The fundamental principles of Spiritism are well defined in beautiful speech by Allan Kardec by Memorial Day occasion published in the Revue Spirite December 1868:
- Believe in Almighty God, sovereignly just and good;
- Believe in the soul and its immortality;
- in the pre-existence of the soul as the only justification of the present existence;
- In the plurality of existences as a means of atonement, reparation and intellectual and moral advancement;
- In the perfectibility of imperfect creatures;
- in the growing happiness with perfection;
- In the equitable remuneration of good and evil, according to the principle: to each according to his works;
- In the equality of justice for all, no exceptions, favors or privileges to any creature;
- In the duration of the atonement limited to imperfection;
- in the human free will, leaving him the choice between good and evil;
- Believe in the continuity of relations between the visible world and the invisible world;
- In the solidarity which binds all past ones, present and future, incarnated and disincarnated;
- Consider earthly life as transitory and one of the stages of life of the Spirit, which is eternal;
- Courageously accept the expiations, as it is more desirable future than the present;
- Practice charity in thought, word and deed, in the broadest sense of the word;
- Strive every day to be better than the day before, extirpating of the soul some imperfection;
- Submit all your beliefs to control of free examination and reason and accept nothing by blind faith;
- Respect all sincere beliefs, however irrational that we seem and not rape consciousness of anyone;
- See finally on the discoveries of science, the revelation of the laws of nature, which are the laws of God.
Allan Kardec undertook the scientific research work of medium phenomena, carefully reviewing the teachings given by the spirits and their philosophical and moral consequences. With the join of all this work, Kardec maintained a coherent body of knowledge creating the word "spiritism" or Spiritism Doctrine to designate it. This set of knowledge is called "Spiritism Encoding". Before encoding there were some studies, scientific analysis and till doctrines based on paranormal phenomena, but usually in isolation, without a global vision and continuity.
Allan Kardec made to the following publications:
Books of encoding:
• The Spirits' Book (18 April 1857)
• The Book of Mediums (January 1861)
• The Gospel According to Spiritism (April 1864)
• Heaven and Hell (August 1865)
• Genesis (January 1868)
• Practice Directions on Spiritists Manifestations (1858)
• Spiritism in its most simple expression (1858)
• What is Spiritualism (1859)
• Spiritist Travel in 1862 (1862)
• Systematic Catalogue of Works to Founding a Spiritist Library (1869)
• Spiritist Magazine (1858-1869)
After his death in 03/31/1869:
• Posthumous Works (1890)
Religious Aspects of Spiritism
The religious aspects of Spiritism refer its consequences and applications in the fields of Religion, by definition second Léon Denis is the "general conception that the most intimate inner life, raises the thought to the heights of creation, to God, and connects all beings in an eternal chain. "
Spiritism and Spiritualism
In introduction of the Book of Spirits, Kardec explains us the because of the use of the term "Spiritism" used to designate all the doctrine instructed by the spirits. Spiritualism and Spiritual words are related as opposed to materialism. The materialist is who believes only in the material, i.e., what he can see, and therefore, in relation to man, it all ends with death. The Spiritualist believes in something beyond the material, namely, that man survives after death, in some way, either through the Spirit, or Soul, or Ego, etc. There are several spiritual philosophies.
The Spiritism is also opposed to materialism, however is based on the existence of spirits that are eternal, and in the communication between the spiritual (invisible world) and body (visible world) planes. The Spiritist is the person who is adept to Spiritism. So, the Spiritist is also a spiritualist, but not all the Spiritualist is a Spiritist.
What characterizes the Spiritist is your living according to the postulates of the doctrine, with the confidence that we are beings living temporarily with educational purposes in this material world and the only determinism is the constant improvement of the immortal soul.
"The true Spiritist is not one who just believes in the manifestation causes by spirits, but one that makes good use of the teaching given by spirits. It does not help believing if, if belief does not make is a step forward on the path of progress and not to do better towards others” (Allan Kardec, Spiritism in its simplest expression).