Christian Rationalism: Part VII


CHAPTER IX (cont'd)

FREE WILL

Never will man escape spiritual justice. It will in due time make him reap the fruits of the seeds scattered by him on Earth, no matter how many times he may have escaped man's justice which so often fails in the judgement of human behaviour.

Contrary to what it may appear, there are no astral courts pronouncing spiritual sentences on the defendant. It is the spirit itself that voluntarily submits to spiritual justice. Free from all earthly influences, it makes a detailed review of all its actions, of which not a single one escapes its judgement.

Then remorse scorches conscience like hot iron. overcome by feelings of repentance, the spirit yearns for a new incarnation and becomes anxious to give as much of itself as necessary to recover the time lost on Earth as quickly as possible.

What trains and develops reason is the intense suffering caused by the innermost struggle between the awareness of wrongdoing and that of unfulfilled duty.

Wickedness is an unequivocal sign of spiritual inferiority. It reveals a spirit not yet sufficiently polished and makes clear that its vibrations are identical to those of the less developed spiritual strata of mankind.

Under such circumstances, free will, with its behavioural distortions, reflects the spirit's state of ignorance.

Spirit is light and as such it glows with an intensity that corresponds to its level of progress. Intensity of light means intensity of vibration. The higher the intensity, the greater the knowledge of life, the more evident the dynamic spiritual action, the safer the control over human behaviour, the better the use made of free will.

As the intensity of the spirit's vibration grows, the lesser the chances of it being engulfed in inferior vibratory currents or of engaging in actions disapproved of by its conscience.

It can never be overemphasised that evolution is ruled by natural laws which are never changed in Time and Space. No one can escape from their imperative norms.

These laws place everyone on an equal level as regards the means available to all men to freely use the spiritual assets already conquered, at a slower or faster pace, depending on their use of free will.

BUILDING UP ONE'S FUTURE

Evolution may be delayed and even stagnate on account of human laziness, indifference or negligence. Many times, indifference, laxity and desertion of duty are attributed to a supposed predestination or to an unrelenting, cruel fate which many believe it would be useless to fight.

This way of looking at such serious matters leads to disastrous results. Incarnate spirits have enough power to change the course of their lives at any time by proper use of their free will. They are the craftsmen of their happy or unhappy future, of their own success or failure.

The enlightened man's tomorrow is planned today. In other words, his future will be what is being planned and done now.

As there is much to be done, man needs to be always attentive to his duties and endeavour to use his free will in ways that will safeguard his future and make his journey easier.

Moral pain - if accompanied by bewilderment - produces vibrations capable of attracting and retaining harmful influences and animistic matter.

Nevertheless, provided an individual has some knowledge of life and understands the associations between body and spirit - without losing sight of the uncertainties and temporary character or earthly values - he will realise the need for immediate reaction to suffering so as not to allow himself to be overwhelmed by it. The same applies to thoughts of weakness that may lead him to physical and spiritual depression which is the cause of so many obsessions.

No one is required to give more than he can give. Good use of free will is within everyone's capacity. Why, then, make mistakes that torment oneself? Why do so many people allow themselves to be absorbed by sparkling uncertain, deceitful sensations of earthly feelings?

It is therefore in human interest to know the responsibility man holds in the control of his free will. This responsibility is an integral part of life and is therefore irrefutable and non-transferable. It is useless to deny it as it is useless to try to escape its consequences.

The mystique of forgiveness for crime, swindle and evasion of duty makes no sense whatsoever in spiritual life.

What is imperative above all is the compelling, urgent need for everyone to face the problems and responsibilities of life with courage and determination.

One needs to be aware of danger in order to avoid it. The harms resulting from ignorance of the role played by free will in human life are incalculable. If free will were properly used, there would no be so many lost incarnations.

The spirit's journey on Earth, in successive stages, is undeniably long. However, all steps can be climbed without useless repetitions if Christian Rationalist principles are carefully followed. And the subject of this chapter is an important part of them.

