malice.
Help – by elevating others.
Assist –uplifting others
Pass by – serving.
Pray – serenely.
Ask – with discernment.
Wait – working.
Believe – actively.
Trust – watchfully.
Receive – and distribute.
Attend – graciously.
Cooperate – with detachment.
Offer urgent assistance – through improvement.
Examine circumstances – with criterion.
Clarify – respectfully.
Sow – without anxiety.
Study – while perfecting.
Walk – with everyone.
Advance – offering help.
Act – for the general good.
Correct – with kindness.
Forgive – continuously.
Do not forget that God is the central theme of our destinies.
Desire the well being of others as much as you desire it for
yourself.
Come to terms quickly with your adversaries.
Respect your neighbours’ opinion.
Avoid disagreeable disputes.
Lending without expecting restitution.
Give your assistance in good works happily.
Do not worry about slanderers.
Thank your enemy for the value he ascribes to you.
Help children.
Do not abandon the old and the sick.
Where benefits are concerned, think of yourself last.
Apologise sincerely.
Criticise no one.
Straighten out your own defects before correcting those of
others.
Use faith and good judgment.
Learn to sow, that you may reap a good harvest.
Do not expect grapes from the thornbush.
Free yourself from the weight of excessive conventionalism.
Cultivate simplicity.
Talk as little as possible about yourself and your problems.
Stimulate the noble qualities of your companions.
Work for the good of all.
Value time.
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Organise your work knowing that each day has its obligations.
Do not be anxious.
Serve everyone with detachment.
Be happy, just and grateful.
Never impose your point of view.
Remember that the world was not made only for you.
*
Social sciences of today present these principles as being new.
However, they are ancient, having come to Earth with Christ
almost twenty centuries ago. But we, who are slow to
comprehend, are even slower in applying them.
SOME CHRISTIAN PRIVILEGES
Maintaining supreme faithfulness to God.
Forgetting personal desires while attending to Superior Designs.
Humbling oneself so the hand of the Lord may be exalted.
Overcoming oneself.
Renouncing joyfully for the benefit of others.
Reaping eternal profit from temporary losses.
Working to build the Divine Kingdom.
Maintaining hope, while others despair.
Entering into the temple of silence in the midst of commotion.
Maintaining one’s faith above the torment of doubts.
Silencing oneself in time to avoid hurting others.
Speaking constructively.
Listening to the Divine Friend when in solitude.
Serving without compensation.
Enduring one’s own cross with valour.
Learning and profiting from one’s suffering.
Loving, without demanding.
Helping in secret.
Sowing with Christ, detached from the results.
Finding brothers and sisters in all places.
Cultivating the pleasure of being useful.
Discerning the just worth of causes and of things.
Purifying evil.
Assisting those who err with sincerity.
Forgiving as many times as necessary.
Overcoming obstacles.
Preserving joyfulness and sweetness.
Maintaining cheerfulness.
Detaching oneself from the deceits of the world before the world
deceives us.
Persevering on the side of goodness to the end.
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IN YOUR OWN FAVOR
Learn to yield in the favour of many, so that some will intercede
on your behalf in disagreeable situations.
*
Help without demanding, so that others may help you without
complaining.
*
Do not imprison those about you to your way of thinking; give
your companion the opportunity to interpret life as freely as you do.
*
Be careful of the way you express yourself; gestures often speak
louder than words.
*
Refer to yourself as little as possible; cooperate fraternally in the
joys of your fellow beings.
*
Avoid overwhelming verbosity; he who talks without pause tires
the listener.
*
Leave the authorship of good ideas to others and do not worry if
you are forgotten. Be convinced that any noble initiative does not
really belong to you, since everything good proceeds originally from
God.
*
Think of your adversary as a bearer of equilibrium; if we have need
of friends to stimulate us, we equally need someone to show us our
errors.
*
Be calm when arguing; your opponent’s rights are the same as
yours.
*
If you pay too much attention to the criticism of the one who is
inferior, then you must endure the constraints of the plane to which
you have descended without feeling hurt.
*
Be useful everywhere, but do not attempt to please everyone; do
not undertake that which even Christ has still not attained.
*
When faced with error, correct it first in yourself, and then in
others, without violence and without hate.
*
If treachery crosses your path, deny it the honour of indignation;
examine it with a silent smile, study the process calmly and shortly
afterwards, transform it into material worthy of life.
*
Help the envious in a fraternal manner; spite is an undisguised
homage to merit, and in paying this tribute, the common man
torments himself and suffers.
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EVANGELICAL TREATMENTS
IN YOUR BENEFIT
Always help.
Do not fear.
Never despair.
Learn incessantly.
Think profoundly.
Meditate more.
Speak little.
Correct lovingly.
Work happily.
Direct sensibly.
Obey contentedly.
Do no complain.
Go forward.
Observe what is beyond.
Look well ahead.
Discuss serenely.
Shed light.
Sow peace.
Spread blessings.
Struggle and elevate.
Be joyful.
Live fearlessly.
Demonstrate courage.
Reveal calmness.
Respect everything.
Pray confidently.
Be watchful with benevolence.
Go forth, progressing.
Serve today.
Await tomorrow.
Habituate yourself to serenity and strength in the circles of human
struggle. Without these conquests it will be difficult for you to free
yourself from the succession of inferior reincarnations.
Do not fret over the ignorant person; surely they have not had the
opportunities which illuminated your path.
