LIFE AND WORDS OF MASTER PHILIPPE Testimony of Alfred HAEHL Lyons Paul DERAIN 128, rue Vauban. 1959. From the moment I met Master Philippe, he took forever a great place in my life, and I have wished in my heart to bring to light his words and acts, by writing everything I have seen and heard. For years, the Master's many friends with whom I have been associated have spontaneously made available to me authentic documents which concern him, and everything they had noted on his life and his talks. The present book is the result of that collaboration. Alfred HAEHL INTRODUCTION In 1899, I read in the magazine "Initiation", under the signature of its manager, Papus (Dr. Gerard Encausse), an article entitled: "The Father of the poor". In these pages, the author made a stirring panegyrie of Mr. Philippe, without however naming him. I felt at once an overwhelming desire to make the acquaintance of that being endowed with such a super-human radiance. At once I left Strasbourg to go to Paris and see Papus. The latter offered me a very cordial hospitality and, some time later, took me to Lyons to introduce me to Mr. Philippe. This meeting took place in the Master's laboratory, 6, rue du Boeuf, at the foot of the Fourviere Hill. Two rooms on the ground floor, one looking on to the street, the other one, the laboratory proper, looking on to an enclosed courtyard. We had been waiting a few moments in the room next to the laboratory when the door of the laboratory opened, and in the light of the frame appeared a man in his fifties of average height. It was Mr. Philippe. This apparition roused a deep emotion in me. My whole being was drawn towards him as if in answer to an unuttered call. To my great amazement, he said to me at once in a paternal manner: "oh! there you are: It is about time that you come". The familiar way in which he spoke to me di not surprise me; on the contrary, it seemed so natural to me that I would have felt hurt, I believe, had he not used it. Papus had invited him for lunch; and he accepted. At noon, I joined him in a well-known restaurant of the city where I met four other guests, amongst them Dr. Lalande, Mr. Philippe's son-in-law. We were served thrushes on toast, but Mr. Philippe who headed the table
did not eat, saying gently: "Man must not eat birds; they were not created to feed him". A lady then said to him: "You do eat beef! - If I eat beef, he answered, it is so that you be allowed to eat beef". A deep silence interupted the conversation. I was thinking. All this was so new, so unexpected. And yet, that gentleness, that friendly authority asserted themselves naturally upon me. At two o'clock, we went to the ville, 35 rue Tete-d'Or, where Mr. Philippe lived. Here the Master held daily sessions in a large room on the first floor. In that room were long, heavy wooden benches where about eighty people could be seated, and a desk-table installed against the marble mantle-piece which was at the other end of the room. The light from the windows was softened by light yellow curtains. When we arrived, the room was full with people of all walks of life, and among them were many sick and crippled. When Mr. Philippe came in, a respectful silence welcomed him. He closed the door behind him, so that the meeting would not be interrupted by the latecomers who had to wait for a second session in a room on the ground floor or in the yard. At once he spoke to each of the persons present. Everyone told him, either in a loud or in a soft voice, his worries or those of the people in distress for whom they came to consult him. That day, I heard Mr. Philippe tell an old woman; "Does your cat feel better?" And the latter replied: "Yes, I came to thank you". Then Mr. Philippe speaking to everyone said, "Do you know what this lady did last night, at ten o'clock? She prayed for her cat and the cat had been cured." The old woman nodded and everyone in the room laughed. What this woman has done the night before in the privacy of her home, the attendance did not know it but Mr. Philippe, he knew it! Going on with his consultation, he stopped in front of a middle-aged man. Before the latter had opened his mouth, he said to him: "Heaven grant you your wish"; and turning around towards us he added: "You would like to know why that gentleman obtains at once what he is asking? It is because he has made a great effort to overcome his faults." So, Mr. Philippe knew the life and the thoughts of that man who had at once obtained what he wished, because he was fighting to become better. Going from one to the other, he had a word with everyone. To the questions asked about sufferings, troubles, he replied in a friendly manner and with an impressive authority, for one understood that he could easily read the minds and the hearts. Sick people stretched their hands towards him, he encouraged them, and they felt relieved or healed. He told one person: "Your husband is better, give thanks to Heaven". To another person he said: "Your child is cured, you must pay. It is not money I am asking for, but that you do not speak ill of your neighbor for one day". Then, pointing to a cripple: "Will you pray for that disabled man and promise not to speak ill of anyone for two hours?" Everyone replied: Yes. After a moment of meditation, he ordered the poor man to walk around the room. The latter rose and to
everyone's great astonishment, he walked without crutches or help. Exclaimations and husses expressed the emotion and the gratitude of the attendance; tears were running down their faces. You will understand if, in the evening of that memorable day, I decided not to accompany Papus on his return journey to Paris, and to stay in Lyons. *** The next day, at two o'clock, I hurried towards the rue Tete-d"Or. Again I saw miraculous healings performed by the divine "Father of the poor". After the session, Mr. Philippe invited me to go with him to the second floor where he had his flat. There, he looked after his voluminous mail and I was stupefied to see that man, whom I knew to be so charitable, who listened with such kindness to the complaints of the afflicted, take the letters, then throw them one after the other into the fire, without having opened or read them. And, as if he had wanted to convince me that in effect he knew everything, he suddenly quoted to me and without changing a single word a conversation I had had three years ago with my office manager in the yard of the factory of which I was a co-director at the time. I exclaimed: "How can you possibly know what I said and did three years ago, when you did not know me, and when I was alone with Leon in the factory yard 500 kilometers from here?" He replied in the most placid way: "I was present at your conversation". After having set fire to the heap of letters in the fireplace, he got ready to walk to St. Paul Station, to catch the train for L'Arbresle, where he used to live in summer; then he asked me: "Do you wish to come with me to the station?" I accepted eagerly and the way covered with the Master seemed very abort. When I left him, I thanked him heartily and told him of my wish to stay with him and to follow him. After the astonishment and the emotions aroused by everything I had seen and heard during the last two days, I felt in myself an unspeakable joy. This divine meeting suddenly imparted a new orientation to my destiny. After that, things organized themselves so that I could live in Lyons, and the grace was given to me to live near Mr. Philippe in an almost daily intimacy up to the time he left this world. Some time later, the master invited me for lunch at the rue Tete-d'Or. After the meal, he said to me: "My family and I are going to leave by train from the East Station to go to Loisieux - the house where I was born is there". I thought that I would have been very happy to see it, In reply to my thought, he said to me: "I'll show it to you". A few minutes later, Mr. Philippe and the family boarded the coach and left. I was about to take my leave from Mrs. Landar, his mother-in-law, when the maid, Felicie, came running down the stairs shouting: "My Lord, Mr. Philippe forgot his pipe." I asked her to give it to me and took a cab to take it to him. In front of the station, I saw Mr. Philippe, to whom I gave the pipe in it's case. "I have two
already, he said. "Should I take it back to Felicie? - No, go to the waiting room and greet my wife". With Mrs. Philippe was his daughter who, seeing me, exclaimed: "Are you coming to Loisieux with us? - No, I just brought a pipe to Mr. Philippe". Then she left in a hurry and returned with her husband, Dr. Lalande, who handed me a ticket for the Savoie. When we left the train, we took a four-seat coach; I sat next to the coachman. It was raining and I thought: "What a lovely bronchitus I'll catch!" Just then, Mrs. Lalande called me and said: "My father just said that no one would catch a cold". In the mountains, Mr. Philippe showed me a little house where he was born, and where his brother August was now living. On the ground floor, a single room with a huge fireplace ed, against the wall, an ancient clock. Stairs were leading to the first floor where Mr. Philippe was born. He showed me the garden, the stable, the spring, then the church where he had been christened and where I was later to be married in his presence. *** Many faithful listeners, anxious to preserve as many as possible of Mr. Philippe's teachings, took notes at the sessions or, as soon as they had returned home, wrote down what they could remember of the words of the Master, and what they had seen. Those who lived near him also noted his conversations and the events of his life. Having known all these people - who are listed further down - they have entrusted me, little by little, as I have mentioned already, with the manuscripts written between 1889 and 1905. To their testimony, I have added my own, so as to rescue from oblivion the words and the acts which are an echo of the words and events which, some twenty centuries ago, have changed the face of the world. However, a book like this one cannot contain everything which has been given to me to know about Mr. Philippe. I have thus been forced to make a selection and I have grouped as best I could the retained passages according to a plan as logical as possible. The reader will therefore have an overall picture of the subjects treated, but he must never lose sight of the fact that the words spoken by the Master often applied to particular cases. Anyway, he said himself: "At the sessions everyone hears what he should hear". Which means that many words were misunderstood or had escaped some of the listeners. This diversity in comprehension, those gaps, result in variants in the writings which come to me. The words selected are, of necessity, fragmentary and no one could claim that they constitute "the teaching of Mr. Philippe"; for never has he stated a doctrine worked out according to our intellectual habits. He has often stated that the things we know are only images and that our mental is a mirror, adding: "He who would love his neighbor as himself would know everything".
What the reader will find in these pages are, first of all, directives revealing with a luminous simplicity the means of realizing in everyday life the great precepts of the Gospel; prayer, humility, love for fellow-humans as for all creatures, and acceptance of suffering. But what this book cannot convey is the atmosphere of those meetings, the impression of peace which one could feel in the presence of that unique being, the expression of his voice,the light that emanated from him. What cannot be conveyed is the immense goodness he radiated, the victorious energy that surged from his being, the certainty that he put into our hearts, stronger than all reasoning, and which gave us goodwill and courage; it is the communion with human suffering, that power to comfort, that none of those who have cried out in anguish or in despair, will ever forget. However, the Spirit of God also speaks to our spirit through the book, and I express the wish that the reader feels, by the words I have transcribed here, what I myself have felt when I heard them. *** Below are the names of those who have collected the words and anecdotes which make up this book: Auguste Philippe, brother of the Master, Victoire Lalande, daughter of the Master, first wife of Dr. Lalande, Doctor Emmanuel Lalande, son-in-law of Mr. Philippe, Marie Lalande, second wife of Dr. Lalande, Jean Chapas, the nearest disciple of the Master, Louise Chapas, wife of the latter, Doctor Gerard Encausse (Papus), Sedir, the mystic athor, Benoit Grandjean, chartered accountant, Laurent Bouttier, Jean-Baptiste Ravier, Jules Ravier, son of the latter, Jacque Comte, Condamin-Savarin, Golfin de Murcia Secretary of the Cuban Legation,
Auguste Jacquot, engineer, Marie Glotin, Hausser, Rene Philipon, Rauol Sainte-Marie, Myself, Alfred Haehl. *** Mr. Philippe was of medium height, very simple looking. He had very fine, dark hair which he wore rather long. His eyes, the colour of which kept changing, were generally light brown, gold-speckled. They were of a penetrating gentleness; sparkling and lively, they often reached farther than the person or the object he looked at and sometimes they became imperious. He walked a lot, without haste. Never in a hurry, he was never inactive. He had great manual skills, he could make his own laboratory instruments. He smoked a lot and granted himself very little sleep. In spite of his untiring activity, he took the time to play a game with his family in the evenings or at the cafe, or to go to the theatre with his friends and relations. Sometimes, he was humorous but with simplicity, more often to arouse a lofty thought. He never showed any preference for any social class; of exquisite politeness to everyone, he spoke to all with a friendly simplicity. But, beyond this friendliness, transcendant authority and freedom emanated from him. That is understandable because, as Dr. Lalande said: "His knowledge was so great, he was so free, that none of our measures applied to him: Logic, morals, the sentiment of his family, all that was not to him what it is to us, since life presented itself to him with the past and the future combined into a single spiritual whole, of which he knew the nature, the essence, the reasons, the love, of which he possessed the mechanism... And he gave by his good deeds, moral or physical healings, acts of science or miraculous (that is to say super-science as far as we are concerned) proof that his teaching was true." *** MAIN EVENTS IN MR. PHILIPPE'S LIFE Mr. Philippe was born at Rubathier, a suberb of Loisieux, district of Yenne (Savoie), on Wednesday, 25th April 1849, at three o'clock in the morning. He was given the Christian names of Anthelme, Nizier. At that time, Savoie was still Italian, but Mr. Philippe's parents
were French. They were living in a very small house at the top of a hill, with one room on the ground floor and two rooms on the first floor. They had an enclosure, a few cultivated plots of land and vineyards. The village had 800 inhabitants and amongst them many were named Philippe. When she was expecting him, his mother made a visit to the Priest of Ars, who revealed to her that her son would be a lofty being. When the time of the birth came near, she started to sing holding a twig of laurel. There was a frightful storm; it seemed that the village would be swept away. Then a large star, very brilliant, was seen. The same star was seen again on the day he was christened at the Church of Loisieux, and this impressed the priest. Mr. Philippe did his first communion in the same church on 31st May, 1862. His father, Joseph, born in 1819, died in February, 1898; his mother, Marie Vachod, born in 1823, died in December, 1899. They were married in June, 1848. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Philippe had five children: Mr. Philippe, Benoit, Joseph, Auguste, and Clotilde. His brother Benoit, born in Loisieux on 20th April, 1855, died of smallpox on February, 1881. He was a teacher at Albens (High Savoie). He was called: the Saint. Mr. Philippe said of him to his brother Auguste: "Had he lived, we would have achieved great things". *** When he was fourteen, Mr. Philippe came to Lyons. Before he left, he had engraved above the door of his family home, a start which can still be seen. In Lyons, he was welcomed by his uncle Vachod who was a butcher at 22 rue d' Austerlitz, at the Croix-Rousse. he helped him with his work while studying at the Institution Sainte-Barbe, where one of the priests became attached to him; later he was a guest at the Arbresle. While cutting up a carcase, Mr. Philippe cut the sinews of his right hand's thumb and index. From this injury, he retained some stiffness in his two fingers. Mr. Vachod was an unbeliever and Mr. Philippe said of him: "If he believed, he would be perfect". he went to see him on his death-bed and, putting a finger on his forehead, he said: "You have not believed, see now". During the 1870 war, he was detailed to the "legion of marche", but he did not stay there for very long because of the injury to hi left hand. His comrades regretted him. At that time, he had in Perrache a room where he recieved the sick. The latter, when he was first in the army, made a petition to the Prefect for his release. The Prefect summoned him and asked him for a proof of the powers attributed to him. A counsellor who attended the meeting, a tall and stron man, said to him: "I defy you to d anything to me". Just then, the counsellor
fainted. Mr. Philippe in his youth held sessions at 117 rue Vendome, then 5 rue Massena, and later rue Duquesne. In 1872 he opened at 4 Boulevard du Nord (at present 8 Boulevard des Belges) a room in a flat he had had since 1867. It was a small one-storyed house - other storeys have since been added. During the years 1874-1875, he enrolled in 5 subjects for health officer at the Beele de Medecine et de Pharmacie de Lyons. The fifth is dated 11th November, 1875, and bears No. 0. On the enrolement register he is shown as living Place Croix-Paquet, where he had a small room which he kept until the end of his life and where he installed some unfortunate people. I visited several of them. At the Hotel-Dieu, he frequented amongst others the room Saint-Rooh, where he attended the clinical lectures of Professor Benedict Tessier. Often he healed patients and the doctors had noticed his interventions. One day, he noticed a patient who was crying in his bed because the next day they would amputate his leg. He assured him that the operation would not take place and asked him to promise he would say nothing. The next day the surgeon, astounded, realised that the patient was on the road to recovery and he asked him what had happened. The patient replied; "It's that dark little man who saw me". Another day, he visited three soldiers who had typhoid fever in the last degree. Their death was expected from one moment to the next. The Master, going near their beds, said to them: "You are considered incurable, don't believe it; all three of you will be cured. Your convalescence will commence tomorrow and they will send you to Longehene". One of the soldiers said: "Oh! thank you, sir; but are you sure that we can escape from our terrible disease? - Fear nothing, I am positive". The next day, they were better. They were sent to Longehene and all three recovered. It is useless to express the anger of the doctprs when they learned that the student Philippe had passed there again. It was learned he was a healer, and the resident Albert dissmissed him. He was then suspended from attending the lectures "for practicing occult medicine and being a true charlatan". he then had to write to the minister to obtain his paper and his extent. *** In 1877, Mr. Philippe married Miss Jeanne Julie Landar. Born at the Arbresle on 18th September, 1859, she died there on 25th December, 1939. In 1875, Mrs. Landard had brought her sick daughter to mr. Philippe, Boulevard du Nord. He cured her and later on she attended the sessions. Then, Mr. Philippe asked her to marry him. The wedding at the registrar and the church were celebrated at the Arbresle on 6th October. The Act shows that Mr. Philippe then lived at 7 rue de Crequi, Lyons.
Mrs. Philippe and the daughter she had later on were always of poor health. Mr. Philippe used to tell them that with the same poor health mothers of families were working. On 11th November, 1878, his daughter Jeanne Victoire was born at the Arbsresle. Charming dream creature, with a crystalline and pure soul, as was said of her, her goodness and charity were extreme. She showed an infinite solicitude for the unfortunate. She married Dr. Emmanuel Lalande on 2nd September, 1897. Mr. Philippe also had a son, Albert, born on 11th February, 1881, who died of smallpox when he was three months old. In 1881, the bey of Tunis called him, and in recoginition of his cares, oh 22nd February of the same year he was made an officer of the Nicham Iftikar. On 6th March, 1884, he was made a captain of the Firemen of the Arbresle by a decree of the Home secretary who was then Waldeck-Rousseau. On 23rd October, 1884, a doctorate of medicine was conferred on him by the University Of Cincinnati (Ohio, U.S.A.). He had presented to the Faculty of Medicine of that city a thesis entitled: "Principles of hygiene to apply during pregnancy, confinement and lying-in" (54 pages. Jules Pailhes Press, 7 rue Lafayette, Toulouse). On 24th December, 1884, The Academy Christophe-Colomb in Marseille (Fine Arts, Science, Literature, Industry) accepted him as a correspondent member. The diploma which was delivered to him bears No. 395. On 28th April, 1885, the city of Acri (Italy) conferred on him the title of Honorary Citizen "for his humanitarian and scientific merits". On 15th January, 1886, the French Red Cross inscribed him in its Golden Book (No. 13 B) as Honorary Officer. On 20th April, 1886, he was made an Associate Member of the Mont-real Academy of Toulouse (inscription No. 661 f. N). On 12th May , 1886, the Royal Academy of Rome conferred on him the title of Honorary Doctor of medicine. It is in 1886 that he settled at 35 rue Tete-d' Or, where he held sessions until November, 1904. On 3rd, November, 1887, he was convicted for illegal practice of medicine. In 1890, second conviction. Finally, after having been arraigned twice more by the Court of Petty Sessions in 1892, he was no longer harrassed. In 1893, Hector Durville founded in Paris a School of Magnetism with
the collaboration of Papus (Dr. Gerard Encausse). At the insistence of the latter, Mr. Philippe accepted to open a similar School of Magnetism in Lyons in October, 1895.
The lectures which generally took place on Sunday were given from late in 1895 until 1898. Dr. Lalande was often present and, sometimes, Dr. Encausse. One as well as the other lectured on physiology and anatomy. These lectures had only a very relative connection with fluidic magnetism such as it is generally understood and applied. They were specially aimed at the faithful listeners who wished to take care of the sick. The Master seemed to attach only a secondary importance to the usual technique of curative magnetism and particularly to the insights which he never used himself. Unceasingly, he returned to the teachings of the daily sessions, insisting on humility, prayer and love for fellow-humans, without which any attempt to heal the sick by magnetism would remain inoperative. A few sick also attended. They were taken care of and cured, in the presence of the students, in the same wasy as at the sessions, and the Master then emphasised the great difference between the manner of operation and the practice of magnetism. "To treat by ordinary magnetism, he said one day, one must be very strong; on the other hand, to practice our magnetism, one must be very weak, that is to say, charitable and humble at heart, for he, who would be very small, could say: It is my pleasure that this child be cured, and he be cured". The lectures were illustrated with extraordinary experiments, without any relationship to suggestion, as is testified by the notes of some of the students. Subjects, men almost exclusively, were used for the demonstration of facts. Those subjects were not "suggestioned", for the orders were given by direct command to their mind, and they could not hear them. Their visions were so clear that they could still remember them when they awoke and often even physical traces of the facts through which they had lived were left (traces of snake stings, bites, strangulation, etc.), for these experiments were real, material. In the chapter related to medicine, I have written a few paragraphs on the essential words of the Master on curative magnetism. On 1st August, 1901, the Prince of Montenegro conferred on him the Order of Daniel 1st (3rd class) "for exceptional services rendered to the people of Montenegro and Ourselves". It is interesting to note that the great Chancellery of the Legion of Honour delivered on 2nd August, 1902, under No. 25905, permission to "Mr. Philippe Nizer, Doctor of medicine in Russia" to wear that decoration. It was on 8th September, 1900, that Mr. Philippe's relationship began with a few Grand-Dukes of Russia through Dr. Encausse. Court Mourawieff Amoursky, Russian military attache to Paris, introduced Mr. Philippe to the Grand-Duke Pierre Nicolaiewitch, uncle of Tsar
Nicholas II, to his wife, grand-Duchess Militza and her sister, Princess Anastasie Romanowsky, Duchess of Leuchtenberg (both of them daughters of the King of Montenegro. The Grand-Duke Wladimir came to visit Mr. Philippe in Lyons and, back in his country, called for him. Mr. Philippe left on 29th December, 1900, and stayed in Russia for approximately two months. After that sojourn, the Emporer and the Empress heard so much praise of the Master that they let him know, through Grand-Duchess Militza, that they would like to see him on the occasion of their trip to France. The meeting took place in Compiegne on 20th September, 1901. Mr. Philippe was introduced to the Emporer and the Empress by Grand-Duchess Militza. After that meeting, the sovereigns asked Mr. Philippe to return to Russia, which he did some time later. His daughter and Dr. Lalande accompanied him. A house had been prepared for them at Tsarskoie-Selo, where there was one of the Imperial residences. During that sojourn, the Tsar conceived a very great admiration for Mr. Philippe and granted him absolute confidence, to the point of making him his guide on all important matters. he wanted to give him a doctor of medicine diploma, but his ministers pointed out that for Mr. Philippe should sit for examinations. A jury was constituted, which met at the Imperial palace. Mr. Philippe asked to be give the bed numbers of a few patients treated at the St. Petersburg hospital. With this single piece of information, he gave immediately a diagnosis of each of the designated patients, and it was recognised to be accurate. And he asserted that, as from that moment, all these patients were cured. The professors, the members of the jury, could check at the hospital that what he had told them was correct and, on 8th November, 1901, he was made a Doctor of medicine of the Imperal Academy of Military medicine of St. petersburg, and he was inscribed into the register No. 27. The Grand-Dukes presented him with a Serpollet, a large steam operated coach. that Dr. Lalande drove. They sent him when he was back in Lyons two grey-hounds: Outechai (consolation, distraction) and Ptitza (bird). The Tsar gave him a beautiful emerald which he used to wear. *** In August, 1904, Mrs. Victorie lalande fell sick. her state rapidly became alarming. Mr. Philippe then gave an extraordinary example. His son-in-law, his mother-in-law, his wife, his daughter herself asked for her recovery. Mr. Philippe replied: "The will of heaven is that she leaves; however, tp prove you that Heaven can do everything, she will feel better for two days but on the third day she will return to her present state". In effect, she suddenly rose on the Saturday and, during the night the following Monday, she relapsed and died on 29th August, 1904. *** The next day, I went to the Arbsele. Mr. Philippe came to meet me and
crying he said to me: "When a soldier falls, the others must close the ranks". Many people attended the funeral. Mr. Philippe said that he had sacrificed his daughter, that he had denied himself the right to heal her and that she had gone to the smoothen way. "That death, he said, has crucified me alive". *** Long beforehand, Mr. Philippe had prepared his friends for his departure. At the session of 18th March, 1901, he was asked never to depart. he replied: "On the contrary, I hope to depart soon; but I shall not stay away for long, I shall return". In February, 1903, he said goodbye to his friends: "You will not see me again; I must go where I have things to do. You will not see me go. I am going, but I leave you The Corporal - that is how he designated his dearest disciple, Jean Chapas. You will ask him and he will decide whether to grant you things which I myself would refuse you, just as at school the children ask the junior teacher what the schoolmaster would perhaps refuse them. You know well that I too will never abandon you". In effect, after his death, his servant Jean Chapas continued the sessions at rue Tete d' Or and the regulars have asserted that the spiritual atmosphere was similar. Until his death on 2nd September, 1932, Jean Chapas has nobly carried out the mission the Master has entrusted to him. At the end of his life, Mr. Philippe suffered from suffocations and sharp pains in the heart. As from February, 1905, he did not leave his home, the "Clos Landar", at Arbresle. As he could no longer lie down, he spent his nights in an armchair. On the morning of 2nd August, 1905, Mrs. Philippe and her mother, Mrs. Landar, as well as his doctor were near him. Mrs. Philippe had left his for a few minutes and, at a moment when Dr. Lalande and Mrs. Landar's attention was held by something near to the window, Mr. Philippe rose from his armchair and took a few steps in the room, then he fell. Everything was over. This is just what happened in the eyes of those who approached him. However, Dr. Lalande, who often examined Mr. Philippe, has never found anything physically abnormal with him. I myself walked with him on the terrace of his home the day before his death; He was completely as usual. He left when he had to go. His funeral took place on 5th August, in the morning, in the Church of Arbesele, in the afternoon, in the Church Saint-Paul in Lyons. His body rests in the Loyasse Cemetery in Lyons, in the family tomb. ***
That friend who never leaves me does not want to be insulted; if someone insults me, he does not forgive. I, I forgive, and there are persons to whom I have forgiven and who have passed to the other side without being forgiven by my Friend. Our Lord Jesus-Christ has said: "If you insult him who is with me, you will not obtain forgiveness". (10.11.1896). He, who speaks ill of me without knowing me, will be punished; he, who speaks ill of me knowing me, offends Him who is often with me. For what would you say of a person who would be all smiles with another person and would kick the dog of that person? What would the master of that dog think? (21.1.1895). I cannot forgive those who are foolish with me. Those who have offended Jesus-Christ cannot be forgiven without the assent of God; and I can forgive only if jesus-Christ wants it. (13.2.1897) If I plead for a man and my plea is hearkened to, then the sister of that man blasphemes against me, then I can do nothing else for that family. That I have and you do not have, is that I know you and you do not know me (15.7.1891). I know you all very well and I have done so for a very long time. I know what you are and the Friend who is here, the Friend who you do not see, protects you. I have lived in another country with you, not on Earth. You, I speak to gently; there are others to whom I have spoken severely. (3.7.1896 - 7.1.1903). You are held to do what I tell you to do because your lips say: "I trust you". (17.5.1987) You are Franc Lireura and I, I am your corporal. No one, I assure you, loves you more than I do. It does not matter to me that you bear me a grudge; you may not like me at all, I love you for two. The only thing I ask is to love your neighbor as yourself. (10.6.1894) If you felt what I feel, you would feel that we are one. I have forgiven with all my heart for you, for if you have been offended I have been offended. I do not look for dignity within you, but for humility. Your efforts are mine. The effort I have made, you will not have to make it. Apropou newspaper articles. "It is that I have asked to bear all the worries I can, so that the others have less to hear". (27.11.1904)
I have come just as the good doctor, not to heal those who are not sick, but those who suffer and to help the man of goodwill to do not only what they can do, but more than they can do. To do only what one can do is not sufficient. (27.12.1984). When you find the birden too heavy, ask God to ease your pains or think of me, and I promise you that you will feel relief if you are animated with good intentions, for without that I will not hear you either. You all belong to me and, what may seem reckless to you, time also would obey me, and I assert to you that he, who loves his fellow-humans as himself, will always be heard and hearkened to. (19.6.1894). I am proud to save you. One day, many people attended the session when Mr. Philippe said suddenly: Oh! that scoundrel P...., that thief P...., that rogue P...., and all sorts of other horrible things about himself. "But, Mr. Philippe, why do you say that of yourself? You pain us; you know very well that we love you very much. - There are here persons who have spoken those words and I say them so that they should be forgiven". Once, only once in my life, have I been ten days without an ordeal, I had 10 days of happiness. Then I have cried and prayed because I thought God had forsaken me, and I beseeched Him to obtain ordeals. Of my family, I know only those who observe what I tell them, those who make efforts to love their fellow-humans. You will be united with me if you help others, anticipating the requests of those who would not dare to ask you anything. If you wish to come with me, love your fellow-humans as yourselves, otherwise you will be left to yourselves. (8.11.1894) I want all over the world to push those who did not march. (7.1.1903). You are under my sway and all of you will march. Oh! foolish things are being done to you, you are being scoffed at; but for Him, that was not important, whereas for you that is another story! Oh! how much these who have returned after having scoffed at Him had to suffer! If you do not do what I will tell you to do, Heaven will punish you. If you do what I tell you to do, you will have great ordeals, but you will come with me. Do not fear losing me; I have one foot at the bottom of the sea and one on earth, one hand towards you and the other hand towards Heaven.
Therefore you will always find me. I shall always be with you, not in front of you, but with you. I have promised that I shall always be with you and I promise it again, and I swear that none of you will be damned. (2.12.1902). If you get lost, I shall go and fetch you wherever you are, be it even at the bottom of the great hell. God has not created us to push us into the eternal fire, to lose us. Anyway, were any one amongst you to get lost, I promise you, I swear to you that I shall go myself to fetch him wherever he is. (29.1.1902). God is my witness that you will not go to Heaven without having seen me again. (1896) You are under my sway, and I shall enter paradise only when you enter it yourselves, and you will all enter it. (26.12.1894). Love each other, and I promise you that when you die a single thought of you will bring me back to you. I'll be there! (10.11.1894). I am the Gate, no one can die without seeing me, without my seeing him. I am at the doorstep of death, that is why it is impossible for anyone not to see me when you die. All of you must pass before me on the way to Heaven, for all of you must pass the path which I am. A FEW OF MR. PHILIPPE'S LETTERS Letter to Louise Grandjean ( who later became Mrs. jean Chapas). Lyons, 7th January, 1888 Dear Miss, A thousand thanks for the wishes you address to Heaven for me and my family. I shall not forget you in my prayers. I shall also ask God that He dein protect you, you and your poor ones; that He grant you what you request, if it does not jeopardise your salvation. Pray, always pray; don't forget the souls that surround you and ask for good deeds. Yours sincerely devoted, Philippe. *** To a person who wished to intervene in favour of the Master in the first court case for illegal practice of medicine brought against him:
"In reply to you letter of 30th May, 1887, I wish to thank you for your good intention. I, myself, have asked for no testimony in my favour; a few persons have presented themselves to testify the truth, people have laughed, many of these persons have certainly been derided but a day will come, and that day is very near, when God will reward them. What I do, I shall re-do, because I have never done anything wrong; I have been accused, that is true, I have been insulted, but I have the great satisfaction of having always returned good for evil. If the court condemns me, the Court in heaven will pardon me, for it has given me a mission to carry out that human power cannot carry out for me and cannot prevent me from doing my duty. The hour has come and the sign for the ordeal has been given. I shall remain firm and not concede an inch of the territory my Father has entusted to me". *** To Mrs. Chapuis, Court Vitton, Miss N..., Mr. F ... Dear Ladies and Sir, A thousand thanks for the interest you have shown in me. Do you not remember having heard a long time ago that I was to walk on thorns, and it would be soon, you were told? Now the time of the ordeal has come and soon I shall show my powers. Nothing will be changed in the sessions. We shall start them on a Monday instead of Wednesday; there will also be a session on Wednesday. My father has sent me here to take care of and to encourage his children who are my brethren, to love them, to bless them, to set them free at the time of their death, that is to say, to introduce them to Him by helping them out of confusion. I shall not cease my work until it is accomplished. The moment will come when I will show in broad daylight the titles which have been entrusted to me. God looks after us; fear only one thing, that of doing wrong; I shall always have victory when I ask my Father. Thanks again. Your friend, Philippe I shall be able to comfort those who have cried and save those who are lost.