A large portion of mankind knows little about free will. Many are even unaware of its existence. The multisecular misconception of regarding life as one sole incarnation has contributed decisively to this ignorance. And mankind has paid a very high price for this error.

When will mankind awaken to life's realities? When will it feel strong enough to break the shackles that enslaven it to misconceptions?

No matter when, this will have to happen one day.

CHAPTER X

THE AURA

The aura, which encircles all living beings of the three realms of nature, is an emanation of Intelligent Force. It may be seen by people who are endowed with a developed mediumnistic sense of clairvoyance.

The part of the aura closer to the body's periphery is denser and it gradually becomes more diaphanous towards its outer periphery.

Astral vision, at the beginning of its development, perceives only the denser portion of the aura. Deeper perception of the aura is accessible only to those who are endowed with sufficiently developed clairvoyance.

Coloration of the aura of mineral bodies is constant, so to speak. In vegetable life the bodies already exhibit more advanced and variable evolution. In the exuberance of their lives the auras of plants differ from those of wood in industrial use. This change is accounted for by the transformation that they undergo.

In animals of inferior species there is even more variation in the colours of the aura. They change according to the animals' health conditions, their state of calmness or irritability, courage or fear, good or inadequate nutrition and, still, youth or senility.

Due to its greater variation of colours, the human aura is the most complex to analyse. In addition to revealing each individual's degree of evolution, it portrays his tendencies, natural disposition, degree of intelligence, reasoning capacity, sensibility and finally, the nature of his thoughts. Although it appears to be only one, the human aura is in reality threefold: the spiritual aura, the astral body aura and the physical aura. Each corresponds to the nature of the body from which it emanates.

The physical body aura, which is an emanation of all particles of organised matter contained in it, may be observed during sleep without the interference of the other two when the spirit and the astral body withdraw.

It is then perceived as whitish and transparent ( as it were made of stretched hair filaments) if the body is healthy, or curved fallen filaments if the body is ill.

The astral body aura, less tenuous than the aura of the other bodies, is almost invariable. Neither of them, however, is comparable to the spiritual aura which, by the intensity and variety of its colours, faithfully defines the nature of its vibrations.

In the gamut of feelings entertained by the spirit, the two extremes are identified by the black and white colours.

Clear, crystalline, spotless white expresses the highest form of spiritual development. Black denotes the lowest, most animalized feelings.

Between the black and white auras, from one extreme to another, there is an immense variety of colours, each defining a state, emotion, or feeling, all obviously imperfect because the goal to be reached is perfection, which translates into white.

Physical vision can perceive only the colour of the solar spectrum and its associations. There are however, numberless other colours which, although invisible to the human eye, are part of the spiritual spectrum, of colours.

The colour of the human aura changes according to the thoughts of each individual. When is a state of calmness and tranquillity, it has a coloration of its own, which reveals the degree of spiritual evolution.

However, as evolution proceeds, inferior feelings are progressively eliminated. Therefore, the colour of the aura, which is representative of the degree of evolution, is composed of numerous combined colours, each implying the presence of a certain feeling, emotion or passion.

On his way to evolution, every well-meaning individual tries to free himself from the defects he detects in his own personality, but retains those that go unnoticed. Even so, this behaviour varies from one person to another.

Some, while trying to fight vanity, forget greed. Others, while attempting to overcome envy, allow themselves to be overwhelmed by lust and so on.

As a result, the customary colour of the aura varies from one individual to another. This colour changes gradually as the character improves.

The colour is also subject to sudden, transitory changes. Any emotion that overtakes an individual will immediately cause his aura to take on the colour that such emotion expresses. The explanation is that each emotion produces a corresponding vibration. This vibration imposes itself by controlling the field of the aura with its own, characteristic, underlying colour.

The habitual colours of the aura usually reveal the character of an individual, whereas the transitory colour express the passions that he has not yet destroyed and overcome.