*
Avoid trouble with those who are fanatics; they remain imprisoned
in exclusivism and deserve compassion just as any other prisoner.
*
Do not be perturbed with by an ill-bred person; in most cases the
one who is unsociable has a liver complaint and bad nerves.
*
Help the companion who is insecure; perhaps they do not have
enough to supply their needs, while you retain an excess.
*
Do not be angry with an ungrateful person; probably they are
confused or inexperienced.
*
Help those who make mistakes; your feet walk on the same
ground, and even if you possess the possibility to correct them, you
have no right to censure them.
*
Pardon the deserter; he is weak and will return to the lesson later
on.
*
Aid the sick; thank the Divine Power for the state of equilibrium
you are able to conserve.
*
Forget your accuser; he does not know your case from
itsbeginning.
*
Forgive the transgressor; life will take care of him.
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A FRATERNAL SOLICITATION
BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN DANGER
Help, with your prayers, all those brothers and sisters…
Are those who wish to transform others, from one day to the next, by
the force of mere words.
who never find the time or resources to be useful to
anyone;
who declare themselves affronted by ingratitude on all
sides;
whose eyes are cloaked in darkness and so see evil in all
situations;
who dream of a thousand castles in the clouds, but do not
light one candle on the ground;
who will only cooperate in the ivory tower of personal
interest, unwilling to descend so as to collaborate with
others;
who believe themselves to have special missions and thus
entitled to exceptional benefits;
who use up precious time talking exclusively about
themselves;
who give up the process of learning from the human
struggle;
who never cease to find excuses for all their faults;
who want to live like orchids in the living room of the
world;
who judge themselves to be the obligatory centres of
general attention;
who make a fetish of illness and obstacles.
These are very sick people in need of Silent Help.
*
Are those who give intelligent opinions and good advice to everybody,
while being heedless of their own problems.
*
Are those who place their minds completely in another world without
attending to the duties of the world in which they live.
*
Are those who are constantly concerned about defending themselves.
*
Are those who plan ten marvelous projects each day without
materialising even one of them in ten years.
*
Are those who recognize the grandeur of the Divine Truths, but never
find time to cultivate them in favor of their own illumination.
*
Are those who continually postpone till tomorrow the task of
understanding and loving others.
*
Are those who regard themselves exclusive proprietors of all the work
within the field of charity without distributing opportunities of service
to others.
*
Are those who declare forgiveness of the offense, but are never able to
forget the injury.
*
Are those who find occasion to become weary of life.
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IN CONVERSATION
IN GRAVE MOMENTS
Do not become irritated with the person to whom you are talking if he
does not meet your expectations. Perhaps you were not sufficiently
clear in expressing yourself.
*
When addressing someone and you do not receive a prompt answer
don’t complain. He is probably a stutterer; if he is not, discourtesy is a
sadness in itself.
*
When someone does not give you the solicited information as quickly
as you would like, do not become irritated. Remember that deafness
can happen to anyone.
*
Avoid matters which are disturbing to the listener. We all have painful
periods in our destiny about which we must be silent.
*
Refrain from asking thoughtless questions. The person who
interrogates too much often offends greatly.
*
Cultivate courteousness with the workers of any institutions or
establishment you may happen to temporarily visit. Almost always
your mind is usually unconcerned in such places and ignore the
problems of those serving you.
*
Be sincere, but avoid uncharitable frankness. On the pretext of being
realistic do not try to be more honest than God, from whose Loving
Authority only we receive the revelations and work of each day.
*
If someone hurts you with an unkind answer, be calm and wait. Maybe
they have already politely answered others ninety-nine times, or
perhaps they have just suffered some important loss.
*
Be helpful in your conversations. A good word always uplifts.
*
Remember that evil is never worth commenting upon.
Be calm. Life, as a state of struggle, can be good; but the state of war is
never a good life.
*
Do not deliberate hurriedly. Circumstances, being the offspring of
Superior Designs, modify our experiences minute by minute.
*
Avoid inopportune tears. They can complicate enigmas instead of solving
them.
*
If you have erred disastrously, do not sink into despair. Standing up again
is the best measure for one who falls.
*
Be patient. If you cannot dominate yourself, then it is useless for you to
seek understanding from someone who does not as yet comprehend you.
*
If the question is excessively complex, wait one more day or one more
week in order to resolve it. Time does not pass in vain.
*
On the pretext of defending someone, do not enter into a noisy circle.
There are those who make a great deal of noise as a matter of preference.
*
Be moderate in your resolutions and attitudes. In moments of gravity your
spiritual realities become more visible.
*
Be moderate in your resolutions and attitudes. Our spiritual reality is
more visible in grave moments.
*
Take care in any kind of evaluation alluding to second or third persons.
On similar occasions, others will be called upon to evaluate you.
*
Never proclaim your individual merits since any excellent quality is very
problematical within the frame of our spiritual acquisitions. Remind
yourself that virtue is not a voice that speaks, but rather a power that
radiates.
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PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
ALWAYS HELP
Think well before entering into argument. At times the debater is no
more than a hot-head.
*
Use courage sensibly. On many occasions the courageous person is
simply imprudent.
*
Observe your methods of cultivating the truth. Many people who
presume themselves truthful are actually channels of disturbance and
discouragement.
*
Proceed with intelligence in all situations. Do not forget, however,
that many intelligent men are mere scoundrels.
