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Why Spiritists are not afraid of death?


The Spiritist doctrine of life changes entirely our views of the future. The life to come is no longer a hypothesis, but a fact; the state of the soul, after death, is no longer a matter of theory, but a result of observation. The veil is lifted, and the spirit-world appears to us in all its activity and reality. It is not men who have discovered that world, through some ingenious conception of their imagination; it is the inhabitants of that world who come, in their own persons, to describe to us the state of being in which they find themselves! We see them at every degree of spirit-life, in every phase of happiness or of unhappiness; we contemplate all the incidents of the life beyond the grave. It is this knowledge of the nature and details of life in the spirit-world that enables the Spiritists to contemplate death with calmness and gives serenity to his last moments upon the earth. What sustains him is not a mere hope, but a certainty; he knowns that the future life is only a continuation of his present life, but under more favorable conditions, and he looks forward to it with as much confidence as that with which he looks forward to a new sunrise after a dark and stormy night. This confidance of the Spiritist is a result of the facts that he has witnessed, and of the accordance of those facts with reason, with the justice and goodness of God, and with the deepest inspirations of the human mind.
 
For the spiritist, the soul is not an abstraction for he knows, that it possesses an ethereal body which makes of it a real and definite being, susceptible of being conceived of as such by our thought; and this knowledge suffices, of itself, to fix our ideas in regard to its individuality, aptitudes an perceptions. Our remembrance of those who are dear to us repose, henceforth, on something real ; we no longer represent them to ourselves as so many fugitive flames, offering nothing of their former personality to our thought; on the contrary, we see them under a concrete form which shows them to belong to the category of living beings. Moreover, instead of regarding them as being lost to view, as formerly, in the depths of space, the Spiritist knows that they are beside us and around us; for he has learned that the corporeal world and the spiritual world are in close and perpetual connection. Doubt, in relation to the future life, being no longer possible to him, he has no longer any reason to be afraid of death; he beholds its approach with perfect equanimity; for he knows that the dissolution of his fleshly body will be for him a deliverance, the opening of a door through which he will pass, not into the yawning abyss of annihilation, but into a higher and happier state of existece.
 
In “Heaven and Heel or the divine justice vindicated in the plurality of existences.” Allan Kardec