Aura reading can be accurately done only by evolved spirits that are aware of the subtleties inherent in the alternation and combination of colours. Each shade of the same colour has its own expression or particular meaning, and each combination of two or more colours or shades calls for new definitions.

The members of the Superior Astral invariably have a white aura because after reaching that state their nature becomes inviolable.

Even though his aura is, to a certain extent, hidden from the human eye, every individual should strive to be honest, loyal and truthful. This should be done, not out of fear that others discover the inferiority of his inner personality, but out of a sense of duty, dignity, self-respect and enlightenment about life

This is the only way human character can be polished, burnished, perfected under structural, indestructible conditions so that, whatever the situation, man's attitudes will always reflect moral attributes of the highest quality.

CHAPTER XI

EVOLUTION

Evolution is the fundamental principle of life in the Universe. In evolution lies the basis for the understanding of everything that comes to pass within and outside the reach of human perception. Whenever evolution is disregarded, there is no logical or rational explanation for existence. Let some deny it out of ignorance, others out of scepticism, or sectarian interests. To reinforce their denial, let them employ all imaginable sophisms, flourishes, and figures of speech. Evolution will always be present, always alive and active in all manifestations of life since its emergence. Why do certain sects take so much interest in denying evolution? Why are they so uncompromisingly opposed to it? Why don't they surrender and accept it? The reason is not difficult to determine if we consider that acceptance of evolution would entirely destroy the mystique of salvation.

Therefore, the acceptance of such truth would imply the destruction of a system which is directly or indirectly shared by millions of individuals whose personal interests are placed above the higher interests of mankind.

Nor are all of the opponents of evolution convinced of its inexistence. It is by no means small the number of those who deny it but at heart admit it. Some deny it because truth would not be convenient to them professionally. Others deny it out of submissiveness to dogmas that turned them into fanatics and obscurantists.

By hammering the idea of salvation into a child's mind, this fantasy is gradually impregnated in the child's perispirit until it becomes deeply rooted. Later in adulthood, the individual repeats mechanically what he or she has become used to hearing, without submitting it to reason. This occurs because of the disagreeable clash between fallacy, so long stored in the subconscious, and truth, which is alive in consciousness.

FALSE IDEAS

Besides being an absurdity, the "salvation" dogma is an incentive to self-indulgence. Sectarians do not understand laboriousness, the struggles that man must undergo, the effort he must make in order to attain spiritual advancement and material success. They would rather rely on "grace", "favours", or divine protection.

Even idlers and loafers are still entitled to celestial immunity if they came into this world as the "elect" and therefore immune to the consequences of earthly sins. After all aren't the representatives of divinity always handy to absolve the delinquent and grant the passport to heaven? The deepest human disagreements which have brought about so many tragedies and misfortunes in the world - such as hatred, wars, even misery and hunger - all have their primary or remote origins in the false ideas instilled in people by innumerable sects.

An unaware victim of these evils, mankind is pushed towards pain in an almost endless sequence of lost incarnations.

However, one thing is certain: evolution must be accomplished, at all costs. This is an imposition of the natural, immutable laws that rule the Universe. And these laws are not influenced by the foolish pretentiousness of those who believe they can evade or nullify them.

Therefore, everyone should strive to give a sound orientation to his life in order to shorten evolution. He should strive to be hard-working and progressive and turn his attention to the betterment of his own personality.

Evolution is perceived everywhere. It is felt in the seed that sprouts into a flower; in the tree that grows larger and bears fruit; in the human being that enters school illiterate and leaves it a scientist; in the development of the arts, letters, sciences, music, laboratories, industries, inventions and social needs.

The atom has existed since the beginnings of life. And why were scientists only recently capable of identifying and isolating it? Why didn't they do it before? Even in the biological realm why didn't man's appearance on Earth precede that of other animals, if in the animal scale man is the most highly developed of them all?