*
Be strong in daily the struggles. Nevertheless, do not forget that many
whom you think to be brave are unconsciously committing suicide.
*
Esteem efficiency. But do not adopt rashness on the pretext of speed.
*
Do not confront dangers without the resources to annul them. What
we set apart as bravery is often madness.
*
Always show valour in your attitudes. Remember, however, that
valour does not consist in winning at any price, but in conquering your
adversary by peaceful means.
*
Have courage, but be moderate in your undertakings. The distance
from audacity to crime is but a few steps.
*
Cultivate affability and sweetness along your path. Nevertheless, do
not waste your time in useless conversation.
When faced by the night, do not reproach its darkness. Learn to
disperse it with light.
*
To condemn the swamp is useless. Help it to become purified.
*
Along a stony road, do not throw rocks at others. Employ the stones in
useful works.
*
Do not condemn the clamour of others. Teach them a profitable lesson
by your silence.
*
When faced by difficult situations, do not be swayed by uncertainty.
Confront them with a clear conscience.
*
It is useless to blame the thorn bush. Remove it with kindness.
*
Do not criticise the barren ground. Fertilize it instead.
*
Do not reproach the desert. Help to dig a well under the burning sand.
*
There is no advantage in disapproving when everyone else disapproves.
Instead uphold your brother or sister with a kind word.
*
It is always easy to observe and identify evil. However, what Christ
expects from us is the discovery and cultivation of goodness so that
Divine Love may be glorified.
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IN REALITY
WHILE…
A tempest frightens. However, it will strengthen our ability to endure
if we know how to receive it.
Seek the opportunities of good deeds while you still have time. It is
dangerous to keep a head full of dreams with unoccupied hands.
Pain lacerates. But it will perfect our hearts, if we seek to profit from
its passage.
Kindle your lamp while there is light about your steps. No traveler can
avoid the surprises of night fall.
Misunderstanding hurts. Nevertheless, it offers us an excellent
opportunity to cultivate serenity.
Help those about you while you have the opportunity of doing so,
because the moment will come when you will not be able to carry on
without help from others.
*
*
*
Struggle disturbs. However, it will be the bearer of invaluable benefits
if we accept its contribution.
*
Desperation destroys. In the face of it, however, we find the
opportunity to cultivate serenity.
*
Hate obscures. Still, it can unveil a blessed horizon for the revelation of
love.
*
Misfortune overwhelms. Yet, it prepares us to better console others.
*
Shock terrifies. However, within it we can find the blessings of
renewal.
*
Trials torment us. Nevertheless, without them, learning becomes
impossible.
*
An obstacle displeases. But it is the true producer of elevation and
capability.
*
*
*
Use your physical body to gather blessings from the Higher Life while
it still works together harmoniously. The vase that held sublime
essences will continue to perfume the air after being abandoned.
*
Give your lessons wisely in the school of life while the book of trials
still rests in your hands. Learning is a blessing, and there are thousands
of brothers and sisters nearby awaiting a scholarship in reincarnation.
*
Settle your accounts with your neighbour while the time is favourable.
Tomorrow the entire scene could be changed.
*
No one should be a prophet of death, not try to imitate the ill-omened
owl. Yet while you await the opportunity to store up higher spiritual
values, continue to increase your own worth and develop treasures for
your soul, in the certainty that your journey to another type of
existence is inevitable.
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IN DOING SO YOU WILL PROFIT
SOME DEFINITIONS
Comfort the despairing. You yourself will not escape the temptations
of discouragement within the circles of struggle.
A benefactor is one who helps and goes on his way.
*
Lift the fallen. You do not know where your own feet will stumble.
A friend is one who aids in silence.
*
A companion is one who cooperates without making us feel uneasy.
Extend your hand to those who in need of support. Your day for
receiving cooperation will arrive.
A reformer is one who restores himself to the ways of goodness.
Help the sick. Your own soul is not using an invulnerable body.
A strong person is one who knows how to wait within the task of
peaceful work.
*
*
Make an effort to understand the less enlightened companion. Know
that you do not always have the necessary means for understanding as
could be desired.
*
Be sympathetic towards the unfortunate. The sky will not always be
sunny for you.
An enlightened person is one who knows himself.
Brave person is —one who fears nothing in himself.
A defender is one who cooperates without causing confusion.
*
An efficient person is one who acts for the benefit of all.
Be tolerant and patiently help the ignorant. Remember that there are
Sublime Spirits that tolerate us and help us with heroic kindness.
A winner is one who conquers himself.
*
Console the downhearted. You cannot foresee the surprises of your
own destiny.
*
Help the offender with your good thoughts. He teaches us how hostile
and disagreeable we are when we hurt someone else.
*
Be kind to those dependent upon you. Do not forget that Christ
himself was compelled to obey.
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IN TRUTH
USEFUL REMINDERS
The saint does not condemn the sinner. He helps him without being
presumptuous.
Do not continually ask for spiritual guidance. If you already have
tuppence worth of Christian concepts, then you understand enough to
know what to do.
*
The wise person does not ridicule one who is ignorant. He instructs
him in a brotherly manner.
*
The enlightened person does not insult those walking in darkness. He
illuminates their path.
*
The instructor does not blame the stumbling apprentice. It is the
insecure sheep which most needs the shepherd.
*
The good person does not persecute the one who is bad. They assist
them to better themselves.