Human power is not yet strong enough to prevent me from carrying out my task. Philippe. *** Dear Miss, Yesterday, you were sad, do you feel better today? You know, you do know your worries, but bear well in mind that here everybody has miseries to put up with; we all have a cross more or less heavy to bear. If you had no feelings, if your heart did not feel torments, you would not be a child of Heaven. Know it well, my dear friend, that there are children of God who suffer more than you will ever suffer. Often you say: "But why do I have life"? Oh! Miss, that life, yes that life, do you think that you are master of it? No, stop decieving yourself, it belongs to God. Time, if it belongs to God, it is not yours and you must do what He commands. When you have accomplished His will, you will no longer suffer. But until then, do not recriminate, it is a useless effort. Do not believe that I am moralising, certainly not, you know more on that subject than I, but when I say a few things to you, it relieves me for it is for myself that I talk. Your friend who also has a very heavy heart, Philippe *** To Messrs. Barbier, Champollion, Grandjean, Boudarel. My friends and brethren, Do not be anxious; believe me, I have come to bring light into the confusion and I have not come without weapons or without good escort, but armed with truth and light. I shall triumph, be persuaded of it; if I cannot endure the fight, I would only have to wish for rest and I would have it immediately. Have a little patience and everything will change for the best. If I have not asked for your testimony here, it is because I prefer it for later, for I shall pass before a much higher court and there I shall need my own witnesses for myself, for truth and heaven. Fight also by praying for your wicked brethren, asking forgiveness from God for those who spit in our faces and who say: "If you are God, come down from the cross". ***
To Mrs. Gerard, Lyons. Dear Madam, In reply to your letter, I can only answer this: Have courage and be able to forgive. Do not bear a grudge to the person who made you suffer, and believe that those who commit evil do not know what they are doing. You know that no one wants to be slandered, bothered by his brethren in a word, we do not wish to fool adversity; we prefer peace, quiet and happiness. Heaven tells us: "enrich yourselves by accepting everything that is refused by your brethren, those treasures will not be stolen and the worms will not destroy them". Yes, my child, be patient, I shall help you, forgive, God will forgive you first and your brethren if you ask forgiveness for them. Pray and accept the ordeals for nothing, nothing comes to us were it not for God's permission. That God has promised to change war into peace, pride into modesty, adversity into contentment and joy, poverty into fortune. Today, or the 9th, September, 1904, I ask for the Blessing of Heaven for you and your family. Kind regards, Philippe, Doctor of Medicine of St. Petersburg ANECDOTES One day Mr. Philippe was in a compartment of a railway coach with a bishop and an acquaintance who was a close friend of the bishop. At one stage of the conversation, theological questions were introduced. "According to what you have just told me the Bishop's friend asked Mr. Philippe, prayer becomes unnecessary?" He replied that, on the contrary, prayer was necessary and even indispensible, and he gave him irrefutable proofs of it. The bishop, understanding that he was in the presence of a man endowed with a transcendent intelligence, then said: "Since you can predict the future, can you also recall a personal fact which took place earlier?" Mr. Philippe replied then that, when one could predict the future, one could naturally know the past and that, since he wished him to recall a fact of his past life he would satisfy him. "Several years ago, he said, a member of your family was found hanged from the window bolt and it was certain that he had committed suicide. Your parent did not commit suicide, he was murdered first, and then his body was hanged to simulate suicide".
Very surprised the bishop declared that this was the exact truth, but that he was all the more astounded that he thought he was the only one to know the family secret. In the evenings, Mr. Philippe often said things like: "Your brother-in-law is reading such a paper at the moment. - The Emperor of Germany has just said this, etc." And, noticing our amazment, he said: "Do you know why my mind can reach out simultaneously everywhere? simply because I am the Shepherd's dog and I have the right to walk everywhere on the lands of the owner". One night, returning from his laboratory, Mr. Philippe after having crossed the Morand Bridge asked me to wait a few moments. He lighted his pipe and went down on to the bank of the Rhone. There he went straight to three men who were discussing a raid they were about to carry out. Seeeing him go alone towards them, they thought they had been discovered by the police and, when he interpellated them, they started by denying. "Don't deny, he told them, and to one of them: It's you who gave the idea". They replied they were without a job and in dire poverty. Then Mr. Philippe promised to bring them, at an agreed place, the money necessary to their establishment. As he did not have the amount, he had to borrow it. These men started a business later on and Mr. Philippe said that no merchants have ever been more honest than these men. One day, Mr. Philippe in my presence stooped and spoke to a man who was squatting at the end of a foot-bridge of the College, begging. His legs had been crushed by a coach and were paralysed. He used to be brought there and at night he was picked up in a wheel-chair. Mr. Philippe said to him: "I know someone who could heal you. You must ask God and your legs will walk again. Do you promise to ask God? - Yes, he replied. And as we were leaving the Master said: "He will ask for nothing at all; this is already the second life he spends as a cripple. He does not want to work". At the session, an arrogant-looking man was making spiteful comments in a loud voice while Mr. Philippe was speaking: "One must be an idiot to believe in all these silly things", and other things of the same nature. As Mr. Philippe was passing near him, he asked to accompany him into the next room. There he said to him: "Why on such a day, at such a time, have you strangled that woman? I was beside you". The man fell on his knees, begging Mr. Philippe not to expose him to the police. "At the condition he was answered, that you change your life and that you practice your religion. - If I practice my religion, I must confess - You have confessed to me, that is enough". And the man left crying. At the Arbresle, there was a man who removed burns. He had a few unsuccessful cases; he accused Mr. Philippe of being the cause of it and spread some slanderous rumours about him. Mr. Philippe had him
summoned. Then, dipping two fingers of his right hand into sulphuric acid, he asked his guest to heal the burn. For two hours, the latter did all he could, whereas the acid was burning the skin and attacking the flesh. As he humbly confessed his powerlessness: "It is all right, Mr. Philippe said, in the future it will be easier for you to heal burns". A sick man did not obtain any improvement. Mr. Philippe asked him: "Do you repent your faults?" The sick man was surpried and replied: "But I have never done anything wrong to anybody, I have always given to the poor", and so on. Then Mr. Philippe replied: "Under these conditions, Heaven can do nothing for you". At the usual session, one day I saw a man who came for the first time. he had a terrible face that frightened me. When Mr. Philippe came in, he sent for a ball of string and he said: "Today I want to hang you". He pointed to a dozen persons and made them stand in a row, one behind the other, the man with the repulsive face firsat and me last. Then he passed the string around the neck of the first man, then over the shoulders of the other persons, the two ends hanging over my shoulders, ending in my back. he asked: "Who wants to be the executioner? - I, exclaimed a woman - Then you shall knot together the ends of the string which are hanging in the back of that gentleman (pointing to me) and you will tie the knot firmly". At that moment the first man in the group fell down. He was horrible to look at, his face was all contorted and his tongue was hanging out, an inordinately long tongue. The man had realised nothing. And I had the impression, if not the certainty, that Mr. Philippe had saved him from the executioner. We were returning, Mr. Philippe and I, from Sathonay to Lyons, in a horse-drawn landau which was completely open. The wind was so strong that I was forced to hold my hat with my hand to prevent it from being blown away.The Master had filled his pipe. To allow him to light it shielded from the wind, I prepared my hat; but he begged me to put it on again, without adding that he did not need it. Then, taking a match from the box, he lighted it and, while talking about something also, he let the flame devour half the wood of the match; then, as if he had been in a room, he lighted his pipe. I could not believe my eyes. I understood then that the Master had no need for my hat to protect that flame, but that my hat needed my hand not to be blown off my head because the wind was so terribly strong. One day, it was terribly hot in the room where the sessions took place. Some siad that the room should be transferred to Bellecour. "In effect, replied Mr. Philippe, the room could be transferred to Bellecour; but that would mean a lot of bother. But the air from Bellecour can be transferred here". And, at that, a light whirlwind naturated with sunshine blew through the room. One day, when the room was crowded and many persons had to stand, Mr. Philippe was listening to the grievances of an unfortunate man at the end of the room when, suddenly, a peasant stood up and rushed towards the door that Mr. Philippe had locked. As he could not open it, he shook it energetically, in such a way that Mr. Philippe interpellated
him: "Well! are you trying to demolish the house! - No, the man said, but I must go to the toilet - In that case, all you have to do is tell the door: Open! and it will open - Door, open! shouted the peasant. Instantaneousously, the two panels of the door opened wide. Those who were near the door tried to see who had opened the door: the passage and the staircase were empty. Everyone was astounded and laughed heartily. But all were in admiration of the powers of the Master, who commanded inert matter and also the faith of the peasant. In the past, an old man often accompanied the Master on his errands. People called him "old Gallahad". One night, the Master and old Gallahad were forced to cross a very dark wood; they crossed it without any trouble although the path was hardly visible. The next day, old Gallahad told an acquaintance of his impressions of his journey, not forgetting the passage through the wood. That person told him how surprised he was that they had been able to walk through the wood on such a dark night. Old Gallahad told him: "With Philippe one goes without any trouble throught the darkest forests on the darkest nights. So yesterday, when we were in the thick of the wood, a beam of light accompanied us to facilitate our crossing". Bou Amama was the soothsayer of the Arab village at the 1900 Universal Exibition in Paris. Papus had spoken to him of Mr. Philippe and he had expressed the wish to go to Lyons to see him. He had, he said, many things to tell him. I had the duty to welcome and pilot the old Arab, then to take him to the session on the day arranged by Mr. Philippe. Once there, he remained for a moment in front of the Master and I was surprised to see that he did not say anything. When the session was over, we went downstairs, he and I, and we went to sit on a bench in the yard where Mr. Philippe was to join us. There we had a general conversation for about twenty minutes, then Mr. Philippe left us. And as I expressed to Bou Amama my surprise that he had said nothing to Mr. Philippe of the many questions he had wanted to discuss, he relpied: "I have told him everything, and he has answered me". I asked him then: "What do you think of Mr. Philippe?" Raising the index finger of his right hand, he said: "He is great, he is very great, he is the greatest". One day, when I was taking my leave from Mr. Philippe in the waiting room of the St. Paul Station, a friend of the Master came to me and asked if I had not seen him. He had, he said, an urgent need to speak to him. Embarrassed, since Mr. Philippe was standing beside me, I replied to that friend: "Usually, he takes the train at about this time; perhaps you will be able to see him". Dr. Lalande, when he returned from Russia where he had accompanied Mr. Philippe, said to me: "One day, the Master was sitting in a coach beside the Tsarina during a review. One of the Grand-Dukes, having seen a civilian in the open carriage, rushed up on his horse. But, having come closer, he was stupified to see that the Tsarina was alone in the carriage. He had to go to and fro twice to convince himself that Mr. Philippe could make himself invisible.
A man from Tarare who, with a wand, could find lost property, came one day to the Master at Arbresle. The Master took a stone, traced a sign on it with a pencil and asked the man if he agreed to be blindfolded. He answered that he did. The Master, after having blindfolded him, threw the stone with all of his might and, as he was about to remove the bandage from his eyes, the man said that he thought that he could find the stone blindfolded. Taking his wand, he walked in the direction of the stone and found it. The Master then said: "You can see that there is no cloud in the firmament and that nothing foreshadows bad weather; it is my pleasure that, in fifteen minutes time, torrential rains will fall all over the whole city of Arbresle and even on to this property and that not a drop of water will fall on to the terrace where we are". When the fifteen minutes were over, the wish of the Master was fulfilled point by point and, when the rain was pelting down most abundantly, the Master said: Now, if you so wish, a ray of sunlight will shine on the house". But the man with the wand did not ask for more; as soon as the rain had stopped, he took his leave from the Master and never came to see him again. Mrs. Landar's farmer was present as well as the Master's family. For a long time I have seen an orange-tree planted in a wooden case which decorated the terrace of the "Clos Landar". That tree had been dead and the farmer had thrown it on to a heap of debris and rubbish. It had remained there for three years. One day, Mr. Philippe called it back to life and it started to grow leaves and blooms. It has resumed it's place on the terrace where everyone admires it. Mr. Philippe has given me some of it's leaves, with which to make a sleeping draught. A man suffering from stomach disease and considered to be incurable by the doctors came to the session for the first time. The Master asked the pharmacist who was present which plant could be given as a remedy. As the latter did not know what to answer, he told him to nominate any plant. Then the name of a species of mint was pronounced. The Master observed that there were three species of mint and chose the so-called peppered mint. "But as we do not have the tonic at hand, he said, we shall make it with God's permission". He asked one of the people who attended the session to roll up a sheet of paper so as to make a cone-shaped container, and to carry out the motion of pouring it's contents on the head of the sick man. "In just a little while, he said, speaking to everybody, you must have a feeling of well-being in your stomach." The audience answered affirmatively. "Forthwith, the Master added, the peppered mint has been given a new property which is added to those it already had. Do not exagerate it's use, but each time you will drink a draught made of that plant, you will have a feeling of well-being from head to foot". The three anecdotes that follow have been told by Mr. Philippe: One day a fair, tall policeman in civilian clothes came to the session. When I asked the people to stand up as usual, he remained seated, with his hat on his head. He rolled himself a cigarette and
started to smoke it. At that moment I saw an angel come through the ceiling towards him and mark him in the Death Book. Three days later he was dead. And there is a great difference between being marked in the Book of Life and being marked in the Book of Death. One day, the Special Police Superintendent at the Judicial delegations, whom I know, came and asked me to organize for one of his friends who was making only a short stop-over a special session to which he asked me to invite only honest people because his friend was a very important man. On the said day, he came with his secretary and two other policemen who were gentlemen. In front of the door was a whole group of policemen. I gave my session and I was warned not to make any experiments. When I had finished, I said to that gentleman; "It is finished. - Are you doing nothing else? - No, Sir. - Then, please shut the door and we'll take the names of all the persons present. You will stay next door, watched by these two men. I have a warrant to search your house". With his secretary he took the names of all the persons present and seized a few papers. At exactly the same time, a search was made at the Arbresle, where the shutters were smashed, and another one at my father's house in Savoie. "That evening Mr. Philippe told Encausse, I had decided to punish that man. Well, he was shown to me, body and mind, and a sword was put into my hand. But I threw the sword aside. After all, it was not worth it. I kneeled and prayed to God to forgive him. But I do not know whether he has been forgiven. Of all those who have helped him with that work, he is the only one to survive, with his secretary. The latter has tried since, on my advice, to make good for the crime he had witnessed that day, by helping all those I have sent him. But he is yet to face the justice of God. The doctor must act without expecting people to be grateful. One day a patient came to see me because he had suffered horrible pains in the face and he offered me on his own volition, 1000 francs to heal him. I aksed him for 500 francs, then 250, then 100, and finally I told him that if he was to be cured he should keep his promise and give me 50 francs. I operated on him, and he was cured at once. Eight days, a fortnight, six months elapsed; one day I went to see him. He did not recognize me. When I reminded him of his disease and his promise, he said: Oh! between you and me, you did not do much; and since then I have gone to the dentist who has taken care of me". I announced then that I would undo what I had done, and two days later he would bring me 50 francs. In effect, he came with an enormous, swollen cheek; but I refused the money and healed him nevertheless, telling him that it was a lesson. ---------THE SESSIONS Every day, at the sessions, Mr. Philippe formed groups of the patients who came to see him, and also of the faithful listeners. In my introduction, I have given an idea of these sessions, but it is rather difficult to describe the atmosphere of trust and faith that
the Master created. First of all he invited us to collect our thoughts, to pray and to join him to ask Heaven for the sick to be delivered and cured. The silence, the solemn waiting that followed lifted us for a moment above the material contingencies of everyday life. The excitement which was then caused by the healings, the questions asked and the Master's answers did not take away from the true spirituality and the friendly sympathy that reigned in the room. I quote the Master's words expressing the capital importance and the seriousness with which he considered these meetings; then, in an attempt to bring alive their spiritual quality, I recount a few ancedotes particularly related to this. To be able to hold sessions, one must live at the same time on a different plane. (12.5.1901) One of the people asked Mr. Philippe one day why he went to all the trouble of saying and doing so many beautiful things for the benefit of a few mediocre listeners. he whispered into his ear: "All that is being said and done here has repercussions in the whole universe". You need not believe the things I speak, but what you must believe and do, that is to love your fellow human. Those words have been written before the beginning of the world. Often you say: "Let's go there, we will be told beautiful things"; I don't know whether they are beautiful, but what I assert is that, under pain of being in the darkness, you must put them into practice, otherwise it is useless to come here to hear them. (2.11.1894) That is what we must believe to be on the path of Light: all that is written in the Gospel. Then, whatever we are told here and that might appear extraordinary, we must not doubt, nor even have an ironical smile, for anything may happen; nothing is impossible to God. We must also believe that we are all brethren, that we all have the same Father and the same Master. (10.10.1895) Few amongst those who have come here are not marked in the Book of Life. From the first time that you come, you can feel after the session that you are stronger. Well! your soul, without your knowledge, has received a ray of Light which it will always try to follow. And your ancestors as well as your descendants are also noted in the Book of Life, I promise you. (2.5.1895) Those who have attended the session participate in their effects, even when they are far away from them. Death for them will only be a formality; an angel will come to veil their face and to lead them; they shall be taken care of in the tomb. You ask for my protection; but I cannot more than you protect anyone. You come here, you feel some relief. Some of you come because of a disease, others for moral afflictions but you all ask for some relief. For a few hours you remain with your minds turned towards good and
having good feelings. Sometimes you say to yourselves: Let's not go there, and in spite of everything something pushes you to come. Your guardian angels are pushing you; and don't you think that when you leave from here you feel unburdened, you feel stronger? (27.11.1894) You will all feel a slight relief, but you must promise me to be good. Do you know what you must do for that? Simply not say anything wrong about your neighbor. Oh! yes, I do allow you to do so, but in his presence. (2.12.1902) The disease that is cured when the sins have not been forgiven is postponed only. Here we heal by forgiving the sins and the pain is accounted for as if it had been suffered. It is for your own satisfaction that you are allowed to say what is wrong with you, for we know it. It is exactly as when you describe the state of your hand; you don't need to look at it, it is yours and you know it. But, I repeat it, for your own satisfaction, we listen to what you say, for a sick man always finds comfort in talking to his doctor, and at home you would feel relieved in the same way were you to put your trust in God. And, if you are asked to raise your hand, it is so that you should collect your thoughts and ask to be relieved when the burden is too heavy. Then when you recieve a little of that bread of the soul for which you ask everyday, and it is that bread that helps you to bear your pains. (12.7.1897) I do nothing myself to heal you, I ask the Master who is God. Have you not always felt relief? Is there anyone who has not felt relief? You have seen here supernatural things, miracles. For the experiments which occur as from today, I shall make you pay a lot. Oh! I know very well that you are always ready. But it is not that kind of payment I want. To the persons who come here for the first time, I ask to make efforts to love their neighbor as themselves. Those who have been here before I ask to love their neighbor as themselves, and those who are not able to make that promise will have to leave this room (in the case of experiments). All the persons who are involved in a court case also must promise me to drop all legal action for, I tell you, if you do not agree with each other in this world, it will be very difficult to make you agree in the other world. (7.1.1894) I can do nothing, all I do is ask God, and you can feel any relief in this room either from sickness or from a burden that weighs heavily on to this sad world only if you have done something for Heaven. If you have done nothing deserving, you can expect nothing and you will not be hearkened. (10.2.1894) From the depth of my heart, I will ask Heaven to send you as many misfortunes as you can bear, and to me forty thousand times more than to you. To a person present: "You have denied God. I forgive you". To another:
"You have said: If I were God, I would have done things in a different way. Heaven forgives you". Here is a lady who is very sick. I have asked her to calm down one of her relatives who was involved in a law-suit so that there be no court-case; we must tend to peace. She has done everything she could, and she can ask for grace; it will be granted. If I allow myself to speak like this, it is to show that a good deed is never wasted. (26.2.1894) When you are sad, let your thought come to me, I shall ask God for you. (3.7.1894) Q. - The prayer we say here, can it be hearkened? A. - Is there a person in this room who, suffering a lot of having many worries when entering the room, can say when leaving not to have felt any relief? Everyone said: "Oh! no".
Eighteen centuries and a few years ago, Jesus healed the sick by saying: "Go and do not sin any more!" And a few of them returned a few days later, even sicker. Today, when relief is granted to them, they are asked only to make efforts to do good. Is there anyone who has held that promise? Not a single person in this room has failed to spak ill of his neighbor, thinking: "Pooh! it is so little!" That can do a lot of bad. (10.9.1893) Today you must promise me to make all possible efforts to do good and not to speak ill of anyone. And now, since you have all promised, in my turn, I shall ask for you peace of the heart, serenity and strength when you are in trouble, and you will have them. (10.9.1893) As from Friday, much shall be asked from the people who come here. The longer they have attended, the more shall be asked of them, for you must be rich in spirit to go to Heaven, and not an idiot or a great scientist. (15.1.1895) Up to now, I have asked for all your efforts not to speak ill of anyone, to love your neighbor as yourselves. Now, I ask you, not only to make efforts, but to love your neighbor as yourselves and not to speak ill. Then many things will be unveiled to you, and for the experiments that Heaven has allowed to see here it is well worthwhile doing something. Those who are here, I am happy to say, have intelligence, but those amongst you who might be lacking intelligence will have it as from today. (21.9.1893) Remember well the date of 30th August, 1900, for my Friend enrolls you all today to become His soldiers, and none shall enter Heaven without having defeated the enemy. Do you know where the enemy is? Within yourselves. Oh! I know it well, when you ask God to heal somebody, you have enough
trust at the moment; but, once the cure has been obtained, you say: "oh! it had to happen that way". And, another time, when you ask, you obtain nothing. Heaven does not hearken you. Do not be proud, have nothing by "yourselves", observe the commandments of God by doing only what you would like to be done unto you, and you will always obtain relief. Remember what I have just told you and, even if you have done nothing for it, if you do remember, I shall be there at the hour of your death. (3.12.1896) *** At the session of Monday, 27th November, 1893, a gentleman who was suffering from eye trouble, thanked Mr. Philippe for his improvement. The latter replied: "You must not thank me, I have done nothing". - Then, whom should I thank? - Heaven. - But you represent Heaven to me. Mr. Philippe repeated: "I have done nothing but ask for you". And he added for the people who were present: "Do you know why that man will not become blind? He has, at a certain time, without being very generous, done something good, and that something attract's God's protection of him. That is why I say to you: "Do everything you can, because if in your accounts you have not much on the credit side you will find nothing on the debit side, for things shall be taken from those who have nothing to give to those who have already. To him who has much, more shall be given. That is very simple. I don't know whether you understand. So, we have a baby there (it was a young girl) who is very sick and who feels much better; for that she has made me a promise. - And those promises, if they are not kept? - He, who recieves them, takes on a responsibility and will later make arrangements with Heaven". A man from the country, whose wife was ill, attended the session. When the Master was in front of him, he said: "is this the first time you come here? - Yes, Sir, - Is it for your wife that you are here? - Yes, Sir, - She is very ill, your wife, and that is going to cost you a lot, you know, to obtain her cure. - Sir, I shall pay what is necessary. - It is not money that I want, it is much more. Do you want your wife to be cured? - Yes, Sir. - You have a lawsuit against a neighbor. - Yes, Sir, replied the peasant, who was more and more surprised. - So that your wife is cured, you must, when you get home, go to your neighbor and tell him: "If you need a part of my land, I cede it to you; I do not wish to have a law-suit against you; let's be friends". - But if I tell him that, he will start worrying me for something else. - That does not matter. Do you want your wife to get well? After a few moments of hesitation, the peasant replied in a firm voice:
- Yes, Sir. - Do you promise to make peace with your neighbor and to tell him what I said? - Yes, Sir. The Master added: "When you get home, your wife will be up, for she has been cured at this very instant. If, what I tell you is not true, you will return here and tell everyone that your wife has not been cured". (24.3.1903) A woman one day brought the child of a widower who was behaving badly, and of whom she was in charge. She declared that it was a burden and that she could not keep the child. Mr. Philippe asked who would like to look after the baby. A sick woman without a job offered herself. The Master, moved by this devotion, said: "You will be his mother and I shall be the father, and happiness will be in your house". (27.12.1894) A person who had willingly kept away from the Master, returned, suffering from internal erysipelas. It could have become very serious and reach the pharymx and the lungs. It has been asked, Mr. Philippe said, that this erysipelas be changed into a slight toothache and later on disappear; then the person will be cured. - That is what you do to people who are silly with you, someone said. - If you were a shepherd and one of your ewes had gone astray, would you not do everything possible to make her return? - Not if she is a scabby sheep. - Oh! but often, in a flock, all of the sheep are more or less sick; in that case they should all be left! One day, at the end of a session which was attended by many people, Mr. Philippe said: "I shall give you a present the value of which cannot be estimated. God forgives everything bad you have done in the past until now". At these words, a man sitting near Mr. Philippe could be heard sobbing convulsively whilst the Master went on: "I hope that from now on you are going to try very hard to become better". A general yes was heard. When going out, people were quieter than usual, and I found myself beside the man who had been sobbing. He confided to me: "No one knows what has just happened to me. I live very far from here and for months I have been preparing this trip to Lyons to ask Mr. Philippe forgiveness for my whole past. But, once I was in that room, I could not make my request; I could not stand up when the Master passed in front of me. I was desperate at the thought of leaving without having been able to confess my ardent wish to be washed clean of my past. But, when I heard him, very close to me, erase the past and thus grant me what was the reason for my journey, my heart broke with gratitude and love". -----THE MASTER'S BIRTHDAY Although he was born on 25th April (St. Nizer), Mr. Philippe asked his
friends to wish him a happy birthday on Palm Sunday. Here are the minutes of these meetings; the names of those who have written them are given in brackets at the end of each of them. 27th April, 1898. - We have presented out dear master with a golden medal set into a Florentine frame. The room was decorated with flowers; camalias, asaleas, lilacs and roses. A young boy recited a sonnet, then twenty-seven little children each offered him a bouquet. The Master said the prayer: "When I lift that bouquet, you will say the `Our father' with me". He asked that we know not death, neither our descendants. Then he addressed the Holy Virgin: "Mary, I beg you. protect us, hearken our requests". He recommended our guardian angel to be twice as vigilant. The Master lifted a second bouquet and said the Ave Maria. Then everyone passed before him; he kissed the people and distributed flowers (Laurent). The Master told us: "I am grieved to see what you are doing for me. I am not what you believe I am, nor even a saint; I am less than you are. The only thing I have and that you have not: I believe in what is written in the Gospel. What I do know is that some beings have left the heavenly court". Then he asked a few small children to say with him the `Our Father', recommending us to follow it. Then he added: "My Lord, let us not succomb to temptation". And once more he said the Pater. Then, "That bouquet, all these flowers and each of the petals of these flowers are in communication with the spirit of matter within you. At this moment, I bring the spirit into closer relationship with the matter; as from now on, you will have a better memory, a better understanding, you will have peace of mind, you will be stronger and will face ordeals with more resignation". (Chapas) 31st March, 1901. - The little house at the rue Tete-d' Or was filled with a respectful crowd, everyone having brought a bouquet. I had gone upstairs with Encausse to the Master's room. Mr. Philippe was walking to and fro, smoking. he said to us: "All those people downstairs, what am I going to tell them? I have done nothing for them!" When he entered the room, all the children offered him a bouquet, the little boys first, then the little girls. he said: "My little children, I thank you; but next time, don't buy so many flowers; give me one and keep the money for the poor. I thank you and ask God to give you His blessing and to protect you. And thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the sympathy and the friendship you show me. I, I can do nothing for you. But at least I shall ask heaven that at times of struggle and ordeal - for we go in the direction of struggles and ordeals - I shall ask Heaven to give you the strength and the courage to bear them". he took a little boy, put him on the table, and made him say the Pater whilst holding in his right hand his bough of palm. Everyone was crying; mothers showed him their children asking him to bless them. A short compliment in verse had been printed; I had brought him a symbolical sketch: a dog defending his flock against snakes. Then the Ave Maria was recited and he said: "When you have
great sorrows, great worries, remember today and, I promise you, you will be comforted and you will bear them more bravely". He had flowers distributed to all the people present, after he had laid hands on the bouquets. When he was leaving the room, he told the students: "I cannot recommend enough to you to pray, tp pray always". (Sedir) ------HEALINGS Over more than forty year devoted to ease human suffering, the Master has performed innumerable healings. Many testimonies have come to my knowledge: but what are they in comparison with all those which have fallen into oblivion. A few of these miraculous interventions are related below. Some of them have happened before my eyes, others were told to me by the Master to glorify the Almightiness of God, others still were noted by various witnesses. Finally, I was given a file containing sixty-eight certificates of healing, written and signed by the patients themselves on sealed paper, giving names and addresses, and often accompanied by the mayor's authentication. They declare that they have been cured by Mr. Philippe without any contest or remedy, either at the sessions or from a distance without Mr. Philippe having seen them. Many are written "to serve the truth" or "to thank"; one of them reads: "I give this to Mr. Philippe as a token of my gratitude and as a salary, since he does not take any". Another one: "I wrote this to do homage to truth and to pay my debt of gratitude to the humanitarian devotion of Mr. Philippe who cannot be praised enough and helped in achieving the heavy task that he seems to have assumed". These certificates bear dates ranging from March, 1869, to September, 1871, that is to say when the Master was between twenty and twenty-two years old. I have restricted myself to quote a dozen of the healings on that file, relating to serious diseases, giving the initials of the people and their addresses. But there are other wounds which are less visable: broken hearts, torments of the mind, all sorts of sufferings engendered by poverty, that the "Father of the poor" used to dress with infinite compassion and boundless goodness. Those who lived with him knew his generousity well, but no-one could talk about the many kinds of help that he showered on people, as he surrounded them with such silence and discretion. It is only after his death that anything became known of the many poor whose rent he used to pay, of the widows and unmarried mothers he helped to live and to bring up their children. 14th March, 1869. - Healing of an old deafness. Mrs. Ph B...., 9 rue des Quatre-Chapeaux, Lyons. 5th April, 1869. - Fits of epilepsy. Mr. J. L...., 7 rue
Sainte-Blandine, Lyons. 5th April, 1869. - Twelve years old chest trouble. Mr. D...., 63 rue de Trien, Lyons. 3rd May, 1869 - Heart condition. Mr. P...., 15 rue du Chariot d'Or, Lyons. 7th July, 1869 - Right foot paralysed. Mme G. M...., 14 rue du Chariot d'Or, Lyons. 12th August, 1869 - Bleeding over eleven months. Mme R. A...., Serrewin near Bougoin (Isore). 13th August, 1869 - Deafness - twenty years old. Mme P. C...., 80 Chemin de l'Oratoire, Caluire. 20th August, 1869 - Healing of a fourteen year old goitre. Mr. P. A...., 19 rue du Belvedere, Caluire. 31st December, 1869 - Double hernia, blood spitting, blindness in the right eye. Mr. C. F....., Duerne (Rhone). 15th November, 1870 - Eye-pains suffered over six years by the son of the under-writer. Stomach-ache suffered over eight years by his daughter. Mr. B.... Place du Change, Lyons. 14th December, 1870 - Intermittent fever, swelling of the legs. Mr. L. K...., 88 Avenue de Saxe, Lyons. 18th December, 1870 - Liver complaint. Mr. G...., rue Camille, Montchat. I attended the session at 35 rue Tete-d'Or at which Professor Brouardel of the faculty of Medicine of Paris came to see what Mr. Philippe did. In the room was a panting woman, who could hardly walk, with badly swollen legs and abdomen, who drew the professor's attention. Mr. Philippe asked the latter to examine the poor woman in a room adjoining that where the session was being held, in the presence of several students, including myself, designated by him. At the end of the session, he joined us. "Well! he asked the professor, what do you think of that woman?" The latter explained that this person was suffering from generalised dropsy and that she probably had only a few days to live. When the woman returned to the room, helped by the students, she walked with extreme difficulty; it hurt to hear her painful, short breathing. "Walk! Master Philippe said. "But I can't! - Walk quicker!" And then, after a while her faltering steps became easier, and she exclaimed happily: "And now, I am going to dance!" while holding her clothes which had suddenly become too large. The swelling of the abdomen had disappeared and so had that of the legs; joie de vivro had returned to her body that the Faculty had condemned just a little while ago. And there was no trace of water on the floor. Professor Brouardel walked towards Mr. Philippe and I heard him say: "I yield, but science is at a loss to understand what has just happened". Then, after having said goodbye to Mr. Philippe and
the witnesses, he left. One day, a young man I had seen regularly at the session over the last months, spoke to me in the yard and asked: "Can you tell me why Mr. Philippe does not heal me when, over the last three months that I have come here, I have seen him cure people daily. - What are you suffering from?" I asked him. "I was kicked in the chest by a horse; it made me suffer terribly. None of the four or five doctors I have consulted has been able to do anything for me. The first time I came here, I felt so much better that I could walk and work; but today, I am still not completely well - What did you do that the horse kicked you? I loved to tease horses, I pricked them to see them kick. - Assume that you were cured, would you continue to seek the same amusement? - No, I could not, it would not ammuse me at all and it would hurt me to see a horse suffer". "When you see Mr. Philippe again, repeat to him what you have just told me". At the session, I saw him get up when the Master came near him; but before he was able to utter a word Mr. Philippe said: "You are cured". A woman had been coming to the sessions over a long time to help her husband, but she did not obtain a cure for him. At the end of one session, while walking to the St. Paul Station with mr. Philippe, I told him about this; the latter replied: "It is because in her whole life she has done nothing for her neighbor". When we had reached the Morand bridge, Mr. Philippe said suddenly: "That woman's husband is cured". As I was surprised, the Master added: "At this very moment, she has met a poor, panting, old woman who had just put down her string-bag of vegetables next to her on the footpath, to catch her breath before crossing the road. Without knowing her, she has asked her: "Do you have far to go Madam? - No, replied the old woman, just to that lane there", and she showed a place some thirty yards away. Without any further ado, the woman took hold of her bag and carried it to the lane, to the threshold of the old woman who followed her. This is the first good deed she has done in her whole life. That is enough and Heaven is grateful for it. But you, if you had done the same thing, it would not have helped you in the least". The Priest of Ars, Mr. Philippe told us one day, was a pastor sent to protect the ewes. One day, a mother came to see him with her child who was suffering from double, infantile paralysis; for a long time he had been able to walk only with the help of crutches. The priest of Ars examined him and said: "As to us, we can do nothing but prevent the disease from getting worse, but soon you will meet a young man who will cure him". The woman left and, later on, in Lyons, by chance she came to see me. The child was sitting in a chair; I, I could see that he was cured. Then I told the woman to go to Fourviore with her son and to suspend the crutches there as an ex voto. As the woman was telling me that he could not, I told the child to rise and to walk, which he did at once.