The answer is obvious: man made his appearance on Earth as a result of the evolution of the animals that precede him. And, despite the present degree of advancement of this planet, the march towards evolution in the three kingdoms of nature proceeds without interruptions or alterations. It is just that those who are now beginning their evolution in human form, in our day and age find more favourable conditions for their mental development.

Even though such primitive human beings may be considered much more advanced than the inferior animals which they previously were, they are in reality so lacking in intelligence that they are actually guided more by instinct than by reason.

EVOLUTIONARY TRAJECTORY

Mankind's history is filled with innumerable historical marks which point to man's long, immense evolutionary trajectory. And, because it is impossible to make that long journey in a single physical existence, those who cling to religious traditionalism refuse to accept evolution so that they will not be compelled to acknowledge reincarnation - the means by which it is processed in the animal or human stage.

Mere reasoning will show that no serious opposition can be made to the law of evolution. Without evolution, everyone would have the same degree of intelligence, advancement and spirituality. It is inadmissible that the "God", which people are taught to worship, would create spirits of differing degrees of advancement and consciously produce an idiot and a genius, in an arbitrary, imperfect, unfair way of doing things.

Time will come when sectarians will discern this absurdity in divine practices. Then they will no longer rebuff that which is rational, logic and intuitive because they will find the explanation for all of life's phenomena in the very remote origins of the evolution of the spirit.

It should be emphasised that this is the one origin of the evolution of the spirit. At the beginning of the evolutionary process, all particles of Universal Intelligence start with the same possibilities and resources, have identical conditions and equal potential values.

Therefore, all particles develop in the same proportion until they can be classified as spirits. At this stage they become endowed with free will in order to act at their own discretion and risk. We have already seen in Chapter IX how spiritual evolution is delayed by improper use of free will. Any observer who really wants to see will have before his eyes a picture of the evolution of the spirit on Earth. No two individuals are alike, although there are those who are similar. Everyone is promoting his advancement in his own way and at his own cost, in accordance with the pattern of conduct adopted by him in the course of previous incarnations over a period of thousands of years.

Those who made better use of their free will obviously have made progress in the same number of incarnations than those who were less thoughtful.

This is one of the explanations for the great dissimilarities in mentality, disparities in feelings, and disagreements in opinions found among people.

The reason is that the number of incarnations lived varies among individuals, as well as the profit gained from them and the effort made by each individual.

There may be one who lost two hundred incarnations as a result of disorderly life, and another who lost only twenty in a similar period. The latter is undoubtedly more advanced than the former.

A SIMPLE, CANDID DISCLOSURE

Notice how this revelation of life differs from that presented by sectarians. Theirs is filled with inconsistencies, absurdities and contradictions because it is grounded on biblical nonsense partly inspired by playful spirits of the Inferior Astral, known by the name of "prophets". These often engage the help of talkative mediums, similar to so many we have encountered, who exploit human credulity, and derive large profits under the guise of scientific knowledge.

When the books which, in our enlightened day and age, still enrapture and atrophy the reasoning of millions of worshippers were written, thousands of years ago, the world was in a much worse condition.

Evolution on Earth is promoted by those who live on this planet. In those times Earth's inhabitants had a much lower degree of evolution than now. They knew nothing about mediumnity, its effects and consequences. Mediumnistic phenomena, which today are commonplace, were looked upon as occult and supernatural.

Comprehension and knowledge about things are an outgrowth of spiritual evolution. Many of those who are now incarnated already look at life from a different angle which becomes closer and closer to truth.

Let us not believe that fanatics will admit as real the truths asserted in this book. Fanaticism clouds intelligence and hinders reasoning. For a fanatic, there are sacred books dictated by "God" which he cannot and should not doubt under penalty of incurring sin and risking his "salvation".

This is what really happens. But not all is lost. The believer has the right to reincarnate as many times as necessary to try to acquire during earthly life the knowledge and experience needed to consciously accept the truths he previously rejected.

