Each creature has the affliction that is the own characteristic:
Selfishness, addiction, aggression, crime, fanaticism, escape, envy, thoughtlessness, indiscipline, brutality, laziness, vanity, relaxation, indifference, helplessness, jealousy, impatience, stinginess, injustice. Emmanuel
Question 908: How can we define the limit at which the passions cease to be good or bad?
“The passions are like a horse that is useful when under control, but dangerous when it obtains the mastery. A passion becomes pernicious the moment when you cease to govern it, and when it causes an injury to yourselves or to others.” The passions are levers that Increase man’s powers tenfold, and aid him in the accomplishment of the designs of Providence but if, instead of ruling them, he allows himself to be ruled by them, he falls into every sort of excess, and the same force which, held well in hand, would have been useful to him, falls upon and crushes him. All the passions have their source in a natural sentiment or a natural want. They are therefore not evil in themselves, since they constitute one of the providentially-appointed conditions of our existence. what is usually meant by “passion” is the exaggeration of a need or a Sentiment. But this exaggeration Is the excessive action of a motive-power, and not the power Itself; it is this excessive action which becomes an evil, and leads to evil consequences of every Kind. Every passion that brings man nearer to the nature of the animals takes him further from the spiritual nature. Every sentiment that raises man above the nature of the animals is evidence of the predominance of his spiritual nature over his animal nature and brings him nearer to perfection. Allan Kardec, The Spirit´s Book
Ego: Human passions and its characteristics
Book: Religion of the Spirits. Author: Emmanuel Medium: Francisco Xavier
Performed by Professor André Sobreiro
Participation: Roberto and Theodora
Chapter 10: Examine the very affliction
Emmanuel: Examine the very affliction that thy concern not convert in devastating emotional storm.
André: The author Emmanuel suggests a movement called “self-evaluation” or “self-analysis”. So if the person is distressed, anguished or suffering, she always seeks the blame on others. However, before judging others for our suffering, we must examine the very affliction.
Restlessness is a natural principle, it is necessary for us to grow spiritually. A natural principle is that compels us to Progress.
There is a philosopher who says, “the satisfied animal sleeps.” If the animal is fed and feels safe, he lay in the shade and sleep. It means that, if we are satisfied, the tendency is to accommodate ourselves and not see the needs to move forward in the progress. Because we are pleased with our Situation. Then, restlessness is not the problem. The problem are the uncontrolled emotions that come with this concern. Such as neurosis, depression, fear, panic, aggression and several others.
Emmanuel: All afflictions are characterized by types and special names:
The affliction of selfishness is called egomania
André: The person finds himself the most beautiful, intelligent, intends that all people to serve him, not divide anything with anyone.
Theodora: Always waiting to take advantage for himself own. Not care about the feeling or suffering of others.
180 – Indifference in the manifestations of emotional sensitivity, within the processes of evolution of life on Earth, in times of pain and joy, is justified attitude, as spiritual surveillance measure?
-The Indifference which results in crystallization of feelings is always dangerous for the life of the soul; however, there are attitudes in the field of emotional externalization, which are justified by the nature of their educational expressions. Book The Comforter, Emmanuel
The affliction of addiction is called delinquency
André: The addicted person, leaves a lot of important thing in favor of addiction. Until own food is changed to maintain the vice.
Roberto: Many people have passion for many things. Much Passion, may turn into vices, as for example for special object or person … Then, the Person has no control anymore.
André: The affliction is that the delinquency. But we should not see delinquency as a crime, but to see the laws of God. Many people fail, for example, enjoying the opportunity to do something important for her life and others, because he is addict in a toxic .. As Kardec says: The passion is not bad. Bad is when you lose control of your actions and own reasoning.
The affliction of aggression is called Cholera
André: If the person has not the feeling planted within itself, she does not mug. The suggestion is: Work this feeling, learn to drain this energy to relieve yourself. If it is working properly, we do not are in danger of harming others. Whether verbally or physically. If the energy is stopped, stored, the chance of losing control is very big.
Theodora: There are many ways to work the energy: Psychologists, Yoga, Meditation. physical exercises, activities that are pleasing…
181 How to understand the feelings of cholera in the procedures of human life?
-The cholera does not solve evolutionary problems and means nothing more than a memory trace, of the beginnings of human life in its most vulgar expressions.
The serene energy builds up always, in the construction of feelings purifiers; but impulsive cholera, in its primitive movements, is a poisoned wine drunk whose soul always awakens with the heart touched bitter aftertaste. Book The Comforter, Emmanuel
The affliction of crime is called remorse
182 -The remorse is a punishment?
-The Remorse is the force that prepares repentance, as this is the energy that precedes the regeneration effort. spiritual shock in its deep features, remorse is the interstices to light, through which receives the man indirect cooperation of his invisible friends in order to rectify deviations and renew his moral values, on the journey to God. Book The Comforter, Emmanuel
André: If after remorse, I know correct my failure, the pain is less. The worst thing is if I repeat the same mistake other times …
The affliction of fanaticism is called intolerance
Fanaticism term can be seen as fundamentalism. The fundamentalist person does not tolerate different ideas.
