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Life Allan Kardec


Hippolyte Leon Denizard Rivail, this was the name of birth to 50 years, when it became spirit began to sign (Allan Kardec), was born on October 3, 1804, in Lyon, France. He was the son of a judge, Jean-Baptiste Antoine Rivail, and his mother's name was Jeanne Louise Duhamel.

Born in an old Catholic family of orientation with tradition in the judiciary and lawyers, expressed early propensity for the study of science and philosophy.

He studied at the School of Pestalozzi, at the Castle of Zähringen in Yverdun, Switzerland (Protestant country), making it one of his most distinguished disciples and active propagator of his method, which had such great influence on education reform in France and Germany. At fourteen years of age has taught his colleagues less advanced.

Completed their studies, young Rivail returned to his native country. Deep knowledge of the German language, translated for this language different works of education and morals, especially the works of François Fénelon, by which it expressed particular attraction. Rivail was linguist, knowing the background German, English, Italian and Spanish, also having knowledge of Dutch. Furthermore, had different ways, jovial mood, it was good and accommodating.

He was a member of several societies, including the Royal Academy of Arras, which, in a contest sponsored in 1831, awarded him a memory with the theme What is the system of study more in line with the needs of the time?

The February 6, 1832 he married Amélie Gabrielle Boudet.

As a teacher, the young Rivail devoted himself to the struggle for greater democratization of public education. Between 1835 and 1840, remained in his residence, the street of Sèvres, free courses in Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy, Astronomy and others. During this period, concerned with teaching, has created an ingenious method of teaching to count and a framework nemônico History of France, to facilitate the student to memorize the dates of the events of greatest expression and discovery of each reign of the country.

He published several works on Education.

According to his testimony, published in Posthumous Works, was in 1854 that Prof.. Rivail heard for the first time the phenomenon of "turning tables" widespread at the time, through his friend Fortier, a longtime magnetizer. Without giving too much attention to the story at the time, attributing it only to so-called animal magnetism that he was studious, only in May 1855 effectively turned his curiosity for the tables, when she started attending meetings at which such phenomena are produced.

Convinced that the movement and the complex responses of the tables were due to the intervention of spirits, Rivail devoted to the structuring of a proposed understanding of reality based on the need for integration between scientific knowledge, philosophical and religious, with the on the goal of launching a real look that no neglect nor the imperative of empirical research in building the knowledge nor the spiritual dimension and interior of man. Adopted in this task, the pseudonym that become known - Allan Kardec - name it according to what would have told you a spirit that would have used in a previous incarnation as a Druid.

Having started the publication of works of encoding April 18, 1857, came to light when The Book of Spirits, considered the foundation of Spiritualism in March after the release of the Spiritist Magazine (January 1, 1858), founded in same year the first spiritist society regularly constituted under the name of the Parisian Society of Spiritist Studies.

Kardec spent the final years of his life dedicated to the dissemination of Spiritism among the various supporters, and defend it from opponents.

He died in Paris on March 31, 1869, at 64 years of age, due to the rupture of an aneurysm while working on a book about the relationship between magnetism and spiritism, while it was preparing for a change of workplace. He is buried in Père-Lachaise, a famous cemetery in the French capital. On his tomb, erected as the Druidic dolmens, reads the inscription: "To be born, die, be reborn again and progressing unceasingly, such is the law."

In his burial, the French astronomer and a friend of Kardec Camille Flammarion, delivered the following speech, emphasizing his admiration for one who descended there to grave:

Come back to this world from whence we came and reaping the fruit of thy ground studies. Sleeps at our feet thy mantle, became extinct your brain, if you shut your eyes open for no more, no more will be heard your word ... We know that all we have to dive on that last sleep, of returning to the same inertia, the same powder. But is not this wrapper we put our glory and our hope. Tomba's body, the soul remains and returns to space. We will find a better world and the immense sky where we will use our most precious faculties, which will continue the studies for the development of which the Earth is too cramped theater. So long, my dear Allan Kardec, by sight "(Speech delivered at the tomb of Allan Kardec by Camille Flammarion.)

Thus arose the Spiritism: with the action of the High Spirits, supported by moral and cultural maturity of Allan Kardec, the role of the encoder.

With the motto "Out of love there is no salvation", seeks to emphasize the equality of men before God, tolerance, freedom of conscience and mutual benevolence.

And it is this principle add another: "Unshakable faith is that which can face reason face to face, in all ages of mankind." Allan Kardec explains:
"A rational faith that relies on facts and logic, leaving no dark: it is believed, because it sure is true if and only when realized.

Called "common sense incarnate" by the famous astronomer Camille Flammarion.


:: The basic works of Kardec coding are as follows in chronological order of release:

1. The Book of Spirits - April 18, 1857

2. The Mediums' Book - January 1861

3. The Gospel According to Spiritism - April 1864

4. Heaven and Hell  - 1865

5. Genesis, the miracles and predictions - January 1868

Allan Kardec also wrote two other books of lesser scope:

What is Spiritualism

and O

Beginner Spiritist

and in 1890, P.G.

Leymarie publishes book Posthumous Works, containing articles Kardec.


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