Man cannot ascend to a higher level of evolution as long as on Earth he stubbornly persists in abiding by deceitful ideas about life and erroneously following them.

It is to be regretted that man, out of ignorance, transforms the wide road to evolution into a narrow, rough, winding path filled with obstacles which are difficult to overcome.

Sooner or later everyone will have to realise that all mankind travels in the same direction towards a common goal which is improvement. This goal can be reached only through well-guided self-effort, disciplined individual work and the grasp of knowledge, at the expense of vigorous, permanent action.

Every individual should look inside himself and learn to rely on himself. He should become aware that he possesses immense, invaluable resources to carry each earthly existence to a successful conclusion.

By following this trend of thought he will become synchronised with evolutionary currents which will lead him to spiritual evolution without major sacrifices or stumbling blocks.

CHAPTER XII

COURAGE

Courage is a quality with which all spirits are endowed, to a higher or lesser degree. It is one of the distinguishing traits of the human personality.

The firmer man's character becomes as a result of the harshness of daily life and his struggles for self-improvement, the more the spirit feels the need to test this valuable asset, so that the results obtained can match the efforts made.

Whenever man, upon choosing a pattern of conduct, has to resort to his own courage and select a route to follow, his spiritual assets are increased, invigorated, and enriched.

At one time or another, every human being has an opportunity to demonstrate his moral fiber through an accomplishment. This brings a real heart-felt joy that gratifies one's conscience, brightens the countenance and, as a major reward, gives one the pleasant feelings of an accomplished duty.

All faculties tend to languish if they are not regularly exercised. Exercise strengthens and invigorates. It is necessary to both body and mind. Exercising the mind consists of the routine practice of acts and thoughts of courage which should be stimulated from childhood.

Such actions and thoughts may be seen in the home when a teenager accepts responsibility for his faults, when he expresses sympathy for the difficulties and suffering of his parents and siblings, and when he is capable of self-denial and abnegation on behalf of his fellow-beings. They are also demonstrated in school when a student is capable of fair play in sports, when he acts in a dignified way in his studies and tests, when he acknowledges his parents' efforts and tries to be worthy of their sacrifice.

If these high spiritual attributes are exercised by adolescents, they will begin young adulthood with a moral preparation that will clearly reflect their traits of courage.

This will enable them to resist the worldly temptations inherent to their age, to lead a methodical, disciplined life, to regard work as a reward and to demand for themselves the same respect they pay their fellow men.

During the adult years, - as explained in Chapter VI - man's organic cells reach their maximum vitality and the spirit retains the precious treasure represented by the lessons learned in adolescence and youth. Man needs to be able to depend on that valuable store of knowledge in order to escape the errors and vices that predominates in his environment.

Courageous attitudes, fearless when necessary, bold if needed - but always serene and peaceful, pondered and fair, inflexible and straight - this is the main characteristic of the remarkable quality which is courage.

A man who lives under the precepts of honour and duty, moulds his habits according to the pure principles of Christian morals, keeps himself under the dynamic incentive of good vibrations, is permanently encircled by an armour which the thrusts of evil cannot penetrate.

This armour, although invisible, maintains all its rigidity as long as man remains alert. A mere oversight may cause everything to be lost. But the strong, backed by enlightenment, strive not to become heedless. The purpose of Christian Rationalism is precisely to guide and enlighten the strong so that they will remain on the alert, and the weak so that they will become strong.

An individual's courage begins with self control. The essential quality he needs in order to develop courage is to know how to control his nerves and thoughts, subduing reprehensible impulses and inclinations. Thus reasoning will show him the best solutions.

Any individual who is in a position of leadership first needs to learn how to lead himself and to set examples of serenity, courage and valour. He must check himself in the presence of life's emotional situations, and avoid self-control or harming his subordinates.

FAIRNESS

As a rule fairness is exercised when the sprit acts with serenity, impartiality and concern for truth. We need fairness as much as we need courage and honour.

