Christian Rationalism: Part IV


CHAPTER IV (cont'd)

NEITHER PARENTS NOR CHILDREN

The great spirits who incarnated on Earth to help human progress did so impelled by their sense of duty, not to please anybody's will, much less the will of an imaginary heavenly father.

On the spiritual level, there are neither parents nor children. What really exists is an enormous community of spirits in an infinite evolutionary scale, in which all beings - all without exception - have a common origin: Creative Force or Universal Intelligence.

On the planets scattered over space there are - using small numbers to facilitate human comprehension - millions and millions of spirits at each level of evolution.

Even here on Earth, although rarely, there have been spirits of above-average evolution which have incarnated to help the evolution of mankind. Many others of the same evolutionary level are spiritually active in other regions of the Universe.

The more advanced the spirit is, the greater its desire to help its fellow spirits to advance.

Hence its decision to submit, of its own free will, to the sacrifice on incarnating on planets like ours, whereas at levels corresponding with its degree of evolution, life, although laborious, would elapse in an environment of incomparably common well-being.

It is a serious error, and also a sign of regrettable ignorance about spiritual life, to deny Jesus the merit of having achieved his spiritual evolution at the cost of great struggles, work, suffering, disincarnations and reincarnations, and to ascribe his qualities, magnanimity and character to a supposedly divine affiliation.

Who is worthier, the leader who rose to a dignified position by his own efforts and merit, after having climbed all the steps leading to full experience and wisdom, or the one who somehow stepped into a high position on the basis of his ancestors' hierarchy?

The worshippers of Jesus, under the influence of their deistic concept, stubbornly classify him in the latter category. For them, the merit of such a wonderful and advanced spirit lies more in its affiliation to an imaginary father-god than in its own merits. Nevertheless, Jesus owes to himself all that he achieved and is still achieving in order to enlarge his valuable spiritual assets.

SEVENTEEN CLASSES

The spirits that are undergoing evolution on Earth belong to the first 17 classes of a total of 33. These classes are mentioned in this book merely to facilitate the reader's understanding, in view of the importance of this matter.

Above class 17, only exceptionally does a spirit incarnate on Earth, not because its own evolution so requires, but to help mankind rise spiritually, in a fine and voluntary gesture of self-denial and unselfishness.

Millions of others, of the same category, although they do not incarnate, devote themselves (especially through Christian Rationalism) to help the spiritual growth of less developed spirits incarnated on Earth.

Distributed over a series of 33 classes, according to the degree of development of each spirit, they make their evolution beginning with the following order of planets:

(a) Materialised planets - spirits from the 1st to the 5th class.

(b) Opaque planets - spirits from the 6th to the 11th class.

(c) White planets - spirits from the 12th to the 17th class.

(d) Diaphanous planets - spirits from the 18th to the 25th class.

(e) Very pure light planets - spirits from the 26th to the 33rd class.

Planets may also be classified in two large categories: intership-planets and school-planets. To the former go those spirits which disincarnate, leave Earth's atmosphere and rise to a planet corresponding to their own class where no spirits of different classes stay together.

SCHOOL-PLANETS

School-planets are identical in nature to ours. For this reason, spirits of various classes reach them in order to promote an interchange of intellectual, moral and spiritual knowledge among themselves.

Earth is a school-planet where the first 17 classes, of a total of 33, promote their own evolution, starting with the first and ending with the 17th, along periods of time which vary widely from one spirit to another but always in the range of thousands and thousands of years.

There are no privileges or paternalism for ascending from one class to the next. The principles of justice is based on the law of equality. Every spirit must overcome identical difficulties and succeed through its own efforts.

Not making good use of an incarnation inescapably results in the need to repeat it and the spirit will have to undergo the same tribulations until it is able to overcome its vices and weaknesses and recover the time lost.

As explained in Chapter VI, the spirit, when on the planet corresponding to its own degree of spirituality, has full knowledge of what takes place on the planets corresponding to classes inferior to its own, but is unaware of what occurs in the classes above its own.

Realising, however, the enormous advantages of ascending to higher classes, the spirit lives under the unrestrained desire to move ahead in order to gain new knowledge and further its spiritual qualities.

