WHAT ARE WE? WHERE WE CAME FROM? WHERE ARE WE GOING?
Why so much suffering, so much evil, so much war in the world?
This translation I dedicate to the Muslim brothers of Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.
Death in that region has become so commonplace that the press hardly divulges the events.
More than 100,000 children are being held in Mosul, Iraq. Today more than 163 people died in the hands of the terrorists, many of them were children.
Today is a day of mourning.
Even knowing that everything is karma, even of the indisputable certainty of life after death and the communication of the spirit, it is still very sad when someone dies in such a violent way.
I think that what makes me sad, what affects me the most and what shocks me is the barbarity of human beings.
Unfortunately the barbarity in the name of God has no limits.
Formerly they called themselves Christians. Today they are called Muslims.
But one day I was a barbarian and I committed many crimes. In this incarnation I am trying to reach the light. For this reason, I would like to apologize for the souls of the more than 163 dead in the city of Mosul and the millions who died and continue to die in the name of Allah. May they find peace and terrorists may one day also decide to follow the light, whether here or on the spiritual plane.
The worst feeling is that of being helpless, defenseless …
Book: The reason of Life Part II – HARMONY OF THE UNIVERSE
Author: Leon Denis Year: 1927
We saw above the existence in us of an intelligent and rational principle; we now return to the source from which it takes place to explain its origin by the chaining of causes and effects. Men call this source, in their overpowering and insufficient language, God.
God is the center from which all the powers of the Universe emanate and return.
It is the focus from which all ideas of justice, solidarity and love radiate, the common goal to which all beings are guided, consciously or unconsciously. It is from our relationship with the great Architect of the worlds
Which result in universal harmony, community and fraternity. To be
Brothers, in fact, there must be an ordinary father, and that father can only be God.
God, you will say, has been present under such strange aspects, sometimes so
Revolting to believing men, that the modern spirit is moving away from Him. But what do these sectarian ramblings matter? Pretending that God can be diminished by the purposes of men is tantamount to saying that Mount White and the Himalayas may be stained by the breath of a mosquito. The truth hangs radiant, dazzling, well above theological obscurity.
To glimpse this truth, thought must detach itself from the narrow rules, from vulgar practices, from rejecting the puerile forms with which certain religions have involved the supreme ideal. He must study God in the majesty of his works.
At the hour when all lies in our cities, when the night is transparent and the silence is made upon the sleeping earth, then, O my brethren, lift up your eyes and behold the infinite of the heavens!
Observe the rhythmic marches of the stars, evolving in the depths. These innumerable fires are worlds, of which the earth is but an atom. The prodigious suns are contrived by processions of spheres and from which the astonishing distances that separate us are measured by millions of light years. That’s why they seem to us as simple points of light. But direct them to this colossal eye of science, the radio telescope, and you will distinguish their surfaces, similar to burning oceans.
Try in vain to count them, they multiply even in the most remote regions and confuse themselves in the distance, like a luminous dust. Observe also how on the neighboring worlds of the Earth the valleys and mountains are drawn, seas are dug, clouds move. Recognize that the manifestations of life occur everywhere, and that an admirable order unites, under uniform laws and common destinies, the Earth and its brothers, the wandering planets in infinity.
Verify that all these worlds, inhabited by other human societies, stir, move and approach with different velocities, traversing immense orbs, everywhere movement, activity and life are shown in a grandiose spectacle. Look at our own globe, the Earth, which seems to tell us: “Your flesh is mine, your beings my children.” Look at the great milkmaid of humanity, see the harmony of its contours, its continents, within which nations sprout and grow, its vast oceans always in motion, accompany the renewal of the seasons, Green decorations or fair-haired harvests;
The living beings that inhabit it: birds, insects, plants and flowers, each one of them a wonderful chiselled, a jewel of the divine box. Observe yourself, see the admirable performance of your organs, the wonderful and complicated mechanism of your senses. What human genius could imitate these delicate masterpieces?
Consider all these things and ask your reason whether such beauty, splendor, and harmony may result from chance, or whether there is above all an intelligent cause presiding over the order of the world and the evolution of life. And if you were opposed by scourges, catastrophes, anything that comes to disturb this admirable order, I would answer you: Deepen the problems of nature, do not settle on the surface, descend to the bottom of things and discover, with surprise, that the apparent contradictions But do not confirm the general harmony, which are useful to the progress of beings, the sole purpose of existence.
If God made the world, certain materialists triumphantly retort, who then did
God? This objection has no meaning. God is not a being that joins the series of beings.
He is the universal Being, without limits in time and space,
For infinite, eternal consequence. There can be no being above or beside it.