Roberto: The fanatical person dictates the rules, only his opinion is valid, the truth.
Theodora: Many times using the aggression to make their idea be accepted.
The affliction getaway is called cowardice
André: The person does not have the courage to face the own problems.
Roberto: They are individuals who take refuge and enclose in religious temples, ashrams, leaving all the problems behind.
Theodora: Suicide is one way of escape. The problem is that life goes on. The person kills himself, thinking that with this act, the problems are over, but in reality they increase. They arrive in the spirit world, not understanding anything … Feeling hungry, feeling thirsty, cold, pain of the object that was the cause of suicide … Many people go crazy in the spiritual world.
If they have had depression, so they are in a depressed state, which often last for years and even centuries. Until they accept help from spiritual mentors. The spiritual guides try but they get no conexion with those suffered souls. The Person who commited the suicide is never alone, is never helpless. But the own person does not allow the aid. She can not, because it is a very low frequency. as an example, the movie Robin Williams …
We have to pray a lot for those souls… They need a lot of prayer, much feeling of affection and love. No judgment.
Roberto: The problems are passengers. Often, after a few hours or a night’s sleep, they resolve for themselves. The important is having patience.
The affliction of envy is called despite
André: The person with spite, offended, do not conforms with their limits, wanting to be like the other, wishing to have the same things that the other has, is unable to be satisfied with what they.
Theodora: We have to analyze that before our reincarnation, the reincarnatory plan was outlined by ourselves, together with the lords of Karma.
André: Also we should think: Does the other person that I envy, is she happy? Is she okay with it, with the object that I envy? Does the object was conquered with honesty?
Roberto: The responsibility of those who have power, who is a millionaire, is very big. Much larger than the one who has nothing.
Because power is a very serious commitment. Because are many people who depend on his decision, taken by him.
- Does not a spirit, when expiating its faults in a new existence, undergo material suffering, and, that being the case, is it correct to say that, after death, the soul experiences only moral sufferings?
“It is very true that, when the soul is reincarnated, it is made to suffer by the tribulations of corporeal life; but it is only the body that undergoes material suffering.
You often say, of one who is dead, that he is released from suffering; but this is not always true. As a spirit, he has no more physical sufferings; but, according to the faults he has coinmitted, he may have to bear moral sufferings still more severe, and, in a new existence, he may be still more unhappy. He who has made a selfish use of riches’ will have to beg his bread, and will be a prey to all the privations of poverty; the proud will undergo humiliations of every kind; he who has misused his authority, and treated his subordinates with disdain and harshness, will be forced to obey a master still harder than himself. All the tribulations of life are the expiation of faults committed in a preceding existence, when they are not the consequence of faults committed in the present one. When you have quitted your present life, you will understand this. The Spirit´s Book, Allan Kardec
Theodora: It’s like a politician or a dictator of a great nation. We can mention, for example, the currently Siria. Look at the souls of the people, so suffering. He Assad, a doctor, trained in England to save lives, killing, destroying a nation. Children are starving … And when I see him on television interviews, I almos can´t believe it. He has so soft face … However… As the popular saying goes: “Who sees face, do not see heart.” So we have to be careful not to judge by physical appearances, but by acts …
Thousands of people are being affected, and each dead soul, disembodied, is an enemy that he is forming in the astral. Thus, acquiring just not a heavy karma for himself but potentials obsessing spirits. Some mediums say that Hitler is a planetary prison, alone. Because if not, the souls that he annihilated, would follow him for many, many centuries…
These dictators, bad leaders, unscrupulous politicians, deserve much more our prayer, than their victims.
The victims are rescuing their karmas, but the leaders are accumulating quite bad karmas for themselves.
Let’s pray for the souls of these poor wretches. Let´s pray for victms, the souls harmed by them, do not will obsidian them in the future.
Also the religious leaders who preach a false doctrine, which is not that of the love and peace, plucking often the last penny of their believers, selling a place in heaven.
Let us having compassions of them, because they are miserable and will suffer very much in the spiritual world and in their next reincarnations.
Even the directors of large multinational companies, such as those exploiters of oil which pollute the sea, or large nuclear power concernig. They also, along with all the company’s employees are creating a collective karma. Many accidents, which killed many people together as aerial accident, or train, or ship, are karmas, which are being rescued by souls, which,during their past lives, some reincarnation, they acted together and made some bad things.
So, these souls are, by forces of karma, already programmed before their reincarnatation, to pay together, the debts acquired in their past lives.
We see many cases of people who give up of traveling, and at the last minute, either because they arrived late and missed the flight, or another reason. Then, the airplane fell or explodes, and they raise their hand to the sky, to give thanks.
But in the spiritual, they were not programmed to die at that moment. Therefore, spirituality program a way to make them not to enter the aircraft.
984.Are the troubles of our earthly life always the punishment of faults committed by us in our present lifetime?
