There was a time when spiritualism was only known for mere experimental phenomena. The only question in those times was: How will I get contact with spirits which live in the cosmos? And Spiritualism or Spiritism, as it was then called, was in still earlier times nothing but a pastime and an amusement for most people. Some people concentrated on invisible entities. These come and draw physical strength from those present who are standing or sitting around a small table—this table then starts to move, to turn or to dance or to give rapping signals. These contacts were generally with infernal or undeveloped spirits which had formerly lived in human bodies and are now living — as invisible entities — in the cosmos, waiting there for a new incarnation, a reincarnation in a human body. This happened in the olden primitive days and still happens today in the century of enlightenment and civilization. People who practice this an and unintentionally make use of the forces of infernal, diabolical spirits, are in great danger because these low spirits might incorporate them and instigate them to evil deeds. They prove that they themselves are on a very low level and have still to undergo many more reincarnations in a human body until they have purified so much as to be able to know the difference between good and evil. The Lord forbids His Children to have contact with those beings from the underworld, because they occupy the boundary to practicing black magic. When a human being is enmeshed in this practice, he becomes a toy for infernal spirits, is in danger of being drawn by them into the underworld and thus to forfeit Eternal Life. The wheel of evolution turns round and round — and primitive spirits are always on earth in a human body and also discarnated in the cosmos. The first ones try to improve, but are still in the tunnel of ignorance and evil—the second ones have already gained, as human beings, many experiences. They have repented their evil deeds, are more purified, and have reached higher spiritual spheres. The first are apprentices, the others are teachers — but they do not know it. Undeveloped spirits do not like to be apprentices — they want to be the leaders. They are stubborn, conceited, haughty, without discipline — are disorderly, insubordinate, faithless, jealous and envious — they harbor all kinds of vices. Evolved spirits have discarded many vices and practice virtues: spiritual love, justice, fairness, truth, humility, moral and spiritual help to others, discipline, order, loyalty, compassion, etc. They are an example for those who are still low on the ladder of evolution, and who only just start to see the difference between good and evil, right and wrong, love and hate, forgiveness and vengeance. What advantage do people have by holding such types of séances for their entertainment? It will not bring them into contact with their loved ones who have passed into the cosmos, unless they have not much improved and are still rather earthbound. True Spiritualism is not a platform-performance. It is practice of the True Faith (which established creeds do not combat), is the philosophy of truth, is the practice of science. If you hate certain people, this hate will — at séances — attract low and infernal spirits, and you will be inspired by them with plans for hate and vengeance. But if you love your fellow-people and forgive those who have wronged you, instead of feeling hostile, spirits of love will come to your séances to initiate you into Divine Mysteries, into the Laws of God and of Karma, teach you to know yourself as human being and as spirit. Then your loved-ones, who have left earth, manifest for you unasked, give counsel in worldly difficulties, assure you of their protection where this is possible and if they do not have any other mission. There are three types of students: 1. Those, who merely believe the experimental phenomena, but draw no moral from it. 2. Those, who feel the moral lessons, but leave their application to others. 3. Those, who accept all consequences of the Spiritualistic Philosophy and who are eager to put them into practice in their own lives. This conclusion — from a hundred years ago — is still valid today. There are always people who believe only what they can see with their eyes and feel with their hands. They do not understand and therefore do not accept that spirits exist because they cannot be seen and felt. They do not feel the slight coolness of their body, like a light breeze, produced by the spirits — and if messages come through by the use of a letter-board, or by rapping or otherwise — if revelations are made which nobody present could have known — they still remain skeptic and say: "It is all good and true but I cannot believe it". They are recalcitrant, conservative, the barrier of truth, they cling to the old-fashioned device of science: "nothing exists that cannot be seen or felt". The spirit of this type of person is still too young, too inexperienced, too primitive. Nevertheless, the good seed is planted into them and if they are of good intentions there is the possibility that later in this life or in the next reincarnation their evolution will permit them to accept Truth as a fact. Another type of practicing spiritualists are those who accept the lessons of morale, which are given them by the spirits, but who do not apply them to their own life. They compare them with the lives of their friends and their relatives, but it does not occur to them to apply them to their own way of living, because they feel convinced that they themselves — in the eyes of their friends — lead an exemplary life, although it may be just the opposite. Their inner attitude is: "Listen to my words, but do not look at my deeds". They see the mote in other people's eyes, but not the beam in their own eyes. The third type of practicing spiritists are those who avoid contact with demoniacal spirits, but give advice to those still rather low human spirits who are looking for truth. They find in all messages, given by good spirits, moral lessons. They put those lessons into practice for their own life and see their shortcomings, their mistakes and faults. They realise how much they have still to purify — that possibly they have to do penance for previous defects — that they have to live as an example for others and give them thus a chance to improve also — and that they themselves may reflect in the lesson of morale, which they received from the spirits — that they are still imperfect — always — and that they have to struggle hard to proceed closer and closer to the Perfection of God. The further they progress, the better will they realise that all the good which they radiate is only the reflection of the Good, which the High Creator radiates on to them; that all the results from the Atom, which God has planted in them, and which — after their perfection—will together with their spirit which carries it — return to its origin: to God in the Highest Sphere of Perfection, from where everything originates. The higher they rise spiritually, the stronger will they be irradiated by the Love of God — and the stronger will their own radiation affect their fellow-beings who are on a lower plane of evolution. It also has the result that the cosmic rays, to which these reincarnated spirits are attuned, become always finer and more sensitive and that, in proportion to the plane of evolution which they have reached, their contacts are attuned to Higher Spirits. In spiritualistic séances, which are attended by this type of people, the messages are generally received from Higher Spiritual Spheres, although infiltrations from lower spheres cannot always be excluded. When human spirits — reincarnated on earth — rise to higher spheres, life will not become easier for them. Evolving spirits are the worst enemies of infernal and unevolved spirits. They are pursued and harmed by them. They will be damaged and disturbed in their spiritual work and need temporary protection. But later they gain wisdom and with this wisdom acquire perseverance and steadfastness and are then able to fight for themselves. They are now strong and reassured, and know their goal and know the road which leads to it. Nothing can retain them and the efforts of low spirits are just wasted time. They have disengaged themselves from the physical and material earth, and do not yield to temptations any more, but follow in the footsteps of the Christ-Spirit, Who — in His various Incarnations on earth—has shown them the path to Eternity and Bliss. Spiritualistic séances have to be the symbol of belief, of confidence, of truth, of humility, of love and compassion. What a great truth in this sentence: "Hors la charite point de salut." "Without charity there is no salvation". Charity has many meanings, and when you perceive the fineness, the subtlety and the rather sophisticated discrimination of the French language, these few simple words give you material for much deep meditation. Charity! Is this simply to put alms into the hands of a beggar? Is it simply to give your share to a charity organization, an orphanage, an old-age home, a hospital, etc? Is it to find some comforting words on the steps of a hospital, or trying to encourage a person who has to undergo an operation, or even to recommend a person in agony into the Hands of God? Does this word "salvation" mean just a wish for good luck and welfare for the life in store for you? Is it a wish for worldly progress, material welfare, health, success in examinations or in material enterprise? The human being is used to weighing and measuring everything with his human comprehensions. He gives very little thought to asking his spirit for help, to ask its meaning, or to see with its eyes or to give its opinion. And still the spirit tries to influence him and to draw his attention. The spirit always tries to make the human being understand that life is eternal, and that the physical body is just an instrument which is to be discarded after use, to return to its own origin — the earth. Charity, in the widest term of this word, means "Love", love with perfect surrender, love without condition or reservation. The human being is not able to achieve this. It is the faculty of the spirit, and the human person cannot possibly switch over to such a love because he is worldly and materialistic and sees his future on the material side. The spirit has therefore stimulated him to reach this awareness of true love — he must become so highly elevated and purified that he has subdued his body and is only the object in the service of the spirit. Man and his spirit are then no more a duality, but have blended into Unity. Charity is no more a worldly affair after that, but is now a spiritual concern. It may result in material help, but the impulse is purely spiritual. All virtues spring from love — like children of the same mother. Love is in particular: forgiveness and compassion. The French word: "Salut" is entrenched in a mist of mystery. Its first meaning is this: "Salvation" — but actually the meaning goes much further. Salvation, or Salut, gives you a thought of something hidden in the future. It gives you a feeling of joy, of satisfaction, of peace. There is no reverse to worldly ambitions, to worldly happiness, to the realization of worldly wishes. It has nothing to do with the satisfaction of the body which is seeking enjoyment, luxury and material possessions. It concerns only the spirit; is the fulfillment of spiritual longing, the satisfaction of spiritual feelings. The spirit is passionately yearning, ever more and always with growing enthusiasm — during its many incarnations in a human body — to reach its ultimate aim: its perfection and its Eternal Bliss in the cosmos: the return to the House of its Father. "Without Charity there is no Salvation" is the expression in words of an exclusively spiritual feeling. The spirit of the human being has to purify to reach this goal, has to cleanse itself of all former evil. He must gain wisdom; he has to cast off all vices and to fill his soul with virtues. Love must be the foundation-stone of his future uplift; all other virtues are the cement for this uplift. And if you now look at these few simple words and discern their true meaning, you will feel the spiritual intensity in them and the sentence grows in importance: "Without Charity there is no Salvation". Therefore, practice love in the true meaning of this word. Do not get misled by your being human because everyone of us is a duality: human being and spirit. The human being belongs to the earth and is under the influence of this earth and thus also under the influence of animalism. But the spirit belongs to the cosmos and is under the influence of the spiritworld. Do not permit your human being and your spirit to clash and collide on account of your worldly affairs. Try to bring harmony between those two entities in you: spirit and human being. If it is a spiritual affair, try to come to an arrangement with your human part. Meditate about everything with your spirit, but argue also with your human reason. This is the road to bring happiness, peace and welfare to your spirit as well as to your physical body. This is the road to a better incarnation, leading to the Light of God and to Eternal Life.