God is the source and beginning of all life. It is through him that the individual forces are reconnected, united and harmonized, and that without him they would be isolated and divergent.
Left to themselves, not being governed by a law, a higher will, these forces would have produced nothing but confusion and chaos. The fact that there is a general plan, a common purpose, in which all the powers of the universe participate, proves the existence of a cause, a supreme intelligence, which is God.
THE SUCCESSIVE LIVES
As we have said, man must, first and foremost, learn to know himself in order to clear his future. To walk steadily, you must know where you are going. He is conforming his acts with the higher laws that man will work effectively for his own improvement and the social environment. What is important is to discern these laws, to determine the duties they impose upon us, to foresee the consequences of their actions. The day when he is full of the greatness of his function, the human being will be better able to detach himself from that which diminishes and lowers him, he can govern himself wisely, prepare by his efforts the fruitful union of men in a great family of brothers.
But we are far from this state of affairs. Although humanity is advancing along the path of progress, it can be said, however, that the vast majority of
Members walks the ordinary way, in the dark night, ignorant of itself, not understanding the real purpose of existence.
Thick darkness obscures human reason. The radiations of truth arrive pale, weakened, powerless to clear the winding routes trodden by the innumerable legions on the march and to make the ideal and distant goal shine in their eyes.
Ignoring their destinies, floating endlessly between prejudice and error, man curses life sometimes. Bending under his burden, he throws upon his
Similar to the fault of the proofs it supports and which, very often, are generated by its imprevidence. Revolted against God, whom he accuses of injustice, he sometimes, in his madness and despair, deserts himself from the salutary fight, from the struggle that could by itself strengthen his soul, clarify his judgment, prepare him for the Works of a higher order.
Why is this so? Why does man descend weak and unarmed in the great arena where he hangs without respite, without rest, the eternal and gigantic battle?
It is because this globe, the Earth, is on a lower step in the scale of the worlds. Here dwells for the most part children’s spirits, that is, souls born only recently for reason. Matter reigns supreme in our world. It curves us under its yoke, limits our faculties, seals our impulses for good and our aspirations for the ideal.
Moreover, in order to discern the reason of life, in order to discern the supreme law governing souls and worlds, one must know how to free oneself from these heavy influences, detach oneself from the material preoccupations, from all those fleeting and changing things that cover our spirit And that obscure our judgments. It is raising us by thinking above the horizons of life, making abstraction of time and place, hovering somehow above the details of existence, that we will perceive the truth.
By an effort of will, let us leave the Earth for a moment and sneak into those towering heights. From above will unfold for us the immense panorama of the ages without account, and the spaces without limits. In the same way that the soldier, lost in the conflict, sees nothing but confusion around him, while the general, whose gaze embraces all the vicissitudes of the battle, calculates and predicts the results, just as the traveler, lost in the windings of the ground Can, by climbing the mountain, see them merge into a grandiose plane, so the human soul, from the height where flat, far from the noises of the earth and away from the shallow shoals, discovers the universal harmony – that which here below Seems contradictory, inexplicable and unjust, when seen from above, if it is cleared, clarifies, the sinuosities of the path straighten, everything unites, chains, the fascinated spirit appears the majestic order that regulates the course of existences and the march Of the universe.
From these enlightened heights, life is no longer for our eyes, as it is for those of the multitude – a vain pursuit of ephemeral satisfactions – but rather a
Means of intellectual improvement, of moral elevation, a school where one learns sweetness, patience and duty. And this life, to be effective, can not be isolated.
Out of their limits, before birth and after death, we see, in a sort of penumbra, unfolding innumerable existences through which, at the price of labor and suffering, we conquer, piece by piece, retail by retail, little Knowledge and qualities that we possess, we will also conquer what we lack: a perfect reason, a science without gaps, an infinite love for all that lives.
Immortality resembles an endless chain and unfolds for each of us in the immensity of time. Each existence is a link that binds back and forth to distinct links, to different lives, but in solidarity with one another. The present is the consequence of the past and the preparation of the future. From step to step, the being rises and grows. Craftsman of his own destiny, the human soul, free and responsible, chooses his way and, if this path is bad, the falls that will come, the stones and thorns that will tear it will have the effect of developing his experience and clarifying his reason source.
VI- JUSTICE AND PROGRESS
The higher law of the universe is the incessant progress, the ascension of beings to God, the focus of perfections. From the depths of the abyss of life, by an infinite route and a constant evolution, we approach Him. At the bottom of each soul is deposited the germ of all faculties, of all powers, and it is up to them to hasten them by their efforts and their labors. Seen in this respect, our advance and future happiness are our work. Grace has no more reason to be. Justice radiates over the world because if we have all struggled and suffered, we will all be saved.