On the planet corresponding to its own class, the spirit makes plans for a new incarnation from which it eagerly wants to take the maximum advantage. Its greatest hope is not to waste time on Earth, not to fail, not to render useless the sacrifice of incarnation.

The spirits of inferior classes, especially the first, incarnate under the guidance of more advanced ones. They are like children who need to be escorted to kindergarten.

In the school-planets, emotions are a part of daily life. They are shared indiscriminately by all its inhabitants. When man rises above the feelings of poverty and wealth which are at the end of the list of those emotions, then he is in fact awakened to spiritual life.

As it advances, the spirit becomes acquainted with the things of Space. If there is much to be learned on Earth, so much more there is in the Universe. Space leaves ground for the Universe. The Universe, however, represents the process of evolution.

Like the links of a chain, the three expression Space, Universe, and Evolution are bound together. To know Space, therefore, is to study the Universe and to acknowledge Evolution.

There is one duty which should be common to all: to work towards evolution. Everyone must take his place and strive to fulfil his duty with the conviction that he holds a definite, irreplaceable position in Space.

Millions of spirits incarnated on Earth feel apprehensive due to the lack of a guiding light. If the guiding light that was Jesus about 20 centuries ago had not been partially extinguished by man's greed, many millions of spirits still incarnated today would have long ago finished their passage through this planet and would already be active in other regions of Space.

Time lost cannot be recovered. It is like water under the bridge. It is up to Christian Rationalism to fulfil a great and noble mission, a mission that is arduous and still not understood by many: to restore Truth and to reimplant the magnificent teachings of Jesus on Earth.

CHAPTER V

THE SPIRIT

The spirit is light, intelligence, life, creative and accomplishing power. In it there is no matter in either of its states. It is, therefore, immaterial. It remains as an individualised particle along its entire path in the process of evolution.

The spirit is indestructible, indivisible, eternal, and evolves towards ever greater improvement. As a particle of the Whole, it is inseparable from the Whole, and survives any transformation. Nothing can destroy it.

In the Chapter "Force and Matter", the evolution of the particles of Force was demonstrated, beginning from their initial primary state, until they gain enough development to stir and move a human body.

We call spirit the particle of Force from the beginning of its evolution in a human body and this term is retained from there on in its long road of evolution.

In the immeasurable space of Universe, where Intelligence vibrates continuously, revealing permanent action and constant manifestation of life, the spirit stirs up its intranuclear power, which is expresses in all activities, by means of vibratory motions.

Such motions radiate from a nucleus of Force, which is the spirit, in an ocean of identical essence, which is the Whole, thus signalling the power of attraction which causes the attributes of the Whole to converge to the nucleus, to develop it and increase its potentiality.

The following are attributes of the spirit, inherent to the Whole:

(a) Will power (e) Reasoning (i) Self-control (b) Self-awareness (f) Power of Conception (j) Sensibility (c) Perception (g) Mental balance (k) Rectitude (d) Intelligence (h) Logic

WILL POWER AND SELF-AWARENESS

Will power is the most powerful lever that the spirit can use to succeed. There is no stumbling block - naturally within human limitations - which the spirit cannot overcome.

Will power makes no allowances for self-consciousness, despondency and weakness. It has the power to conquer all weaknesses, all passions, all vices, all intemperate desires, as long as man knows how to consciously make use of this superior quality.

People commonly confuse will and whim, although they really are entirely opposite things.

When an incarnate spirit is assaulted by an inferior desire and his will power is sufficiently trained, the latter intervenes in an overwhelmingly way and the desire is subdued.

Will power is an eternal flame that leads to victory those who know how to foster it even during the most arduous struggles of life. It is the result of a sequence of successes, achieved in previous incarnations with effort and determination. It is an insurmountable fortress for the spirit, an expression of its valour.

Self-awareness ensures that man does not go beyond his capabilities and thus waste his energies.

It means, therefore, self-appraisal in its true sense. It allows for neither vanity nor false modesty inasmuch as magnitude and spiritual value are always measured from a precise, normal point of view.

A self-aware person acts with simplicity, equanimity and respect for others because he knows that we all have a common origin and follow, without exceptions, the same course of evolution.

