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Death is a simple change of garment, we are what we are. After the sepulcher, we find only paradise or hell created by ourselves.

Chico Xavier

Most people, despite their belief in the immortality of the soul, are very afraid of death. This fear occurs because of the lack of knowledge of what happens during death, what comes after, or where they are going.

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Spiritism teaches us that death is not the end of life because only the physical body perishes. The spirit, in turn, returns to the spiritual plane, continuing and planning its next return to material life.

WHAT IS Spiritism?

Born in the 19th century, on April 18, 1857, with the publication of The Spirits' Book by the French professor and scientist Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail (a.k.a. Allan Kardec), spiritism was structured from alleged dialogues established with disembodied spirits who, manifesting themselves through mediums, discussed scientific, religious, and philosophical topics.

Spiritism developed simultaneously as a science of observation and a philosophical doctrine. As a practical science, it consists in the relations that can be established with spirits. As a philosophy, it entails all the moral consequences that result from such relations. It reveals new and more profound concepts with respect to God, the Universe, the Human Being, the Spirits and the Laws, which govern life itself.

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Furthermore, it reveals what we are; where we have come from; where we are going; what is the objective of our existence; and what is the reason for pain and suffering.

It is the science of the nature, origin and destiny of the Spirits, as well as of their relation with the corporeal world.

Kardec's works result from studying mediumistic phenomena, which he initially believed fraudulent. While questioning several mediums, while they were in a trance state, on various matters, he compiled, compared, and synthesized the answers obtained from spirits into a body of knowledge known as codification.

Spiritism differs from Occultism because the teachings of Spiritism are exoteric, as opposed to esoteric knowledge, which is confined to an inner circle of disciples or initiates. All knowledge in Spiritism is publicly available and is never acquired through some form of initiation or hierarchical ascension.

Spiritism is currently represented in 35 countries by the International Spiritist Council. It has influenced a social movement of healing centres, charity institutions and hospitals involving millions of people in dozens of countries.


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The Spirits' Book is part of the Spiritist Codification, and is regarded as one of the five fundamental works on Spiritism. It was the first and remains the most important Spiritist book, because it addresses in first hand all questions developed subsequently by Allan Kardec.

The book is structured as a collection of questions regarding the origin of spirits, the purpose of life, the order of the universe, good and evil, and the afterlife. Its answers, according to Kardec, were given to him by a group of spirits who identified themselves as "The Spirit of Truth", with whom he communicated in several Spiritist sessions during the 1850s.

Kardec, who considered himself an "organizer" rather than an author, grouped the questions and their answers by theme, occasionally including lengthier digressions the spirits had dictated to him on specific subjects, some signed by philosophers such as Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas and writers including Voltaire.

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