- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Co; Reprint edition (1 Feb. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0766101746
- ISBN-13: 978-0766101746
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.6 x 28 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,046,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Spirits' Book (1898) Paperback – 1 Feb 1998
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About the Author
The figure-head of the Spiritist movement, Allan Kardec, was born Hippolyte Leon Denizard Rivail on October 3rd, 1804, in Lyon, France. He came from a long line of lawyers and legal professionals and was expected to follow suit but broke with family tradition to explore his interests in philosophy and the sciences. Hippolyte finished his studies in Switzerland where he became an acolyte and colleague of the famed educational maverick Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. By the time he had finished his education Rivail had quite a collection of qualifications and skills such as Bachelor of the Arts degrees in science and letters and a doctorate in medicine. He was also fluent in Spanish, German, Italian and English and all of the talents and honours he had acquired made him an ideal collaborator for Pestalozzi. Hippolyte's work with Pestalozzi helped to lay the foundations for the teaching model in schools in France and Germany. He was a member of many scientific societies and wrote extensively on various subjects and one of his papers, 'Which System of Study Is Most Harmonious with the Needs of the Time?', lead to his induction in the Royal Academy of Arras. Rivail's interests in science expanded beyond conventional studies and by the early 1850's he had taken an interest in Franz Mesmer's theory of 'animal magnetism'. Mesmer's theory was all the rage in the upper reaches of society and so was the phenomenon of 'spirit tapping'. Spirit tapping had become very popular in France and the USA and it involved the apparent unaided movement of objects by spirit forces to answer questions by tapping out noises on surfaces with the amount of knocks translating to numbers of the alphabet. Such widespread fascination in the incidents piqued the interest of Rivail and so he decided to investigate the strange goings on. He attended his first seance in the May of 1855 and recorded his thoughts on this initial exposure to the phenomenon: These meetings provided me with my first opportunity for serious studies of the subject that later led to the Spiritist Doctrine-study filled less with revelation and more with systematic observation. As to any new subject, I applied rigorous method to the investigation: avoiding preconceived notions, I observed attentively, compared observations, and deduced the consequences. I tried to identify the causes of the phenomena by linking the facts logically, and I did not accept an explanation as valid unless it could resolve all the difficulties of the question. This was the way I had always, from the age of fifteen or sixteen, proceeded in my scientific investigations. I understood from the beginning the gravity of the exploration I was undertaking. I foresaw in those phenomena, the key to the solution of problems so obscure and so disputed, both in the past and in the future, which I had searched for all my life; the phenomena posed a complete revolution in ideas and beliefs. It was necessary, therefore, to act not lightly, but rather with circumspection, to be positive rather than idealistic, so as not to be carried away by illusions.A" During the many seances he attended Kardec communicated with a collection of entities that called themselves 'The Spirit of Truth'. The group talked about many lofty subjects such as life after death, good and evil, the universe and the origin of spirits, amongst others. Thomas of Aquino, Voltaire and Augustine of Hippo all came through in the sessions and after a number of seances with the group Revail decided there was enough proof to convince him that there was life after death. Sensing that his revelation wasn't meant just for him he decided to spread the message and 'codified' the Spirit of Truth's teachings and listed them as answers to questions. The resulting text made up his first book on the topic, 'The Spirits Book', and the book was published under the pseudo --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I have always thought about the possibilties of paranormal goings on and the afterlife either through common sense or personal experiences, but never expected to be so in awe as i was after reading this book. The book all makes perfect sense, it makes you see the world differently, its like someone from the outside has given you their views on how things are which is exactly what this is after all.
This book makes you realise why you are as a person, that this is not the end but a small part of something much more grand. I wish the world would all read this book because if they did it would be a much better place for us all.
People who think the universe all happened by chance need to wake up, people who constantly disprove anything paranormal or the after life really do need to listen up and stop being so short sighted, there is more to life than their daily routine, one day they will find that out one way or another.
Using a psychic to "interview" spirits, the author records the answers to various questions posed to those in the afterlife. The anwsers are quite astounding and had me believing for the first time in my life that there is life after death. A must read for anyone who wants to gain spiritual enlightenment.
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I love this book but with all honesty I prefer the other format of this book on a white cover than this one coz of small typewritten font than the previous version... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Although the english translation seems fine, the layout and formatting of the questions and responses are quite unprofessional. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rafael Odon de Alencar
I ampleased with all of Allan Kardec books that I have ordered it was only by chance that I saw him on TVPublished 7 months ago by Joan Aby
I have always had an interest in the possibility of Life after Death after my parents introduced me to Spiritualism 45 years ago. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Philsview
I've only read the first few pages, but already the book has answered a most fundamental question: What is God? A fantastic book.Published 15 months ago by Stuart R. Price
Bough this book to start studying Kardec's coding of the spiritual world; recommend it to all who take an interest in Spiritism, as a Science and as a Religion.Published 19 months ago by Haroldo Cantanhede, Jnr.
Allan Kardec certainly needs no introduction being one of the early Fathers of Spiritualism. This book is in the form of questions and answers, which not everyone is a fan of,... Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2013 by Bates Juliet
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