INTELLIGENCE AND PERCEPTION

With regard to perception, various psychological factors are of weight. These factors cannot be defined in common language, although they represent real, easily recognisable values.

Two strong components of perception are intuition and inspiration, which are outstanding among the remaining spiritual qualities and play an important role in human action themselves.

Perception, which is closely related to discernment, sharpness, insight and sensibility, also exercises great influence over the field of observation because it discloses what propriety very often conceals.

When prudence interferes cautiously with man's determinations, it is still perception that provides the elements for decision.

Intelligence, the master quality of the spirit, affects all other qualities. It purifies them and contributes to make them better and more efficient.

The remaining spiritual qualities depend on intelligence. They are created, they grow, enlarge and improve according to the spirit's evolution.

Intelligence is a powerful ally of perfection. It makes the spirit realise its faults and try to correct them.

It guides reason and provides it with the means it needs to expand.

Intelligence is illuminating beyond comparison. It magnifies the spirit's range of outlook and is an instrument capable of dissipating darkness and destroying ignorance wherever they may be.

REASONING AND POWER OF CONCEPTION

Reasoning power is a valuable quality of the spirit which allows it to analyse the facts of life and to learn from events.

Reasoning is like a light focused on the difficult problems of life to make them clear and understandable.

Besides guiding the spirit in the course of its evolution, reason is also a powerful defensive weapon against fanaticism, wordly conventionalism, and mystical beliefs. These lead to blind faith and submissiveness, which are indicative of acute or mild forms of obsession.

Inherent in the power of conception are ingenuity, creative thought, and the resourceful accomplishing power of change and improvement.

The power of conception are ingenuity, creative thought and the resourceful accomplishing power of change and improvement.

The power of conception is essentially constructive. It is the prime mover of the gradual role in the arts, as well as in science and literature.

Altruism, self-denial and unselfishness, as well as material progress, are the product of the power of conception because it is often exercised having in mind the welfare of mankind as a whole.

MENTAL BALANCE AND LOGIC

Mental balance comes from sharpness of senses, a personality well adjusted to the realities of life, tranquillity, a precise understanding of reality, and an accurate evaluation of facts.

Calmness, serenity, moderation, pondered attitudes, reflection, good judgement and common sense are all qualities which reveal mental balance. And mental balance is what enables man, in the whirlwind of earthly life, to proceed safely and avoid common mistakes.

Therefore, refining this quality should be the object of constant care and interest on the part of every incarnate spirit because it plays an extremely meaningful role in the evolutionary process.

Logic is a quality which provides consistency in attitudes, appropriateness in the formation of ideas, and methodical thinking.

Logic is completely impossible without spiritual growth and development.

Logic is pre-eminently a quality resulting from spiritual growth and development. It enables man to express his ideas based on firm, objective, realistic grounds.

Thus, no solid assertion can be made unless it is firmly based on the important quality which is logic.

SELF-CONTROL AND SENSIBILITY

Self-control insures inward control thus avoiding impulsive actions and thoughtless attitudes. These may lead man to make serious mistakes, many of them irreparable, which he later may regret, as is often the case.

Mans should always be on the alert. He should be aware that he is force that works ceaselessly, vibrating, attracting and repelling. Space is filled with streams crossing in all directions, both favourable and unfavourable to his growth and well-being.

Hence the need for self-control, so that he does not allow himself to be influenced by adverse irradiations. He should act only on his own will.

Sensibility is a quality that enables man to feel the vibratory streams of the environment and to recognise truth behind the facade of appearances.

It is through sensibility that man feels the affinity which gathers, unites, links together people who nourish similar ideals and equal yearnings.

Furthermore, sensibility is an instrument of joy and sorrow. And it is sorrow that often awakens to life's realities the inattentive, indifferent, wayward spirit.

STRENGTH OF CHARACTER

Strength of character, like so many mother qualities, is an unequivocal measure of man's spiritual evolution.

Those who are endowed with it always set the noblest, most admirable examples of rectitude in the course of their lives.

Coupled with other qualities already mentioned, it reveals spiritual maturity and effective preparation for ascension to a higher class of evolution.

There are countless spiritual attributes which grow and expand in direct proportion to the development of the spirit.