*
The strong person does not malign the weak. They help them to raise
themselves up.
*
The humble person does not avoid one who is proud. They cooperate
silently in their favour.
*
The sincere person does not disturb others. They bring harmony to all.
*
The unpretentious do not criticise the vain. Whenever necessary they
help without ostentation,.
*
The Christian does not hate or hurt. He follows Christ, serving the
world.
*
Otherwise, titles of virtues would only be external coverings which
time would destroy.
*
Do not waste your energy trying to straighten out others by
imposition. When we straighten ourselves out we realise that the
world is administered by Divine Wisdom and that the obligation to
cooperate continuously toward goodness is our fundamental duty.
*
Do not blame the discarnate spirits for your failures in life’s struggles.
Note the rhythm of your own life, examine your income and
expenditures, your actions and reactions, your manners and attitudes,
your obligations and decisions, and you will recognise that you have the
situation you sought and that you reap exactly what you sown.
*
Do not appeal systematically to your spiritual friends with regard to
petty everyday tasks. They are equally busy and confront problems
greater than yours and their responsibilities are more grave and
immediate. Within the common struggles on Earth, you would not
have the courage to ask a generous and kind professor to perform the
functions of a baby sitter.
*
Do not wait for death to solve the problems of life, nor claim sickness
or old age as an excuse to stop learning, because we are still very far
from Heaven. The grave does not bring a miraculous transformation,
but opens a wider door to our own conscience.
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A MATTER OF CHOICE
NATURAL CONCLUSIONS
Look for a delinquent and you will find many offenders. It is necessary,
then, for you to possess an immense reserve of love in order to reform
them without becoming criminal yourself.
The patient person never despairs.
The anxious sooner or later complain
*
*
Seek to identify a fault and you will find innumerable ones. Faced with
that situation, it is essential that you be sufficiently enlightened so as
not add your error to the errors of others.
The brave endures difficulties, overcoming them.
The reckless confront dangers without ponderation.
*
*
Try to locate one thorn and you will encounter various thorn bushes.
In such case, it is necessary that you remain very well balanced in order
not to hurt yourself.
The enlightened person stands out.
The theorist talks excessively.
*
Place too much attention upon a stone in the road and, shortly, the
ground will become very stony to your eyes. After that, you will need
a great deal of resistance not to succumb to the roughness of the
journey.
*
Approach goodness, look for it with determination, and kindness will
illuminate your path. Only then will you be perfectly equipped to win
the war against evil.
*
The friend studies ways to help.
The adversary watches for means to hurt.
*
The common man helps according to his inclinations.
The Christian always help.
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SOWING
EVEN FURTHER
Your generosity will call the goodness of others to your aid.
To have a mouth that is perfumed is not enough. It is imperative that it
be incapable of hurting others.
*
Your simplicity will solve problems for many people.
*
Your complexity will give rise much insincerity in others.
*
Your indifference will produce visible coldness in others.
*
Your sincere desire for peace will guarantee tranquillity along your
path.
*
Your belligerency will bring forth fruits of anxiety.
*
Your blunt frankness will provoke rude responses.
*
Your refinement will inspire correct manners in those who follow you.
*
Your superior spirituality will motivate sublime spiritual achievements.
*
We sow and we reap daily. Life is also a soil which receives and
produces eternally.
*
The cleanliness of your hands is important. However, it is essential to
verify what they do.
*
Good ears are certainly a treasure. However, Divine Justice, will want
to know what you are listening to.
*
Excellent vision is a laudable quality. Nevertheless, it is of interest to
note how you look at life.
*
To have physical health is to possess a valuable gift. But it is necessary
to consider what you do with your healthy body.
*
Clear reasoning is a virtue. Still, it is essential to observe in what
mental zone you are reasoning.
*
A beautiful imagination is like a marvellous castle. It is well to note
with what images you furnish your inner palace.
*
Strong emotions characterise of internal richness. Nevertheless, it is
necessary to verify how you spend your emotions.
*
The ability to be intensely productive is a precious resource. But it is
essential that you know the substance of that which you produce.
*
The capacity to proceed joyfully through life is a blessing.
Nevertheless, remember to watch the direction that your feet are
taking along the way.
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REALITIES
APPEARANCES
The clown that you mock is frequently a brave soldier of good cheer.
*
The extremely adorned woman of whom you usually disapprove, in
many occasions dressing like that in order to help a great number of
working hands.
*
Do not incriminate the brother who appears to be wealthier. Perhaps
they are merely a slave to obligations.
*
Do not condemn the companion who was raised to a position of
authority. He is probably a mere debtor to the multitude.
*
Do not envy the one who administers while you obey. Frequently they
are suffering a painful process.
*
The singer who performs smilingly from whom you often turn away in
boredom, in the belief that you are preserving your own virtue, is
usually trying to earn bread for many needy relatives, and thus deserves
consideration and respect.
Do not disdain the colleague who is conducted to greater prominence.
The responsibility that weighs on his shoulders can be an incessant
torment.
*
Do not censure the woman who dresses luxuriously. For her, luxury is
probably a bitter trial.
The well-to-do person who appears to be lazy and unproductive is,
perhaps involved in projects that you would never find the animation
to tackle.
*
Do not judge others by their appearance. The truth, like the Kingdom
of God, is never displayed in outward appearances.
*
*
Do not criticise the polite in manner who seem insincere at first sight.