A question which a person could ask himself about evolution and reincarnation is: Why do some people accept this doctrine, whereas others reject it? You have to investigate further and to consider people's characters, and you will find the key to this mystery which you wish to solve. There are no insoluble mysteries. Every mystery is like a room with a locked door, and the lost key has to be found. It is useless to use brute force — this only leads to trouble without the secret being solved, as it is a spiritual room and a spiritual door, and a spiritual key. The old Egyptians needed the key to the meaning of every hieroglyph if they wanted to read them, and they would only be able to decipher them by the use of this key — and the human being, who is looking for truth and for the understanding of these mysteries of reincarnation and evolution, also needs a key to solve them. And how is it possible to estimate the plane of evolution of a human spirit? The key is to study the character and the habits of your fellow-creatures. It also needs the knowledge of one's own inner spiritual Self — for there is no greater mystery than the knowledge of the Self. In fact, this "seeker for truth and wisdom" has shown by his ardor to acquire some knowledge of himself and of his neighbors, that he has already reached a certain degree of evolution. His outer physiognomy shows also to a certain extent how far the human spirit is advanced, since the outer aspect is the reflex of the inner being. The result of this "seeking for truth and wisdom" will thus be to establish whether his own inner desires be for worldly or for spiritual values — from which result he will be able to realise where he stands. He will not learn, unfortunately — in case he is still on a fairly low plane of evolution—that he will need many more reincarnations to evolve and to purify, until he has gained a sufficiently high degree of evolution. He does not learn either that besides this physical life he has a spirit which keeps alive after the death of the physical body. But he will be quite able to understand this after having lived for about ten more reincarnations. It is then the right time for him to ask questions about those subjects, or to read something about it — to realise without meditation or dispute those spiritual truths. He then accepts and believes in Divine cosmic and psychic truths, since his spirit knows — by its sojourn in the cosmos between reincarnations — that all is truth and that death does not exist — and at this time the spirit imprints those truths into the human being in whom it is reincarnated. By this time the spirit has reached a certain degree of evolution and now reveres what it formerly burnt — it believes in truths which previously it had declined. Nevertheless, this human spirit is still looking for explanations and evidence, which he is able to demonstrate, to show his fellow-beings their process of purification and evolution. He believes in a mystery and wants to find the key which enables him to give this mystery a credible form of truth. He studies himself and also his fellow-men. He adheres to theories, ideologies, philosophical hypotheses and systems. He observes happenings, which formerly evaded him — like spiritual manifestations and transfigurations of other people. He sees images in space or hears voices of invisible entities. He talks with invisible spirits — and now he feels he has evidence — his experiences teach him that all this is real and true. He still feels this to be rather vague and that it would not suffice to convince others. He stands before a locked door and has to find the key. Finally he realises that the key to solve all his problems is knowledge of his own Self and knowledge of his fellow-beings, to discern the human soul which he knows to be a part of the spirit. It is a difficult task to discern one's own self, because everybody imagines himself to be better than he actually is. The lower his evolution, the better he believes to know himself — the more his eyes are closed to his own failings and faults — the more excuses are there for his own evil deeds. He is haughty and arrogant — he flies easily into a rage, he hates his adversaries and broods on vengeance. He is an egoist who considers only his own advantage. He breaks his promises and esteems worldly recompense and honors higher than spiritual values. He relies strongly on his worldly possessions to dominate his subordinates. He believes in submission of others, but it never once occurs to him to submit to God Almighty, to live according to His Laws — and thus accordingly to love his fellow-beings. He sees only his human self — the human self with its worldly longings and urges and he disregards his spiritual self; his spirit — with its hidden cosmic and spiritual aspirations. Inasmuch as the human spirit develops he is more and more interested in his fellow-beings who endure sorrow, strife and suffering — by the rule of the Cosmic Laws. He shares their suffering and tries to cheer them and to encourage them. He is humble; he submits to the Laws of God and he longs for more and deeper wisdom. He does not hate his adversaries as much as he did previously and leaves vengeance to Providence. He realises that life on earth is temporal, but that Life Eternal awaits the spirit which returns to the cosmos. The higher he rises spiritually, the more he realises the necessity of life on earth, and that this earthly life enables him to purify and to evolve — proportionally to his love and compassion