In the same way, it reveals here in all its greatness the function of pain and its usefulness for the advancement of beings. Each globe, rotating in space, is vast workshop
Where the spiritual substance incessantly works. Just as the coarse mineral, when under the action of fire and water, gradually transformed into pure metal, so the human soul, under the heavy hammers of pain, is transformed and fortified. It is through the proofs that the great characters are tempered. Pain is the supreme purification, the furnace where they merge, all the impure elements that stain us: pride, selfishness and indifference. It is the only school where sensations are refined, where one learns piety and stoic resignation. Sensual joys, binding us to matter, delay our elevation, while sacrifice and self-denial free us by anticipation of this thick bargain, prepare us for new steps, for a higher ascension. The soul, purified, sanctified by the trials, sees the painful incarnations cease. Lets forever the material globes and soars over the magnificent range of happy worlds.
It travels the field without limits of spaces and ages. Each step forward, she sees her horizons widen and her sphere of action grow, she perceives more and more distinctly the great harmony of laws and things, of participating in a narrower, more effective way. Then time eclipses, centuries flow like hours.
Together with her sisters, companions of the eternal journey, she continues her intellectual and moral ascension in the midst of an ever greater light.
From our observations and research stands a great law: the plurality of existences of the soul. We had lived before birth and would revive after death. This law gives the key to these hitherto insoluble problems.
By itself, it explains the inequality of conditions, the infinite variety of aptitudes and characters. We have known or will know successively all phases of social life and will go through all its means. In the past, we were like the savages that inhabited the backward continents, in the future we can rise to the height of the immortal geniuses, the giant spirits that, like light beams, illuminate the march of humanity.
Their history is our history, and we are partakers of it, we go through their arduous paths, we endure the secular evolutions reported in the annals of the nations. Time and work: these are the elements of our progress.
This law of reincarnation clearly shows the sovereign justice that reigns over all beings. Each time we forge and break our own shackles. The scary evidence that some of us suffer is, in general,
Consequence of our past conduct. The despot becomes a slave: the haughty woman, proud of her beauty, returns to a formless, suffering body;
Was a mercenary, bowed under an ungrateful service. He who has suffered will suffer in turn. It is useless to seek hell in regions unknown or distant, hell is in us, hidden in the ignored recesses of the guilty soul, from which alone the atonement can make the pains cease. There are no eternal punishments.
But, will you say, if other lives preceded birth, why did we lose our memory? How could we profitably atone when faults are forgotten?
Was not that a heavy ball stuck at our feet? Painfully out of the ages of fury and bestiality, as must have been the past of each one of us!
Through the transposed steps, how many tears shed, how much blood shed because of our deeds! We know hatred and practice injustice. What a moral burden would be this long perspective of faults for still weak and hesitant spirits!
And then the remembrance of our own past would not be intimately linked to the memories of the past of others? What a situation for the guilty, marked by the red-hot iron, for all eternity! By the same token, hatred and error would perpetuate themselves, digging deep, indelible divisions in the bosom of this already torn humanity.
God did well by erasing from our feeble brains the memory of a terrible past.
Having sucked in the drink of oblivion, we were reborn for a new life. A different education, a more advanced civilization, fades the chimeras that once visited our spirit. Relieved of this blocking baggage, we proceed with more rapid steps on the pathways that open to us.
However, this past is not erased in such a way that we can not
To glimpse some of its vestiges. If we detach ourselves from external influences, we descend into the depths of our being: if we examine ourselves carefully, our tastes and aspirations, we discover things in our present existence and with the education received, which could explain nothing. From there, we will come to reconstitute this past, if not in all its details, at least in its broad lines.
As for faults, which imply a necessary atonement in this life, even if momentarily obliterated in our eyes, its first cause continues to exist, always visible, that is, our passions and impetuous characters, which the new incarnations are intended to tame, to double.
So then, if we leave the most dangerous memories on the threshold of life, we carry with us the fruits and consequences of the work done, that is, an awareness, a judgment, a character as we have carved it out.
Everything that is innate to us is nothing more than the intellectual and moral inheritance that the vanished lives have bequeathed to us.
And every time the gates of death open to us, when, released from the material yoke, our soul escapes from its prison in the flesh to re-enter the empire of the Spirits, then its past is reconstituted little by little. One after another, on the path followed, he reviews his existences, the falls, the highs, the rapid advances.
She judges herself, measuring the way she has gone. In the spectacle of her discredit or her merits, exposed before her, she finds her punishment or her reward.
Since the purpose of life is the intellectual and moral perfection of being, what conditions, what means would best co-operate with it? Man can work in his perfection in all conditions, in all social circles, yet he would far more easily succeed under certain determined conditions.
… To be continued…