Possibly they are avoiding serious crimes or great discouragements.
*
Do not fret over the ill-humored friend. You do not know all of his
inner difficulties.
*
Do not become displeased with the person whose conversation is
futile. You were also like that when you lacked experience.
*
Do not mutter against the inconsiderate young. Help them whenever
you can, remembering that you were once considered to be
irresponsible by many people.
*
Do not be intolerant in any situation. The clock ticks incessantly, and
you will likewise face numerous difficult problems along your own
path as well as on the paths of those you love.
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ASCEND HIGHER
IF YOU SO DESIRE
Do not be hurt by slander. Live in such a way that no one will believe
the slanderer.
*
Do not be set back by perturbations. Follow your path attending to the
superior purposes of life, because the makers of confusion will be
many.
*
Do not be concerned with unwarranted accusations. You can realize
many valuable plans to counteract the unjust accusers.
*
Do not be troubled by untoward mistrust. You can employ your clear
conscience in honest service anywhere.
*
Do not become discouraged by criticism. Censure is something within
everyone’s reach, but elevated achievements are the work of only a
few.
*
Do not become disheartened by unfavourable opinions. If you remain
devoted to goodness, the approval of your own conscience will prevail
over any other opinion, no matter how respectable.
If you desire to become in effect a Christian, then:
by losing, you will win in the human battle;
by yielding, you will obtain the resources you need;
by working, you will attain your own happiness;
by forgiving, you will edify those around you;
by liberating, you will conquest others;
by enduring, you will withstand the storm;
by renouncing, you will gain immortal treasures;
by blessing, you will save many;
by suffering, you will receive more light;
by sacrificing yourself, you will find peace;
by hard work, you will purify yourself;
by loving, you will always illuminate.
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DIFFICULT EXPERIENCES
EFFECTIVELY
Physical beauty can bring about unforeseeable tragedies for the soul
that lacks discernment.
To be vigilant does not mean distrust. It means enlighten yourself by
means of helping those who find themselves in the shadows.
*
*
Excessive money is a door to pauperism, if the one who possess it
cannot maintain his own balance.
To defend is not a matter of shouting. It is to render more intense
service to causes and to people.
*
*
Too much comfort is a disadvantage, if one does not learn the art of
detaching oneself from it.
To help is not to impose. It is to give substantial support, without
craving for personal recognition, so that the beneficiary may grow,
become enlightened and find happiness of his own accord.
*
Prominence can be the introduction to a spectacular fall, if one does
not mature ones reasoning.
*
Too great an authority spoils the joy of living, if the mind does not
cultivate a sense of proportion.
*
Too heavy a responsibility can exterminate the existence of one who
has, as yet, not risen above ordinary understanding.
*
An enormous amount of knowledge in the midst of many ignorant,
vulgar, or foolish people is a poisonous and bitter fruit, if the spirit still
has not become resigned to solitude.
*
To teach is not to hurt others. It is to lovingly guide them towards the
kingdom of understanding and peace.
*
To renovate is not to destroy. It is to respect the foundations, and so
restore works for the general good.
*
To enlighten is not to argue. It is to assist through the spirit of service
and good-will the understanding of those who lack knowledge.
*
To love is not to desire. It is to always be understanding, give of one’s
self, renounce one’s whims, and to sacrifice ourselves so that the
Divine Light of true love may shine forth.
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IT IS REASONABLE TO THINK ON THIS
REPLIES TO THOSE IN HASTE
Patience is not a colorful stained glass window for you to enjoy in
leisure hours. It is added help when facing obstacles.
Avoid impatience. You have already lived countless centuries and are
now standing before endless millenniums.
Serenity is not a garden to be cultivated only for your cheerful days. It
is a provision of peace for the deception along your pathway.
Keep calm. But flee from idleness as one who recognises the decisive
value of each minute.
Calmness is not merely harmonious violin to accompany your pleasant
conversations. It is a substantial asset against misunderstandings.
Sow love. Think of the devotion of the One Who has loved us from the
beginning.
*
*
*
*
*
*
Tolerance is not a delicious wine to be enjoyed in your moments of
fellowship. It is a valuable door through which you may demonstrate
good-will toward less advanced companions.
Keep your balance. Unbridled passions and desires are forces of
destruction within the Divine Creation.
*
Cultivate confidence. Tomorrow the sun will reappear on the horizon,
and the landscape will be different.
Real co-operation is not just the easy process of receiving assistance
from others. It is a means of helping a friend in need.
*
Confidence is not a nectar to sweeten your moonlit nights. It is a
secure refuge for the tempestuous hours.
*
Optimism does not constitute ease for your twilight hours. It is a
source of power for difficult days.
*
Fortitude is not a rhetorical ornament. It is a reinforcement to faith.
*
Hope is not the act of kneeling for simple contemplation. It is energy
for the lofty realisations that belong to your Spirit.
*
Virtue is not a decorative flower. It is the blessed fruit of your own
effort which you should use and glorify at the appropriate moment.
*
*
Intensify your own efforts. Your life will be what you make of it.
*
Cherish solidarity. You would not be able to live without others,
although, in the majority of cases others can live without you.
*
Experience solitude, from time to time. Jesus was alone in the crucial
moments of his passage on the Earth.
*
Give constructive action to your hours. However, do not convert your
existence into a tower of Babel.
*
Render your faithful devotion to peace. But remember that you will
never experience tranquillity without first giving peace to those who
cross your path.