The Boy of Tunis was suffering badly from a terrible disease. Seeing that the Italian doctors who were looking after him could not bring him any relief, he told them: "Would it not be possible for you to do something to ease my intolerable suffering?" One of them replied that he knew only one collegue who could do that, and he stated more precisely that his name was Philippe and that he lived in Lyons. The Boy ordered immediately to send a telegram. As soon as he recieved it, the Master obtained a passport from the Prefocture, on 7th January, 1881, and he left for Tunis. On his arrival, he was at once welcomed by the Boy who asked him to tell him the truth about his illness. Mr. Philippe declared that, from that moment, his sufferings would stop but that he would not live more than eighteen months. The Boy, surprised and happy to be relieved of his pain, asked the Master what he wanted; the Master replied that he asked nothing. Then the Boy ordered that the name of Mr. Philippe be inscribed into the annals and that, as from that day, four officers of his palace would have to accompany Mr. Philippe wherever he wished to go in his State, and that, each time that in the future he would express the wish to do so. Moreover, the Master was decorated with the Order of Nicham Iftikar on 24th February of the same year with the rank of Officer. Eighteen months later the Boy breathed his last. Several times, Mr. Philippe was convicted of illegal practice of medicine. On 27th August, 1898, at an intimate meal with, amongst others, Dr. Lalande, Papus, Sedir, Mrs. Chestakoff and her daughter Mrs. Marshall, Mr. Philippe explained the circumstances of the last law-suit against him. This time the prosecutor had accused him, apart from illegal practice of medicine, of having stolen the purses of the women who attended his meetings. The next day, the same prosecutor came to see him at home because his child had croup and the doctors thought he would die. The magistrate told Mr. Philippe: "I have been very hard with you, I obtained your conviction; but, if you can, come and heal my son". Mr. Philippe replied: "You can go home, your son is cured". One day the Master was in the post office when he saw a woman at the counter who wanted to send a telegram in reply to one she had recieved, which told her child who was boarded out was very ill. As she had not enough money, she had to leave without sending her telegram, saying that she would be back later. The Master told me of this sad situation and, handing me twenty-five francs, said to me: "Take that money to that poor woman and tell her that her child is no longer ill, and when she arrives at the nurse's she will find him in good health. Don't forget to tell her that if she needs something she should come and ask for it". The Master showed me a washer woman's boat where the woman was working. When I reached the boat, I asked the owner to call the woman who had just returned from the post office. When she was in my presence, I told her: "Here is what Mr. Philippe sends you. He has asked me to tell you that your child is no longer ill; when you arrive at the nurse's you will find him in good health.
If you need something, go to Mr. Philippe, who lives at 35 rue Tete-d'Or, and he will give you whatever you need". The poor woman, who did not know Mr. Philippe, was very surprised. You can just imagine her joy. Very happy, she asked me to thank Mr. Philippe for her until she could come back and do it herself. (Laurent) A thirty-five year old man had been kicked in the left shoulder by a horse and and recieved a broken collar- bone. He had been operated on and bone splinters had been removed. For the last year he had had a stiff arm. The Master said that something would be done for him and added: "Do you remember that patient who came to the session with a cut off finger that he had put into his pocket?" Several of the people who were present replied affirmatively. "Do you remember that later on he returned with a whole finger, and cured; well, the same thing is going to happen to this man, the bones of his shoulder will grow back and he will be able to use his arm". A while later, Mr. Philippe asked the patient: "Do you feel an improvement in your arm? - Yes - Are you really sure?" Again he relpied affirmatively. In fact, we could all see the man move his arm and hand. (23.1.1903) A young girl suffering from bone decay in the leg was able to stand and later to walk in the presence of approximately eighty people who attended the session. (3.3.1895) A sick old woman could not get better. Mr. Philippe asked her: "Have you nothing on your conscience? - No. - Have you ever committed what is called a theft? - A very long time ago, I took a dress from a shop, and as it cost twenty francs, I will never be able to pay for it although I would very much like to. I have saved only six francs. - Right. Give me those six francs; I shall put in the remainder and Heaven forgives what you have done. Healing was instantaneous. Mr. Philippe went to the shopkeeper concerned to give him the twenty francs. He had died, and his son had taken over the shop. Mr. Philippe told him that a few years ago a woman had stolen a twenty-franc dress, and he handed him the amount and even a little more, on the condition that he forgave the woman, which he did readily. A man was throwing firecrackers at No. 35. Mr. Philippe told the ladies who were frightened: "Let him, don't be frightened". With the last firecracker the man burnt his hand. Nothing could cure that wound, the man was in great pain. He came to ask forgiveness and obtained a cure. A woman presented herself; her arm had been paralyzed for several months. The Master asked her to rub it with the other hand. After a while, she could lift her finger up to her eyes. (25.11.1896) Mr. Philippe was in a coach with a friend on a small outing in the vicinity of the Arbresle. He saw a paralyzed man on the side of the
road. He stopped and told him: "Bring me that stone". The man hesitated, rose and brought the stone. A while ago, Mr. Philippe told me one day, a patient had come whom I'd told: "You will get well again, but on one condition, and that is that you abandon the law-suit you are involved in and that you return to the people what is their due". That man said to me: "Oh! that is very easy, I promise you. - be careful I told him, accepting this obligation means accepting it before God, for I promise Him in your name". That man has been cured. A few months later, his wife came to fetch me; her husband was very ill. I asked her if he had kept his promise. "No, she said - Then I can do nothing for him". And when she returned home, she found her husband dead. At one of the sessions, Mrs. J.... was sitting beside a man whose right arm was paralyzed. Mr. Philippe passed and asked what was wrong with him. "I cannot use my arm", the man replied. Mr. Philippe continued on his round, then he returned to the middle of the room. There he walked to and fro saying: "There are people who come and asked to be cured; but can't these people remember?" Still walking, he came back to the patient and asked him: "So, you really need to have your arm cured? - Oh!, yes, sir, it bothers me very much; it prevents me from working. - And yet, you have used it to move quite a lot. Don't you remember having made this movement?" (And Mr. Philippe raised his arm). The man turned pale and, after a while, he left before the end of the session. Six months later, Mr. Philippe told us with a glance in the direction of Mrs. J.... that, one day, a man whose right arm was paralyzed because he had liked his brother had come to the session; that man asked to be cured nevertheless. - But, Mrs. J.... said, did Heaven cure him? - Yes, replied Mr. Philippe, Heaven has granted him a cure. A mother all in tears came to ask that her son's health be restored. Mr. Philippe refused to cure him. Then the woman cried out and went down on her knees before Mr. Philippe who replied: "He will get well again, since you want it". A year later, the woman returned, in tears again, and before she had said a word, Mr. Philippe told her: "Well! you wanted him to get well". That young man had just killed his father. At a particular session, in November, 1903, I saw a young country girl who had a black tumor as thick as a walnut on her chin. She had been suffering from violent headaches for many months. For some time she had had to sleep in a house under repair, which had no windows and which was very humid. The doctors could not help her. She had a decay in the jawbone and the doctors feared that if the tumor were driven from the face it might settle in the stomach. I saw the young girl two days later, the tumour had decreased and was much paler; after a few days it had almost disappeared and so had the headaches. A grocer from a popular suburb, who used to give credit, came to see Mr. Philippe whom he knew already and told him that his son, who was
very sick with diphteria, had just died although he had asked for recovery. - Well! Mr. Philippe replied, I'll be at your home later. When he arrived at the grocer's home, Mr. Philippe asked the latter: - Are there many people who owe you money? - Yes, see here, from all the clients listed in this thick exercise book I have hardly cashed any instalments. - Do you demand payment of these debts? - No, I shall even throw the book into the fire. And he threw the book into the fireplace where a good fire was burning. The Master entered the room of the dead, where several persons were praying. - Have you already asked the doctor to declare death? - No, I went to see you first. Then the Master called the youth by his Christian name, and returned him alive to his father. Then he recommended to the people present not to talk about what they had seen "because, he said, it was forbidden to perform miracles". A young man whose name was Fier and who had a goitre had asked throigh Mr. Laurent that the Master heal him. - What is the use, he must go in a year from now anyway. After this catagorical answer, Mr. Laurent said, I risked to insist, saying: "In spite of everything, I beg you, Oh Master, to be good enough to cure Fier of his goitre". A few days later, Fier came to see me to thank me for having obtained his recovery. I pointed out to him that the Master only should be thanked. A year later, the Master said to me: Fier is very ill; please go and see if his mother needs anything". I went to see Fier who was indeed very sick. All in tears, his mother said to me: "See what a sad situation I am; not only has my father been sick in bed for a long time, but my son is going to die. Tonight, I'll probably find myself alone and I apprehend to see him die". I did everything I could to bring some comfort to that poor mother and, at the moment I was telling her that the Master had sent me, the Master entered the room, and going near Fier's bed he said after a few seconds of silence: "Fier, look here". And, raising his had, he showed him a particular place. - Can you see what I show you? - Oh! how beautiful it is! - It is beautiful! That is where you will be going. Once you are there, don't forget those you leave down here. - Then, after a few seconds, the Master told the young man: Fier, surrender your soul to me". At that moment, Fier, who was all smiles, gave a deep sigh and surrendered his soul to the master who had asked for it. Mrs. Loudarel, Miss Felicie, as well as Fier's mother were present. ------MEDICINES
Mr. Philippe granted himself little rest. He spent a large deal of the time that was left after taking care of his patients to scientific research of all nature, mostly to creation of remedies. To that effect, he had several laboratories. One of them was installed on his property at the Arbresle, outside the house; another was sited at Place Colbert. Lyons. But that where he worked most and which he kept until the end of his life, was at 6 rue du Boeuf, on the ground floor. A woman, Miss Berthe Mathonet, looked after it and helped Mr. Philippe with his work. She was unreservedly devoted to her master. Amongst the remedies compounded by Mr. Philippe, I can name: "La Philippine", hair vitaliser in lotion and cream. Legal patent No. 1197, of 21st July, 1879, residence 12 rue du Plat, Lyons. "The Philippe Toothpaste", powder or liquid. Legal patent No. 1209, 1st September, 1879. The "Rubathier Elixir", a powerful depurative prepared by the Viravelle chemist-shop, 37 rue de Bourbon, Lyons. The "Viperine Oil" against cancers and tumours taken at the beginning. The "Brazilian Flour" mentioned on the last page of his doctorate thesis in medicine (1884). A tonic extracted from the flower of wheat and other cereals whose active elements were due to the soil composition of the region in Brazil Sainte Croix, where those cereals were harvested. "Heliosine", a serum resulting from the prolonged action of sodium chloride on a matter rich in keratino. That remedy which was very active against syphillis and various serious skin diseases (psoriasis, ecsema, lupus) was presented by Dr. Lalande to the "Societe de Biologie de paris" on 12th October, 1898. The "Salomon Toilet Lotion", a blue fluid for hair care, a yellow fluid for face care (1902). "Hepar Martis" (Mars liver), brown pills for depuration and reconstitution of the nervous system, called "Pilules Biosatmiques" (1903). General distribution Pharmacie Doublet, rue Bernard Pallssy, Yours. The "Guerit Tont", containing pancreatin-secretin, a special intestine ferment promoting digestion. ------THE GOSPEL OF MR. PHILIPPE I recall that the words forming the following chapters are extracted
from notes taken during the sessions given by Mr. Philippe or on the occasion of private conversations. ------GOD God is everywhere. He is before, behind and beside us, and we do not see him. He sees us. So you must never say: God has abandoned me. We can drift away from Him, but God is always with us. When we say: God has abandoned me, we insult God, who is our Father, who provided all the needs of our life. He has provided everything. He has traced the path we must follow and has put in our path everything that is useful. Such is his infinite goodness; everything He has made is perfect. (24.1.1806) Who, amongst you, has not said at one time or another: "God is not fair; if I were in his place, I would never have done it this way?" How dare you judge the work of God? And yet, he does not judge us when we are incapable of understanding Him. No-one has a sufficiently developed intelligence, a subtle enough mind, to have an idea of what God is. (21.11.1894) He is perfection itself; everything He does is perfect. He has forgotten nothing, the place of everything is marked since the beginning, everything happens when it must happen, Our protests are a proof of our injustice, for we are judging the work of God. Providence is everywhere. Man finds it in the wrong as in the right path. (18.2.1902) God has never chastised, nor judged anyone. He does not judge us, we are judging ourselves. (12.1.1901) The mercy of God is boundless. He loves the sinner. The Father does not share His kingdom; He does not need it; He gives it to His children. There is an apartment higher than all the others. I cannot even say whether one day we shall be allowed into that apartment. It is, so to say, God's parlour. Perhaps He will widen it to accomodate us, but He has never yet altered it. A few centuries ago, he has made narrower a section of His rooms, but the parlour never. ------CHRIST His divinity. He, who came two thousand years ago, is the first one and the last one, but he must not be identified with men. (29.1.1902)
When you wish to create or perfect something that does not exist here, you think about your work before you start. That unrealised thought is of the type your work will be. So, God, before creating the whole, thought about his work; that thought was someone and it was Christ, Life, the Word of God, the Thought of all things. For God created everything in images and then, with time, everything becomes reality. Christ, first-born before all things, was created last, but not as we were. He was the very Son of the Father and, as such, He possessed the knowledge of all things even before their creation. (17.2.1902) Some say that Christ was of the same nature as the others, since it is said that He grew in age and in wisdom. What a mistake! Christ was never a man like the others; but, having taken on a body, was it not necessary that his body underwent the laws of matter and that his brain had the time to acquire the necessary strength? Anyway, if things had been different, what would have resulted? Would we have believed any more? No. Spiritualistic religion also believes that Jesus is a wise and learned man who has through his work reached the top of the ladder, and that we too can reach it by working. That is a serious mistake. We will never reach it, for our Lord Jesus-Christ has never ceased to be God. (28.1.1896) He, who says: "In myself, I have strength", and who belittles Christ and denies His divinity, is a false prophet. Christ certainly was the Son of God. God made man, and nothing is known of his life on earth. Believe it, Christ is God and He is resuscitated. Do not follow those who say contrary. I state boldly that He is God and that in truth what the Father desires, who is God, is also desired by the Son, who is God, for what the Son wants, the Father wants also. (16.7.1896) His body Christ is the first of all creatures; the Virgin is the second. Jesus-Christ has had two natures. He was a man and he was also the Son of God, the only Son, the preferred Son. As a man, his body was formed of what was purest in matter. He was made without the help of any man. The material body of Christ was the Word of God itself. Therefore he did not belong to earth. God has said: I shall send you a Messiah. That had to be and, as a consequence, those who say that Jesus was a man and had passed through the intermediate phases of development are in error. The body of Christ is universal
Jesus was rather tall, strong, with well-developed muscles, bones as hard as diamond, the feet of someone who has walked a lot, beautiful hands which had done a lot of work. He did not have blue eyes, as he is often shown; they were brown; his hair had undeniable reflections; it was curly. His universal incarnation There were thousands of worlds like earth and what occured here two thousand years ago, Christ has achieved everywhere. (3.3.1902) When our Lord, Jesus-Christ moves to another dwelling, He also changes his face, and he takes on a body and a face adapted to the dwelling of those He visits. (2.5.1895) His mission When He was twelve years old, Christ knew everything and needed to learn nothing. There is no possible relationship between Christ and the others (Orpheus, Krishna, Odin...), absolutely nothing in common. Christ has come to earth so that our prayers, through Him, reach God, for Heaven had been closed for 6,000 years; He has opened it. (23.4.1902) Christ has compared Himself with a shepherd because He drew to Him the men who were looking for the light, just as the shepherd attracts his ewes. He restores the confidence of men that the wolves are going to devour and He protects them. There are shepherds who act like that, who nourish our souls, but we cannot see them because they are not on this side. The path to Heaven is strewn with thorns and brambles. We must smoothen the path so that those who must take it find it less arid, so that it be less painful for them, so that their feet may bear their bodies. Jesus shows us that path. He goes through it first. He has made the passage before His coming; no one amongst us could have crossed that path. He has come to smooth out the difficulties and to open the gate of Heaven for us. Let us follow that path. If we meet adversities there, let us not murmer, let us bear them bravely so as to be an example to those who follow us. If we stumble at every step, If we do not resign ourselves to the will of Him, who has sent us into this world, we pain those who have preceded us. (4.6.1896) His suffering
Jesus has suffered from the beginning of time and he will suffer until the end of time. (13.5.1902) Jesus has suffered materially in his body and in his heart as a man, although his body did not belong to earth. He has not come specially to suffer, but to show us the way. Jesus has fallen on the Calvery only to show man that the strongest may fall and even fall three times. As to Him, He could not fall and He did not have to. The passage of the Gospel where it is said that Jesus was desperate is misinterpreted. Sorrow could have entered His soul at a certain time, as it does all the great souls that come here, but he has never despaired. Had there been despair there would have been doubt and Christ could not doubt. he has never prayed for that cup to be removed from Him, but He has requested that the blood He was giving be helpful to humanity as a whole. If criminals can have enough moral courage to walk to their punishment without weakening, all the more so Christ had not to hesitate before death. The Lord's Supper The wine and the bread of the Lord's supper are symbols as well as realities. As symbols, that sacrament is wrongly applied by us. If we have difficulties with someone, let us go to that person, let us understand each other, let us make concessions, and let us commune by drinking and eating in remberance of that new agreement. As realities, in the essence of the word, remember it, know that no-one will enter Heaven without drinking Jesus' blood and eating his body, that is to say if he does not follow the path of suffering and anguish. (3.2.1896) Our suffering is nothing, for it is divided and distributed over the whole. Jesus has suffered all the suffering that exists, for it was wholly concentrated on Him. (13.5.1902) His sacrifice Everything that happened to Christ had its justification. Pontius Pilate has come on earth to pronounce his verdict, for it is he who has condemned Him with his hands and with his heart. The two theives have come to testify what He said on the Cross. So, Judas had to betray Christ. He was pushed into it and no one can be answerable for himself. Everything that happened to Jesus must happen to us before we can return to Heaven. We shall be betrayed, and we must not avenge ourselves. You will find everything that is necessary in Jesus' life. We must not judge those who have crucified Him, for we make Him suffer
much more every day. (13.5.1902)
His death When Jesus died, all the veils of the Temple became torn. The crowd went towards the cross and the soldiers prevented the crowd from approaching it lest they free Jesus. For it is not the people who wanted Jesus' death, but Pontius Pilate. When the two theives had breathed their last, the bones of their legs were broken to make sure that they were dead. That was the law and the same thing was about to be done to Jesus, but the man could not arouse the courage to do it; a soldier contented himself with taking aim at the side of Jesus' chest, which he pierced with his spear, which went through his shoulder-blade. A little blood mixed with water, oozed out of the wound. Jesus' bones were not broken because someone had said: "Your bones shall not be broken". His resurrection Jesus has said: "Destroy that temple and I shall rebuild it within three days". He was speaking of Himself. Had they burned Him or put Him at the bottom of the sea, He would still have resuscitated after three days. What has been written of Jesus resurrection is true. I have often told you that the earth takes nothing it has not produced. Jesus was not born from the flesh, therefore He could not belong to the earth for long since He did not come from it. He was buried, but He resuscitated, as was predicted in the Scriptures. His body, His clothes, the cross on which He was crucified, nothing of that remains. (12.9.1893) The earth can destroy nothing that belongs to it, nor can it keep what does not belong to it. (27.6.1895) Christ has not shown Himself much to His apostles after His resurrection; the longest conversation did not last longer than one and a half hours. He has also shown Himself to poor people who have recognized Him. Ascension When Christ rose up to Heaven before His apostles, He was sitting on a throne. Angels were surrounding Him and he was carried on white, red and blackish clouds because of their thickness. He was holding up three fingers of one hand. The number of Christ
Christ's number was three: the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. He was born on the third day of the week. He was imprisoned for three days. He was beaten for three hours by soldiers who were insulting Him. He lived three half scores and three units. He was crucified at noon and remained on the cross for three hours before He died. Three hours later, His friends took Him away. He was in the grave for three days. He was nailed with three nails without having been previously tied; the operation was performed on the ground. His ascension before His apostles and other peopole took three hours before he reached Heaven, but He disappeared earlier from the sight of His friends. it is not the right side of Christ that was pierced but His left side; His heart was pierced three minutes after his last breath. (August, 1902) Anecdotes on His life During the exodus from Egypt, the Child Jesus, as well as the Virgin and St. Joseph being tired, were resting in the desert near a date-tree bearing fruit. As they were hungry, St. Joseph tried in vain to reach the fruit of the tree with his stick, but he could not manage it. Jesus told the tree: "Come near!". And the date-tree bent down low enough to enable St. Joseph to remove all the fruit that was required from the branches. If Christ were not God, do you think that He could have achieved this? Certainly not. That is the sign by which you will recognise a Christ. One day, in Jesus' time, there was a fish-woman who had fish in a sort of half keg dug out from a piece of timber. A man approached her and asked: "How much for those four fish? - So much, the woman said. The man bargained and offered her half the money. Then Jesus also came closer and told the woman: "Give him all the fish for that price". And so she did. But the man was surprised, thought it over and refused, taking only the fish he had asked for. That is how the man gained, for he had broken himself from his avarice and the woman recieved a lot for her obedience. Do the same; when you are asked something because of greed, give twice what is asked. Christ had the right to curse the fig tree. Since it is He who gives live, He can take it back. In Him there is no evil. And those who since kill trees are less reprehensible. The visions of Catherine Emmerich Catherine Emmerich: how rich she is! What she has told about the Passion is absolutely truthful. She has not seen the life of Christ Himself, but the path of the Saviour, the succession of images decided by the Father since the beginning. That path exists and constitutes a protection around the earth that could prevent the infernal armies from taking over the earth if they wanted to. (9.12.1894)
The divine nature of Christ's healing Our Lord, Jesus-Christ, did not heal, as some people say and believe, with the help of a spirit: no. He needed no-one, for He was not a superior man, He was God. (7.1.1894) Ancient writers call magnetics, even magic, the miracles performed by Jesus-Christ. There are different sorts of magnetism and, as I have told you sometimes, the magnetist, to obtain results with a patient, must have clean hands and a pure conscience. Neither Jesus nor the Apostles have used magnetism to heal the sick. They had the power to heal and they did not need magnetism to accomplish their mission. Seeds were given to them to be sewn in a field that they had to choose and where they knew that these seeds must germinate. (9.12.1895). The problem of evil Jesus-Christ alone has known the mystery of the problem of evil All the wise men have not even had the intuition of it; they have stopped at the foot of the wall that bounded off their horizon, feeling that there was something beyond that wall, but they were unable to say what. The Cross To know what is right and wrong, there is only one book that can teach us; that book is called the Cross, and the path to follow for getting it is called Calvery. (30.1.1900) The Cross is a symbol. It exists since the beginning of time. The Cross is there to tell us: "You will have troubles, walk!" The Cross is alive. Science is at the foot of the Cross. Consolation is at the foot of the Cross. (5.3.1902) The Consoler Jesus will send a Consolor, and you will all see him; but how much anguish before he comes! For Jesus shall return, but it will be too late for those who have not followed the path. Have you not read in the Gospel that there will be tears and grinding of teeth? That time has not yet come, but it is not far. (28.12.1893) The Apostles
The apostles did not all belong to the same family; they were chosen to be the witnesses amongst all the races. The apostles were the prophets of the Old testament; they came with the Messiah, but they did not have the same gifts as former prophets. They had the knowledge of the old law, but not that of the new law. The Cross has given peace to its apostles so that they should believe they were nothing, although they were a lot, because otherwise they would have believed they were too strong, and pride would have seduced them. The Gospel Nothing is lost, everything that is being said, done or thought is written Heaven; it has been given to a few persons to see in Heaven what Jesus has said. (12.9.1893) Christ said words to His apostles that they have not understood; so, the Gospel can be interpretted in a hundred ways. When Jesus was speaking to His disciples, He told them: "I speak thus so that you shall not understand me". Jesus did not tell His disciples everything, and they did not entirely understand His word. Nevertheless, the Gospels were transmitted with a few minor alterations but with no alteration in meaning. God would not have allowed it. When Jesus gave his disciples the gift of language, they started to understand the meaning of their Master's words, and the meaning of natural signs. They saw the vitrues of plants, of animals through their shape, and the teachings of the Master partly through the words. If, in effect everything were revealed to all, nobody would do anything anymore, or rather everyone would look for and would be able to find the shortcut to salvation when in need of someone. There are indeed a few people who told themselves when reading the Gospel since Christ: "If I had been there, I would have understood the old prophecies" Well! the same applies today. At some time, people will say: "They must have been blind not to understand and not to see the so simple teachings of the Gospel". For two thousand years the Gospel has illuminiated the world. It is understood in different ways at different times. It has only one meaning. The old sacred books had several meanings. The Gospel is a table that provides food for all the guests, everyone finds in it the food that suits his appetite and his temperment. (3.1.1895) Do not believe that I have come to teach you something new. Everything I say is written in the Gospel, but intentionally veiled.
You must read the Gospel. Everyone will understand it in his own way. In a year's time, you will understand it in a different way from today. I tell you nothing that is contrary to the Gospel. I may tell you the same thing, but sometimes I shall tell you things which were omitted in the Gospel. But not a word of my teaching shall be in contradiction of the Gospel. The Apocalypse The Apocalypse is a prophetic book - all its events have been accomplished; but it was written only for a few who have understood and had their views confirmed by that book. The Antichrist The Antichrist will come. He will be so beautiful that he will seduce many people. He who says that he performs healings, extraordinary things and who says that he does them by himself, he is the Antichrist. He, who says that it is God who performs them, that he is a tool only, is not the Antichrist. The soldiers of the Antichrist are those who express human judgements on Christ who is the Father's incarnate Word, the Word of God. They may say that Christ is a highly civilised man, that He has studied in such a temple, in such a sanctuary, and that His initiations raised Him to the rank He occupied, (17.2.1902) Never believe those miracle-makers who say that they are Christ incarnate, Christ resucutated. (28.3.1895) Is anti-Christian any being who develops his brain to the detriment of his heart. (6.3.1902) It is better to love one's neighbor as oneself for he, who leaves his brother in adversity, is anti-Christian. (17.2.1902) The Old Testament The Old Testament is more difficult to understand; one must struggle; in effect, one must always make war, one must shed blood. But let us grasp this well: when we fight against evil, when we try to redeem someone from vice, we must wage a merciless war and, when we are successful, we are in effect victors, even if we have shed blood. In effect, if we cut a branch from a tree to plant it somewhere else, the sap oozes, the branch bleeds. So, if a man is taken away from his family to put him into another family, the blood of the family flows
as well as his. That is how God many have commanded to shed blood. Religions The distribution of Christ's clothes. There are three religions stemming from primitive teaching, which have deviated from the true religion, forming the three angles of a triangle the center of which is true belief. Respect all religions, for all the faithful of all religions must eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Master, and no-one can eat the body of Jesus if he has not in himself humility, love for his neighbor and oblivion of insults. No religion brings salvation if one does not love one's neighbor as oneself. (30.4.1903) ------The Holy Ghost Fortunately, we do not know the Holy Ghost, otherwise we would revolt and blaspheme, which would cause our total death. If someone speaks against the Son of Man, he may be forgiven but he, who speaks against' the Holy Ghost, will obtain forgiveness neither in this century nor in the one to come. To acquire the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost, we must purify ourselves of the seven capital sins. (22.1.1902) There are other human beings than the apostles who have achieved enlightenment. So, Joan of Arc. She paid a lot for the enlightenment she recieved. The same is true for all those who have recieved the Holy Ghost and who have shed their blood to pay for us. Every man will one day meet someone who will baptise him in the Spirit; he will then have the right to enter Heaven, purified and having forgotten everything. ------The Virgin The highest being of all is the Virgin. She is the highest spirit of all human beings. You cannot understand the Virgin.
If you could understand the Virgin, you could understand the Spirit. Some say that the Virgin is the Wisdom of the World. That is true but it must be understood. (12.2.1902) What in the Gospel is the meaning of these words from Christ to His mother: "woman, what is there common between you and I". Many have blamed Christ for thinking that He was being disrespectful to His mother when, on the contrary, He has preached respect. But by saying that He had nothing in common with His mother, He spoke the truth. There was nothing and there could be nothing in common between them. She did not believe in Him; the miracles performed by her Son, when He was still a child, had not opened her eyes, no more than those He performed when He had grown up. He had to take a body in a family; His mother was willing that it be in hers, but she was not at all in the same dwelling as her Son. Jesus' mother must none-the-less be considered one of the privileged beings of creation. The body of the Virgin belonged to the earth and it returned to the earth. (12.6.1904) ------CREATION We can understand neither the Son - for then we would understand the Father - nor creation. Do not look for the secrets of life. Since your early childhood, you have tried to know the secret of creation. Supposing that you do find out and that you reach that knowledge, it will be taken away from you when you leave and you will know no more when you return, for it is given to no-one on this planet to know that secret. (30.8.1898) If the knowledge of the secret of creation were given to us, it would be very dangerous for us, for, knowing it, we would no longer progress. (28.12.1894) God created the mould of everything that must exist. Everything comes little by little. That is why creation was slow and still lasts. (5.12.1902) Everything was created before man, Man was created after the animals, but he was in the state of conception before the ambient was created. (20.1.1902) In creation, everything goes by pairs. Egality does not exist in nature; there is heirarchy. When all the things of creation have returned to God, the task being
accomplished, there will be another creation. Beauty of God's Works Nothing is ugly in nature. When you will be able to admire all, absolutely all the works of God, then you will have had, through charity, the means of recognising them, whereas today you are using the works of God to fight against them and to revolt. (23.12.1896) ------GUARDIAN ANGELS On earth, we all progress towards good and each time, when our soul perfects itself and makes one step towards our advancement, we change guides and the guide who comes is in turn more advanced than the preceding one. (April 1893) Do you think that when God sent you into this world He sent you along on your own? No. When God created man, He created him simple and ignorant of everything. We are being followed since our earliest childhood to beyond the tomb. (19.7.1897) For we are never alone; our guide, our guardian angel, is always with us. He is our advisor. When we are being tempted by evil, he uses all possible means to deter us from it; it is the voice that says: Don't do this, it is wrong". All he requires from us is a small amount of goodwill. If we succomb to the temptation, we grieve him and he cries. That angel presides at our birth, he is at our bedside and follows during our life until our death. From there on, another one comes to us. (12.7.1897) The soul is judged in the presence of a prosecutor, our bad angel, and a defender, our good angel. You are surprised that, in spite of the existence and the protection of our guardian angel, we still commit mistakes. Suppose you are a very small child and you are entrusted to the care of a maid; she takes you for a walk on rough grounds with stakes and brambles. Although she holds you hand, you will sometimes stumble, you will fall and hurt yourself, but is that not the only means for you to think, for you to learn to walk and for you to get stronger. (13.6.1896). If you do not want to have a guardian angel, progress and he will be taken away from you. (April 1897) ------THE SPIRITS
The Father has created spirits. All spirits are individualised and, although they are of the same image as God, although there is no difference between them, God recognises them all individually. Life is a universal contact; everything above is full of spirits. There are beings who hear us and do not see us. They listen to us as gods. There are other beings who work, but not as we do, without knowing evil. We know nothing. When we make a movement, we believe we perform it on our own free will. That is not so; if we were not helped, we would be unable to make the slightest movement. Invisible beings surround us and help us. All these beings that we do not see work for us. (13.4.1898) The spirits of underground kingdoms, those of the moon, are identical with us in every respect. These spirits are surrounded by a magnetic fluid. The only thing is that they do not see us and we do not see them, because we are not in the same dwelling, a veil segregates us. A spirit can make us aware of its presence only by piercing a thick layer that surrounds us and by revealing itself so as to be sensed by our senses. Just as the morning sun shows itself only after having pierced the fog and dispelled it. Genies are spirits whose sphere of action is very wide. They can act and manifest themselves in several human spirits at the same time, because the latter are bounded and imprisoned into their bodies. For the genies, space does not exist. It is therefore simple for them to speak to several spirits at the same time. The human mind also can develop its sphere of action, but little by little and slowly. Everything is spirity and often, while we are making some plans, we have somebody beside us who traces the design, and that somebody itself is guided. - Then a poet only follows inspirations and is nothing by himself? - Absolutely; and things will be as they are until we have acquired our freedom. (3.1.1897) Spiritists believe too easily that lofty spirits can come in contact with us and even touch us. I do not claim that it is impossible, but it happens very seldom. For that you must pray, you must be pure, and even then, the spirit that comes to us may be severely reprimanded for it. When we ask God for a vision of one of our beloved, it may happen that it is another person who shows itself to us; in that case, you must not reject his image and impatiently ask for something else for, very often, the spirit we have requested has not obtained permission to come, and God who knows what He does sends us the spirit that is more apt to talk to us and enlighten us; we must therefore speak to the spirits we see. -------
THE INVISIBLE BEINGS Science believes it knows and it knows nothing; those who believe they know something are led, through their knowledge, to negation only. We believe we know and we know nothing, we believe we see and we see nothing. We believe we are one being only and there are several beings within us; we believe we have free will and we do not possess it; we believe we have thought, we believe we act by ourselves and we are subject to the influence of all the beings who are with us. We believe we possess one thing and that thing also belongs to other beings we do not see. (May 1895) One owner says to his wife: "On such and such a day, our wheat must be harvested; his wife tells the servant, and the ears of the invisible beings who cultivate the same field hear those words; they do not want that what belongs to them to be taken away from them and, before the harvest, hail destroys everything. (May 1895) Hail is an army if labourers who come to tax the harvest. As more often than not we harvest before it is ripe, they help themselves first. Wind, rain, hail and anything that might happen is represented by beings who also have a task. When we do any harm to those beings, they too can revolt against us at a certain time. When hail comes over our regions, when it damages our harvest, that harvest is neither damaged nor lost; other beings we do not see also believe they are harvesting; when our harvest is good, theirs is bad. The same applies to the plants; to me those beings are the painters of nature placed there by the Creator. They have a very hard task. To give you an idea of it, try to imagine one of those beings on his way to fetch a drop of water from far away, which is as heavy for him as a bucket of water for us. Some of them work at making leaves, bind them together, and work in such a way as to make them not too heavy. It is as hard for the small being to do little as for the strong one to do a lot more. Everyone acts according to his strength. Everyone's work benefits us and others we do not see and whose existence we are far from being aware. (13.5.1898) In every point of a plant, there are beings who have either a mouth or a stomach and bringing to these beings what they need for their existence requires a continuous coming and going of spirits. Those spirits watch and protect the plant; they fetch the microbes required to feed these beings; they protect them, rain or sunshine. We see a drop of liquid slide and cover two or three of those cells, because green protects from the sunrays. We believe this is a mechanical action, an unintelligent one. Not at all! Spirits have drawn a veil before these beings to protect them. So that the plant that seems small to you, which is smaller even for others, is for me and for those who see the spirit world. bigger than a whole harvest. Those
spirits love the plants they take care of and protect; they protect those who look after the plants and punish those who destroy them unnecessarily. Some of them design the leaves and that design is no different from that of a draftsman sitting at his table, working; the cliche is accepted, and they take it and carry it out on a leaf. -------
DEMONS God, when He created the world, created harmless beings; He has also created infernal beings. He has created them deliberately. Everything God has done, He has done knowingly. (13.12.1894) The demon exists, that is certain, and denying the existence of infernal spirits would mean denying the kind spirits. But you must not be superstitious. (20.2.1895) There are demons attached to matter, others to the air, who are wicked enough as it is; they produce storms, etc.... Others, within the mental; they attack the men who are strong, the saints, by their temptations. The hideous or misshapen beings shown in drawings or paintings do exist, for our brain is too weak, we invent nothing. When a painter sketches these beings, it is because he is inspired; his more lucid brain perceives them and reproduces their image. Those hideous beings, who are infernal spirits, roam in the immensity; it is a good thing that they cannot see us, otherwise they would come to us. And yet, a few have been permitted to see some people; then they come and take possession of the person; his state is awful, he is mad and no longer knows what he is doing. When the soul comes to take possession of a body and when that being that is born must, for some reason or other, be possessed by an infernal spirit, the spirit lifts a corner of the veil which hides his face from the demons; however, they will not take possession of the organs of the person at once; it is only when the person is twenty or thirty years old that the struggle will commence. (28.4.1891) We have good and evil within us. Evil is nothing else but the demon and we ourselves are nothing but fallen angels. (25.8.1897) The evil thought we have are indeeed ideas of the demon; but all we have to do is to do good. (1902) What startles us when we see a demon, even a few paces away, is what is evil within us; for evil is under the sway of the devil. So, seeing a great soul, a saint, sends a thrill of joy to what is good within us. In this way, the evil within us tries to become better. (20.2.1895)
When Satan tempted the Lord, he did not know him: he did not know it was Him. (12.2.1901) ------THE VEILS The brain is not lucid enough to percieve things as they are transmitted by the mind. We all have a veil before our eyes, which prevents us from seeing what is in front of us. (13.1.1895) No-one sees things in the same manner; only those who have the eyes of the mind open see things as they are. Even in the world of spirits, they do not see reality. Where we see a coffee-pot, others see a container, a lake, a shelter, but we all see something different. There are different heavens, according to the different dwellings, and they are all veiled to our eyes; we see only what we are permitted to see. Every one of these heavens is fitted with a veil. If we are permitted to lift one of these veils, we could see what happens in that particular world. (November 1895 - 22.11.1900) Man has the power to disappear, to be in the place he wishes to be in and to return when it seems fit to him. For that, all he has to do is ask that the veil to be lifted; he takes two steps and there he is. He will stay there until he asks God to leave, and again he will be there. But, for that, you must not think that you are something, you would not go far. I have never seen anyone on earth for whom the veil was lifted; a few people have seen as through the hole of a needle, others by a small corner that was lifted, but never more. (31.1.1897) If, when our Lord Jesus-Christ came to this world, He had not taken care to place his dazzling light behind the veil that segregates this world from the other, no man on earth could have approached Him. There are seven veils; behind the first one are more advanced people who have lived in this world. (16.7.1895) There is not only one veil that seperates us from things, there is a great number of veils. They can be lifted seperately and successively, but there are veils that cannot be lifted for, when some of them are lifted, I myself lose my voice and I am absorbed as it were. You, you could not bear it. Visions Where seers are concerned, there may certainly be some lofty beings who, if they wish to communicate with you, obtain that favour; but how much do those who recieve from Heaven have to give in return! Well!