Therefore, man should seriously strive to be fair, courageous and honest. It must be understood, however, that no one can be fair without being tolerant and judicious, without understanding life in all its complexities, spiritual aspects and realistic content.

A clear, true understanding of life enables man to speed his development and the refinement of his spiritual qualities. It can reduce the number of reincarnations in the distressing environment of this school-world. Here ignorance has created the materialism in which mankind is engulfed, and with it the moral abasement that has infiltrated all social strata.

The understanding of life gives man a practical sense of relinquishment of earthly values. He becomes assured that his stay on Earth is transitory, and that material values are also for his temporary use. With them man can reach only some short-range objectives.

Material values are not owned by men. They belong to the world which entrusts them to Earth's inhabitants to manage and to make good use of, as a short-lived reward for their efforts and accomplishments.

The sense of relinquishment, self-denial, abnegation, sacrifice and solidarity is therefore an outgrowth of a greater understanding of life which, in a brotherly manner, brings men closer together as identical particles of a single Whole.

Let us not confuse, however, this noble spiritual quality with lack of interest for worldly things as a result of the disappointments and disillusionment which often makes people apathetic, sceptical, lonely, vagrant, exotic or fanatic sectarians.

The enlightened, strong individual does not allow himself to become disappointed or disillusioned. He understands the causes of human weakness and viciousness, does not believe in the existence of the flawless man, and always seeks a rational understanding of events.

He is truthful, loyal, honest, and well balanced. He never forgets, in times of danger, that his moral integrity should prevail above all considerations and interests, and does not fear the consequences of an inflexible stand against corruption.

DIGGING ONE'S OWN ABYSS

Let us always keep in mind that the forces of evil will never prevail over the forces of good. The latter will, in the end, eternally prevail. The former are transitory, and act over a period of time that marks their own destruction. All wrongdoings damage severely the character of those who perpetrate them and leave marks which are difficult to erase in their spiritual personality.

It is therefore imperative that man strengthens his attributes of courage to conquer undignified behaviour.

Unfortunately, the selfish, unethical individual who goes about deceiving his fellow-man, taking advantage of all situations, is not hard to find. Unconcerned about the misfortunes of others, he delights only in gratifying his own interests, no matter how vile.

By doing so, however, he inadvertently begins to fall in a self-dug abyss from where he will only be able to emerge at the cost of tremendous sacrifice.

The gestures of spiritual grandeur which reveal a man's degree of courage are also the ones that dignify man the most and gives him the happiness he seeks. Courage is to light what weakness is to darkness. Both are mutually exclusive.

No rational person would rather have negative than positive action, nothingness rather than all, backwardness rather than progress, doubt rather than certainty, failure rather than success, fear rather than courage, darkness rather than light.

Those who choose ugliness instead of beauty - a symbolic comparison - are foolish people who put aside commons sense and behave at the whim of an apathetic conscience, entirely unable to appreciate authentic values.

In all its books Christian Rationalism stands for a change in this unfortunate state of mind which is partly due to man's surrender to obscurantistic sectarism that is unaware of life's evolutionary process and of man's spiritual duties.

Good or bad actions, besides never being lost, carry with them corresponding consequences, by imposition of the natural laws that rule the Universe.

Disincarnation occurs as a result of cardiac arrest. A bomb explosion brings destruction. Earth's revolution around the sun makes day and night.

Thus, both good and wrong doing determine some sort of consequence to the performer. These consequences invariably match the nature of the thoughts that generated his actions.

Those who believe that through forgiveness and other makeshift means they can evade the consequences of their actions are therefore wrong. On the spiritual level there is neither forgiveness nor gods to forgive.

Man needs to reason in order to live sensibly. He needs to act in an independent way, using his own moral and spiritual resources. Those who do wrong will inescapably have to redeem it sooner or later.

Only good actions enrich one's personality and dignify one's character. Those who practice good come to play an effective role in the work of pacification and spiritualization of the human masses.