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REVEAL YOURSELF
SIGNS
In your daily struggles, do not demand politeness from your
companion. Demonstrate yours.
Your conversation indicates the directions you have chosen in life.
Referring to good deeds, do not await for collaboration. Before all
else, be the first to collaborate.
Your decisions, taken in grave moments, identify the true position of
your Spirit.
*
*
*
*
In trivial tasks, do not demand the effort of others. Show your own
good-will.
Your attitudes, within the daily struggles, speak of your inner climate.
*
*
In jobs that require understanding, do not ask your neighbour to rise to
your level. Learn to descend to his and help him.
*
When performing Christian duties, do not wait for outside resources
to fulfill them. The best thing that you can give to good works is your
own heart.
*
In the ordinary dealings of life, do not wait for your others to reveal
their excellent qualities. Express the elevated gifts that you already
possess.
*
In every earthly creature there exists light and shadow. Allow your
nobility to become conspicuous in order that the nobility of others may
come to your encounter.
Your impulses define the mental zone in which you prefer to operate.
*
Your thoughts reveal the kind of spiritual companion you keep.
*
Your reading habits define your sentiments.
*
Your personal treatment of others demonstrates the point to which you
have progressed.
*
Your requests shed light upon your objectives.
*
Your opinions reveal the true place which you occupy in the world.
*
Your days are marks along the pathway of evolution. Do not forget that
great assemblies of companions, both incarnate and discarnate, know
your personality and follow you along your pathway by the signs you
leave behind.
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WITHOUT THESE RESOURCES
BE PREPARED
Without good manners you will be deprived of the confidence of
others.
Balance your sense of justice, subtracting from it any inclination
towards vengeance.
*
Without fortitude, you will succumb to the first obstacles on your
path.
*
Without positive faith, you will wander aimlessly.
*
Without devoting yourself to goodness, you will experience a terrible
inner hardening.
*
Without giving noble examples, you will pass uselessly through the
world.
*
Without dignified work, tedium will corrode your energies.
*
Without personal effort, you will never reach the doors to Higher
Planes.
*
Without hope, your earthly nights will be even darker.
*
Without comprehension, your journey through the shadows will be
painful.
*
Without a spirit of renunciation, you will not be able to educate
anyone.
*
Be on guard against your fearlessness, lest it become an act of
recklessness.
*
Analyse your firmness, so that it will not be transformed into
petrification.
*
Illumine your directives, so they will not be converted into tyranny.
*
Examine your cleverness, so avoiding your internment within villainy.
*
Take care that suffering does not become revolt.
*
Control your resentments, to avoid installing them in the sinister house
of hatred.
*
Keep watch over your frankness, so that your words will not distil
poison
*
Watch over your enthusiasm, so that it will not constitute
thoughtlessness.
*
Cultivate your noble zeal, but do not turn it into a dark primer of
violence.
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LEARN WITH NATURE
LOGICALLY
The sun shines from on high, in order to help everyone.
The person who feeds hatred pours fire into their own heart.
The stars group themselves in order.
The person who upholds vice becomes its prisoner.
The sky has its timetable for hours of light and of darkness.
*
The person who cultivates idleness surrounds himself with a wall of
ice.
Although it continues to be linked to the soil, the vegetable abandons
the dark hole in search of light so that it may produce.
The person who becomes angry is the inquisitor of his own soul.
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
The bough that survived the storm yielded to its passage, nevertheless
it continues to maintain its appropriate place.
The person who delights in criticism casts stones upon himself.
*
The person who provokes difficult situations increases the number of
obstacles they face.
The rock guarantees the life of the valley, by resigning itself to
solitude.
*
The river reaches its objectives because it has learned to flow around
obstacles.
*
*
The person judges hastily is always analysed with haste.
*
*
The person who specialises in identifying evil will find it difficult to see
goodness.
The bridge serves the public without making exceptions, by asserting
itself against extremism.
*
*
The vase is useful to the potter, after enduring the heat of the kiln.
*
The gem shines, after submitting to the files of the stonecutter.
*
The canal is able to fulfil its finalities, because it does not lose access to
the reservoir.
*
The harvest always yields in accordance with the purposes of the
sower.
The person who does not desire to endure is incapable of serving.
*
The person who lives collecting lamentations will walk under a shower
of tears.
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LIBERATE YOUR SOUL
DO NOT RUIN YOUR DAY
Do not become attached to the beauty of ephemeral forms. The flower
lasts but briefly.
Your irritation will not solve any problems.
*
Do not heap up precious things that weigh in the scale of the world.
Golden chains can bind as much as bronze handcuffs.
*
Do not become a slave to opinions of the frivolous or ignorant.
Incitatus, Caligula’s horse, ate from a bucket adorned with pearls, still
it did not stop him from being a horse.
*
Do not nourish the greed for possessions. The coin collector’s house is
full of coins which served millions, but whose owners have
disappeared.
*
Do not give up your constructive freedom because of human opinions.
The trap that punishes the ferocious animal is the same that surprises
the negligent canary.
*
Do not believe in the flattery which lends you imaginary qualities.
Cruel wasps frequently hide themselves in the calyx of the lily.
*
Do not worry afflicted over acquiring immediate benefits during the
Earth experience. Museums crammed full of the cloaks of kings and of
other “cadavers of dead advantages.”
*
Your contrarieties will not alter the nature of things.