few have enough to give. (10.5.1897) A robust being may have the gift of clairvoyance. Jeanne d' Arc, who was granted the physical strength to accomplish her mission, could only hear voices. If she had been able to see the astral images of her life, she would not have wanted to live it; she brought war and death. She would have seen skeletons proceeding her, and she would have shrunk before the murders to be committed. There are different kinds of visions. The prophetic vision is the most beautiful one. One lies quietly in bed during the night. Then an angel comes, takes your spirit and carries it away either where he wants or where you want. You then travel over countries and you are told what it is; you are shown either scenes of the past which are explained, or scenes of the future, and during all that time the body is free and peaceful. ------CLICHES Nothing can be born here or nothing that we plant can come here if it does not exist already on the other side. We plant a tree; if it dies, it is because the cliche of that tree was not there when we planted it. Everything that is being done, everything that happens was created from the beginning. Everything is represented by an image; where it stops, the thing does happen; then it goes on, and the same thing happens again, for there are many earths similar to ours. A man could travel as fast as light and who would live millions of centuries would not manage to count them, and if one could travel as fast as light one would always see the same things occur. So, a man is in a meadow, he works ten hours to mow it. These ten hours are written down from the beginning; when they have passed here, they go on further, on an earth similar to ours, where there will be a man mowing a meadow ever the same number of hours. (19.11.1894) These images are called cliches. Everything exists in the ambient, in the photographical state. When an event must occur, molecules, come from the whole immensity, to constitute a cliche. A few persons may enjoy the gift of perception of the cliche and; according to their penetration, they will conclude that such an event must occur at such a time. Cliches are alive, and can be evoked and rendered sensible to our intelligence. (24.2.1902) To know what has happened, certain souls could have granted the gift of looking back; the picture or cliche of the past has been put before their eyes; they have reproduced it by allegory. So was the Holy History which, although very true, seems unlikely; but it is brought within reach of some intelligence and it cannot be explained exactly as it is. (28.3.1895) We have been able to give you an idea of the cliches of the Battle of
Waterloo as though that memorable day had really taken place under your eyes. Have some amongst you not seen and all of you not heard perfectly? You can remember the cries, the teeth-grinding of the unfortunate wounded? Have you not smelled the burned powder and seen its smoke? All those who attended that session, have they not heard the rolling of the drums, the gunshots, the fusillade? You are asking me whether the wounded still suffer since then. In effect, that is your right; but I must not go as far. Know it well that here below no more than in the other worlds or other earths, everything has a life and that death is only an appearance which in reality is only a metamorphosis. The cliche of Waterloo is not dead; it was made from the beginning and will last forever, modifying itself, it is true, but it is alive and has not been created for us only, but also for other peoples, other worlds and other earths. When the battle was over, the cliche went on to another planet where another war broke out with the same gunshots. The same weapons made the same sounds. The same cries of pain were uttered. (8.12.1902) The cliches pass, act and continue on their way, determining similar actions on other planets. That is how a cliche can be brought back and an act of the past relived. Everything is a cliche, and the cliche is life. The cliches are exactly life size. Cliches can circulate, travel, cross each other, pass through one another without seeing each other, without hinderance; don't you know that there are several dwellings in this one dwelling? But if during an outing in a car you meet the cliche of an accident, your car will turn over. If that cliche meets with a train, it will be a derailment; two tramways, a collision. Everything depends upon the place where one is. The slightest fact to be accomplished presents itself to us in the form of a cliche which is also used by other beings. You would not even be able to speak if the cliche of your words were not behind your head. Sometimes, one starts with an idea and loses it on the way. Having reached the term, one does not remember one's aim. That seems that the cliche that had started you off has not followed you. Then, if one returns to his initial place and to the same conditions where one was before leaving, the cliche, which had not yet left, may come back as well as the idea. Any being, whose brain recieves images, cannot by itself withdraw from the obligation to think and act, whereas those for whom these images are somehow deffered are incapable of any action, even that of thinking. That is how a good clairvoyant can tell you that a house will be built there or elsewhere. It means that the cliche is there waiting to attach itself to the mind of an architect who will be able to grab it. The architect will be proud of the idea which he will attribute to himself, not knowing that he is only an instrument. (24.2.1902)
Man creates nothing, he finds or finds again. An inventor rediscovers an idea; another one may look for it during his whole life and find nothing; but his work has not been lost neither for himself nor for humanity, and if someone else by chance meets with the idea he has been looking for for so long, it may be that previously that being had himself taken the idea or the invention from another unknown worker. Nothing can be imagined or done without the will of God. Everything is a cliche. Whatever the position of the soul, it is subjected to the impression of those cliches from the front as well as the sides or the back; and, through their impressions on the nervous centres of the head, we think and act. Everything that happens is a cliche. It presents itself and at once everything contributes to reproduce it materially. The man who would know his life could make it come, send it back, bring it forward or delay it and so, by hindering it, would suppress or reduce misfortunes. (24.4.1898) The fibres in our brain, which are criss-crossed, play the role of a lens. In every cell is a lens which allows the light of the cliche to enter and to be focused. That is a secret that physiology does not know. As man works and progresses, his organs become more perfect and more apt to receive more and more perfect cliches. That is why a man in whose hands molten glass has been put will not make a perfect decanter, such as the model which was put in front of him; but when he has worked enough, his organs will become capable of perceiving the cliches of that decanter and matter, which aways obeys, will organise itself in such a way as to become that decanter, perhaps even more perfect. It is certain that those who have the right to give orders to cliches do not need all this. Even without glass, even in an environment where the elements are opposed to his work (where glass would not melt), he will command and the decanter will be made. But that is not on the path of every man and there are only a few who can achieve this. A cliche is intelligent. Thought is everywhere; but a cliche does not hear the voice of man because man is not in the same dwelling. A cliche never stops. It comes to the back of a man's head, near his brain, a first time, and that man searches, he is anxious; often he finds nothing. Then the cliche leaves and the cliche of despair appears. If man rejects it, the initial cliche will return and the man will find. Sometimes many lives are necessary for this. Only once have I seen a cliche stop; it remained for three quarters of an hour near a man because it was necessary that the being who appeared in that cliche, a murderer, suffered the trouble of hearing the words spoken by the man. But it will be given to a few to arrive in a world where their voice will be heard by cliches. For that, time and love for fellow-humans is required; and that can be summarised in one word: Heaven requires only that we trust it. If it is given to us to see and hear them, we must pay, and pay more than we can. If the spirit and the brain had the cliche at the same time, they would be in to the same dwelling and that is not so. If that were so,
we would be forced to act at the same time that we think. Reflexion would not exist, intuition belongs to the same province as the spirit and it is into the same dwelling; reflexion belongs to the province of the brain. The cliche first makes an impression on the beings within us; they intend to act and, thinking they are free, believe they have made a decision freely; they begin to act even before we have the intention to act and the act occurs. They may even have acted two or three days before we start acting. The same applies to all the acts of our existence. The idea of doing evil comes to our mind, it is an image, a cliche rather, which stops behind the brain. If we fight that idea and we do not commit that bad action, then it goes away and goes on to another person. But, as we have fought it, it has lost some of its strength, it is already weaker when it reaches that person and if the latter does the same, and so on, the evil will become better, it becomes good. See how much good we would do if we fought the evil that presents itself to us. (19.11.1894) If a man is not certain he is doing right under certain circumstances and abstains, he acts correctly and the cliche leaves. But if he believes that he would do the right thing, and he does not do it, then he is wrong. A cliche presents itself to you. You thought it was wrong and you have rejected it. Now, it was not wrong. It returns with more intensity. You still resist. So, it returns again. be very careful for, if you reject it, it will not return again and when, later, you may want it, you will not be able to have it. Man is free to accept or refuse a cliche. But that freedom is relative and the final result is always there. If he refuses the cliche of evil, he will still undergo the suffering as if he had accepted it. That is not true freedom. Only those are free, who can do all they want without having to account for it to anyone. However, the reward for the work done with that very relative freedom is so great, God gives so generously for that little effort that instead of revolting we should be overwhelmed with gratitude. Everything is and has been; when it will be, it will not be exactly the same, or rather it will not always be at the same place. We are all subjected to cliches, except the free beings. Everything is written and yet everything can be modified; but, to obtain a change, it must be useful. ------THE NUMBERS
Often Nature grants some beings exceptional qualities, independently of any studies and of any work. But those qualities are limited. So, melody can know the life of numbers to decipher, and thanks to it, the secrets of universal life. Wronski was one of the priviliged ones. The machine he wanted to build could not obey him, for here below melody is perfect enough to transmit to man the inscription (registration of the spiritual laws. (November 1899) 1 is the number of God; 7 is that of Mary. It has two offsprings: 3 and 5. The number of man is 9. That of the limit of the material sphere is 72. Christ had within him the numbers 7 - 3 - 72 - and 33. We depend here on number 7 (the seven colours) and we have a lot to do before getting out of it. (29.11.1903) There are 7 suns into the one sun, seven planets into the one planet, seven bodies into the one body, seven persons into the one person, seven generations into the one generation. (April 1897) The wheat harvest takes place in the seventh month; the human harvest every 7,000 years, for we have number 7 within us. Man is a mere collection of millions of beings. All these beings have, as we do, the numbers 3 and 7. 3: soul, mind, and body. 7: the same senses as the whole: sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch, intuition, and attraction. 3 and 7, and 3 multiplied by 7, and their multiples are man's numbers. 8 is the number directing the earth. Nine plants together contain the curative virtues of any plant, because number 9 corresponds with the virtues of plants in nature. It also has its correspondence in man. Christ has remained on earth for forty days after his ressurrection; that has a meaning and the tradition has been perpetuated unconsciously in the Church. Number 40 still rests in humanity. Quarantine exists for us. In general, after death, you have forty days of sleep; for forty days you have peace. Every being possesses 72 light-rays. One ray forms three rays. Three form seven. Seven form seventy-two, all of which have a different colour. It is possible to know, from a number drawn at random, which one will come back, for one number will call another of its family. Six generation of numbers (and these generations are times) cannot go before that new number of its family returns. Finally, it comes back itself.
------TIME AND SPACE Time It is man who makes time. Time does not exist on the other side and it is not the same for all the worlds. For some, one hour lasts years and, for others, the reverse is true. (10.1.1894) On other planets time is different from ours. Neither time nor space are absolute; they differ according to the worlds. So, on certain planets where I have passed, nights last one century of our terrestrial time; everything there is longer: man's life, the time of breathing, etc. A log put on the fire burns in twenty-five years. The woods are of pines or of a species similar to pine; the houses are isolated in the woods; there are no cities. Three logs last one night, or a century. The beings of those planets can therefore, in certain cases, come and live an earthly human life during their sleep. If sleep is short, time elsewhere is shorter, which explains the lives suddenly cut short, the children suddenly recalled from amongst us. The time we pass on this earth is extensively short; it is of approximately one second in comparison with our lives on other planets. There are planets where life lasts thousands of years, and others where the more one lives the younger one becomes. That is why it is said: In the house of God there are several dwellings. (11.6.1894) You are fifty people here, and not for two of you has time the same value. The words "one time, one day" are used in the Scriptures in several, different senses. Some prophets count that one day equals 1,000 years and one time also; others count one time equals 7 generations or sometimes 14. Finally, this may also be 24 and beyond, and then it means a very long time, undetermined, and it corresponds with Judgement Day. Space All the souls could be held on the point of a needle, and everything in the universe is in the same case. (19.1.1897) Everything is in the same place. There is no distance, there is only a veil, but only Heaven can remove that veil.
Space is not empty, but full. The plans, the elements are within us; Heaven also is within us; it is we who are not in Heaven. Everything is within us, we are as if in the embryonic state. ------THE WORLDS The world is a sphere. On the outskirts is a crown of guards; within that sphere planets are moving, and as in an egg that is full free cells may be going to and fro without seeing each other; no, in the universe there may be series of beings who do not exist for each other, because they do not see each other. The guards are in the light and it is impassible to cross their line. I went there and I have seen them. The material world where we are is limited. That circle constitutes the kingdom. A narrow belt, but still as wide as millions of miles, segregates it from darkness, where there are no gods. It is granted to nobody, apart from the elected ones who are next to God, to penetrate that seperation zone, for, if it were given to anyone soul to contemplate the abyss of the Beyond, it would withdraw with mortal fright. The kingdom is immense and, at the speed of lightning, it would take centuries to reach its boundary. But it exists. Its number is a multiple of 72. There is an infinity of worlds besides ours where the creatures have the shapes of the animals of our world. But those animals are much more lofty, much more intelligent than the majority of present-day men. Their souls are identical with ours and they may be made, as we are, in soul, mind and body, to the image of God. They know things that we do not know, and we know things that they do not know. However, if they can be said to be more elevated in the scale of beings than we are, it must be observed that we are well proportioned, perhaps the best proportioned. If a man could talk with one of these beings; he would have to learn and to teach. Our soul can pass into them, and theirs into us; but in general it is in the world where we have contacted debts that we must pay them. The free souls only can go as they wish, into that world as in ours, for the time of an incarnation, to accomplish a mission or set an example there. We are in a very retarded world; there are worlds where the lowest inhabitant is more advanced than the first on our planet. (4.1.1895) There are worlds where no one speaks. In the superior worlds, laughter does not exist, neither do tears, only smile exists. Everywhere, there are good beings mixed with bad ones, everywhere a unique Being, creator of all things, is recognised.
------THE SUNS - THE STARS Our sun can be compared with a lens whose main nucleus would be our earth near the equator, but in the sea, not on the earth. It is not dazzling and burning as we imagine it. As we rise into the atmosphere, we notice that its dazzle and its heat decrease, its colour becomes red and darker, it is, in effect, only the reflection of another light source placed beyond. A veil only prevents us from seeing it as it is and even being there. So a veil segregates us from the lunear world. It would be sufficient to lift such a veil to make us conscious of the life and nature on the moon or the sun. Dazzling light and heat are due solely to the condensing action of our earth atmosphere, which sets in the same way as a lens. Seen from the sun itself, the sun is white and pale; it is only the reflexion of another sun. Light and heat are their own natural products (poles, own magnetism, attraction) for all planets. Not only does the sun give us its light, it also reflects the light of other stars and that of other suns. But as that light is reflected only by one point of a sphere, it will touch only a certain point (one region of the earth for example). There plants will grow which need that nourishment and the light will also feed minerals. When one knows the plants and the metals or minerals which feed on the same light, one knows where to find the metals, etc., for they can be found where these plants are. (14.2.1903) Our sun is inhabited by beings who are not organised as we are. The sun gives shelter to the souls of all the great men of all the planets, to all the men who have been great in goodness. The sun of the dead During the day, there is the sun that gives life and strength to the matter and the organs that work during the night. During the night, there is another sun; it also gives light and strength to the matter and organs which work during the day. It is the sun of the dead, that is to say, of those who although alive, cannot see the other light. It emits invisible rays which go through everything. The sun is not black, no matter what the Hindus say, it is luminous as the other one. It shines into the darkness and we do not know it. The sun of the dead is the sun of the world of shapes. It is very different from Christ who is the sun of the soul. It is the principle of life of all things. It presides over vegatation, the development of the human body, its transformation.
It is not the earth that gives flowers and their colours and their perfumes. The plants are under the influence of that sun which gives them their shapes, their volume, their colours, their smells. It will be visible to men at renewal time of things. But new it is on the horizon, at an angle of approximately 85 degrees. It rises at 2 o'clock and sets at 5. That is the true light. The two suns exist along side each other, then the white one will decrease. The sun of the dead will reign over the earth when the other has dissappeared. At that time, there will be fewer inhabitants, but they will be more united; there will be no more wars, the peoples will fraternise, peace will reign amongst us; that will be the reign of God. The Stars The stars are as we are, in villages and cities. Some are lonely. All the yellow stars depend on our sun. The red ones, the blue ones, the green ones, etc;, belong to other suns. The universal magnet has two poles: the visible polar star and another star, invisible to us and opposed to the one we see. That great magnet realises itself on earth by mountains and stones. The magnet stones are stones in which the metal is very condensed. The two polar stars are the two halves of the one sphere. So a geometrician when he wants to mark off a piece of land, takes a post, divides it into halves one of which he places on the one side and the other one which he places on the other side. ---------------------------------------------------------------------THE PLANETS Seven main planets exercise, through their radiation, an influence on the earth. But in our system, there are more than seven planets. There are seventy-two. The planets, as all the beings, are male and female. (16.2.1896) Near to us, a world exists, another planet that cannot be seen; our eyes cannot yet see that world and yet it is very near to us. (2.5.1895) ----THE EARTH The earth has been formed by joining two planetary fragments. That is why races, civilisations, traditions differ. The earth describes a complete revolution pole to pole within 21,000 years and during that time there is not one point which is not, at a certain time, covered with water at at another time emerging; shells,
and stones formed by shells and the dross of fish, can be found everywhere, which is proof of the passage and the sojourn of water in those places. For us, the fire is at the centre of the earth; but, in reality, there are at the centre of the earth planets and worlds as everywhere else. The earth gives man everything it can give him and takes from him everything that is not useful to him. ----THE MOON The moon is older than the earth. It has an atmosphere in which light acts with a pressure of four kilograms per square meter. Without that, the atmosphere of the moon would not be suffecient to maintain its equilibrium. THE ZODIAC There are 24 and not 12 zodiacal signs. Everything renews itself every 24,000 years and, from that point of view, astrology is true. But that renewal takes place with modifications, just as with a child who is subject, when it is young, to certain discomfort: convulsions, measles, etc., which dissappear when he grows older. (22.2.1895) So the earth takes 4 years to rotate around. The 24,000-year revolutions are however slightly different due to the regular development of the universe, but similar. The seasons Ther irregularity of the seasons comes from the fact that we use for our personal needs what is necessary for the well-being of all the beings. ----THE COMETS God has given the great Whole rules and laws. When one of these laws is infringed in the universe, when a planet undergoes an inflexion on its axis, a regulator, a judge then comes in the form of a comet. It carries out that regulating function by its own light which, rejecting that of the suns of the planets, imparts a certain motion. It takes hold only of the planets which are not inhabited, but it cannot produce the cataclysus predicted by the scientists. At the most, it can modify the air, and the life of a few plants. It is said that in the years it is seen, the wine is better; that is true; that is because its light, which is white and rejects the light
of the sun, goes through the opacity of the earth and reaches its centre; it increases the light in the earth, thus its virtue, for light is perfectly good. The comet also establishes circulation between pre-determined points. So a traveller may go from Lyons to Sainte-Etienne, and from Saint-Etienne to Paris, whilst at the same time another traveller leaves Paris for Geneva, and still another one leaves Geneva for somewhere else. The circle is complete and regular in itself; and that circuit was determined as early as the principle of the works of justice and regeneration. When a comet has grown old, it may stay put or dissappear; but its path, as all the paths, remains immutable. It still has another role. It should be known that the earth also is intelligent. If nothing ever changed in the sky, if the sun, the stars were always identical, this would be desperately monotonous. The comets, the eclipses, the great phenomena of that kind have a background value; they are in charge of bringing some distraction or, better, hope to the earth. It is a hope that comes by. In the human race as in the universe, some beings may bring hope or an example and play the role of the comets. Around the nucleus of the comet is a phosphorescent atmosphere which is not at all burning. Its luminous trail which is due to this phosphorescence is the same on all sides, but the sun strikes it on the one side and it is only from the dark side that this trail which has a rounded shape is visible, because nothing proceeds in a straight line in the universe. The comets follow a determined circuit in space; they never return by the same way. Some of them form a figure eight across the world of stars; the others one or more figures of eight; lastly, others perform a general circle around the planetary world. The latter have a trip that lasts 24,000 years which they accomplish 72 times; then they die and others are born which start afresh, take over where the other one had left off. The great comets which, in the year one thousand, frightened everybody on earth so much was of the same nature; it will pass again in 23,000 years. The comets are inhabited by beings at least as intelligent as we are, but their structure is different. ------THE COLOURS AND THE SOUNDS There are seven colours and there are seven suns which we do not see, and every one of these suns possesses seven realms, or rather reigns over seven planets. The sun under which we are, or rather the colour it gives us is white. That is why we see that clear light. (3.5.1897) The colour of the storm is red. The wind is greyish. The air has no
colour, it borrows the colour of the place it happens to be. The word also has a colour and that colour is formed through the mouth which is more or less open. So the air penetrates different organs which also form different sounds caused by the air required by them and has repeated itself with more or less strength. Thus, the air borrows the colour of these organs and the word, when leaving the mouth, has a different colour. Every word thus has its colour. The fire must be blue. (5.7.1896) The colour of the air stems from the influence of the planets (light rays) two glasses of distilled water in Paris and in the Alps will have two different colours. If you paint a dwelling in the same, uniform colour, and you close everything so that no light can enter it, and you examine it later on you will notice that certain parts have discoloured and not others. That is because there is a different sun from the one we see (the sun of the dead). Music has a colour. The seven notes of music correspond with the seven colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. The sounds, just as light, are formed of colours which have a great influence on the organism. Do: red. It excites the brain and sets on the plexus of the stomach and on the bowels. Re: orange. It acts actively on the stomach, the abdomen, the bowels specially on the left side. Mi: yellow. its effects are weak. Acts on the heart, the cardiac region, the spleen, but weakly. Fa: green. Acts deeply. Contracts the diaphram. Sol: blue. Is fresh. Its main action is on the upper part of the organs and on the arms. La: indigo. Causes fibrillation of the heart and tendss to seperate the nervous fibres. Si: violet. This note is the strongest. It acts directly on the heart. The higher note has weaker effects than the lower note. If sound produces some effects on the human organism, it is because it has weight. (22.3.1896) Light, just as noise, occupies space within space; it has weight just as music has colour. Thus everything has weight - light as well as sound. (2.4.1895 - 1.3.1896) Later on, it will be possible to recognise diseases by the sounds and to know which sound, corresponding to a certain colour, must be used to cure. It will be very simple. (3.5.1897) -------
MATTER God has created spirit and matter. Spirit is a part of God; matter has its own reality, for it is impossible for man to make matter return to nothingness. To find, between molecules, a space where there is nothing, is impossible. God has created matter as man makes an object. Here is a walking stick. He, who has made it, has put something of himself into it and proof of it is that it is possible, by retracing all steps, to find out who made that walking stick. So everything is living. But the life this walking stick possesses is not the life of the spirit; the timber lived that life only when it was vegetating on the tree. The life it retains is the sleepy life of matter. That walking stick is formed by a multitude of beings who do not know they are part of that walking stick. They do not know why they are there, but they are and that is where they live. In all trees there is timber that belongs to all other trees; so in any stone and in any metal there are atoms which belong to beings of the same nature. Metals grow and perfect themselves. Some kinds of glass form which tend to give them crystalline shapes. Man may intervene and hasten that formation; but then it is to the detriment of the real element. So a tree grown in a hot-house, whose fruit is ripe before time, withers. A certain time is necessary for everything. Matter is living and the heaviest matters can move. (7.1.1897) Matter is living; it can see, it can hear, it can feel, it can remember. It is intelligent. The intelligence of matter is always attracted by Lights. (29.1.1902) Matter always tends to go down and the spirit to rise. (3.1.1897) It is the spirit that commands all matter. (6.2.1895) When God the Father created matter, He created first a purer, more subtle essence than what we call matter and which has served to form the body of the holy men. Chemical Notes There are no simple substances. Some are called simple because it has not yet been possible to split them. (15.3.1896) Any important chemical or physiological reaction must be performed in darkness; so, if you want to plant a tree, it is preferable to do it during the night; it will take root more easily. So a delicate chemical preparation must be carried out in darkness. In effect, if a substance is split in the presence of light, it returns to the light what the light had imparted to it; if the reaction is produced in
darkness, the light remains. Calcium carbonate heated to 700 degrees splits; its acid goes into the air and, instead of this acid, the lime receives a certain heat which renders it similar to the primitive virgin earth. It is then to the earth what the marrow is to the bone, its raw material. The lime is them apt to take all sorts of properties, to absorb anything that decays elsewhere. That is why lime, and also primitive earth (virgin, rock earth and moss) absorb morbid and decomposition products. Salt in crushed crystals and warm water also have great absorbtion properties. Boiled water, distilled water have it at their maxims. But that property is relative only to vital strength (fever, congestion). The diamond The diamond is different from other similar stones because it has received something from Above. UNIVERSAL LIFE There exists in the ambient air what is within us and, within us, what is in nature. (14.2.1901) There is in water, air and earth the same number of creatures, the same successive series; first of all the vegetable-like beings, then the same beings associated in colonies, the worms, primitive animals, etc. It is in the sea that the intermediary series have been best preserved. If you had a microscope powerful enough, you could see everything in a drop of water: monsters, sirens, a whole universe. Everything that exists is alive, and the things which do not seem to be living are also alive. (9.7.1894) Every substance is living and mobile. He, who is fully convinced that all things are living, feels the presence of all these living beings; while walking on the soil, he feels gold if there is some. So, he who fully believes in God, feels God and His presence. But that belief in the life of all things must be deeply rooted and innate, not half-hearted or the result of reasoning; it must be complete and deep. Everything has life, any hair that falls retains life and does not die, for it remains in relationship with the spring of life. Everything in nature has a point of support. (22.3.1895) Anything that is a being has a head, a body and feet. The hardest rock, the minerals which are deep within the bowels of the earth are living and have a family. When we enter their provence and we take a sample of rock and work with it, we say: "that stone does not suffer", because we see nothing. Yes, it suffers, and if we could
perceive its suffering, we could compare it to ours. The metal on which the smith works suffers. No matter what the scientists say, the mineral reign is living just as the animal and vegetable reigns. Its existence is longer, but it also dies, for time respects nothing, except the Word of God. Matter also suffers from seperation. When the minor enters its dwelling, the blows of his pickaxe or his other tools which he uses to break it up, are so many sufferings for it. It follows in its existence almost the same phases as we do in ours. (October 1897) If you take a glass of water from a pond and a second glass of water from a river, and you leave them in the open air, after eight days, your glasses will be empty; the water molecules will have returned, the ones to the pond, the others to the river and all you will have achieved is to delay them. But if you beat the water in your glasses and you agitate it, then the molecules will return not to the place from where you have taken the water but to the place where they would normally have been in the pond or in the river if you had not taken the water, because they have carried out a task equal to that which they would have carried out, beaten by the fish, the stones and the cascades. (27.5.1897) The material molecules must rise, purify itself by fire, air and water until it becomes a human cell. Well, if with metal and a forge you were told to make a hand, you can see how much time, work and suffering of the metal would be required; think of what a molecule of metal must have suffered to become a human cell. The immutability of the species The species are immutable; with iron it would be impossible to make silver or gold or, at least, if the iron molecule were submitted to the series of evolutions through the vegetal and animal reigns so as to bring it to the higest state iron could reach (iron of the human blood), if even it were possible artificially to get it through the series of evolutions to transform it into a silver molecule, that transformation could not last, would not be stable. The substance would return to its primitive state of iron, and its real progress would even have been delayed by forcing the laws of nature and the order of times. The species can perfect themselves only in their own species. Human geography Human geography is a science based on this fact: in man, every fibre corresponds to some being, man, country, society, home, river or mountain and there is a reciprocity of action of that being on the fibre and of the fibre on the being. ------THE ANIMALS
All the animals have been created, as man, according to their species, with a mission to carry out, and there is a progressive relationship between the bodies of the animals and that of man. God has given intelligence to the smallest as to the biggest animals. The animal is on the path of man; it has an instinct that will not die any more than the human soul. (4.2.1902) Man is the light of the animal, the animal is the light of the plant, the plant is the light of the mineral. So, a good, peaceful man shall have gentle, submissive animals. (22.1.1902) The animals progress just as man does, and they have an instinct for self-preservation. They have not been put on earth just for man's satisfaction. (31.7.1895) A dog has, within itself, all the vices and all the crimes. The naive, when they see it sick and suffering, say: "What has that poor, innocent animal done to deserve such a fate?" And yet, its suffering is precious to it and earns for it a great advancement for the future. The animals are classified in various classes, and each class comprises various families. And if one of these classes of animals did not want to progress, the next one would push it forward. The same applies to all classes, even to us. If a family wanted to impede its progress, another family would push it, for progress is a must. (5.11.1894) In the life of the ants work is encouraged and rewarded, and laziness is punished by such rigorous rules as exclusion from the ants' nest. If, to tease them, you hinder the work of a few ants, you may be the cause of an undeserved punishment for them. Then it may happen that a being more powerful than man hinders your work. Reversely, we may recieve help if we facilitate the work of the inferior beings. (23.12.1895) The infinitely small that can be seen only with a microscope also work; they have their own laws, pains and punishment that rule them. The animals are looked after, as humans are, by beings who preside over their formation, their birth, who are their defenders, who are offended when we mistreat them. (23.12.1896) The animals suffer continually and often in an intolerable way; if we knew we would have more pity on them. We must be good to the animals and to the plants. He, who has never harmed an animal, who never destroys or hurts a plant without a useful reason, is in turn protected by the animals and the plants. If he finds himself on the slope of an abyss and falls, there will suddenly
be a root to retain him; if a wild animal roams over the countryside and he comes across it, the animal will come and stroke him, or he will not see it. There is a special province for the animals; but he, who mistreats them, is no longer within that province and will no longer find the animals. If, on the contrary, you have never harmed any animal and you are lost somewhere in the countryside, you will meet a spider, or any other animal which will show you the way. If you mistreat an animal, it will happen that when you have one which you like very much, you will see it mistreated without being able to come to its help. The same applies to everything, for we must learn to love everything, and we must respect everything, for everything has been created by God. (21.11.1804) Three farmers each have a sick horse. If we suppose that it has cost them a certain amount, that horse has given them some service. The first one, seeing that his horse no longer carries out its task, beats it in an attempt to make it work. The second one sends it to the butcher, since it is no longer of any use. The third one says: "Oh! poor animal, I can now take care of it until it dies and keep it in its stable; God will certainly make something grow in my field". Don't you think that the latter, when he returns, could not have the whole family of animals in his service? Yes, he will have as many horses as he wishes; and this goes very far, it applies to all things. I am sorry for those who would harm an animal, for don't you think that this animal is also animated by something else but matter. Know it well, and remember it, that on a higher planet, we in turn will be the animals of that planet, with the difference that we will be able to speak. (6.5.1897) If you beat an ox which wants to kill you, I am telling you that you will not go to heaven until you have been killed by an ox. Animals must never be killed, no more those which are reputed to be dangerous than the others. A snake may be pushed out of one's way or the way of a child who might be threatened by it, but it must not be killed. In general, a snake does not harm us; and if it does, that will be the last time; never more will we have to fear anything from snakes. It was written well before creation (I do not say of this world): He, who has been earmarked by Heaven, could not be torn to pieces by wild animals. (27.11.1894) Vipers must not be destroyed, they are very fond of anthrax-flies, all sorts of insects and harmful animals. A farmer may kill a viper which, five minutes earlier, has saved his life by catching an anthrax-fly that was about to sting him. (3.5.1896)
Mission of the animals - The Toad The toad is patient. It does not move and wishes only that a fly, an anthrax-fly, comes to it to eat it. It waits and by some sort of magnetism attracts everything that surrounds it: bad influences, diseases, especially poisons, but also the fly. As a consequence, it has within itself all the impurities and poisons possible. It eats what is most venimous; the viper eats it and thus forms its own poison. The toad can be used for many things: it cures eczema. It could not attract good influences, it lacks the necessary organ; that is not in its nature. Psychically, man does the same thing; he possesses that receptive organ and that active desire; in the same way as the toad, he must attract evil. What must be known in man, is that organ, in order to be able to cure and purify. ----THE PLANTS Everything holds together. If around a house there are trees and the house is destroyed, the trees are sad and wither away. When we plant anything, we must plant it preferably after sunset and, better still, during the night. The plant which is being put into new earth, in a new dwelling while the other plants and matter are asleep, this newcomer will, when the latter wake up, be accepted as an old one and what it requires will be supplied. If it is planted during the day, it is considered as a stranger and everything it requires will be withheld until the next day. If we dig a hole of a few cubic meters beside a tree and fill it with good earth, even if to do this we cut the roots of the tree, the tree will gradually move to where the good earth is. It will say to itself: "There is a good place and that is where I shall go", just as we do when we take a few steps, when we make an effort, to go to a well supplied table. The roots, go from the tree towards the earth to fetch the nourishing saps. The vine is spent, the wine grower says. That comes from the fact that of old the wine grower used to sew pips and had a nursery for his vines. Then the earth was treated in the normal way and the wild vine it produced was strong, having grown naturally. Today, we plant into the earth a cutting from a vine that was already grown without roots. The earth, as a good foster-mother, does everything possible to repair this, and between the shoot and the roots comes something that it gives, but the earth spends itself in the process, and so does the plant. The plants carry on their trunk, their leaves and their flowers, for those who can read, their virtues written out. They have lost of their virtue since man practices mineral therapy. All men, when they see a plant, may have the power to distinguish its
properties from the signs on the leaves, the stems, the roots. For Heaven to grant us that gift, we must endeavor to better ourselves. (24.2.1902) (The curative virtues of the plants appear in the chapter: "Diseases. Their Cures".) MAN Man was created on earth and on many other earths. For it must not be believed that there is only one; so, there are also many heavens, and that since creation. (21.11.1804) After arrival of the various plants, animals, etc., which were put on to our planet at the bacterium stage, man came. He came from another, very close planet, the existence of which we do not know, for our eyes have not been made to pierce the veil that segregates us. Thus man was put on earth when everything was ready for him. (30.1.1900) When man came on to earth, a veil had been lifted; he found himself here as by magic. Man was created as he is; he will never be told the way he has come otherwise he would be discouraged and would no longer want to move. God has created man perfect in appearance, but he had within him the seven capital sins. (4.2.1902) We are on earth for a very short time, for we have many dwellings in which we must live. Life on each planet is proportionate to the size of the planet. If the planet is big, we live longer. Then the body is stronger, that is to say that it is better organised so as to resist longer. If the planet is small, life is shorter. (3.11.1889) Our race is ill because we carry a scientific burden too heavy for us. We have taken a short-cut. If we had waited, perhaps Heaven would have given us more than what we know at present. (7.6.1904) ------THE SPIRIT I shall rather call spirit what is above and soul what is intermediary (in men). The spirit knows everything but, being enclosed in matter, it does not remember. (8.3.1896) The spirit does not know where it goes for, it it knew, it would no longer want to progress. As long as a spirit is capable of stepping back from what is ahead the future remains hidden from it.