and his repugnance to any evil which still adheres to him — and thus he tries further to improve as human being. The key, which he is looking for to solve unknown mysteries, is experience and discernment of himself and of his fellow-men. He understands the mental conditions of most people, thus he finds out how many people run around with a mask covering their faces. The expression of their eyes does not agree with that of their mouth. They use cosmetics to hide the creases and wrinkles, which are the result of their suffering, their sorrow, their anxieties, their troubles, struggles, hardships and privations. The twisted mouth tries to smile — but the eyes remain dull and lack luster, and neither kohl nor eye shadow can produce the luster of happiness and satisfaction. What an amount of experiences lie hidden behind those eyes of a reincarnated human being! This is a secret which only he himself knows and which few people happen to share — these sufferings, troubles and cares of the spirit which put their mark on the human face, which the human being has to bear until the end of his life — and which the spirit carries along into the cosmos as a gloomy remembrance of a reincarnation full of suffering, but which has its recompense for a new and happier life in the cosmos, closer to the Light of God. He will thank God for all the trouble and struggles and sufferings of his earthly life when he arrives in the cosmos and sees the Light of God in all its Splendor — when he realises his own spiritual metamorphosis — and the expression of misery and suffering, which was his distinctive mark on earth, changes and an expression of Bliss distinguishes his radiation. The "seeker for truth and wisdom", who followed this spirit on earth and tried to analyze him, knew nothing of the reason for these marks of suffering on the face of his fellow-being. He asked himself: What was the expression of this person before this suffering? and he sees a lovely young lady before him, full of joy and expectation. The storm of life burnt in her eyes. She faced the world, full of haughtiness and pride and taunted everyone; conscious of her physical beauty. She left many a broken heart and many unhappy people in her path. In the end she fell for a man who crushed and subdued her. She had to pay dearly for all her evil actions — by his tyranny, his prodigality, his gambling and his corruption. And when she no longer attracted him. he abandoned her like a toy and forgot all about her. Thus ended her life of foolishness. She bore her fate in humility, and bore with patience all difficulties and penance which resulted from her behavior. She submitted to the Laws of God and devoted her life to charity and benevolence. Thus she atoned for her base conduct and started to purify, to shed her vices and failings and to adopt virtues. She had to suffer scorn and contempt — she exchanged luxury for poverty and lived an exemplary life. This has redeemed her and even brought her to a higher plane of evolution. The "seeker for truth and wisdom" observed this development and, in discerning the life of his fellow-beings, it gave him the key by which he solved the secret problem of purification, karma and evolution. There are many masked people on earth. One person bears a mask to conceal the marks of sorrow, strife and suffering — the other's mask disguises his evil intentions. Many hide by a smile and a pretence of friendship their greed for possessions, their hate and envy, their jealousy, their hopes for vengeance. But the deep wrinkles on their faces reveal their mean intentions, their greed for material riches, their base purposes; and human beings, who have sufficient knowledge of men, who are sufficiently purified and have many experiences, are quite able to see through their tricks and to place them on their low plane of evolution. Quite a number of reincarnated spirits reveal their plane of evolution by their frame of mind. Just the same conditions prevail in the cosmos: low spirits show their spiritual state by passionate lamenting. There are people on earth, too, who do not feel happy if they cannot complain — who always lament, who are never content, but are forever woeful and melancholic. These spirits are chiefly of low, or without any, evolution, and need many reincarnations to purify and to evolve, to become better spirits and better human beings. The "seeker for truth and wisdom" will not succeed in his attempt to unveil some pictures, to discern the life of such persons. Unconscious of their condition, they lament for ever about life and its difficulties; but actually they have no difficulties; they just lament because it is their nature and their state of mind, and disposition of their spirit. It is just a way of showing their remorse for their lack of energy and strength, to come out of this deep squalid pool — it is an expression of their despondency and hopelessness. They arc the bearers of dangerous weapons — on earth as well as in the cosmos. Everything has its radiation and leaves an impression on everything with which it has contact. The despondency, which a spirit radiates, is a force which influences everyone who comes into contact with him. He also becomes despondent because he permits himself to be influenced by this radiation. Despondency is used as a weapon to be radiated on evolving spirits, to encourage them to radiate this wave of depression further, therewith to influence their fellow-beings to stop halfway up their path and neglect U proceed on to the Light of God, which would give them Eternal Light. An unfolding spirit might become temporarily blinded but does not become completely despondent. Sparks of the Light of God will be sent him from Higher Spheres, and as soon as he feels this Light of God, he will feel encouraged to look upwards and not behind him or downwards. Everyone should follow the path of him who is a "seeker for truth and wisdom". Discern your human self as well as your spiritual self, and try to discern your neighbors also raw useful conclusions from all your experiences and look always on high, never to the underworld. Above is Light — darkness is below. Look for the key to solve your problems and the "room of secrets and mystery" shall be opened to you — with the Help of GOD.