*
Your disappointments will not do the work that only time will achieve.
*
Your bad humor will not modify life.
*
Your pain will not stop the sun from shining tomorrow over the good
and the bad.
*
Your sadness will not illuminate pathways.
*
Your discouragement will not edify anyone.
*
Your tears will not replace the sweat which you ought to employ for
the benefit of your own happiness.
*
Your complaints, even if affectionate construed, will never increase
other’s sympathy for you by one ounce.
*
Do not ruin your day. Learn, from Divine Wisdom to forgive
endlessly, so constructing and reconstructing for the Infinite Good.
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WITH JESUS
YOU CAN BE SURE
Renunciation will be a privilege for you.
You can talk about kindness at every moment, but if you are not kind,
it will be useless for your own happiness.
*
Suffering will glorify your life.
*
Tests will expand your powers.
*
Work will be as a mark of confidence along your pathway.
*
Sacrifice will sublimate your impulses.
*
Bodily illness will be a beneficial remedy for your soul.
*
Slander will honour your task.
*
Persecution will be a motive for you to bless many.
*
Anguish will purify your hopes.
*
Evil will summon your spirit to the practice of goodness.
*
Hate will challenge your heart to manifestations of love.
*
The Earth, with all its contrasts and unceasing renewals represents a
blessed school of individual perfection in whose purifying lessons you
will leave selfishness crushed forever.
*
Your hand can write beautiful pages under spiritual inspirations;
however, if you do not stamp the beauty of those pages onto your
spirit, you will not be more than a courier without intelligence.
*
You can read marvelous books, with emotions and tears; still, if you do
not apply what you have read, you will only be a bad recorder.
*
You can cultivate sincere convictions in matters of faith; nevertheless,
if these convictions do not serve to renew you for the good, your mind
will be reduced to a mere hook whereon to hang religious maxims.
*
Your capacity to offer guidance can discipline many people, so
improving their personalities. Still, if you do not discipline yourself,
the Law will face you with the same severity with which it is utilised
you so as to perfect others.
*
You may know the lessons of the pathway perfectly and may, in the
mortal eyes, pass to the gallery of heroes and saints; but if you do not
practise the good teachings you know, the Divine Laws will determine
that you always have to begin your work over again, each time with
greater difficulty.
*
You may call Jesus: “Master” and “Lord”…; however, if you do not
want to learn to serve with Him, your words will sound hollow,
without any meaning.
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DEFEND YOURSELF
YOU, YOURSELF
Remind yourself that you are:
Do not turn your ears into a storehouse of rumours. Intrigue is a viper
that will lodge in your soul.
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Do not transform your eyes into lenses of vivification. The images that
you corrupt will remain corrupted on the screen of your mind.
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Do not turn your hand into spears in order to fight without profit. Use
them in the field of goodness.
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Do not underrate your creative faculties, by focusing them on easy
pleasures. You will answer for what you did with them.
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Do not condemn your imagination to permanent excitation. Your
inferior creations will torment your inner world.
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Do not lead your feelings towards a lust for suffering. Teach them to
delight in the enjoyment of service.
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Do not search for the pathway to paradise while directing others
towards the road to hell. The way to heaven will be built inside
yourself.
the best secretary for your tasks,
the most efficient publicity agent for your ideas,
the clearest demonstrator of your principles,
the highest standard of the lofty teaching your Spirit embraces,
and the living message of the noble ideas that you transmit to
others.
Equally, do not forget that:
the greatest enemy of your most noble realisations,
the complete or incomplete negation of the sublime idealism
that you proclaim,
the discordant note of the symphony of goodness that you
intend to execute,
the architect of your afflictions,
and the destroyer of your opportunities for elevation—is you,
yourself.
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PERSONAL PROBLEMS
RISE ABOVE
Living faith is not transferable property. It is a personal conquest.
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Legitimate happiness is not merchandise that can be borrowed. It is an
inner realisation.
When looking at a block of crude stone, do not dwell on its possible
weight. Remember the perfect statue that will emerge from it.
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Grace does not descend from heaven at random. It has to be earned.
When contemplating the difficulties of sowing, do not let the fears of
torrential storm or blight detain you. Think of the grain that will
overflow in the granary.
The best charity is not that which is done by substitutes. We must
perform it ourselves.
When facing a storm, do not lose yourself in lamentations. Meditate
upon the benefits that its passage will bring.
Moral strength is not the result of others pleading for us. It comes from
our own effort to take stand on the side of goodness.
When faced with hard work, do not be afraid of the copious sweat it
will produce. Centralise your expectations on the good that will results
from it.
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Steadfast hope does not dwell firmly in our hearts by mere contagion.
It is the offspring of higher understanding.
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Real love is not born from the shadows of desire. It is a crystalline and
inexhaustible fountain of the eternal spirit.
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True knowledge is not the achievement of but a few days. It is the
work of time.
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Paradise will never be acquired by astute bargaining. It is attainable
through our good will in avoiding the purgatory or hell of our own
conscience.
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The protection of the Higher Planes is an unquestionable fact for all of
us who still move within the shadows. Woe to us, however, if we do
not seek the blessings of enlightenment!
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Do not be preoccupied with the heat of the forge. Look towards the
useful articles with which it will furnish your life.
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Do not only picture only the dangers of illness. Reflect upon the joy
and possibility of being able to cure.