CHAPTER VI

INCARNATION OF THE SPIRIT

Earth is not the permanent dwelling of any spirit. It is a school-world, a purifying laboratory, a learning centre, a workshop where the spirit learns, improves itself, and grows, over a longer or shorter period of time, in an environment suitable for its evolution.

As explained in Chapter IV, spirits are distributed by classes among worlds, in accordance with their degree of evolution.

The spirits that are undergoing evolution in our planet belong to the first 17 classes. In space, these classes are separated by order of their importance.

When they incarnate, however, they blend to form peoples of heterogeneous structures, in keeping with the requirements of a school world. Those who know more, who have more training, more experience, teach those who know less what they in turn learned from others. This is exactly why we very often see in the same family persons of very different degrees of spirituality.

In order to learn life's lessons well, man needs to find in his fellow beings qualities and knowledge which he does not yet have.

The spirit is immaterial. Its astral body, also called perispirit or animistic body, made of fifth-essence matter - but still matter - is made of the same animistic substance existing in the world where the spirit stays between incarnations.

Similarly, its physical body is made of matter existing in our planet. The more advanced the world where it belongs, the more diaphanous the fifth-essence matter of which its astral body is made. This explains why some astral bodies, although made of the same substance, are more diaphanous than others.

No fact or event in human life can be hidden from spiritual plans. Everything we do or think brings forth vibrations which cross in all directions.

This is why, as soon as fertilisation takes place, it is at once spiritually recorded and a spirit moves forward, among those who await their turn, to perform one of the paramount determinations of natural law - reincarnation. This is done without fear or reluctance, that spirit being fully aware of its duty.

Once the spirit has decided to reincarnate and identified a woman to serve as mother, it monitors the formation of the physical body throughout the pregnancy until fetal development is completed. Finally at birth it takes full possession of the body to which it remains attached by means of animistic cords.

The developing physical body is then gradually enveloped, molecule by molecule, by the animistic body of the incarnating spirit which irradiates over it from outside the pregnant mother's body, until the moment of birth when it takes full hold of the child's body.

Once incarnation has been accomplished, the spirit sustains itself on its astral body placed side by side with the child's body, on the left side.

As soon as incarnation has taken place, the human being becomes complete with three bodies as follows:

  • (1) Mental body (spirit)
  • (2) Astral body (animistic matter)
  • (3) Material body (organic matter)

As such, the spirit is supposed to carry out its earthly duties and live two distinctly separate lives: material life and spiritual life.

The mental body, to which researchers are now turning their attention, is the live, intelligent agent that governs the other two bodies - the astral and the physical bodies - and is therefore responsible for all manifestations of life.

The law of transformation of matter, to which the other bodies are subject, does not affect the mental body. The spirit is eternal and unchangeable in its essence and it offers magnificent demonstrations of its capabilities and courage as it grows in spirituality.

The astral body is the bond, the connection between the mental and the physical bodies. It is joined, particle by particle to the mental body, as a result of the permanent vibration of the latter. It encircles the entire physical body to which it is connected by means of animistic cords.

During sleep, the spirit wanders away, together with the astral body (from which it never parts) but never breaks its links with the physical body. It continues to pass on warmth and life by means of the previously mentioned animistic cords.

No matter how long the distances separating the spirit from its corporeal instrument may be, their connection is never broken.

Such interruption would amount to disincarnation and also, the extension of the animistic cords is unlimited.

Thus, only after disincarnation do the mental and astral bodies abandon the physical body definitively.

The physical body is a wonderful piece of machinery conceived by Universal Intelligence to provide its operator - the sprit - with the means and elements necessary to take a post-graduate course on Earth. This course is meant to last numerous multiple incarnations, which are essential to its ascension to an environment of higher spirituality on a higher level of evolution.

Medical science studies the physical body in minor detail and devotes full attention to it. And today a considerable number of scientists admit that the disorders of the spirit - among which emotional disturbances stand out - are the cause of a great number of physiological disorders, and constitute a picture of abnormalities and diseases whose aetiology is no longer a secret for them.

A normal physical body may be said to be a perfect, finished piece of sculpture.