“No; we have already told you that they are trials imposed on you by God, or chosen by you in the spirit-state, and before your reincarnation, for the expiation of faults committed by you in a former existence; for no infraction of the laws of God, and especially of the law of justice, ever remains unpunished, and if it be not expiated in the same life, it will certainly be so in another. This is why persons whom you regard as excellent are so often made to suffer; they are stricken in their present life for the faults of their past existences.” The Spirit´s Book, Allan Kardec
The affliction of levity is called foolishness
Being wise is having common sense. The frivolous person lacks this sense, it is no longer reasonable.
A foolish person does not think before acting.
The affliction of indiscipline is called disorder.
André: All disorganized, all jumbled. A person can not organize life itself. Can not discipline himself. Discipline requires an effort, to conclude those undesirable task.
Theodora: For example, the declaration of annual income. Organize papers, or cleaning the house, because a visit is planned for the weekend …
The affliction of brutality is called violence.
André: There are people who are violent by nature, characteristic that the spirit carries from many other reincarnations.
In the Book of Spirits by Allan Kardec says that a violent person, even in a fragile, weakened body, remains violent, because it is character of the spirit.
We often see little people, but with a gigantic violence, while big people of stature who are very pacifist.
345 -The Gospel precept – “If someone slaps you on one face presents you with the other” – must be observed by Christians, when being a victim of physical aggression, in which she unprovoked?
The earthly man, with its secular defects, has invented numerous human resources to justify the so-called “self-defense”, but the reality is that all the defense of the creature is in God.
We are of the opinion that acting man with the key to the Christian brotherhood, can extinguish the leaven of aggression, with the light of goodness and moral serenity.
Believing, however, the failure of all peaceful attempts, the sincere Christian, in their individual feature, you should never fall to the aggressor level, knowing establish, in all circumstances, the difference between their moral values and animalistic instincts of violence physical. Book the Comforter, Emmanuel
The affliction of laziness is called Rebellion.
Rebellious to the labor law, because those who do not plant, do not harvest.
Jesus said, “Knock and the door will open to you.” Then, before opening, you have to knock.
The person who is lazy, want things without making any effort to achieve. wanting facility …
When Adam and Eve have lost their paradise, what was the law passed to them? “You will eat from the sweat (effort) of your work.”
The affliction of vanity is called madness
Usually are people who have lost the moral sense, and often reaching the sense of ridicule. Vanity is a passion. If you have control of your vanity. it’s all right. The problem is, when people come to narcissism
The affliction of relaxation is called evasive
Relaxing in the hygienic sense, or lack of discipline. The person runs away from his obligations
The affliction of indifference is called dejection
The despondent person is indifferent to what is happening around her. For example Depression.
The affliction of worthlessness is called complaint
In 90% of cases, the complaint is an useless movement. The time we waste, while we are complaining, we could searching for a solution to the problem, so we would perfecting ourselves, learning something new and advancing.
196 -How face spiritual guides our complaints?
-Many Are considered true prayer, worthy of all caring attention of disembodied friends. (Saints, angels, spiritual guides)
Most, however, is nothing more than sterile lamentation, that man got used as an addiction any, because if you have in your hands the effective remedy, which is the Gospel of Jesus and the comforting explanation of the doctrine of spirits, the repetition of certain complaints, reflected unwillingness in its legitimate application of spiritualist knowledge to yourselves. Book: The Comforter, Emmanuel
The affliction of jealousy is called despair
Jealous in every way.
Many scholars say is the most useless feeling we have.
In marital affair: If the person deserves respect, there is not need to be jealous.
If there is not respect, then, it might be time to think of a separation. Because the trust is the basis of a relationship.
Spiritism tells us that we must not separate what God has united. But when it’s happening aggression, fights, betrayal. The divorce, is nothing more than the formalization of a separation, which has already happened long ago.
Theodora: The important thing is to live in peace.
The affliction of impatience is called intemperance
Roberto: The person has not temper.
André: Do not have balance, not pondering to act or speak and often acts without thinking, often repenting later.
The affliction of stinginess is called misery.
Are those who refraining from giving things to others and collecting wealth and riches for oneself.
Theodora. Thinking that material goods have much value. But on the spiritual plane, many souls are still trapped in terrestrial diamonds. Poor people suffer through the centuries because of illusions …
The affliction of injustice, is called cruelty
I’d rather see another way: Cruelty is the cause and injustice is the effect. A cruel person is unfair. Not opening hand of their decisions, even knowing tha, they are committing an injustice.
Each creature has the affliction that is the own characteristic:
Selfishness, addiction, aggression, crime, fanaticism, escape, envy, thoughtlessness, indiscipline, brutality, laziness, vanity, relaxation, indifference, helplessness, jealousy, impatience, stinginess, injustice.
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Study of Books: Religion of the Spirits, year of publication 13. Fev. 1959
Author: Emmanuel psychographed by the medium Chico Xavier
The Spirit´s Book, 18. April 1857
Author: Allan Kardec, year of publication: 1857
The Spirit´s Book PDF: http://www.allankardec.com