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If you are governed effectively by the higher ideal, forget the friend
who deserted, the wife who fled, the ungrateful companion or the
difficult relative. All of them are learning and passing by, just as you
are…What matters is the intensification of light, the progress of truth,
and the victory of goodness.
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ALWAYS CALLED
SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY
Christians are called to serve everywhere.
It is not the docile companion who most needs your immediate
fraternal understanding. But the one who still struggles to subdue the
ferocity of wrath which lies deep inside.
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In a house of suffering, they administer consolation.
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In a den of ignorance, they will offer enlightenment.
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In a castle of pleasure, they will teach moderation.
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On the brink of criminality, they will impede the falls.
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In a charabanc of generic abuse, they will exemplify sobriety.
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In dark hideaways, they will kindle the light.
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In the fog of despondency, they will open the doors of encouragement.
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In the inferno of hatred, they will multiply the blessings of love.
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In the market-place of malice, they will distribute goodness.
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In the courts of justice, they will put themselves in the place of the
accused, so that he may examine the errors of others.
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At every turn of the path we encounter suggestions from the Lord,
challenging us to serve.
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It is not the person who is full of evangelical understanding that
requires your most urgent attention. But the one who still has not
succeeded in eliminating the viper of malice from within their heart.
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It is not the friend marching peacefully along the path of goodness who
will insistently solicit your care. But the one who loses himself in the
thicket of discord and misunderstanding, who is without strength to
return to the right path.
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It is not the person who goes about his normal work that requires
urgent help. But the one who did not have sufficient resources to
conquer the constraining circumstances of human experience, and so
fell into the dark zones of derangement.
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It is very probable that, for the time being, your co-operation in
paradise s completely dispensable. However, the unquestionable reality
for the moment is that your place of service, learning, helping and
loving is right here on Earth.
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ENTREATIES
CONSULTING GOODNESS
In prayer you ask for a ray of Light, but almost always you forget that
you have at your disposal the solar focus point to help you to fulfil the
Sublime Objectives.
The slanderer wants you to see the same ugliness he sees in the lives of
others.
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Your Spirit supplicates a glimmer of love, while all around you
Humanity awaits the manifestation of your capacity to love.
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You beg for the concession of favours that enable you to collaborate
with Divine Wisdom, forgetting that millions of beings are waiting for
your willingness to serve, in the name of the Heavenly Father.
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Your heart demands heavenly signs, and, while in the Wisest of the
Wise colours the flowers and the horizons for your eyes to see, you
search for vain diversions and notice nothing.
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You demand justice for your personal affairs and daily complicate
situations and problems, without ever noticing that Supreme Harmony
always rectifies everything around you, through the intermediary of
pain and death.
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You desire opportunities for growth and ascension to higher
spirituality, but frequently run away from the various degrees of
laborious and humble work offered to you daily, conceded by the One
who is Infinitely Good, in the name of mercy.
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If you are always entreating eternal happiness, yet refusing the
resources enabling you to acquire it, what more can you expect?
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The weak and hesitant person expects your strength to be brittle.
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The contentious person will await your presence to take part in
disputes against everybody and everything.
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The ungrateful person will not feel happy at seeing you being grateful
towards others.
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The egotistical person will not rejoice at seeing your respect for their
adversaries.
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The revolt person will attempt to fix a mask of rebellion to your face.
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The confused person will try to plunge your mind into the depths of
turmoil.
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The neurasthenic will ask you not to smile.
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The foolish will demand your adherence to madness.
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The person who is as yet imperfectly spiritualized, always seeks to
liken his fellow creatures to himself. Nevertheless, remember,
however, that you are yourself, with an original task and different
responsibilities, and if you aim at real happiness, you should never
forget to consult the patterns for goodness, together with Christ, at
every hour of your life.
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HELP YOUR SELF
Covet nothing belonging your neighbour unless it be the excellent
qualities that adorn his spirit.
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Do not let annoyances govern the helm of your destiny.
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Do not deliver the temple of your memory to bad impressions.
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Do not detract the spiritual aspects from your experiences.
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Do not forget that the higher ideal, which is the object of your
admiration, should become manifest on your pathway.
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Do not be enslaved by evil; meanwhile, do not shun the obligations of
brotherhood towards those who have been attacked by evil.
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Do not put out the torch of faith during days of brightness, so as not to
be deprived of light during the dark ones.
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Do not run away from the lessons to be learnt along your evolutionary
path, however difficult or painful they may be, so that later on life may
open up the sanctuary of wisdom to you.
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CONCLUSIONS
That physical life is a blessed school, is unmistakable.
But, if you do not take advantage so as to sufficiently learn
the lessons intended for your spiritual growth, then your
entrance in the human apprenticeship will be worth nothing.
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That the path of good is laborious and difficult is
undeniable. However, if you are not disposed to follow it,
then no one will free you from the dangerous influence of
evil.
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That eternal happiness is a supreme achievement, way
beyond the transient state in the flesh is indisputable.
Nevertheless, if you desire to continue in the field of easy
and inferior pleasures of the lowest levels, then you will
wander in them indefinitely.
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Do not neglect to find the time to cultivate what is beautiful, eternal
and good.
That God is with us in all circumstances is an
unquestionable truth. Still, if you are not with God, no one
can foresee to what depths your Spirit will descend in the
domains of intranquillity and darkness.
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Do not forget that justice establishes universal order, but that it is only
love which expands the work of God.
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