When the spirit is advanced enough to be able to form the body, it forms it and the soul is the spirit's life. (31.1.1897) When grieving, the spirit knows neither time nor distance. (10.5.1896) The spirit of a person can answer another person who speaks to it at a distance, without the notice of the person, without any disturbance in that person's occupation. (12.2.1895) Very often the same spirit animates two bodies. That is true and especially for very lofty beings. When the brain of one of them works very hard, it brims over and the other one fills up. Then, when the first one thinks, the other one can pass ideas on to him. That is how the spirit of John also animated John the Baptist, and this same spirit manifested itself to John in the form of Elijah in light. He, whose eyes are open, can see, through the spirits, at any distance. But he sees special symbols which are special to him for a long time before he has clear, absolute vision of the spirits. ----THE SOUL All the souls were created at the same time, but they have not all come down at the same time. (1902) All the souls are distinct and always keep their individuality. The soul is a breath of God. We cannot know what it is, for the angels themselves do not know it. If, living as we do, we knew what the soul is, that is to say that it is the path we must cover, we would incur a much greater blame, a blame for which punishment would be terrible. Do you know why no one is damned amongst you? It is because nobody knows what the soul is. We are denied knowledge of the soul. That is the secret of Heaven. If man knew what the soul is, he would want to do nothing else. He would say, through laziness: "I have plenty of time". Ot then he would take the shortcuts. Well, that must not be; the path must be levelled down, covered, cleared. For if you level down the path, those who come behind you will find it levelled down; instead of having to level it down, they will do something else; and then behind you, on that levelled path, the Lord will walk. That is why it is written: "Level down the path of the Lord". You must believe absolutely in the immortality of the soul; that God has not left us alone; that a thing that happens, does happen through his will; that He has given us a soul that comes from Him and which is within us. (25.3.1895)
The soul is the life of the spirit, the bread of the spirit, it is a divine spark; we must make it grow. It must become a sun within us. Our soul grows when we progress on the path of good and vice versa. (10.7.1896) Before descending into matter, the souls were in paradise and in a state of innocence, and consequently of non-knowledge. They were playing like children or like angels, and they were enjoying the fruits of paradise. God made them taste good and evil by sending them into evil under the influence of the demons, into selfishness, so as to make them grow through ordeals and pain, along the imposed paths. If man had not fallen, he would know nothing. Having fallen, then having risen, he is above the angels. When God launched the souls into matter, He gave every one of them a particular path to cover and he told them: "There is the path you must follow; level down that path, make it straight, for there the Lord must pass". If we knew the meaning of these words, we would feel filled with an immense pride. That path is surrounded at each step by ordeals God imposes on the souls, ordeals which differ according to the path. Every day the soul gets nearer to God and, when it is ready, it will appear before Him. Therefore it must be brighter than the sun, otherwise it could not resist. That is why we must suffer; only suffering can make the soul grow, it is the only means to progress. Our soul is judged according to the evil it has committed, for everything we have done must be returned to us. We must pay our debts because a debt we have contracted in the world can be deleted only in that world. What has been bound in this world cannot be unbound in the other world. Let us therefore bear our ordeals with calm and resignation, since we do not know why we are suffering. God is just and infinitely good; he cannot be wrong; if He sends us ordeals, then we have deserved them. We do not know the past, so we cannot know why we are suffering. Perhaps we have not done much wrong in that life; but as our soul has existed for a long time, it may have wronged a lot in the past. We do not know the past because, if God allowed us to see what we have done, we would be frightened. That is why we are suffering without knowing why. Later, when we see the past, then we will know where our ordeals came from. (12.4.1891) A soul that would be pure with a pure body would do nothing wrong even though ordered to do so. (26.11.1896) The soul operates from afar as from close by. A soul can command another soul, in the same way in which a boss gives orders to his workers, and the soul that has the power to command is obeyed. (10.11.1896) A soul that is old is a soul that has covered a great deal of the path; a young soul, the contrary. But it cannot be said that an old
soul is more advanced than a young one; that depends upon God's views on that soul. ------THE HEART The heart being the most sensitive organ of our being must become its temple. Therefore it must be hammered and forged, that is why we must bear our miseries. It must also become the temple of God, which is true joy, true happiness. (4.2.1895) Our heart is like a small hut on a bad piece of land. We must, through alterations, through successive embellishments, make it into a palace. We must improve the land that surrounds it so as to make it worthy of the materials which are used to erect that palace in which the Lord will come to live. (5.5.1902) The heart belongs to the spirit. We have Heaven within us; to develop it rests with us. (3.1.1897) Heaven is in your heart. So, it is written: "You will build your temple so that the Lord can enter it". For we have within us a spark of the soul that is the Light, and that Light is God. For that light to illuminate us completely, we must surrender ourselves. (2.5.1895) ------THE LIGHT Light is truth only. The soul can give Light and that is its life; but for that it must possess it itself. (9.12.1895) He who is in Light does not see evil; he is like a small child, he has forgotten everything. Do not refute the Light. At long intervals messengers from Heaven have come to several points of the globe to bring the Light and, if you refute it, from the lesser darkness where you are now you will be plunged into a deeper darkness. (29.11.1894) If God sends you the Light, do not refuse it, do not judge the one who brings it to you. Do not try to please your neighbors rather than God. (13.12.1894) The Light, that is the path to Heaven. When we are on that path, we feel that everything we have done until now is nothing compared with what remains to be done. However, if we rely on God's protection we shall go a long way, for God backs the weak and not the strong.
(24.1.1896) We must not rebel against the Light but on the contrary we must try to put ourselves in its way. For that, we must have charity. (19.2.1894) ------THE DARKNESS While growing, the plants spread their branches towards the sky and at the same time their roots plunge into the earth. They have much trouble making their way through the stones and the obstacles, and they carry to the light a small portion of what they have met during their passage into the darkness. The same applies to us; as we progress, we plunge deeper into the darkness, into matter, for everything must advance. More and more work is required to break the chain that encompasses our brow. It is sufferings and ordeals that widen the mind. (30.8.1900) We have come into the darkness and when we die we pass into the Light and, what will be granted us in the Light will be proportionate to what we have acquired in the darkness. That is why our future life will be what we will have made it. Not only shall we be given as much as we have acquired, but God gives us freely once more what we have, when we return. Our duty is that of the good gardener who wants his land to yield much. As soon as the seeds he has sewn start germinating and coming out, he takes care of them, he pulls out the weeds so that the good grain may develop. The good grain sewn within us is the words of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is necessary that each of these words may engrave itself in our hearts so that the evil be driven out of them. The words of Jesus are the divine Light and, as evil looks for darkness, it evades the Light. If we do evil, let us go into the Light; it will not be able to survive there and it will choke. On the other hand, let us do good in the darkness, as it cannot stay in the darkness, it will of necessity come to the light. While coming out of the darkness into the light, it carries with it what it finds on its way. I have told you that those who denied God and the soul would be thrown into the depth of Darkness. Here: God has put into man's heart a spark of Light; it is the spirit that traces our path. God has placed it within us to give us the courage, the strength to fight evil and to acquire faith and hope. That spark is choked by selfishness and, no longer giving forth any light, evil grows. That is how the depth of Darkness must be understood. (17.2.1902) -------
KNOWLEDGE Conditions of Knowledge Beings have been created with the need to learn, for they know nothing. (5.3.1902) God has nothing hidden from his children. Even though they may know nothing, they would know everything that would be necessary for them to know without having studied. He gives them light and knowledge as they strive to live according to His law. (9.6.1895) Nobody can go to Heaven if he does not know everything. So we must know everything, the worlds lost in space as well as ours. We must thus go there, unless God exonerates us of that duty. Our mind, by developing itself, will be able to reach those worlds and live there. To know by intuition how to steer through the things, the ideas and the theories, and so reach truth is one of the most beautiful qualities that may be found in man. We need nobody to teach us, for we have within us everything that is necessary to make the small, divine plant which is on our heart grow. It is only pride, selfishness, wickedness which choke and prevent us from blooming. (13.5.1902) The spirit knows everything and can learn nothing, but each organ must work and develop to reach the height of the spirit, and yet it is impossible for us to ever know everything completely. (8.8.1896) To become worthy of the veritable science, we must fight pride and ask God that He deigns, according to His Holy will, grant us humility. It is only through humility and prayer that Light and the veritable science can be obtained. (11.2.1905) We will have the tangible knowledge of the Word that lies at the bottom of our heart when we will be nothing, when we shall be at the beginning. (6.5.1902) The more we advance in time, the more we shall know that we are nothing. (6.2.1902) The more man grows, the less he knows what he is. Man must go down and no longer be anything and, when he is no longer anything, he shall be everything and shall have the knowledge. All knowledge will be given us when we have succeeded in loving our neighbour as opurselves. (22.11.1900) It is possible to have powers and even great powers without having the knowlwdge. In those cases those powers may be used to do evil. But those who have knowledge cannot do evil. He, who is in the light, does not lock himself up into a cave just for fun; and that is how those who are really in the light cannot turn their backs on it.
The present inaptitude of man to the knowledge of the mysteries of the being. It is impossible to either know or guess about the beyond. We do not know where man comes from, neither do we know where he goes; we do not know what the spirit is; how then could we expatiate on what he becomes? You would like me to tell you what creation is, what you will be after death, how long you still have to live. I am not talking about those who remember thirty or forty years of life, but of those who believe in successive lives. You would like to know what life is, why we are on earth. And when you would know all that, would you be better? (28.12.1894) Even if you spent your life studying the mysteries that are in one ear, you would not manage to penetrate them. Therefore, do not try to go too deeply into things; you would only increase your responsibility. Insead of rebelling against error, bless Heaven for having given it to you as an example. We must not tire our brain searching, for all we can achieve is to become confused and even fall into doubt and despair; nothing then can curb the human mind. (22.5.1898) When we seek without authorization and beyond our strength, this is what happens: we explore unknown lands and there natives that cannot be seen, or other beings who are on the same path and who cannot be seen, assault us and imprison us. Then we become mad or ill, and at the same time beings of our family are taken and tortured. Many people ask to see the invisible. They do not know what they are asking for. Everything is not nice to look at and they may not be able to bear it. God has not wanted, whatever our research is concerned with, that we find everything that we would like to know, because everything is not within our reach and, if some people believe they are advanced because they recieve messages from other beings, they are wrong. Pride prevents them from advancing and also for lack of charity, for without charity, even with faith, there is no salvation. (12.9.1893) Nobody can be pure enough here below to recieve messages from Heaven. It is useless trying to know by those means for, when you will succeed in loving your neighbor as yourself, it will be given to you to know everything.
Divination It is given to some beings, according on the plane on which they are, to be able to see not only the past but also the future, although they cannot see exactly as it is, for time and dates are not ours; that is
what deceives us, what we cannot understand. (21.5.1902) But foresight of atmospheric or social events, divination under its astrological form or signs are illusory and lead only to pride. Three times prognostics will be true, and the fourth time, when the man will think that now he is sure of his science, the prognostic will be false. No doubt a sign is the omen of something, but the date on which it will occur is thoroughly variable. We calculate according to the planets and we make a judgement, but the moon remains mistress in her dwelling and foils the projects. There is however a certain conformity between the state of the sky and the planets at the moment of birth, and the light, the destiny of the newly born. If all the stars are really in harmony at the moment of birth, it is probable that the life of the man who is born will be calm and harmonious. But we cannot draw conclusions from it. Of old, before Christ, the influence of the seven planets was stronger, they visited earth more often; men could therefore cast horoscopes, and from the interpretation of dreams could draw the truth, and thus know their future destiny. Today, things are no longer the same, for Christ has spread light into the darkness and He has sent in one direction what used to go into the other direction. Before Christ, the clairvoyants and those whose mind had probed the invisible world had perceived shapes. By focusing these shapes, they had linked them with some of the power, the forces from the opther side (pantacles). But, when Jesus-Christ came, He changes all things, not that mainly, but the whole has been changed and as a result those signs have lost their strength. (The same applies to astrology). Wanting to know the future is to lack confidence in God. That is why I condemn all procedures trying to guess the future. Let us not insult the future by wanting to question it, for that would mean to insult God. If we were strong enough to be able to see beforehand the ordeals we must face, we would know the future, but God has put a veil before our eyes when He created us and He told us: "Go, work, earn your living by the sweat of your brow; receive insults, have great worries; do evil through your ignorance so as to know everything and to pay for the consequences and, when your soul is purified after having crossed many snares, you will return to me". ------THE HUMAN BODY The body is the mantle of the spirit. It serves to veil it. (7.8.1900) Everything is marked on our face. We bear the mark of what we are. (6.3.1902) Every sin corresponds particulary with one of our organs. (31.5.1899)
You will have a decent physique if you do good; it is you who will make it for yourself. (15.11.1896) A man who fights his passions with courage may, in three or four years, change his face, even if he is old. Our body is made up of an infinity of molecules. Each one of them has its proper life and consequently follows a path. Moreover, a molecule may split into an infinity of parts, therefore everything is infinite. (13.4.1896) The more distant molecules from the centre of the soul come each in turn to take the place of those that are leaving. (12.2.1902) All the molecules of our body must become as precious as those of the optical nerve or of the heart. (27.11.1900) All these molecules must purify themselves through suffering. We suffer through our progress, but we do not know what we are, just as we know nothing of what surrounds us, for we are not worthy of it. When we shall consider as a brother the first man we meet who needs help, and we do unto him what we would like to be done unto us, nothing will remain hidden from us. (21.11.1894) In man the most advanced molecules are in the brain. Each one of them works. If one of these molecules having attained perfection were to leave our body, where would it go? Very simply to a place where similar molecules are and it would wait there for enough of them to gather to form a body. What is that place? Nobody knows, God has revealed it to no one. The fact remains that this molecule does not go very far, for a mere veil segregates this world from the other one, but our eyes cannot see behind that veil, matter prevents us from doing so. All the molecules making up our body do not remain there for the same length of time; some stay one day, others stay longer. That is what explains our face changes. Let us suppose that within a few minutes we correct several of our faults; as everything is marked on our face, at the moment we delete the evil that is marked on our face, our face changes. (October 1897) The cells of the human body go to the brain to fetch light and return to the body to bring it the light. After three passages, they develop and go to prepare the next dwelling. Those who think only of earth have nothing ready on the other side. (25.6.1900) The molecules you have in your brain leave after seven years, after which they are replaced by others. One comes, you have courage; another one comes and you are disheartened. Little by little the molecules of your foot will be as perfect as those of your brain and you will be able to become a soldier of Heaven.
Sleep Sleep is rest for the organs of the mind. When it is windy, the plant suffers; it rests as we do during the night. If there were no night, man would suffer too much. Night is made for sleep; on that condition, we are healthy, for we must rest our body; but if we stay awake for someone else's sake, that is different. The jerks you feel before you fall asleep and when you dream that you are falling are often the result of your spirit being far away and returning suddenly. Dreams are illusions, and yet they are true. There will come a plane where everything will be real, where reality will vanish, and we will think we have dreamt. (10.5.1904) In our dreams we take on a responsibility; the acts we commit in certain countries will have to be paid for in those same countries. But the suffering we undergo also counts. This is what is written: what is bound here must be unbound here. To have pure dreams and sometimes communication with our guardian angel, we must never be in anger, we must be moderate in everything, drink, food, work, waking, and only have good thoughts. (8.12.1902) We are not pure enough to interpret our dreams. (May 1904) THE FAMILIES "There are many dwellings in the house of the Father." What is named dwelling may also be called family. (1895) On this earth, we are all brethren, but we do not belong to the same family. (8.11.1894) All men have families and all those who belong to the same family have the same features. By family is meant all those who follow the same path and may change at any time. Everything is contained within a grain of wheat: the germ, the straw, the ear which encloses several grains. At harvest time, the grain which has germinated and produced straw is already seperated from it; then everything that surrounds the grain is again seperated from it. They all have contributed to make up that family, but they are not seperated! The eldest walks in front and all those who belong to his
family follow him. (13.4.1898) So, in the same way, there are several paths; in the same family there are several families; in one house several dwellings; but there is only one temple and one God. Sometimes a famliy sends one of its members far away. Then that family must wait for that member to return and until his arrival they are all grieved. When we come into this world, none of us knows where he comes from. Before being here, we already existed, therefore we had a family we had just left to come here. That family has lost one of its members and is waiting for him. If the one who has left is the eldest of the family, he has gone to trace the path by which the other members of the family will have to pass. He plants the first picket. Gos has sent us his beloved Son to show the path that leads to the great Family. But that path is barren and painful, also we do nothing to follow it; we content ourselves with the misfortunes that are sent to us by Heaven and yet, we accept them only grudgingly. That is what proves how far we are from the true path Jesus has shown us. (15.2.1897) Those who do not live together may always be united, whilst those who are always together are often so only in appearance. We must help our parents, that is in the commandments of God: Honour thy father and thy mother. But there is a shade. So, your mother needs money; you may give it to her. A stranger comes and asks you for money. To whom will you give the money? We may give it to mother; but, if we want to do the will of God, we must give to the stranger preferably. He may be a stranger' at the moment, but he may be closer than out mother. So the tree we represent will grow; its roots are in the earth wherefrom it draws the sap which is the good we are doing and which helps the tree to grow and to bear fruit. By following that path, we may become such trees and have a greater family than the one we have at present, a family which will not be strange to us but which will be new to us. (4.6.1895) Let us know this well that there are many famrs in the one farm; that this great farm is infinite, for it comprises everything we see and everything we do not see, it is managed by the same Master, and every person is classified in its own dwelling. The families are more or less advanced and because of this more or less numerous. By advancing, the number of their members decreases; some of them dissappear, others replace them. It is necessary that, little by little, by virtue of seeking out the difficult paths, the members of your family abandon you and take other routes. Some go faster, others go slower. The more we advance, the more our family narrows. Some are left alone
of their family. In certain families, three generations make only one; in other families, two generations make up three. If we have worn our body too much, if we die at sixty when we could have lived to eighty years old, there is a deficit of twenty years; those years which must be lived are part of the same life. (27.3.1895) Several beings of the same family, all the beings of a certain family may at a given time be on the same side. In any case, there are often several members of the same family together on the one side. When there are many people in a same family, everyone pays for himself or, in any case, pays little for the others. If there are only a few people, the sufferings and efforts they carry are greater and more numerous. Therefore the benefit extends over ther members of the family and on those of inferior families. If we are alone, we pay for all (Our Lord Jesus-Christ). A father has three children; he loves the eldest very much, who takes advantage of it to obtain more than the other two by saying to the father: "If they need anything, I shall give it to them". The father dies; the elder son finds himself, through this donation, as belonging to the family of the father. At that moment, the second son may say: "That is not fair". As soon as he says it, he judges and as a result he is one of the same family. The third one says nothing. Often the thought comes to him, he chokes it. he will not belong to that family, he is released, whereas the father and the first two sons are of the same family. (5.11.1894) We may devote ourself to a member of our family (or a family inferior to ours) and take on to ourself either all or oart or the ordeals it must undergo but that is very exceptional and it is already hard enough to follow our own path. A grace, a special authorisation of God is required. ------Translation of the Diploma of Medicine delivered by the Imperial Acadamy of St. Petersburg. The Assembly of the Imperial Military Academy of Medicine on the 8th November, 1901, has granted Nizier Phillipe (French subject) the rank of "Lietrar" (Doctor of Medicine) as a result of which the Assembly has delivered him the present diploma with appesition of the necessary signatures and seal. St. Petersburg, the eighth (S) November, nineteen hundred and one (1901). The President of the Academy, Professor Emeritus, Academiciab and Private Counseller
(signed) Tasiemski The Scientific Secretary, Ordinary Professor, Present State Counseller (signed) Diamius Journal of outgoing documents No. 176 Book of Diplomas No. 57. The Paths Each being has his own path, and one's path is not the other one's path, but all the paths are in the Path. The paths do not vary in the universe. Each family has it's path and all the members of this family follow the same path; but one can take the place of the next one on that path. On the same path are the ancestors, oneself, then, in disgressing order, the animals, the plants, the minerals. Everyone believes he is free and is the master of what follows him. But everyone is also led by those who preceed him. We may not belong to the same family, be of the same country, and still follow the same path. On that path we find the ancestors and the descendants. Any man who acts engages in his action and its consequences not only himself, but also the series of beings who are on his path. If a man, for an act he has committed, has deserved to be born minus one leg, all the animals that are with him will be born crippled, all the trees will have twisted branches, all the minerals of his family will be born impure. If that applies as far as punishment is concerned, it applies also where good is concerned. When we take a cup to our mouth to drink, there are at the same time individuals who drink from a glass, others from the hollow of their hands, an animal goes to the drinking trough; a plant recieves some dew, and so on down to the very heart of matter. And we carry out the gesture of drinking only because matter also helps us to do so. Without this our arm would fall down inert and we would be unable to drink. Matter must give us the strength. At the same time a cliche comes before our mind and therefore we are the meeting point between that cliche and the series of these beings, which is the path. I do not consider destiny as you do, I consider it as a path that many beings must cover and on which there may be obstacles. The man who does not step back before an obstacle frightens that obstacle and the
latter clears the path for the other persons. That is why the good that we can do may be useful to many. (31.7.1893) Our destiny is written. We follow paths which are traced beforehand here below and a soul of a certain dwelling enters one of these paths at its own request, at a given time. Whence astrology. You are in a path: you must walk along that path, Heaven has traced it. Water may carry with it stones, thorns on to that paths, even trees may grow there; I tell you that you will walk along that path until it has been cleared. If you do not clear it at the first time, you will have to do the trip again. But if the thorns have become as big as the arm, how will you pass, since the first time, when it was not so arduous, you have been unable to remove a thorn? There are people - and they are numerous - who were about to fall into an abyss; they are being detoured, they are being place on to another path; there they meet stones, get angry and say: "Why was I not left at the place I was where I was content?" Some also, once they have fallen into the abyss, meet someone who takes their hand and leads them more or less quickly to the first step of a flight of stairs, and they say: "We have now been walking for a long time and you always say the same thing, and I see nothing!" They do not suspect that, had they been left to themselves, they never have arrived. If, on the path that has been marked out for us, we do evil, and we do not clear it, there will not be seven generations before we return to clear it. (5.2.1895) Let us suppose two men on the same path. One of them does not waver before the ordeals, whilst the other one has the pride which prevents him from accepting them. The two are then no longer on the same path. There will be a time when everything will be revealed to the first one and he will have no need for a guardian angel since he will have been able to behave. (27.11.1900) There are paths where beings pass only every two thousand years. These paths are not similar to the paths of the others; these beings are alone on these paths. ------Translation of Diploma of Honorary Doctor delivered by the Royal Academy of Rome KINGDOM OF ITALY Royal Academy of Medicine of Rome The Director, in view of the rules of the Faculty of Medicine approved after deliberation of the Managing Committee on 9th November, and furthermore in view of the minutes of the Commission of Judges (that
is to say the Jury) of 19th April, 1865, Confer to Monsieur le Chevalier, Dr. Philippe Nizier Anthelme, the honorary grade of Doctor. Delivered at the headquarter of the Academy on 12th May 1886. The Director of the Academy (signed) Dr. C. Maestrelli. The Secretary of the Faculty (signed) Dr.E DEATH We must not be frightened of death; but also, we must not wish for death. The man who would not fear death would know everything that will happen to him during the next day. (29.1.1902) It is better to remain in the present life as long as possible. One minute is precious. What is suppressed is to be redone. (1899) We must make efforts on this side to do good because we are working for after death. The more efforts a being will have made in this world, the more conscious he will be over there. One must not wish for death. We must live for our parents, our friends, our fellow humans. (11.2.1902) We fear death because some of our cells proceed from the things that surround us and this causes some uprooting. (22.9.1904) Death to us is only a transformation, that is why we must not fear it. (4.2.1895) God does not undo the work of His own hands. The man who knows at the very depth of his heart and not in a superficial way that everything is the work of God does not fear total destruction; he knows that death can do nothing to him. We do not suffer at the moment of death. What makes us suffer is the fear we have of it. And why that fear ? Death does not exist and to fear it is a lack of confidence in God. Often those who seem to suffer, whose organs have contractions, feel absolutely nothing and are singing when you believe they are suffering. They knew neither where they go, where they are, nor where they come from. By the some token, we do not know whence we come, where we are, or where we go. Those who do not believe in the existence of the soul but retain belief within themselves will be latecomers, but not in as deep a darkness as those who say to everyone: "There is no soul, nothing remains of our body or of ourselves, with death everything ends". As a person who has had either an arm or a leg amputated still feels that
limb as though it existed, so some people do not believe they are dead and feel their body. Those who in the presence of everybody have claimed that everything was finished and that nothing of ourselves remained after deaths look for their limbs and cannot find them. (27.8.1893) At time of death we see pass in front of us all our acts and, forgetting our beloved ones and our usual feelings, we think of nothing but asking God's forgiveness. Death exists only in appearance; our body does not die, there is just a metamorphosis. The soul separates from the body, it breaks the links that retain it and it becomes free, that is to say that to us it is free, but it returns into a family that we already know and from which we have been absent to come here on to this earth. And that family is happy to see us back, for it recovers one of its children that was thought lost. When we die, there are no intermediate phenomena between our departure and our arrival elsewhere. We find ourselves at once with our spiritual friends. At death, the soul may rise and go away from the body, but what remains, is what is called the life of the body which accompanies the body until we recover it; for, I attest it, our body is of all eternity and we shall resuscitate. (10.9.1901) It is written: "...some will not die without having seen the reign of God return in all its power". In all its power, yes; but not with brilliance. It must be known to whom this has been said. This has been said to the detached beings, beings who, having no ties on this earth, had to pass to the other side without noticing that they were leaving this one.(27.1.1897) - But this side and the other side, is it not always the same side - Yes, but with veils that separate. Man has no right to have his body burnt when he has died. What the earth has loaned us must return to the earth; it belongs to the earth to transform the corpse as it pleases. Two meters of earth are sufficient to purify the emanations of the corpse. If one is burnt accidentally, that is something else. The earth will lend a body to those who need one, but those who have themselves burnt will wait for a long time before they can return. A grain of wheat returns immediately, whereas a burnt grain will be able to return only after an immense time. (October 1904) Peace on the Dead Do not live with the dead; do not always talk about the dead, for they are absent people who cannot defend themselves. (b.12.1902)
Never remind yourself of the wrong a dead person may have said or done; you would torture him by bringing to light what has been put into darkness. That is why the Scriptures tell us to leave the dead in peace. (21.1.1895) You work more for Heaven when you correct your faults them when you pray for the dead. (8.12.1902) The living are more in need of prayers than the dead. (9.4.1903) Suicide Death does not break the chains we have on our legs. Death does not free. The man who commits suicide to put an end to his misfortunes deceives himself, for he will have to return to expiate his family and to replace the shortened time. We must not blame him, for we do not know what his suffering was. (21.6.1899) Many suicides are only the fatal punishment for beings who have committed a murder and to whom it is thus given to pay their debt. If we push someone to commit suicide by causing him big worries we shall endure the same punishment. (12.2.1901) REINCARNATION I do not know whether or not you believe in reincarnation. You are free to believe in it. What I do know is that I remember that I have existed, that I have departed and that I have returned, and that I know when I shall depart again. But is there anything else that shows better the Justice of God than that time He gives us to redeem our faults ? And why, without that justice, should one person be happier, mere intelligent or more ill than another ? (27.11.1895) I know that we return, I have given you irrefutable proof that after death everything is not dead. The soul is much older than the body; as a consequence we return to this world to pay our debts, since everything must be paid for. I would very much like somebody here who could prove to me that we do not return. I am telling you that we do return, you can believe me; what I am telling you is the truth. (September 1898) The veritable-resurrection of the flesh and the only one is reincarnation; it explains everything. If you do not believe in reincarnation, it is impossible to explain those two words of Christ: "The seventh generation will not pass before you have paid your debts to the last iota. You shall not pull a hair from your brother's head without it being returned to you". Through plurality of existences, God gives us the time to better ourselves. The good we do spreads to our descendants and also to our ancestors in that the latter are reborn. Whence comes that they benefit from the good deeds done, since it is written that the
grandchildren will pay for the faults of their grandparents. That is why we see children born either with a good constitution, or sick and crippled and having very often extraordinary qualities or deformities. What I am saying here must bother many amongst you, but I am speaking to the elders although they may be the youngest. You would not understand me if I told you that one amongst you may be the father of his grandfather, and yet, if you believe you are the children of God, it is easy to understand. (19.11.1894) Our spirit already has had thousands and thousands of successive existences. The pains, the sufferings we endure are the debts we have contracted in previous lives. We may obtain relief either through prayer or by becoming better; but to obtain remission of our debt, do not count on it, for it is said: "The child shall pay the debts of his grandfather". You will no go to Heaven without having paid all your debts. (22.1.1902) When we have done wrong, it remains behind or beside us. So, as doing wrong forces us to walk the same way again, we meet it again when we pass, made bigger by our first failure and more difficult to overcome. It is said in the Gospel that no one will enter Heaven if he is not born again and if he is not as pure as the newly born child. Of two children, one is a "daredevil", the other one is a good boy. The first one will do many silly things and, in spite of all the reprimands he will incur and the pardons be will request, he will always fall back into his sin until he comes and returns many times to be good. I claim that the newly born child is much guiltier than at the time of his death because during his life he has paid for the debts he was born with. But the Gospel says that we must be as pure as the newly born child because you all believe that the newly born child is pure. Thus the Gospel speaks in the way you believe and so that you can understand. ,(13.2.1897) When a child dies after his christening, it is said that it goes to Heaven. Well ! That is not so. It would be much better for that child to live until he is eighty years old, for he would have the time to suffer, to have worries, tribulations and so he would pay a few of his debts. (2.4.1903) Any being gets out of life purer than he has entered it, whether he has done good or wrong. The child arrives here loaded with a thousand crimes, his life is a purification; good and wrong are useful and he dies, after some time of action, better than he was. There are beings, angels who have not yet been created and who have not fallen but who will fall. Well ! They are less advanced them any man provided that man has had one life. (22.1.1901) Progress occurs in cycles; it reproduces a rising spiral. Man leaves the right path, then, when he has suffered from his pranks, he returns
to his starting point to rise higher. A soul keeps all the light it has acquired during an incarnation until the following incarnation. Only faults, false opinions disappear, for truth or the Light is the bread of the soul; it feeds on it and what it has acquired cannot be taken away from it. (16.5.1897) The advanced spirit may return into a poorly developed body. The mere advanced the spirit, the better it will know what it must do and the more it will have to do.(1.1.1897) We return with the passions that we have not fought. When we return we have the same face as the one we had during the previous incarnation; we can change ourselves only on earth. The personality we have had is important in that, if a being has, during an incarnation, committed a crime on a woman, for example, it will return as a woman and suffer the same outrage and the same crime it has made others suffer earlier. There is therefore a relationship between our successive personalities. We have always the same body in that, when we return, we take on our body again at the point where we had left it; if it was at X, we take it back from X and not from X'. A birth requires a death. There certainly are beings who are considered alive and who are already dead; old men who become childish, for example. Their soul is already occupied somewhere else. There are beings who have not completely left this earth; their faculties only are weakened at the end of their life and they are already reincarnated. So that, when the person does die, his new incarnation is already in adolescence. That is called anticipated incarnation. That is not for everyone; others remain on the other side for a fairly long time. (28.3.1895) There are beings who, by living recklessly, shorten their life. Those are the forced to return in order to complete their lifespan. During a war, a man has his two arms and his two legs blown off. That man is twenty-one years old at the time he is deprived of the use of his limbs and be must live in that state until he is fifty-one years old. But at the age of thirty, be finds his sufferings too heavy and he destroys himself. This is what happens: the time be spends on the other side does not count; as a consequence, he returns here and, as a child, be suffers the same infirmity he had in his previous life and he goes on with it until he is twenty-one in his present life. (8.7.1893) It happens sometimes that ancestors who like their grandchildren very much remain around them; so a mother often accompanies her son and, if he marries if, his wife has a child, unwillingly and insensibly it happens that the mother has reincarnated herself and she comes back as the child of her sons.