When the spirit incarnates, it isolates itself from its past and forgets completely its previous incarnations. It only retains in its subconscious the experience gained from past ordeals and the tendencies resulting from the use of its free will.

That is extremely good for the spirit. Firstly, the veil of matter prevents identification of enemies of previous incarnations and makes reconciliation possible, bringing them closer, without grudges or ill will. Secondly, with temporary oblivion of past mistakes, which so often humble, shame, subdue and even alienate the will, the incarnate spirit sort of begins a new existence in each passage through Earth.

Billions of spirits have done and continue to do so in their trajectory through this planet, in a long series of incarnations.

The spirit retains forever all that was conquered through work and effort. This conquest, this wealth, this heritage are valuable assets in each incarnation. They facilitate the acquisition of new knowledge, new qualities and the refinement of its attributes.

DUTIES OF THE SPIRIT AFTER INCARNATION

During incarnate life, the spirit goes through distinct stages and in each of them it may learn priceless lessons.

These stages are: childhood, youth, maturity and old age. During all these stages the spirit has duties to perform, work to do, obligations to meet.

Life's dynamics requires permanent activity. But such activity should be dignifying, useful, constructive, for the benefit of self and others.

The four above-mentioned stages have meaning only in a physical sense. They are related only to the growth and life of the human body and are used to stress the diversity of experiences and lessons learned in the course of an incarnation.

CHILDHOOD, YOUTH AND MATURITY

We call childhood the period from birth to puberty. During childhood, so to speak, the foundations on which the whole building of incarnation will rest are laid.

Hence, the fundamental importance of the teachings received by man during that critical stage of life. These should consist of lessons of the highest moral content and especially of examples of a brave, noble personality.

After childhood come the teenage years, in which man is considered neither a minor nor an adult.

Youth begins in puberty and lasts until maturity. It is the age of reason. when the highest ambitions and ideals are usually present. And spirituality is not foreign to these ambitions and ideals, provided man has had the good fortune of absorbing high formative principles.

A nation will always be great as long as it can depend on its youth. The hopes of elders are permanently focused on youth.

Youth is followed by maturity. In maturity man enjoys the benefit of experience gained in the previous stages of life. He can be a competent and safe guide, because the sum of knowledge gained by him becomes a valuable asset.

In maturity man reaches his zenith. His organic cells - especially brain cells - reach their maximum vital power and allow the spirit to convey its constructive capacity to its fullest.

OLD AGE

Old age represents, in each incarnation, the last stage of life. And this is understandable: the human body is no more than a machine at the disposal of Force (the spirit) from which it receives warmth, action, motion and life. This machine - like all machines - is subject to the action of time, break-downs, wear-and-tear which effect it to a greater or lesser degree depending on the maintenance care provided by its operator - the spirit.

And, truly there are a great many inattentive, careless, lax individuals. Many slush in vice, often causing irreparable damage to their physical bodies, bringing about their complete destruction.

A well-lived existence leads to a healthy, happy old age. However at this stage the spirit, although mentally sound, cannot display the former strength of youth and the vitality and dynamism of the previous stages. This is due to the natural decadence of its bodily instrument.

Happy are those spirits that leave behind after each passage through Earth, unequivocal examples of valour and honesty.

Interest in the common well-being, familial behaviour, constant concern about the guidance of offspring, discipline and devotion to work are some of these examples.

SOCIAL MORALS AND SELF-EDUCATION

Activities in this planet are varied and many are the ways by which evolution is processed.

Equal possibilities are not available to everyone but, above all, what really matters is to dignify the meaning of life, even though engaged in the roughest, humblest jobs.

Social morals are characterised by high spiritual values, uncompromising support of sound behaviour, and effective exercise of healthy habits.

Each people has its own concept of life. But the further we proceed, the more we advance on the road to civilisation, the safer, the stronger the precepts of morals and honour prove to be. This applies especially to the home, the formation of which is - an indeclinable duty of every citizen, as explained in Chapter XIV which deals with the family.

Man's education is not restricted to childhood, when the role of parents is paramount.

In adulthood, when man is already prepared to be his own guide, he should collect the greatest possible amount of experience through observation and the witnessing of events around him or of which he hears.