It is for having accomplished meritorious works that some persons find themselves back on this earth. (20.2.1895) The soul, that is to say, the most elevated portion of ourselves, the Light itself, knows already five or six years before its incarnation the place where it will dwell and the time it will have to spend on earth. It joins the body slowly. It joins it at its first breath, when it opens its eyes. The union is perfect only after seven, eight or nine years. But the personality, the self, is there well before conception. The clichĂŠ of the house, the room, the material molecules come to join it; that is the cause of decrepitude. When a being comes into the world, his nourishment has been ready for a long time. Everything is measured, counted and Nature has put on to his path everything he will need. (24.2.1902) At the time of birth the veil remains drawn for three or four years. Then it comes down completely. (May 1904) The spirit does not notice its incarnation; it is in a somewhat confused state and it is beside the body for which it has prepared itself for a long tine. Only a veil segregates them; suddenly it is linked to matter. There he is, a child, and he believes he is an adult. Birth is identical with death which is nothing more than an appearance, but it is perhaps more painful. The soul comes without thinking, without knowing. The child exists, unconscious in appearance, but feeling everything spiritually; so the pains it then suffers from being misunderstood and badly looked after are very great. He believes to be great. As the body develops, the spirit gets darker. A being who comes into the world has approximately the intelligence of a twelve year old child; he does not hear, he cannot express himself, because his brain has not yet the strength to give the limbs what they need, but the intellectual functions correspond to these of that age. For that intelligence to manifest itself, we must wait that the spirit be in harmony with the laws of earth, then the being can enjoy his memory to the fullest extent. Does the proverb not say that everything comes in time for those who can wait? That explains why too much work or too much light may cause meningitis in a child. Amongst you, there are a few who, even through selfishness, try to be great for another life by being small this time. They want to be great right now and do not seek future greatness in the ordeals. When we are on the other side, we accept calmly, with joy even, the ordeals to be suffered in a new life; we have no inkling what they are, and we receive them as a present, with pleasure; we can never obtain enough. Then when the time has come to pay, and we realize what we have accepted, then we make a sad face; we complain and wish we had asked for nothing.
You must return to earth until you love your neighbour as yourself. We must always walk. When we arrive on the ether side, we can stay for a certain time to live with our family and according to our ideal. But the best is to shake hands with our friends, then to leave, telling them to come with us. Once you have covered the path, you will not have to pass where you have been before, but it may be that you ask to return in order to help the others. (3.3.1902) Man has within him the soul, the spirit and the material body or calcium. That calcareous body will disappear and we will remain clad with out spirit only, but with the appearance of the complete material shape we have at present. We will then be free to transport ourselves where we wish and even not live materially. But we may ask and obtain again material reincarnation for a certain purpose. For some men Heaven has no importance whatsoever. They return endlessly to push their brethren on to the path. - Are there any persons who can remember the past? - Why tempt God ? He has covered the past, the present and the future with a veil; so, we know nothing and therefore we cannot avoid changes in destiny. God does the right thing by not letting you keep your memory; and if it were within my power to let you remember what you may have done, I would not do it The same applies to knowing the future, for I know very well that, if you could see the future, not one of you would take the path where he must face sufferings, and yet they are necessary to enter Heaven. We do not know our previous lives because then we would also know that such a worry, such a sickness or accident must occur; we would do everything to avoid it and that would be to our detriment. One hundred and forty-three years age, I saw the following: One night, two servants, two brothers, murdered their master, an old man, and their mistress, then they ran away. The murder had been committed in a wood adjacent to the house. One of the two men fled to a foreign country, the other on was caught and was beheaded; that is how he paid his debt. The one who fled has returned, and be has been killed twenty years ago; he left three daughters and two sons, as the two murdered old people had left, and his wife was also killed. So, here is a crime that was paid for in one hundred and twenty years. Often it takes much longer since it is necessary that all the conditions are fulfilled exactly. Hundreds and hundreds of years may elapse. (13.1.1897) The Master explained the cause of his illness to a young man. He said to him: "In 1638, you were a guard with a lord in the vicinity of Saint - Marcellin. A young man, who was very poor, sometimes stole potatoes or turnips for his mother who was sick. Because of this, you
did not like him and your were looking for a chance to catch him. You caught him stealing potatoes; you arrested him and led him before the lord who told you that what be had done was not sufficient to arrest him. When you freed him, the young man made a face at you as he left and, to be sure that made you angry. You had a cudgel and you gave him a vigorous blow on the back. As a result, he had his two legs paralysed for the rest of his life. His mother and he were plunged into the darkest of miseries. God has been merciful on you, you have not suffered hunger, but you became paralysed in the back and two legs". Then, the Master gave his various explanations about his parents, to ensure that he be absolutely sure that what he had told him was the truth, that he have no doubts. (2.7.1896) Another man, in the space of 120 years, committed the crime of cutting off someone's nose and returned to suffer the same fate by being born without a nose; he has had a child without a nose who suffered the same punishment, for the children who are born into those families must expiate pains like this. That is why they happen to be in those families. WORK Redeeming work When God put a man on earth, he told him: "Go and work, progress is infinite". (24.1.1896) We are on earth to work and be used up by worries, adversity. We must leave on earth pride, envy and selfishness. (5.12.1902) God has given us a kingdom which certainly is ours. We therefore work for ourselves, although it is for Him. If you accomplish a cent's worth of work for God, you are paid treble; for; 1) the work remains your acquisition, 2) it was paid double to you, two cents if it worth one cent. Heaven takes one step toward you when you take one towards It. Even though we may have left for work one after the other, we will reach the goal at the same time. Usefulness of action We will not be asked what we have believed, we will be asked what we have done. God wants to be thanked by acts (26.5.1897) Any work is useful on a certain plane. We work more here then on the other side.
For one day we dodge work, we may lose twenty years in the future. By developing our activity, we acquire some knowledge. It is not that we are capable of rejecting the ordeal that presents itself, that is not given to us, but we can modify it. It will come in a different manner, perhaps stronger, but we too will have acquired strength. There are many things to do, but few things to know. What offers itself to be done is exactly what must be done. (1998) Help yourself, Heaven will help you. To help oneself is to do what must be done. Everything must be done as well as possible, thoroughly. We must go without looking behind us, act even though we are convinced of our failure or that whatever we are doing is useless. (12.9.1893) Thanks to the searcher who has worked a lot to discover something and has failed, another person will find very quickly without having done a lot of research. (8.3.1896) Struggle against laziness The only path to reach the goal is to love one's neighbour as oneself. If we cannot do it, it is because we have not worked enough. Use your forces and do not be lazy, otherwise the forces God has given you will be taken away from you. If you back down, it will be twice as difficult for you to advance, and all your efforts will remain fruitless for a very long time. (13.12.1894) What I do know, what I assert, is that we must not be lazy. To go to Heaven, there is only work and, as no one looks for it, Heaven naturally must force us to work. We must suffer, Heaven must send us sufferings since nobody asks for it. (14.11.1894) Do not do unto others what you would not like done to you. It you wish to be in joy, seek for affliction and, if you want peace, look for struggle, for you will not enter Heaven if you are not victorious in everything, Earth is a place for purification and not for expiation. If you want rest, look for work, and later on work will be rest to you. (28.3.1897) Lazy are those who work to acquire wealth in order to live later without working. Inspiration in the profession Whatever our trade, often a thought comes to us in the interest of our work, either to carry it out more quickly, or to execute it mere perfectly. That proves that if we make an efforts God comes to our help by all sorts of means. But we do not realize it and attribute the favors of Providence as if we had done everything ourselves,
whereas we are only the executive agents. It is pride that makes us attribute to ourselves that which does not belong to us. Boundless zeal We are all liars because we all say that we do everything we can and that is not true. It we do no more than what we can, we will never gather strength. True merit consists of doing more than we can. If you admit having worked well during the day, that is proof that you could have done better. (15.11.1897) Employers and labourers - Reciprocal duties We must work even to make our employer wealthy; if we are paid to carry out a job, we must do it conscientiously. (24.5.1903) A man works for his boss. During the latter's absence, he loiters. That man will be a boss only after he has done for his own boss, during his absence more than if he bad been present. Then God will make him boss. Otherwise, he may be a boss but he will not be successful because the time has not yet cone. He could not stay with the other bosses, he would not yet belong to their family. (14.11.1900) Were there no bosses, there would be no labourers. There must be a manager, departmental managers and labourers. We must work for our boss with all our strength. The duty of the foreman is to help the unskilled laborer and pay for the loss he causes, or to inspire the boss concern for that unskilled wretch. The boss must pay the laborer who arrives late for work as if he had been on time in the hope that the laborer will feel ashamed and will return to better feelings. (27.4.1903) A wicked boss is to be pitied, for a time will come when not only will he no longer be boss but even there will be no work for him. (26.2.1902) THE FAMILY Filial love You must promise me to speak to your parents only with the utmost respect and thank Heaven everyday to keep them alive for you. Otherwise, one day you will be an orphan, obliged to owe everything to strangers. (5.12.1902) Celibacy
Celibacy is meaningless for us since we must have a life of sufferings for the mutual advancement of the two sexes. Marriage Earth has lent us a body, therefore we must return it to earth to be free from it; free is not a suitable word but let us accept it for the time being. What I want to say is that, earth having lent us a body, we must return it by contracting marriage, and help the souls to incarnate themselves by having offspring. If we cannot do it by that means, we must adopt one or more abandoned children. In this way, we will return what has been lent to us. We do not marry to be happy. Heaven does not send two angels to marry. When we are at the end of the path, we no longer need to marry, unless we return. We have the wife we deserve; we are free to choose only in appearance. We are deceived if we deserve it; we may love each other for the rest of our life if we deserve it. (31.5.1904) When a girl marries, she marries at the same time all the faults and qualities of her husband, and one day God will ask her to account for them as for her own faults. The same applies to the man. (28.5.1902) We must love very much to be able to keep silent. The more the souls love each other, the shorter their language. The children May we refuse to have children ? â€” No ! â€” But if it is by reason of ill health? Heaven admits no excuses; He who has sent the sickness will well be able to take it away when necessary. And, if you have many chiidren, Heaven also gives you what is necessary, to bring them up. Heaven has put its teachings at the bottom of man's heart since the very beginning and It admits no excuses. (14.11.1900) If you have badâ€”tempered children, do not beat thus to reform them, for blows embitter the character. After having explained to them where their conduct will lead them and having shown them the dangers of the path they are taking, tell them: "Go! And then start by becoming better yourself for by improving yourself, you improve those around you. One day they will return to you what you have done to them. (5.7.1903) Whether a father or a husband, we never have but the children or the spouse, good or bad, that we are meant to have. We must show a good example, try to modify through persuasion, reason, etc., but never act severely through brutal punishment, blows, violence. Between putting up with what is painful to you personally and evil growing into the person, we have confusion of words but opposition of ideas. The first situation must be borne and everything must be done, apart from using brutality, to prevent the evil to grow. (10.1.104) Divorce
Remember that you are united and that this link subsists after death. Never separate, whatever happens. We cannot and must not divorce under any pretext, even under a common agreement, for what is linked on earth is also linked in Heaven. Nothing can break that union. It is possible for the judge to give his approval, but the Master does not give his and, therefore, nothing can be undone. (31.1.1895; 23.5.1897) The laws of God reject divorce and you will have to suffer until you meet the companion from whom you have separated and you have forgiven him or her. (20.7.1893) Another reason for not divorcing is that God has always joined a less wicked being with a more wicked being, so as to make them advance mutually. The self, which is pride only must be trampled. One must always cede to the other. (31.1.1895) SOCIAL LIFE Loneliness does not exist in nature. Man is not made to live alone, but within a society. We must therefore yield to the civic laws; but, believe it well, from the day we love each other and try not to harm our neighbour there will no longer be any need for the rural constable to defend that neighbour; we will need no one to govern us, we will be capable of governing ourselves. (9.7.1894) We owe obedience to the law as to God, for God has permitted the law and has given us a government in relationship with our state. To imperfect men, perfect laws could not be given. (18.2.1902) When a culprit is judged according to civil laws and undergoes punishment, he is exempted from being judged according to the laws of Heaven. Those who judge will be judged when their turn comes. But, above all, what you must not do is to denounce a culprit; the man who accomplishes that meritorious act of not denouncing can be sure of being one day the guardian angel of a culprit for whom he will be able to obtain forgiveness from Heaven, or to have in his family, until the seventh generation, a culprit who will be forgiven through his meritorious act and will therefore escape punishment. (10.1.1894) We will be able to govern ourselves when we have charity and, therefore, we must forget our grievances and not unearth the dead, that is to say, we must not blame someone for the same things for years on end. (27.7.1893) If, having received a slap in the face from a passer-by in the street, we are capable of going to him and embracing him, then the laws of the
country no longer apply to us. WAR The nations have a debt that must be paid just as men do and, belonging to earth, we must also pay off our share of the debts of the nations. We may stay a long time without advancing. But a time comes when we are pushed forward by adversity or illness; then we must advance in spite of ourselves; the hour has come, it is God who wants it. (15.3.1896) What happens when a government falls into a complete apathy? The neighboring nations declare war on it and are sometimes victorious. That is the spur God uses to wake up men when they fall into laziness. So war, while leaving ruin after its passage, has its good side, since it wakes up man and forces him to keep watch over his country. For us, the country we have to watch is our heart. We must defend it against the spirit of evil. If we fall into laziness, evil enters our heart and later on we will have to suffer much to get rid of it. We will fall low, very low, and then our need, perhaps our hunger, will force us to get out of it. (15.3.1896) War in a necessary condition of the human state. If, artificially, borders were suppressed, war would spring up again between families. General peace cannot exist until the day when, after a universal war there will remain a handful of men on earth, 100,000 in Europe, for example. These men, far from making war will then unite, but they will still fight against the animals. War causes blood to be spilled, heads to fall, but what does that matter ? You see heads fall, are you sure of it? And when these heads fall, on another planet there are men who reap the harvest. Don't you remember that I have explained to you that death is frightful only to those who surround the man who must disappear from the circle of mortals; - did you not ask me for proof of what I was saying? Have I not told you that a clichĂŠ presented itself to you and that you, just as an automatic machine, executed the clichĂŠ, that is to say the decrees of God. (12.2.1901) The man who is at war must, every morning, ask God not to offend Him, either willingly or not, and then Heaven will aim his weapons so as to cause no harm. STRUGGLE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE SOUL Self-Knowledge To be able to see within ourselves, we must wait until we have acquired eyes and that understanding has come to us. (18.2.1902)
To know ourselves, let us see first what we charge our neighbor with. (1901) Responsibility Every, meritorious act is, as the rest, marked on our brow, and no one has the right to judge us since God does not judge us. We judge ourselves. (26.2.1894) We have a guard who writes down all our thoughts, all our acts, Everything is written down and, when we die we read everything we have done. (8.11.1894) We are always responsible for we must always think before we accomplish an act. Reflexion must grow within us and so should wisdom. When spirit is united with a body, both are consenting to the acts committed by the man. When you cut something away from a body, the tool itself that you have used is responsible and is punished as such. An youngster who, when he goes by, enjoys himself cutting the flowers with his stick is reprehensible but not only he himself, his stick also will be judged. The work of God must be respected. So, an owner whose land would get shade from a tree on the land of his neighbour, must not have that tree felled for the sun that does not shine on that particular place accomplishes its beneficent work farther on. (13.1.1897) Heaven does not admit ignorance or extenuating circumstances; we are all by ourselves. If we believe we are strong, we are treated as such; we are given the work of a strong man to do. If, on the contrary, we feel our weakness, Heaven has pity on us; it does not weigh us down and It even helps us. But that feeling must be at the bottom of our heart. When a bad deed has been committed and has not been neutralized immediately; amongst the living, seven generations will not go by before the culprit comes back in a new incarnation to annihilate his bad deed. Goodwill In the world, the man who comes late has nothing. God takes goodwill into account, and that is why Heaven gives to the last one as well as to the first one since it is impartial (21.5.1901) The Intention Intentions only count; he, who wishes to be thanked or congratulated, has already received his reward.
Good cannot revert to evil in the true meaning; but it may sometimes, in the material facts, have the appearance of evil. (19.2.1894) It is intention that makes either good or evil. Do not delve into this, you would only be more responsible. (21.4.1903). If you do wrong thinking that you are doing good, you are judged less severely than if you do wrong knowingly. If sometimes I reproach you with something in the presence of a few persons, be convinced that that at the time of judgement, for no one has ever been judged yet, you will not be blamed a second time. (21.11.1894) Temptation Do not elude temptations, otherwise they accumulate into a given place and weigh us down all the more heavily that we have no training in resisting them. Temptation presents itself three tines. We may resist first time; then it returns a second time, then a third time stronger than the first two times, and if we resist it that third time it will not return, it is over. We are tested only according to our strengths that is to say, according to what we can bear. (12.9.1894) The demon uses any means to keep us to him, that is to say within his dwelling. He uses the invisible beings as well as the visible beings. If someone comes to see us, sometimes without knowing why, we tell him our pains and that person gives us the means to get free of our worries by harming our brother or even our enemy. That person gives us bad advice, he is in the dwelling of the demon; it is he who has sent that person to tempt us. Every being has a being proportionate to his degree of advancement to tempt him and when we are too hardened, a demon comes to tell us: "Let us see, you and me, perform such a miracle!" And you answer: "No, I cannot do it". Because, no matter how strong you are, you must do nothing for the looker-on. Then he replies to you: "Well! I shall give you what you require to do it". And he proves to you that he can do it. That is the great temptation that goes on increasing and that you must resist. Heaven will not take temptations into account, you will be judged on your words, your acts, your intentions. (22.1.1902) Human Judgments The paths traced by Nature are many and varied; they must all be followed by different beings, the unpleasant parts as well as the beautiful ones. Therefore, judge no one.
If the creature is not perfect, it is because God has willed it that way. It has been said: "You shall not judge the Lord your Master". To judge a creature is to Judge the Lord. (18.2.1902) We do not know ourselves, how could we wish to judge the others. We must know ourselves before trying to know the others. When we know ourselves, we no longer wish to judge the others. We have no right to say that somebody is mad. (8.1.1895) It you do not judge the others, you do not expose yourself to doing like them. If a young man makes a mistake and asks for your help, and it you judge him and refuse it, the same mistake must be committed by your grandchildren. But if, although you continue to ill judge him in your innermost thought, you do not take it into account and help him as you would help one of your brothers, it will be taken into account as if you helped that brother without judging him. We ask to grow and if, in growing, we make no effort to drive away the 'evil 'within as, it grows also and that is why, when we see a great culprit and we say: "He is a great culprit", we are judging him and we shall go to Heaven only when we have passed through the same stage, when people will have said that same thing of us. He deserves pity rather than blame. (14.3.1895) Slander We must not commit slander, that off offends God, for our neighbour has himself, as we have within as, a spark of God; on the contrary, we must endeavor to bring back into the right path those who lag behind. (29.1.1995) Sometimes, when we are with certain people, we feel something around us that embarrasses and oppresses us; this often stems from the fact that these people have just spoken ill of their neighbour or have let someone else speak ill without taking his defense, whence the feeling of uneasiness. You must never cast a stone at anyone, for whatever reason. (18.6.1888) He who casts a stone at someone, casts it to himself. He would be better to take a dagger to do wrong than to use one's tongue. (20.3.1901) We can speak ill only if the person concerned is present; but, as we are brave enough, we will not do it.(4.1.1895) The words go towards those they concern and act upon them. The human word has a great power. But, at the same time, the life of the words tends to return to these who have spoken them and to whom they are attracted. So, a word spoken about someone acts upon him and creates a
link with him. That shows how the co-operation of two persons and of the intermediaries is necessary to repair the evil which has been committed. For example, when we say that a man is a miser, we step on to his path. All the beings are more or less intelligent; a person who does not understand well, speaks ill of the others, that person is similar to a half-mute. (22.11.1900) What we have done will be returned unto us, hair for hair. If you think ill of your neighbour, you create an obstacle for yourself and if you, express your thoughts to someone, you will only make the obstacle grow. Be a well for the others' faults. Start little by little not to speak about absent persons; there will come a time when you will no longer have the opportunity and when you will no longer judge anyone because your will know what sin is. (14.8.1903) In truth, I am telling you: "If you make an effort not to speak ill of your brother, Heaven will refuse you nothing". Indulgence Indulgence is a gift God has made to the soul. It is a weapon to fight with; but we use it only against ourselves since we are indulgent only to ourselves. (10.5.1893) It we understood well that he, who does not bear our name, is our brother, we would be less wicked and more indulgent to him. (14.11.1894) Indulgence is a feeling that cannot be shared. It we have it for ourselves, we cannot have it for the others. We must be thoroughly indulgent for the others' faults and not at all for ours (24.7.1903) That is why the Gospel tells us: "You can see a straw in your brother's eye and you cannot see a beam in your own. He who says his brother is stupid is stupid himself for, were he not stupid, how would he know that his brother is stupid ? We must never judge if we do not want to be judged ourselves. He, who judges, will be judged. If someone speaks ill of you and if you complain of it to a friend, you prove by doing so that you would have done exactly the same thing, only you did not have the opportunity. If a friend comes to tell you that your neighbour has spoken ill of you, instead of asking him: "Ah ! What did he say?", which is wrong, answer that person: "Well! Tell him to come and repeat it in your presence". (8.11.1893) Attachment to Earthly Wealth
When the Father sent us here, He put within us the taste to acquire; that is where the seven capital also come from. (21.1.1901) We have the illusion that something belongs to us whereas nothing does belong to us. Everything belongs to God. Why therefore retain anything for ourselves ? No one is the owner of anything; anyway, matter does not exist by itself. We are not even the owners of our clothes. Everything has been lent to us. (22.11.1900) You consider wealth as a great asset and often God gives it to us as an ordeal only.(22.5.1902) It is written that the rich will have more difficulty to enter Heaven than a camel would have to pass through the hole of a needle. That is true; but you must well understand "rich" in the sense of a miser; of a man who loves gold. For it is also written: "The heart remains there where it is attached to; he who has a god that is gold does not go into the Kingdom of God. The man who makes gold his god and kneels before his safe breaks a commandment of the Old Testament: You will worship one God only. For that command is not related to the idols or to worship of the pageant divinities; it means that we cannot love God and gold at the same. There where your heart is attached, you will remain attached. The Gospel says: Do not attach year heart to the earth. Here is a comparison which may apply to everything: A rich land owner has immense properties, he has several farmers. He goes to see the one who has the most land and who gives very little to the owner. He has some farmer with less land and who give almost as much as the first one. At the first one's place, the owner being alone and seeing beautiful pears, says:" I am alone, I'll take one'. He takes it and eats it. From that moment his heart is attached to the earth, since, he has hidden to take that pear. (8.1.1895) "The meek shall inherit the kingdom of God". Do not put your wealth into a safe; but use it to help men, children live and, if possible. animals; dogs; cats, birds. When our parents die and leave us a fortune to enjoy we can use it for the benefit of our heirs. However, we must not frustrate the "octopus" (Taxation Department) and if, for example, we give from hand to hand, we do frustrate the octopus. Those who held their fortune inherited from another family must, when they die, make another family benefit from it. (29.1.1902) We have seen the following words in the Scriptures: "That he, who loves me, leave his father, his mother, his sisters, and husband his wife, to follow me". Do you understand what that means? Certainly not to take refuge in convents and spend one's life there (it is not that I want to say anything against convents, they exist, they must be respected), but for example: A father dies and leaves his patrimony to be shared between his two brothers; each of them would like to get his
half quickly. Well! If one of them wants to have more than his share, the other must give it to him, and even more, until he has nothing. Sure, his family will call him a fool; later on his children will curse him for having deprived them of it; that does not matter, that is how he can follow me by leaving his beloved ones and, as nothing is ever lost, the wealth given away, will be returned to the children of the one who has disposed of it. (7.11.1893) I am very hungry, here is a being who is not hungry but who would like to have my meal; I must give it to him; he will not be grateful for it, but does it matter? It will be as an example for that soul; and yet, how could that soul be ungrateful since it is a gleam of God? Perhaps God has given me that meal just for me to give it away. Then when we have destroyed that cupidity, that self which is within us, and we are convinced that we are all interdependent, then we can go to Heaven, and find ourselves so well there that we may not want to stay. At the cost of even greater ordeals than the previous ones, we may want to advance again. (May 1895) Jealousy When something pleasant happens to your neighbor, you would like to be in his stead. You must not be jealous, for jealousy does not enter Heaven (2.1.1894) When the spirits around you are jealous, then jealousy is within you. Kleptomania Kleptomaniacs are people whose molecules have taken the habit of stealing, for God wants us to persevere in evil as in good. They have not been capable of resisting their sins, they have not fought them. Heaven will stop them, for evil does not enter Heaven. Lie The spirit can talk to the liar and to those who do not seek the truth. The spirit will tell them the truth, but they will not be able to grasp it, for they will understand lies only. Therefore, we must never lie for any reason whatsoever. Later on, lies prevent us to grasp the truth. He, who says he is frank, is a babbler. (23.4.1902) Promises Promise only what you can keep. When we promise something, we must do it. To say, when we promise: If Heaven permits it. Then if Heaven does not want that thing to happen, an event occurs suddenly; but apart from that, I can see nothing that might prevent us from keeping our promise. (October 1904)
Anger Anger debases man, lowers him and puts him into the ranks of the inferior beings. Therefore do not debase yourself, otherwise you will be with the debased beings. (10.6.1903) What forces us to flare up is pride, for we believe that everything we say is true, that we only see the truth. If, in this world, we strive to master our anger, we do well. When we will be with beings for whom we have a dislike, how, will we master ourselves ? (29.1.1902) We must avoid flaring up, we must master ourselves because there are beings around us that we do not see and who judge us. (7.1.1903) Drunkenness Drunkenness is a form of greediness. People given to drink, alcohol, commit a homicide. These people are punished as such. God has given us a body, we most take care of it and not deteriorate it by our greediness or any other fault (20.7.1903) The drunkard who does nothing to mend his ways and who, little by little, descends the ladder to the degree of being a mere brute believes, in that state, that the world belongs to him, that he has the right to do anything. Often, he beats his wife and his children if they reproach him for it. Believe it well, and it is with that fault as with all the others, that if that drunkard makes no effort to mend his ways a time will come when God will put order to it. (27.11.1894) Curiosity. Curiosity is not permitted; if man casts his eyes on something he must not see, it would be better for him to pull out his own eyes. (4.2.1902) If we wish to see and understand, let not our eyes see what they must not see and our ears hear what they must not hear (19.11.1894) The man who tries to hear what does not concern him, who in a conversation tries to understand something in order to take advantage of it, who listens behind a door to hear what is being said, that man will become deaf. In truth, I am telling you, I know no man on earth capable of curing him. The same will apply to these who try to see what they must not see. (7.8.1900) You must never try to pry into the life, the past or the relations of someone. We must never try to see or to know what is hidden from us, for at that game our eyes get burnt, we attract misfortunes on ourselves, and our family and, then we wonder what on earth we may have done to deserve adversity. Struggle against Faults
We can get rid of a fault only by submitting to its consequences (26.4.1903) When a man feels within him the Seven capital sins and fights them all stubbornly in order to choke them, there comes a time when that bad seed absolutely wants to lift the earth that covers it; the man in question manages to vanquish. Do you know what God gives as his reward ? Well ! To go through the same punishment as if he had committed all these faults. - But then it is for the others that this man bears the struggle? - Yes. Shadow and Light We must do nothing that may not be brought into broad daylight. You can be assured that when during this life, you try to hide something from your brothers, that thing, after death, will be the first thing that your brethren will know. Is it not said that what put into darkness, to remove it from light will have to be brought back into light? (21.11.1894) Evil must never be done in the shadow, it must be done in broad light; for if we do evil in the shadow and if one day we find ourselves in the light, we will have to leave the light to fetch what we have put into the darkness. (8.11.1894) If you do any action in darkness which must be done in light, you will have to fetch that action in the darkness to bring it into the light, for anything that is done in the light cannot be darkness. (22.11.1900) When, after having committed a wrong, we feel within ourselves something like a blame, a feeling of embarrassment, anxiety, it is the spirit looking for truth or rather for the light that penetrates the darkness and, if there is any resistance, there is suffering. Thought In the heart is thought, in the brain the reflexion of thought. Thought is distinct from reason; thought is a direct penetration into the light. Everything is nature is linked. All our thoughts have repercussions which go to the beings of whom we are thinking, whatever the distance, in good as is evil. From there come our joys or a feeling of weariness that we cannot explain. When thought goes somewhere, it leaves a track along its way. The smallest of our thoughts is marked and it is given to a few of God's children to know them. (10.9.1893) We must fight our thoughts, if bad thoughts come to us about someone,
we must not delve into them complacently. (6.3.1902) When a bad thought assails our brain, let us make an effort to choke it, to prevent it from developing. We do not know or at least it is impossible to know how far that thought may travel if we let that bad seed germinate in our heart. God takes into account the goodwill we show in doing well. God forbids us from trying to penetrate the thought of our neighbour because of our subversive nature which has a tendency towards evil rather than good. He has wanted us to be able to communicate our thoughts, but direct knowledge other people's thoughts will not be given to us until we are able to use this to do good. With time, man will manage to know the thoughts of his fellow humans and even to correspond with spirits loftier than his own, which is rather difficult. (10.5.1896) Words Nothing belongs to human creation; language and the rest, existed in principle and was created at the same time as the rest; the human word is of the same order as music; some beings speak only by singing. Since the words coming out of our mouth have life, we must not say useless words, for they are counted. (13.2.1897) Man is responsible for his words, even though he may not know what he is saying, and later on these useless words become and obstacle to him. (11.2.1902) Useless words engender distractions when later, we want to be attentive. We can teach only what we know. We are responsible even for the time we cause others to waste by listening to us. Of old, men were firmer in their words. They kept their promises and a word from them was good as the thing done. It was better, but they were also more selfish. Today, man have a greater sentiment of fraternity; they differ in the light they receive but, in return, they are less reliable. Writings Our ideas have something that is alive, and all the useless ideas later become fetters (29.1.1902) The responsibility of our writings remains as long as they last. Those who, when they write books, have done wrong and have sinned against the Spirit will be punished. But even the printer, even the paper merchant, even the characters which have been used to print these books will be punished, because at the Supreme Tribunal
ignorance is not an excuse. If those beings had prayed that no unconscious evil come out of them, they would not have been used to do that work and they would thus have avoided the fault and its punishment. When we read books, no matter how learned they are, we draw from them at the same time the true and the false, and we progress simultaneously in one as in the other; everything develops; but as good finally always wins it remains alone. The good writings are those that teach patience. Secrets Secret societies are worth nothing. They have never brought about anything good except to their members. They all tend to despotism. That must not be. We are all brethren, we must help each other and have no secrets, everything must come into the light. We must have no preference. (23.4.1902) The Secret of Useful Discoveries If Heaven puts a secret into your possession, you have the right to use it for the good of others even though, the possessor, living, would have liked to sell it to you at a very high price. There must be no secrets. A man who finds something and keeps it to himself commits a wrong and nature punishes him. The only secrets must be the faults of our neighbors, for which our heart must be a tomb. The Half- Hearted We must not live away from the world, withdraw from it so as not to sin. If you had a field, would you cover it with sand and ashes so that nothing can grow and you do not have to pull out the weeds? No: Heaven forbids it; what Heaven wants, on the contrary, is that we put sandals on our feet, that we pick up a stick if we are weak or a sword if we are strong, and that we walk on. But let us rather pick up a sword: Ah! When I say that, I feel myself completely a-quiver. We must face temptation and not be halt-hearted. (11.2.1902) Someone who is half-hearted is a being who does neither wrong nor good. (2.11.1902) Imagine two men, one of which almost completely withdraws from the world and says: "Ah ! I am alone; all I have to do is to live quietly without hurting anyone without bothering about anything". The other one is in the struggle of life where he must choose between good and evil. He thinks he is doing good and he sometimes does wrong. Which of these this men is in the truth ? The last one; because the other one is stationary. Also, being half hearted, he is repudiated by
Heaven and by Hell. (10.4.1895) Man comes into the world with good and evil; it is his prerogative to choose which side he wishes to go to. But, is any case, it is better that he go to evil than remain what the Scriptures call half-hearted, because in that case he will be rejected by Heaven as being useless. On the other hand, if he goes towards evil, he will do a lot of evil; will become strong, which will he a great help to him when he returns to good. For he will have to return; God not bargaining ever the time required, he will have more energy to carry out his task. (20.3.1895). Heaven loves the wicked because he works; he too will pay. Certainly, better to be good, but it is better to be wicked them half-hearted. You must first fight God, then be vanquished. Then you will become a soldier and fight for Him, then chief and free of your acts; then you will have the right to rest, but in general we return to fight. A half materialistic and half-idealistic person is like a plant living in a hothouse; put into the earth, it will wither, that is to say that the flesh will always have the upper hand; moralizing has nothing to do with it. (23.3.1895) The philosophers, in the usual sense of the word, are men who withdraw into themselves, who live away from the world and who build for themselves and on their property castles and systems. They do not hurt anyone, not for the time being at least; they do nothing good, they do not know charity and they judge, they sometimes leave books which are bad to these who read them. These are the half-hearted the Scriptures talk about and who go through without acting. The man who has no enemies is only half-hearted in that he has never done any good, because if he had done any good he would have reaped, as usual, ingratitude only, which should not worry us. (25.3.1895) If good actions did not cause us worries, they would be useless. To be happy ! Yes, I know, everyone wants to be happy. But to be happy we must ask for adversity and never complain. So, when you pray and say: "Let your will be done", you say what you do not think, for the will of God is that we have ordeals. (8.1.1004) It was written well before creation: Look for adversity if you want happiness, struggle if you want quiet. (29.1.1894) Hell We may progress in evil as we may in good, that is to say come down instead of fighting to rise, but no being stays forever in darkness, in what you call hell. Hell is here on this earth; as a consequence, we should suffer unceasingly. If we have a few good times, we must thank God and,
during these times, we are in the terrestrial paradise. (18.11.1896) The Book of Life Each meritorious act is, as the rest, marked on our brow and no one has the right to judge us, since God himself does not judge. Do you not believe that we have come to live and to die. I do not mean that we will always live on this earth, but these who believe in God are marked in the Book of Life. (26.2.1894) When we believe that our name is inscribed in Heaven, there are chances that it is not. And yet, we may feel that within ourselves, when we are very humble. (10.5.1904) The persons who being in a certain place, believe they have already been there before, are beings who are marked in the Book of Life. They must not lose their light. It is their spirit which has seen the path that they must follow and it has remembered it. The book of Life is closed, but if someone does good, I will open it to put his name. (7.8.1900) Man is nothing by himself until be has acquired freedom. (13.1.1897) Then he can command his body and command the whole universe. He is placed to the right of Christ, at the head of a dwelling, and he can do what he wants but he only does the will of the Father. What the free man does is not written, that is why he can write in the Book of Life. THE SELF Self Respect As long as you say: you are you, but I am I, you have a long way to go. (17.11.1900) Self-respect must be trampled; those who have not been ridiculed cannot go to Heaven. (1901) The more self-respect we have, the more we suffer, for self-respect is nothing but pride. (9.6.1895) Pride Pride consists of making oneself greater, or believing that one is taller than one's brother, of looking at him over one's shoulder; as we commonly say; and yet, do we not all have the same father who is God, are we not all his children? God is just, He has created us all equal. And is it not said in the Gospel: the first will be the last and the last will be the first ? (1895)
We are in the dwelling of pride, and we must outwit the caretaker to be able to get out of it; we are the ones who went astray. Man is full of pride, he lets his pride grow. He is like a tree whose branches dry out, fall and mix with the healthy branches, and it grows thicker and dries up more and more, becomes confused, and the light can no longer pass through, and only pride remains (14.11.1900) Pride is man himself. It is everywhere in the organism, we cannot rid ourselves if it, for we ought to change completely; also, Heaven asks only that we make efforts and that we love our neighbour. (6.3.1902) To love our neighbour is not so difficult; it would be sufficient to make an effort to want it; effort is what is missing, and what paralyses it is pride. (26.12.1893) Pride is the source of all our troubles; it forces us to think of ourselves before thinking of our brothers. That is what we call the self, our self. Well, if we wish to go to Heaven, we will have to leave our self. In effect, is our brother not more than we are? If we had something that our brother would fancy, or if he had nothing, we must give it to him. Whether it is we or our brother who possesses, is it not the same thing? We must give to him who asks. When we shall think of our brother before thinking of ourself, we will be on the path to Heaven. (1895) We are yet in the embryonic state, that is why we should not be so vain. (17.5.1897) We must take pride in nothing. When we live in pride, we can only advance little whatever we do; we walk on a horizontal or descending line. Selfishness is the root of all vices; pride is one of its branches. When pride grows, there comes a time where man becomes stupid. (18.2.1902). We rise and we come down, that is to say we are carried along by pride that makes us greater, makes as very hard, and makes us fall very low, if God does not stop as. (27.12.1894) If you are too proud, your guardian angels go away from you; you are strong enough to do without them. (19.1.1897) Heaven leaves us to ourselves if we believe in our strength, and pride kills. (11.2.1901) Pride decreases when we decrease in the world, it grows when we grow; hence the necessity for the proud to go down and the danger of pride for those who are growing. We must never say "I shall sin more". There are beings who, after having served God for a long time, having deserved to become the head of a great army, are invaded with pride,
become traitors, change masters and fight God. But those will be taken back one day. Their power is great but not absolute. They do not know what the soul is. These who were told what the soul is no longer desert. To manage fighting the pride that is within us, we must be able to abandon, forget our self, that the word "self" be suppressed. The word "self" hinders us, it prevents us from doing good, because we say: If I give everything I have what will I do then? I would certainly give this but not everything I have. (19.11.1894) We can all become children of Heaven; therefore Heaven asks of us that we trample our pride. Who possesses charity has no pride. (30.11.1893) With his walking stick, the Master traced a circle on the ground and said: "Do you see that circle ? Well, imagine that all you are is that grain of sand at the edge of the circle. To succeed, you must conquer the whole circle in order to manage to possess the centre. You would like to reach the centre without going through all the ordeals of conquest. I say it again, love your neighbour as yourself; the crux of the matter lies not in only in uprooting pride, you must also make any possible effort to convert it into humility". SELF EFFACEMENT Humility Whatever the mission Heaven entrusts you with, always remain humble. The prophets, the apostles and the disciples of Christ have performed miracles only through the will of God, bat they have not said they did it on their own. (22.4.1902) Remember that, if you can do something, it is not on your own, it is Heaven who gives it to you. Be guarded against pride and selfishness, otherwise you are lost. Remember that you are nothing, that you can do nothing, that you are less than the others. Each time someone flatters you, you must immediately ask God to put an end to it. We do not deserve to be flattered, and complimented even less. (22.4.1902) If we knew that we are not good, Heaven will grant us our requests. (18.2.1902) We would like to know what to do to succeed rapidly. Nothing is simpler: we must remember that man is nothing and that he is everything. The man who believes he knows or that he is something is nothing. (12.2.1902 - April 1903)
It is urgent to think we are nothing, it is very urgent. The moment has come when we must submit to the will of Heaven, give pleasure to our brother and be useful to him. Consciousness of our Weakness When we believe we are something, we can do nothing, for Heaven comes to rescue only the weak who need help and assistance. (24.2.1902) It is written in full in the laws of Heaven: "God stands by the weak". That is why they can achieve more than the strong, because they are backed by God. (20.11.1895) I call strong those who retain their self, who use the word "I": these are the strong, but their power does not extend very far, whereas the weak can do everything, they will grow. Whoever humbles himself will rise (17.11.1895) The man who is great needs no assistance, for he is strong. He must fall, humble himself, and his pride must be crushed. Only the meek will enter Heaven. Be meek if you wish to be strong. How happy I would be if you were as small as I am ! God refuses nothing to the smallest amongst us (15.11.1906) If a farmer going to the market tells his servant to take the ewes to the corral and the latter lets them go where they want and lets them graze in the vineyard for example, what will the farmer do when he returns? If his servant is a child, he will forgive him saying: He will grow and become wise. If he is an adult, he will fire him and if everybody does the same thing, the servant will find a job nowhere. He is condemned. Se let us be happy to be small, very young children, otherwise we would be guilty and condemned. When we shall be small enough, if we find ourselves in the presence of inert matter, a wonderful thing will happen in that we way perceive the inscription that tells us what it is, where it comes from and where it goes and how long it will last. For people as well, a voice will tell us everything they have been, what they are and what they will be. (24.1.1902) PRAYER About two thousand years ago, our Lord Jesus-Christ told those who surrounded him: "Stay awake and pray". Today I shall tell you the same thing; "Stay awake and pray, harvest time is close". (To explain 1 Thessalonians, V:2) â€˘ An apple tree in an orchard is bearing apples; some are riper, others are green, still others are rotten. The ripest should stay and the bad ones should go. But no; the
ripest (I mean the spirits with the deepest religious feelings) say to themselves: We shall go and leave the others. Then the wind rises. Do you think the wind comes by chance ? No. It is necessary. It makes some of the apples fall to the ground. At last the owner comes and what will he pick up ? The ripe apples, for it is said: no one knows his hour. Stay alert and pray. And that must be said three times because we must keep watch over our soul, our mind and our body. It is said that Christ will come like a thief. While on the tree all the apples believe they are good; but those which are ripe first devote themselves to the others because they belong to the family of the owner. When black tries to get hold of you, you must make an effort to overcome it, for black is nothing else but pride, laziness and wickedness. (6.9.1900) It is pride or laziness, the great indulgence we have for ourselves, that prevents us from doing good. We would indeed do good, but we are weary, we shall do it tomorrow. During that time, evil takes possession of our organs, becomes master within us and drives good away. That is why Jesus has said: Stay alert and pray so that the demon does not enter into you. (3.6.1897) When man sees the obstacles multiply themselves around him that means he is left to himself. But let him pray and he will find strength and consolation in prayer. God never forsakes his children. He asks only that we endeavor to become better and He even does not forsake those who refuse to become better. The prayers of man are hearkened and go beyond matter since the Word made itself flesh (27.9.1901), for Christ has come so that we can speak to the Father. (5.3.1902) To pray does not mean to pronounce many words, but it is to sink all the senses into God. You must, first of all, collect all your thoughts in such a way that your whole being, your whole mind, prays with you and knows it. The divine spark must pray within ourselves. We must pray to learn how to pray. A small child is taught his prayer; when he has became an old man, he still remembers that prayer his parents have taught him when be was two or three years old, and that may be the only thing he remembers of his early years. And that prayer, each time the child will say it, will be credited to the parents account (13.12.1894) Anyone who recites the Pater Noster is still on the path, because he shows a gesture of humility to matter, and that humility is necessary for our prayer to be hearkened. We must ask God first of all, then pray to our guardian angel. Do not speak to a spirit, but speak to God.
Pray to God. It does not matter if an old apostle or a saint who is on the other side helps your prayer to arrive, that is not your business. (21.4.1903) Prayer alone cannot help us, but it gives our guardian angel a foothold to lead us. It is necessary that we pray often, before sleep, when we wake up, and finally we must unceasingly raise our soul towards God. (23.2.1895) The longer we go, the frailer we become and the more we must pray because the attacks of the enemy are more numerous. It is useful to pray, not only to relieve our pains, our sufferings, but to ask for strength and courage. Our prayer is not always hearkened, and that is very lucky, for if God heard all our prayers, they would often offend Him. But it is useful to pray, because that keeps us going. If we cease praying, one day we will no longer be able to pray. Let us pray from the depth of our heart, for we have within us insatiable beings who are feeding on prayer. (5.5.1902) If a prayer comes from the bottom of our heart, some beings hear it. It means sunshine to them, for the whole organism. If a bad thought prevents us free praying, that is a scandal to them. (11.2.1902) Prayer raises the soul and we must pray not only for ourselves but for those who cannot pray, for those who are in darkness. (21.11.1894) We must pray for those who do not know how to pray or who cannot pray. It is not necessary to pray for the dead; let us leave them where they are and let us remain where we are. I assure you that by asking for those who cannot do it, by asking to bear their sufferings, you give them the example of bearing in turn the sufferings of their brethren. That is the only means of entering Heaven (20.9.1894) The Lord's Prayer, that comes to us from Heaven through the Son, cannot be said if he, who says it from the bottom of his heart, is not united in intention with Our Lord. It was given for certain beings, to those to whom it was addressed and to encourage them. It is still the prayer of the majority, and that because there are around men beings that we cannot see, who are there and who are induced to think by that word. They are those who lead us into temptation. At the moment we pray and pronounce that sentence, those who were tormenting us as we would tease a child, regain their self-control and say to themselves:" Why should we enjoy ourselves by hurting this little man?" But the true soldier who wants to advance does not say: "Do not lead us into temptation". These words in effect have never been pronounced, but these words have been: "Let us not succumb to temptation". God cannot be the author of our temptations, but He allows Satan to tempt us, in order that we recognize that we are nothing without Him. The temptation we resist is
our best means of work. Prayer is useless if it is not said properly. He, who has put us on earth, knows what we need, and we must ask His assistance only when we are at the end of our tether, whereas we ask Him for assistance, always assistance, even though we miss absolutely nothing. What do you do when you pray ? You ask to have no tribulations, to have everything you need. Well ! Allow me to tell you that I call those prayers laziness and laziness does not enter Heaven. (3.7.1894). What people wish for is not always what is good for them. We say: Let your will be done, but we think: my will first. When praying, we must ask for alleviation of our sufferings only when the burden that has been entrusted to us becomes too heavy. (20.09.1894) If we say: "My Lord, I have many worries, grant me calm and quiet", we will be given courage, the sufferings will feel a little easier, but we are forced to go through them because happiness does not exist on earth, on the contrary, we must fight, fight unceasingly to become greater. (4.6.1896) It is in great adversity, when we believe we are lost, that assistance comes to us; therefore we must never despair, but fight with courage and resignation so as to overcome the small obstacles because greater ones will surge; but then they will be less painful in that we will have more light, hence more strength. (4.2.1895) What makes God not hear one prayer of those who do pray is not that He is far from them but that they are far from Him, for He is everywhere. Pray; but when you do pray, be careful to drive away from you rancor, and when you say: "Forgive our sins as we forgive", commune with yourself, bearing a grudge to no one, because these that you cannot see but who are charge of transmitting your prayer would be shocked. Wash your hands before you pray, not with water and soap, but wash away all impurities and then your prayer will be hearkened; and, if it is not completely hearkened, God, who knows what we need, will give you something else extra. (27.13.1893) To pray well is difficult, that is why we are not always hearkened. To be hearkened, we must; Love our parents, Be the slave of the Father, Submit to His will. Know that we are all the children of the Father, that we are not born from the flesh, nor from the will of man, but that God has sent us. Love our neighbor more than ourselves. Not judge our brother (14.11.1900). We must also take care to improve within us everything we are capable of spilling about our brethren. Then only will Heaven hear our voice.
To enable God to hear your prayer, do not be yourself, do not be proud, be the servant of the servants. If we sometimes ponder on these words, though we may not put them into practice, at the hour of death we shall see someone who will lead us and we will be very happy. (3.12.1890) If you were only half a day without having bad thoughts, bad words, without talking about those who are absent, without judging anyone, the prayer you would then say would be hearkened by Heaven. I have often said: "It is better not to pray at all than to pray badly", for if you pray after having hurt someone and if you say: "I love my neighbour", you lie and lies are strictly forbidden by the law of Heaven. But pray, even though you may not be heard, when you have just flared up in anger or committed another sin, for by prayer you improve the evil you have just committed. All your bad thoughts, all your useless words will be as many obstacles you will find on the path to heaven. (14.4.1903) For a prayer to be heard, it must come from the bottom of the heart. Therefore, we must have suffered, for suffering elevates the soul. We must not dodge suffering, we must submit to the will of Him who sends us and love our neighbour (8.1.1895;6.3.1902) SUFFERING Necessity of Suffering When we say: Give us today our daily bread, that means: Father, give us the bread of the soul, which is suffering. Suffering is the nourishment of the soul just as wheat is the nourishment of the body. If we feed ourselves, it is to live that we do so, and the life of the soul is communion with Our Lord. How to commune with Him ? By giving up for our brethren a part of our happiness, just as Christ has given his life to make us participate in eternal life, until the smallest amongst us has reached the Kingdom of Heaven, in which suffering is transmuted into divine Joy. Material interests must not be taken into account in the Pater, since God provides for all our material needs. Does the little bird who does not say the Pater not also receives its life ?(7.1.1903) Heaven grants us the bread of the soul, even it we do not ask for it. There are several kinds of suffering. Some people suffer in expiation for themselves, others for their family, others on a mission, for their brethren. (31.7.1893) Everyone has just the quantity of suffering he can bear. When a suffering occurs, it is a sign that Heaven does not forget us. But, when we suffer too much, it is our duty to obtain relief in order to live as long as possible so as to suffer as long as possible. (5.11.1889)
When suffering reaches a paroxysm, it no longer' exists. The Inquisitors did not know that. We are on the path of suffering. We must suffer physically and morally: Is it not written : Blessed is he who weeps, and he will be consoled? Blessed are those who weep; but we do not like to weep. "He who eats my flesh and who drinks my blood, will live eternally". No one can go to Heaven without undergoing the sufferings of Christ and loving his neighbor as himself. We advance only through suffering and not by thought and reason. If we wanted to build a temple in a field, we would have to plough that field, and if that field could talk to us, it would say: " You are hurting me when working me". God has entrusted us with good and evil; it is up to us to make good triumph. As for sickness and tribulations, they are absolutely necessary to matter They alone make us advance (2.10.1905) Must we not go through all the sufferings to understand those of our brethren and have compassion for them ? (10.4.1895) What does suffering matter to us ? While we do suffer, others do not. Therefore we must advance and those for whom we are suffering also advance. There are, as you know, several beings within us. As soon as one of these beings leaves, harmony is disrupted and suffering appears. To compensate for this absent being, we should be sent a guardian and quiet would return. But then there would be no suffering and we would not advance. (May 1895) If we knew why we suffer, if we knew the aim of our sufferings, what we can expect as a reward for all our efforts, we would be so happy that we would no longer feel our sufferings; suffering would no longer be. (21.11.1894) Physical sufferings make the soul advance and understand others sufferings. To make a good soldier, you must go into action, to understand the suffering of your brother, you must feel it yourself. Are we not condemned to forced labor forever ? And how many sufferings must be endured to cleanse the soul and the body, for the body also needs to be purified. (26.12.1893) The body must be burnt fiber by fiber, cleansed by fire, for the soul to be able to take with it the souls of these fibers and so make a whole. That is why Christ whose whole body had come into the Light could make himself a body at the moment He wished to do so; what remained in the tomb was only the food He had taken from earth.
What can lead us to perfection is fire. No one here below is perfect. Only fire can purify us. (21.1.1295) There is one thing I can assert you, and that is that since men exist there is not a single man who, on the other side, has not been satisfied at the thought of his past sufferings. The persons who have suffered much, when they go to the other side, will be able to bring relief immediately and, already on this side, a person who has been resigned despite deep suffering can rule over evil and can go near a sick person and say: "I order suffering to go away", and it will go away. (7.1.1894) To rule over the animals, the plants and matter, there is only one way and that is suffering; but to reach this goal, the path is long and the suffering to be borne immense. The Ordeals God has created the wind to lash the tree on the mountain, and the stronger the tree, the more it will be shaken. Wind can overthrow small plants and not throw down an oak; but if it becomes too strong it will throw down the oak also. The same happens with us. Were there no sufferings in the world, how short life would seem to be, and how long it would seem. Matter revolts against misfortune, but the spirit always asks for more. The ordeals we undergo while rebelling against them will not be taken into account. Enrich yourself with what your brethren reject, that is to say with adversity, misery and ordeals. (21.1.1901) No one enters Heaven unless be knows misery throughout, unless be drinks and eats the body and the blood of Jesus, that is to say unless he follows the path of suffering and sorrow. (3.2.1896) If you want to come with me, you must pass many difficult paths, over bridges with rotten little planks, with no right to refuse, not even the right to say that if this plank is rotten; for you must rely on God who tells you to pass and, if you trust Him, you will pass. You must not say that this plank is rotten because you would be insulting its antiquity, and you, you have had to pass there or will have to pass there. If we have no ordeals, we must ask for them, for later they will come stronger: once we are used to the small ones, we will have greater one which we will bear with a little more courage. No one will enter Heaven if he does not know everything if he has not learnt everything
with time and at his expense. (5.11.1889)
ILLNESSES Their Causes To know the causes of illnesses, we should know ourselves, that is to say know where we come from, where we are and where we are going, which we do not know at all at the moment. It is only much later, when our soul will have worked sufficiently, that we will be able to know it. (31.12.1894) Illnesses are not punishments. God does not punish. What we call chastisement or punishment is only a difficulty logically linked with our previous acts. If our soul were not ill, our body would not be ill either.(4.12.1893) Their Duration An illness may last several lives and not have come to an end with the death of the man. Disease must be changed into good. If a patient dies under the doctor's knife, he will return crippled. The disease will remain, but latent (Leg: coxitis; arm: too short or atrophied; kidney: it will grow again deformed or will become deformed, etc.). But if we ask Heaven before the operation and the sick man dies nevertheless, he dies cured, that is to say that when be comes back he will no longer suffer from that illness. (6.2.1904) Sometimes the spirit may ask that the body not be cured, so as to suffer longer. Heredity Sometimes all the children in the same family suffer from the same illness. That is the way to pay debts. The Gospel says indeed that the grandchildren will pay for the debts of the grandparents until the fifth generation and sometimes until the seventh. (16.4.1896) It is a mistake to believe that illnesses are hereditary. What is hereditary is the moral wrong committed by a member of the family, who is obliged to return to pay his debt or expiate his fault. But for that the witnesses of that fault must be present, otherwise forgiveness itself or that fault, would have no value. He, who comes to expiate his sin, obeys an irresistible force, nothing can stop him. Madness Most cases of madness are only cases of possession. I shall give you a comparison. Suppose a house that has just been built; it is empty in
appearance, but in reality spirits dwell in it and if one night around midnight you went there, you might perhaps notice them. Let a tenant then come and settle in that house, if it could speak it would say: "There are continual changes here; the previous inhabitant was much better"; and what will we say of the house? That it is mad. The madman also is sincere and says what he knows.He thinks, feels and sees successively all he says, but he forgets at once and goes on to another subject. We who see nothing of all that, we call that madness. Exorcism He, who wants to exorcise a man possessed of the devil, to cure a being possessed of evil spirits by ordering them to get out, is similar to a soldier who, in the barracks, wants to command his comrades. If he gave an order, they would start laughing, if he insisted, those of his comrades he would order in this way would start attacking him and would give him a ragging, whereas if an officer gave the same order, everything would be executed at once. The same happens in the world of spirits. Divine Medicine Only Heaven can grant relief.All relief obtained by other means will be paid for by either illness, suffering or disorganization. (22.1.1902) To cure ill people, we must have known them for centuries, read their brow and their heart and be able to say: "Go, and your sins are forgiven". Therefore, you must not be frightened of descending, as the roots of a tree do, and you will have one side in Heaven and the other one at the very bottom. Life, Love and Light being within you, you will know everything and you will be able to act as you wish. (24.3.1903) That is the manner we use here (sessions). It is the simplest and the most difficult. I act neither by magnetism nor by spells. I pass before you, you tell me what is wrong with you; at the moment you explain what you feel something supernatural happens within you and, if my soul hears your words, you will be cured at once. (5.7.1896) If you had charity, you would obtain relief and the cure for those who suffer. All you must do is ask God. With confidence and faith you would lift mountains. Have you not read that in the Gospel also? (30.11.1893) To relieve the sick, you must ask God forgiveness for their faults and, at the same time, the soul will be relieved and the body will feel better later. If we had faith we would all relieve each other. (5.11.1889) When we ask for a sick person, Heaven grants in proportion to the assets of the sick person and of the person who does the asking. The sick man will cured or relieved, or be will be given courage to bear
his disease. Heaven could not cure without cleansing, without forgiving and without washing away the sins. (6.2.1904) Illnesses can be cured provided the sick people want it; but often they refuse to recognize that they may have done wrong and will not ask forgiveness. They believe they are pure, perfect, blameless. You will say that those bad thoughts are inspired by those who surround them. Never mind. If they seeked to have good thoughts, they would not have received bad ones. The soul that possesses the Light may by approaching the sick person, relieve him, for disease holds Light in horror and flees temporarily. You can forbid disease to return, that is very simple. It is unnecessary to attempt to know why a sick person has such or such disease; the main thing is to go on loving your fellow humans, that is all God requests. (16.11.1893) A man who would have confidence in God could say to the man who suffers: "That your arm, that your leg be cured", and they would be cured. (12.2.1902) We may practise abstinence in order to relieve someone, but we must do it before and not after Heaven has harkened our request. Veritable abstinence means depriving oneself of our basic essentials to give to those who have nothing. (21.2.1895) A very simple thing, water even, will bring some relief if the intention is there to do so. (5.2.1902) Oblivion is a sort of pardon, the easiest. When one of our organs forgets its aches, that is the beginning of any cure. Be completely unselfish. If you are sick and you ask in your prayers to cured, let it not be to draw a profit out of it or personal satisfaction, but that others may benefit from it (14.4.1903) If you are cured of any illness, it means that your soul is disengaged, it is a great favour that has been granted. You must convince yourself that someone else has taken on the burden. (15.1.1895) Medicines When a man walks, he leaves magnetic effluvium to his right and left, positive on the one side, negative on the other. Each one of them divides itself, attracted as they are by earth, so that the track is marked by two lines of contrary fluid.. That is how the dog, by scent, smells man and follows his track; that is why a dog goes right and left to reconnoitre those tracks. Relief of illnesses through natural magnetism, through fluid that man possesses exists, and it has been known since the earliest times.
To cure sick people, magnetism can bring much help, but we must have excessively clean hands to practice it.(24.3.1903) The magnetizer must know what it is to suffer in body and in spirit; that is why there are persons who have so much magnetic power. (18.7.1897) There is a great number of magnetizers and spiritists who act consciously or not by taking the disease away from one person and giving it to another person; in fact, the disease is as intelligent as you are and, if you talk to it, it will understand you. Some do it because of interest, others because of ignorance. But here, you have seen it, the nature of the disease has been changed by passing through our hands. Our aim was to have magnetizers with hands sufficiently clean and a pure conscience so that, by passing through their hands, the disease does not remain bad but turns into good. You are all capable of relieving pain in each other, even of curing each other through magnetism on the sick parts and by asking God. But to be hearkened, you must bear no grudge against anyone, love your neighbour as yourself, and not rely on your forces which are nothing, but on God. (7.1.1894) When you no longer have pride and when you know that you are nothing, you will obtain through magnetism the same good results on yourself as on the others. (22.1.1902) There are cases where spiritual medicine cannot help; that is in the cases where no task has been performed for Heaven. Then material medicine (homeopathy, allopathy) can still act, for matter always tries to grow and it may have deserved to do so. A doctor has the right to operate someone surgically or to give him some medical treatments only when he obtains from that person the promise of some moral improvement. Otherwise, the sick man and the doctor are both guilty and responsible. If, on the other hand, the doctor acts as explained above, then it is sufficient that he gives his patient some treatment, and be will be cured. A doctor never cures, he is only the instrument of the cure. The fever of a patient must never be stopped too soon because it feeds him and he may remain like this for very long without any danger. When fever is cut short too soon, a sickness may be prevented from breeding out and developing; the patient may die or, often, an organ remains diseased for the rest of his life. (9.6.1895) In the clichĂŠ, fever is a defender of the patient. There are three fighters around the patient: the patient, the spirits of the fever, the doctor. If the doctor is an ordinary doctor who carries out his task materially, the spirits do not see him or they see a servant, a friend of the patient who brings water and bandages; they see nothing wrong in it. If, on the other hand, the doctor conjures the disease to disappear, they see him. And then we may have two cases. Either the doctor will be stronger and he will be obeyed because his title and
his power will be acknowledge, or he will be weaker and will have no claim to conjure. Then will happen what would happen if a cobbler threw himself on a patient with his paring knife in order to drive away the doctors who surround him: he would be arrested. A medicine, to be as effective as possible, must be desired and requested by the sick organ. Doctors believe all they have to do is to write always the some formula. They forget that, within one century, seasons, illnesses, temperature, remedies, terrestrial life, vegetable essences change, in the animals as in the plants. (30.4.1900) Nothing is dead, everything is intelligent. That is what the scientists do not know and what baffles them. So, a scientist discovers the properties of a medicine. He treats his patients with it for five or six mouths, and the patients on whom he has experimented are cured. Then, after that time, the virtue of the remedy fades away. That stems from the fact that Nature likes simplicity and loathes pride. The virtue has disappeared as the greed of the pharmacist or the drug manufacturer rose who, without permission from heaven and for their own glory or their own satisfaction, drew an unreasonable profit from the remedy. (5.2.1902) Remedies - Plants The simple ones, the plants, all have their own action on disease. The plant that must cure is itself in the vicinity of the place where the illness or the accident may occur. Nature always put the remedy beside the disease. So the plants that grow on steep rocks have properties that cure falls or contusions. The plants medically useful are, in the order of their power: wild thyme, absinth, juniperâ€“tree, holly from which a medicine for the stomach can be made, mistletoe which may supply the best anesthetic, and lily at the valley which has a soothing effect. Holly will cure acute congestion, quinsy, stiffness in the limbs, exostosis. It is a very powerful medicine. Of all the other plants, honey contains the quintessence. Honey can be used for all quinsies, but it must not be separated. In general, the plants with a weak, sweet and suave odour are the most active ones. The odour, the perfume is in effect a virtue of the plant that does not remain; and, as a plant cannot have everything, if it has a strong perfume, it has little medical value. Moss in itself contains a vivifying power. Put moss into water, it will become more active. Put some into barren earth, and that earth will, after a while, become capable of feeding a vine. Moss is veritable virgin earth: The moss that comes from the foot of the rocks in particularly active; is fact, it received the rockâ€”dust at formation stage itself, which allows the birth of truly virgin earth.
Tobacco applied, imbibed in alcohol or not, is a remedy against scrofulous ganglionic obstructions. Plants with a rough skin have an action on skin diseases. Plants must be prepared in warm, salted water (maceration in a sealed jar). The vegetal portions must be crushed. The salt (mineral) is in effect more prone to pick up the vegetal and animal principles than alcohol which, being active itself (it must be used externally only), is of vegetal origin. For the preparation of hay-oil, the hay must be put dry (dried in the sun on an inclined plane) into a retort and deprived of air. Dry distillation is then carried out in a long tube (20 meters) ending in a case or incubator, the temperature of which can be adjusted. The fumigations are excellent against skin diseases. Failing this, the essential oil may be used in compresses. The best way of preparing dyes is as follows: the plant must be picked fresh, after sunrise; a light rinse; macerate it for twenty-four hours in cold distilled water. The water must be distilled because then it does not contain salts and absorbs salts easier. The maceration water is put aside. The plant is then treated with boiling distilled water, as a decoction. The decoction water is put aside. If the two waters are then distilled and mixed, the best plant dye is obtained; all the essential oils have been extracted and have filtered through. To filter a solution of vegetal or animal bodies ages it, and it deteriorates more rapidly. To obtain wine and then alcohol without danger: for the consumer, it is sufficient to pick the grapes during the night and let them ferment, then let the substance settle protected from daylight; then distil it without bringing it into natural light in order to make alcohol which has no harmful ingredient or noxious action. A Few Therapeutic Indications There are three useful medications: purgation, vermifuge, sudorific. The latter alone may cure colds. There is in salt used in intravenous injections, in compresses, in drinks, a great medicinal virtue. In an infected body, salt will neutralize and carry away morbid products, calm fever. With linen lint, even new, used as down and oil at 5000, a precious pomade is made against king's evil, scrofula. In milk you must look for lactic acid; lactic acid is a weak acid because combined in it is an ingredient that chemistry has not discovered and which is an alkali. It is that alkali which, once separated, will be powerful against cancers and skin diseases. The
action of this acid must also be tried clinically. The viper has within itself the counterâ€”poison for its bite: it is its fat and its blood. If we had the courage to tear up that viper which has bitten and rub the wound with its fat, there would be no intoxication. The day will come when it will be possible to cure patients by projecting light rays of different colors on to the various parts of the body. So green is the color suitable for hepatic colics. (23.3.1894) When vaccination is required by the law, you must have yourself vaccinated. But, if you want to have your child vaccinated against smallpox because you fear that disease for your child, that is a lack of confidence in God who can protect it if He wants to do so. And if your child catches smallpox, it is because he was marked to have it. Must we not go through all the sufferings to be able to understand those of our brethren and sympathize with them (10.4.1895) COURAGE We are never happy, we always complain. God knows very well what we need; so, He treats us as we are, as very small children. (22.8.1897) God loves us. He would like to see us advance; but we are going so slowly. During one life we progress approximately the thickness of a hair, and even then we must be pushed by adversity that forces us to advance. Without that, we would step back. But God, in His infinite goodness for us, wants us to advance and not lag behind. Beside adversity, there is the courage that helps us to bear what is sent to us and, if we do not feel strong enough, let us ask God and He will give us whatever we need. (14.11.1894) We should never complain when adversity strikes us, for everything has been created by God, and He knows much better than we do what we need; we never have anything that we cannot bear; we would never complain if we knew how much we pain the angel whose duty it is to lead us, when we say: "Oh! That is enough, it is too heavy, I can bear it no longer". (19.11.1894) When you meet an acquaintance if, instead of complaining, you said: "I have had many worries, but now they are all over", you would do him some good for he would say: "If his worries are over, they will also pass for me, they will not last forever". With these words you would have comforted that person. His guardian angel and yours would be happy. We must not listen to ourselves, not give in, we must walk on even though we suffer. Despondency makes us stumble, let it not become a fall. What prevents us from going ahead is pride, selfishness, doubt. For
the time being all we have to do is to endeavor to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. If we could manage it, we would advance with giant steps. PATIENCE We are here only to struggle, without struggles and sufferings we cannot advance. We must endeavor to bear everything with patience and resignation; by acting in this manner, the Master will come to our help. A barren field must be ploughed, and a temple must be built there within three days. (12.2.1895) It is almost as difficult to acquire patience as friendship for our brethren, love for our neighbour. (24.3.1902) It would be easier for us to be patient if we were living alone, but Heaven does not want that and it makes us live with society so that we should know that we are not perfect.(5.3.1902) Watch the next step only, do not embarrass yourself with more distant horizons. You all want to go like lightning and you are not ready; be assured that your head will not go faster than your feet, your feet will not go faster than your ribs, your ribs faster than your hair. If you hasten the blooming of a tree before its time, you spoil it. Let us not go faster than time, let us merely go as fast as it pushes us. (27.5.1897) Even when things come at their right time, they must be paid for. All the more so, we must pay more for them if we want them to come before their time. But, if you let things happen at their time, it is much better. Let us not have the ambition of going quick, let us not promise more than we can keep. (April 1897) If we are impatient, that is the proof that we must work to drive that impatience away from ourselves. SUBMISSION Submission to the law of Heaven is the stumbling block, it is the entrance door. (23.4.1902) God knows what we need. Heaven does not abandon us and if misfortunes weigh us down that is because it is useful. (10.2.1902) The gardener knows what the tree needs better than the tree itself. (April 1897)
Heaven protects us and watches over us. What we need to do well is to submit in everything. (5.3.1893) All those who have brought the word of God have told you that He is just and good; they have forbidden you to judge His works; and you, when you will be just, you will understand that you should not judge his works, for you will find them just. If you are even more just, you will live through Him and for Him. (5.12.1896) Each time adversity strikes us, we go further. Sometimes we say:" God is not just". We commit a great crime, for we are judging Him, who is justice itself, who is our Father, and the fault is ours, only we are guilty. However, our great indulgence prevents us from seeing that the wrong comes from ourselves, that is why we blame our neighbour or even God. (5.7.1896) Sometimes we complain although we are peaceful. How many are not, and what have we done to enjoy even that moment of peace ? Is it not written: "Look for tribulation" ? And the earth which is tormented, sometimes frozen, sometimes hungry or thirsty, does it not give us the example of what life is ? Who, amongst you, would be capable of carrying the burden of one more unfortunate than you are ? Therefore, do not complain and do not judge the unfortunate. You must never stiffen against good. If you want to go towards the Light, towards Him who has sent you on to this earth, you must submit with calm and resignation to any adversity, worry, torment He sends. (13.12.1894) You have worries; if you could understand what worries are, you would not complain, they enlighten life. (2.12.1902) To smile when you are worried is the beginning of the path that leads to faith. Never show your sorrow; hide when you weep, but smile outside. (6.2.1895) It is written in the Gospel: "If you practice abstinence, do not show it so that people could not say: There is a man who practices abstinence". Those words have several meanings: If you have worries, do not show them; if you have sorrow, hide it, always appear happy. When something bothers you and you ask God that the worry be taken away, you do not carry out the will of the Father. You must always entrust yourself to God who will provide for your needs. Carry out the will of God and, in all the worlds where you will go, you will meet acquaintances. Never mind the struggle, since you will be victorious. Often an ardent desire may bring what we are wishing for, but that is acting against the law of Heaven. Even you most desire nothing. (10.5.1896)
The most deserving are those who work to accomplish the will of God. We will no longer have worries when we are capable of submitting to the will of Heaven. To submit, we must be nothing at all. (6.2.1902) THE PATH OF FAITH Fright Fright is a lack of confidence in Him who has sent us into this world. You know very well that Heaven gives us everything we need. Then why are you frightened ? (27.11.1900) You must never be frightened of anything. What are you frightened of? Being wounded, killed, humiliated? What can you be frightened of since no one dies? You must be frightened of nothing. (12.11.1894) To be afraid of nothing, all you must do is surrender yourself. If one wants to devour us, what does that matter ? It may as well be we who are devoured than someone else. (6.3.1902) When we are incapable of running away from danger, danger can no longer do anything to us. (2.12.1902) Fear Everything apprehends the next day. We all fear that tomorrow will not bring us what we need, that goes for man as well as for the plants living at the bottom of the seas. Even those plants wait with impatience that God wills the molecules necessary for their life to go to them. We all fear tomorrow, man as well as the infinitely small. The plants and the minerals fear as we do that tomorrow will not bring them what they need. All of us doubt. (2.7.1896) If we think about life, we realize that we live from day to day; why should we worry about the two days of life we must spend here and that may suddenly be stopped by an illness ? God always sends us what is necessary. Everyday you say: "What shall we do next year? And in ten years' time? And if the bottom fell out of the sky what would become of us?" Why do you think of all that? Some say: "It is because we have no faith" â€“ Yes, and if one amongst you had faith, everything would be possible for him! Making rain in time of drought, stopping the wind that blows and that three hours after having asked it and even at once, if necessary. (20.9.1894) Do you know whether or not you will wake up tomorrow? Then why bother about what you will be doing tomorrow or in ten years' time? What a lack of confidence in God! Have you not seen God protecting you until now? Do you know where you go, or what you want? No! You know nothing, not even what you want; therefore, let God give you what you need. You
need to know nothing. Do God's will. Do not try to know what threatens you, the accidents which nature around you may cause. If God permits that someone suffers, that means that it is good that it happens to him. Heaven does not ask for as much as you think; It is indulgent. God knows very well that He has created us simple and, as we advance gropingly; much will be credited to the man who has believed without knowing anything. (21.11.1894) Promise never to say: "What bad weather we had yesterday !" For we must not insult the weather. We do not know what the weather is. If today or tomorrow could hear how we are speaking of yesterday, that would hurt them. We do not know what we need and the bad weather may be better for us than the good weather for a time. Therefore, let us not Judge. Let us not speak ill of today either, or tomorrow. And above all, let us have confidence in tomorrow. Everything has its reason for being, even rain and drought. If it rains, there are beings who are being born and who live. When there is a drought, other beings are being born. After a drought, you will always see the forests and the plants pick up very quickly. Except the plants man is in charge of, for he has the duty to water them. You have much faith when nothing saddens you; but nothing is left of it as soon as something disturbs your sweet quietude. (21.1.1895) Doubt Heaven must not be tempted. Asking to see a miracle is to tempt Heaven. You ask for something to be convinced, but even if you saw dead people resuscitated you would be impressed for three days, then you would say: "It was a vision", or "That had to happen". Therefore what you are asking to see cannot absolutely "convince you". Everything comes in its own time. (11.3.1902) It is doubt that causes man to fall back into darkness. (20.3.1895) There are beings who are much more advanced than we are and who doubt. God does not hold it against us if we doubt. Some people know from the depth of their heart, others know only in a superficial way and sometimes doubt, others still deny. The first ones go on their own and follow their path, the others are helped along, the last ones have time. Confidence in God You must believe and have faith, and no one believes. The apostles themselves did not believe, since they doubted the miracle of the multiplication of the bread. (24.1.1894) Whom Our Lord healed the sick, sometimes two or three days later the
illness would return, and they returned to see him. He told them: "Oh! People of little faith!" Like them, when Heaven has granted you a cure, you are still frightened that the illness may return. Know it that your lack of faith paralyses all the goodness of Heaven. (5.12.1902) We are ready indeed to promise that we shall do such or such a thing, but when Heaven has granted what we have asked. And yet, if we made the sacrifice before obtaining, it from God, very often what was not to be granted would still be granted, but we do not want to give before having received. That proves how little confidence we have in God. (26.2.1894) When we have confidence, the Almighty puts in our dwelling all we need. (24.9.1903) Confidence can only be acquired and cannot be given. It is not enough to want it to have it, it will come by itself if you do good, if you have no jealousy nor envy of what your brother has. (19.11.1894) To have confidence in God, you must have suffered much, suffered enormously, and then, without even noticing it, confidence is there, whether we ask for it or not, whether we pray or not. (10.6.1894) When we are in deep sorrow, we delve deeply into ourselves, and then also the great confidence comes forth. We will enter Heaven only when we have passed through the regular channels and when we have faith, hope and charity. And we shall have faith only when we are faith itself. Faith - Daughter of Charity We do not have faith, but only the germ of faith. It is a tree that grows in the garden of charity, helped by humility. You all try to have confidence, faith. That is not what you must look for. No matter what you ask for, if you have no charity in your heart, you will not find it. You must sow the seed that is charity and you will reap faith. Charity does not consist of giving away everything you have, it consists in every way of not doing unto others what you would not want to have done unto you. In all your acts, ask yourself if you would want others to do so to you. (28.12.1894) Faith is the fruit of charity. So, I make peace with my enemy! Instead of offering me his hand, he beats me with a stick. If I riposte, I have no faith; but, if I give him what he claims and even more, then I have faith. (13.2.1902) The Power of Faith The most advanced men have had no more power than this: a faith so strong that they knew beforehand that they would be hearkened. Hence they obtained through prayer what they asked for: the cure of an
illness, extinction of a fire. The priest of Ars was one of those men. A man has faith if, when he returns to his room, when he is quiet and he begs God to show him a guardian angel or a spirit, that spirit or that angel comes at once. Then he sees then, he can talk with them. Otherwise, he has no faith. Charity - Love for Fellow Humans Love of God is Love for Fellow Humans. The love of God is within us; that is why we must love our fellow humans and we will love God from the bottom of our heart. (25.9.1903) Do not say that you love God, that is not true. God is before you, amongst you and you do not see him; He is even in your heart, since you have within you a divine spark. How can you love God whom you do not see since you do not love your fellow human whom you know ? Do not say: O my Lord, I love you above all things and my fellow human as myself for your sake".That is not true. When you will love your follow human, you will love God. (1.5.1901) No one loves God if he does not love his fellow human. If someone comes and asks you for a pair of shoes, whatever his appearance, give them to him, give him also a hat, a coat and a pair of trousers, for it may very well be God Himself. (23.4.1902) I have often told you that a single thing is enough for God to listen to you: charity. (10.9.1893) Love for Fellow Humans Whatever the path you choose, you will never get out of that iron circle: Love your fellow human like yourself. (28.12.1894) To love your fellow human, is that impossible to you ? Then act as if you did love him. It is difficult to love your fellow human as yourself, and yet it is easy; love yourself less.(18.6.1894) Do all along what the Gospel recommends to you: practise charity. It consists not only in giving what you have. Prevent the sins of a person from being unveiled, that is charity; put up with those you do not like, that is also charity; render any services, anticipate someone's wishes, that is to be charitable. (14.3.1895) Never ridicule your brother if you wish Heaven to grant you Its favours. (24.2.1902) In order not to be wrong, you must love your fellow human as yourself. You must love him with complete unselfishness. (11.3.1902) Love for your fellow human, to be complete, consists of loving
everybody, your family as well as strangers, without any distinction. We do not know whether that family we believe to be strangers is not ours. (30.4.1895) You must therefore be like Providence for all those who come to you. (31.3.1903) Believe me, when you do some good to someone or you render him a service, it may well seem to the others that you do so, but it is really for you that you do it, for what you have done will be returned to you a hundredfold. (9.12.1895) The strength that comes from God is given to those who practice charity. (13.2.1902) Human Solidarity We are not on earth to be happy; if we do have any happiness, it is because we must make others benefit from it. (3.2.1896) We have a feeling of joy when we help others to bear a burden. (20.2.1902) Do you know why some people devote themselves to others? It is because others have devoted themselves to them before. We cannot be happy as long as one of our brethren is unhappy. We must not enter Heaven without the others. Rest assured of one thing, that you will not be allowed into Heaven before all the latecomers have been brought into the light, as long as one of us still suffers in the darkness. (14.11.1900) No one is allowed to enter Heaven if he does not love his enemy as himself. And if that enemy does not enter Heaven, you will not enter either. (14.11.1900) Brotherly love - The Causes of Dislike We must frequent the most repulsive beings and despise no one. That would offend God, since his breath is in every being. (25.3.1895) I love a thief just as much as I love an honest man, for no one amongst you can cry out: Stop thief! There is no one here who has not done some wrong to someone else, nor is there anybody at all who has never done anything to others. (28.4.1902) It is pride that produces dislike. Two people do not dislike each other to the same degree, it is the inferior being who feels dislike for the superior one. If those people had reached the same degree of moral advancement, there would be no dislike between them. Often, it is matter and not the spirit for which we have an aversion, therefore the superior being must be charitable towards the inferior one.
(18.6.1890) You must overcome aversion and Fight the feeling that estranges you from someone. Do not flee bad society. Help it to become good. (3.3.1902) We must not fear to frequent someone who is more wicked than we are. We often use the proverb: tell me with whom you associate and I shall tell you who you are. That proverb is not very correct for only he, who has the germ of evil in his heart, will become wicked; by being in contact with wicked people, that evil develops. But if the person had no evil in his heart, he would never do wrong. It is better to offer your hand to someone who has falls into a quagmire and help him to get out of it than to give him a kick in order to make him sink deeper. (16.11.1893) Compassion â€” Pity If, at the time of committing a crime, a murderer has just a moment of compassion that stops him, his crime is forgiven and the victim no longer needs to be assassinated. If a six-year old child, born with the germ of crime in his heart, unknowingly did a good deed, for example save a dog, that fact alone would prevent that child from committing a crime. On the point of committing his crime or to strike his victim, dogs belonging to the same race as the one he had saved would throw themselves on to him and he would not even see them. At that moment he would be seized by a sort of terror and he would renounce his crime. In the next life, he will be less inclined to kill; if at that time he chokes that tendency once more, in another life it will not be so strong and finally the third time the tendency will not return. We can see therefore that the least good deed is rewarded a hundredfold. Helpful Goodness It is the duty of the wealthy to give much to the poor and of those who have nothing not to envy the wealthy, for one as well as the other would lack Charity, and no one will enter the kingdom of God if he has no charity. Faith is nothing, hope is nothing without charity. (7.5.1893). We often say: "Oh ! Such a person is good, he has given such an amount when he died, etc." Well ! He has left it because he could not take it with him; it is while he is alive that he should have given it. (7.5.1893) It we are comfortably off, it is superfluous. God has said: "The wealth I give you, you will share it with poverty". You must not be anxious about your next meal, but rather whether your neighbor has something to eat. (12.3.1902)
God has put everything we need beside us for our material life; but let us not waste anything. In the great households, when the servants waste goods under the pretext that the masters are rich enough, they are wrong, for one day they too will be hungry, but they will find nothing to eat. The masters also are punished for not having paid attention to what happened in their house and for not having used the surplus of their needs for charity. We must be at the same time thrifty and generous. (28.5.1902) We must throw nothing away nor let it spoil. If we let fruit rot, we are responsible. We must take only what we can eat, otherwise we must leave it on the tree so that it may become the prey of the birds, for we are responsible for everything we do. (15.6.1895) If God has put food for the birds in your garden and you kill those birds, someone will come who will strip you of everything. We are responsible if we throw away the bread crumbs from our table, if we push a piece of bread from the footpath into the mud. We must place it in such a way that either a bird or a hungry dog may find it clean and tidy. But pride holds us back and prevents us from doing so. You must never push away with your foot a piece of bread. If you see bread amongst the sweepings, it is your duty to pick it up and put it on the next doorstep under pain of being obliged on a day to fetch yours from the sweepings in order to eat. And if someone who knows nothing, seeing you pick it up, laughs at you, another person, more advanced, will think that it is for your pets, another one still more advanced will say: "Ah! There is a man who knows the weight and the value of what he does". (23.12.1896) Enlightened Prodigality - How to recognize light within the heart ? - When there is indulgence; when you will give with an enthusiasm that comes from the heart, to those who ask you, without worrying about what they are. A father has three children. One of them is skilled, intelligent and conducts his business brilliantly, everybody holds him in esteem and envies him. The second one also works, but sometimes he drinks and spends a little money; his brother, his parents and his friends notice it and speak ill of him on that subject. Lastly, the third one is prodigal, everything he earns he gives away, spends it. If someone is in need of something, he will certainly not go to the first one as he would refuse in the interest of his children and his own interest, and would tell the requester: "Do as I do, work" Perhaps he may obtain something from the second one, but that is not sure, for if he has a good impulse, the thought of his family, his beloved ones, will refrain him. But the third one will give everything that is asked and goodâ€“heartedly. Who is the richer ? I can certify that it is the prodigal one, for he has broken the golden calf to sow its particles in a field that belongs to him, where they will germinate and
fructify, but let us make sure of one thing, the prodigal son may be so because he is stupid or because he is weak; that is not the one I am talking about. I am talking about the prodigal man who has the knowledge, who knows what he does, what he gives and why he gives it. Lastly there is another objection to be refuted. The man who asks may not be deserving, but that is not our business; we give for ourselves and not for him; why should we judge and by what right ? The Spontaneous Alm Oh ! I know, we do everything we can at the time it is necessary and we suddenly find out that we could have done more, for charity consists of stripping oneself of everything. If the moment after having carried out a deed of charity a man presents himself who does not make good use of what we give him, we shut our door and refuse him, saying: "Oh! It is not worth it, for what he does with it", then we commit two reprehensible acts one against charity, another one against the commandments of God who forbids that we judge our fellowâ€“humans. (10.6.1897) If someone came to ask us and it we knew that this person needs nothing, we must give him since he asks us; we must give without looking, without worrying whether or not he deserves it; he asks, that must be enough for us. If he does not make good use of what we give him, he takes what belongs to others, for he takes the bread away from a poor man, that is to say from someone else who would be in need and later on he will pass through the same path. (20.3.1895) The beggar who makes bad use of the alms he is given is responsible for the wrong be does to the really poor, and of something else, for which he cannot pay. But the donator is absolved. (21.4.1903) Hidden Charity When you give alms, do it in the shadow and without expecting a reward from Heaven, for if you have that thought, you pay yourself. But give alms with goodness, as a thing due to a brother. (29.3.1003) The right hand must ignore what the left hand gives, that is to say, that if we practice charity it is useless to proclaim it from the housetops. (10.5.1893) Do good, but in such a way that not everyone knows about it. If a farmer sows seeds, he must cover them with earth to make them germinate. (27.4.1893) Good must be accomplished in the shadow. If we work so that our brother knows it, sees it, we are rewarded well enough. (28.3.1895) - What do these words mean: Accumulate treasures by unfair means ? - When someone does a silly thing to us and if we know that person, we could catch him while he is doing us a wrong. But if we let him do it without saying anything to anyone, keeping it for ourselves, that is a
treasure we have acquired with unfair assets. Good must be accomplished in the shadow otherwise it will not be taken into account. (13.4.1898) The good accomplished stealthily and put into the shadow becomes hereditary.(20.2.1895) Good Example We are not effective when speaking; setting a good example is much better. We shall respond to violence with gentleness and, each time we can, we shall try by our advice, and especially by our example, to bring back those who are excited (9.7.1894) If your neighbor is violent and hurts you, let him see that you will not seek revenge, that you forgive him, and so you will disarm him; do what you can to bring him back towards good. (9.6.1895) Let us suppose that we give a dinner. There are many guests invited; amongst them two have not come, they have advised us just before going in to dinner not to wait for them. Their place is set. At that moment, two poor men present themselves and ask for something to eat. To be on the right path, we should invite these two people to dinner, give them the two places which have been left free and say: "It is God who sends you; be welcome". It is possible that some of the guests are not happy about this, but provided we please God, that is everything. Good can be done just by the example. Provided one or two of the guests may turn into account what they have been shown, that is sufficient the others will have time to do so later on, for what they have been shown cannot get lost. There is always someone who benefits by good examples. (9.3.1898) Tell me what is at the bottom of the heart and I shall tell you whether that man must go this way or not. For example; a man finds drunkenness on his way and does not want to drink, either, for fear of what the world will say, or for fear of harming his health, or merely not to set a bad example. Well! In the last case, he will not have to pass that way. Mansuetude (Indulgence) Let us always return geed for evil; let us not hold it against those who hurt us, for they are very unhappy, they do not know what they do and we do not know what we have been. (3.11.1889) If one of our enemies is in need of a service, we must give is to him preferably before anyone else for, if we do a good turn to a friend, it is likely that that friend will be grateful to us, whereas if it is someone who has wronged us, he will be surprised that we do him a good turn because, as he has wronged us, he does not count on us; as a consequence, that is the only means of bringing him back to good.
If we are attacked in the street, we must protect ourselves, ward off the blows, we must never strike or kill. He, who has never deserved it, will never be attacked. If your neighbor infringes upon your boundary, do not summon him before the tribunals. Heaven will certainly be able to compensate you for it and make your land yield the difference of the lost harvest. He, who starts a court-case against one of his brothers and wins it, bears from that moment on the mark of the Beast, for he has given the Beast to eat, he has fed it. The same applies to all those who have been a witness for him. And if that man later on walks past the house of the man who has lost the court窶田ase and says: "I have won", and goes on boasting about it, Oh! I can promise you that he will not go to Heaven until he has passed through the same circumstances. (5.12.1894) It someone steals something from you, gave him much more than what he has taken from you. It someone wrongs you, forgive him and I affirm to you that God will give you through the door what has gone out through the window. (8.11.1894) A thief enters your house and you catch him taking something away. Instead of handing him over to the police, you tell him: "My friend, that object is yours, take it away", that man will be struck by your attitude and perhaps he will convert. Were there only one chance in a hundred that he converts or that one thief out of a hundred thieves improves, such an attitude would still be justified. Marauders must neither be killed nor punished. We have no right to kill a hare that eats our cabbages, a bird that eats our wheat, a thief who takes our grapes. Perhaps God wanted it that those grapes be useful to that man and that that wheat be for those birds. We can kill them, but our day will come when we no longer have either cabbages or wheat. If an employee steals and his foreman or his manager notice the theft he has committed to the detriment of the firm, he must call his employee and once alone with him must point out that he has taken something, then he must put into the till the value of the stolen object. If the employee continues, each time he must call him up and put the amount until the employee amends. (14.11.1900) Forgiveness of Offenses No one will be allowed into Heaven if he has not been forgiven by those he has offended and, I attest it before God, no one will meet on his way one of those who have the power of undoing what has been done unless he has shed many tears, unless he has repented. To reach the other side, a sieve, if I may use that expression, is necessary. The same applies when coming to this side, but on leaving the other side, we cannot always bring to this side everything we would want to bring. But I swear to you that, to go from this world into the other world, we must leave everything behind and only the good we have done we can
take with us. (30.11.1893) I assert that absolution is valid only when the person you have offended has forgiven you; if a man, alone with a child, told that child: "You are a liar", it would be an insult if it were true; but, if it were not true, he would have to obtain that child's forgiveness to be allowed into Heaven, as well as the witnesses' forgiveness. But there are no witnesses you will say. Do not be deceived; they were there, present, more than two hundred invisible persons before whom forgiveness must be pronounced. We are never alone. (12.9.1893) Now you have two persons united by a deep friendship, a third one comes and separates them suddenly. That is how a knife, a scythe act on the flesh. Why does the wound not close immediately? Because, the molecules still have before their eyes that hideous being, that man who came to tear them away from each other. Pass the knife again into the wound, this time the molecules will see it as a fighter, a helper who comes to drive away what made them suffer; the first image which, without this would have lasted until the death of the cells, disappears, the flesh picks up, the wound heals. . The same applies to life. There is no better example than that which Our-Lord Jesus-Christ has given us by forgiving the executioners, He who did nothing but good and who was submitted to all possible ignominies. God requests only one thing from us: that we love our fellow-human, that we bear no grudge against anyone nor any idea of revenge. Why unearth the dead and delve into scenes that are in the past? We must go forward, without looking behind us.(12.9.1893) To love our fellow-humans as ourselves, we must not slander, whatever the wrong that have been done to us, then we must forget the offense, that is to say we must throw a veil on to the past. Let us suppose that the wrong is a wound we have received from someone; if we want it to heal quickly, we must take care of it; now, the treatment consists of not thinking about it, and forgetting it makes the wound heal by itself. (12.9.1894) Forgetting is a sort of pardon. To forgive him who hurts us is to sow within him the germ which, one day will produce remorse and a return to good. In life we progress unceasingly, and as the progress occurs we change guides; whence the necessity to make peace immediately with our enemies, for by offending our enemy we offend our guide, and peace can be made only between the four. Otherwise, it would be necessary to wait until, in the series of reincarnations, the same period reproduces itself before pardon can be granted. Even the offended must pray for the offender. It we have offended someone, we must take a witness with us and ask forgiveness. If we are not granted a pardon, then we must take two,
then three witnesses. Then we are freed and he, who has refused, looks for the person who came to beg him for centuries. Often these people find themselves re-incarnated very close to each other and do not recognize each other. Forgiveness of Heaven does not suffice; we must also pay our debt. Absolution is only a satisfaction, we will be forgiven only after we have paid. (29.1.1902) It is on this side that we must pay, for what is bound in Heaven shall be unbound in Heaven, and what is bound on earth shall be unbound on earth. So, you have a courtâ€“case with somebody. Your neighbor loses the case and you win it. Do you believe that, if you came to die, your quarrel would be over? No. You will have to return until you have made peace with your brother and that in the presence of as many witnesses as there will have been at the time of the quarrel. That is why I am telling you: "Make peace in this world, for it is very hard to make peace in the other world, unless you meet on the path one of those who have the power to do and to undo". But if you bear a grudge against someone, even if you are right, you must make it as easy as possible for that person to come and ask your pardon, not for you, but to spare that person sufferings. Go and offer him your hand, it will be a charitable duty. The man who has offended you, although you may have forgiven the wrong be has done you, must suffer, unless you intercede for him. (April 1893). It is very easy to obtain whatever you request, you can do it as well as I can; just promise to have charity and to bear a grudge against no one. Often you bear a grudge for an infinite time, almost always you resent him and say "Such a person has done that to me." Why not leave aside what is in the past and why always come back to a thing which would be better buried ? We do not wake the dead. Even if you cannot forget, do not talk to anyone of these grudges you bear and try to forget and forgive them. (20.7.1893) Our very own hell will be remorse; we will have the regret that we have not acted well, that we have done such or such a thing to our fellowâ€“human and we shall have rest only when we have expiated our faults. And, to expiate them, we must be forgiven by the man we have offended, for no fault can be expiated unless it is being forgiven. (5.11.1889) Abnegation (self-denial) You must not defend yourself against slander. (26.4.1903) If your neighbor must speak ill of someone, what does it matter that it be you and that you bear for the others. (27.11.1894) He, who taints us, also cleanses us; he, who casts a stone at us, makes us greater. There are two things to which we shut our door, they are wrong and
poverty. In effect, we are never wrong, but if someone wrongs us, we naturally protest and say: "I cannot understand why I am being wronged, I have done nothing to deserve it!" And yet, is it not better that I am wronged? If I accept it without complaining, that proves that I have something good, and if there is something good within me, inevitably the wrong will become better. The same applies to poverty. If we accept poverty for ourselves, if we take it away with us, it no longer is with our neighbor. It is better that poverty be with us, if only to show the example. Do not try to justify yourself. Those who drag you into the mud must drag somebody, it is better that it be you. Be happy ! To be condemned unjustly, what does that matter ? Two thousand years ago the Lord was condemned unjustly.Sacrifice. It is said: "Many sacrifices will be offered but few will be accepted". That comes from the heart with which it is being offered. So a rich man, giving much, may give less than the poor who will give less but spontaneously. We will enter Heaven only when, giving something, we will have no trouble to offer that gift. (3.2.1896) We must not cut a finger willingly, or hurt ourselves in any way otherwise we shall have to pay for it. But if a man gives his life to save another man, that is good, and the good brought about by that sacrifice will spread over the two men, that is to say that their two guardian angels enter into communication and share the good that has been done. How many sufferings are necessary to enter Heaven ! How many are necessary to be worthwhile, and how many are completely useless ! We must work and exercise our legs if we wish to overcome obstacles. How will you overcome the great ones if you cannot overcome the small ones ! We must conquer our will-power and become independent, and we shall not be able to be independent until we love our follow-human as ourselves. So, you have before you death ready to strike your enemy; you say to yourself: "Oh! I would do nothing so that death can mow", but at heart you are not unhappy that it is your enemy, who is being mowed. If you were told to give up in his stead one of your beloved, would you do it ? I know a friend of mine who has done so. To love one's fellow-human, one most sacrifice everything for him. (21.9.1893) Charity - Universal Church It has been said: "Outside the Church, no salvation". That is true. But the Church is universal; the Church is charity itself. Outside charity, no salvation. (17.2.1902) All religions will melt into one; that of charity. (15.1.1897) THE GOOD The Constant Effort Towards Good
God asks us to make efforts to love our neighbor as ourselves, to pacify our brethren, to bring calm into the families where discord reigns, in a word, to do good. To enable you to distinguish good from evil, you must have a sure yardstick; there were ten commandments written on the stone, these are the ten commandments of God. It is true that the two main ones are to love God and to love our fellow-human as ourselves, but the eight others may serve as examples. Believe me, do what is good and do not bother about anything else; practice what you preach and do unto the others only what you would like them to do unto you. God renders a hundredfold the good that you will have done. (27.11.1895) Do good. The good you throw to someone through window comes in again through the door. Do good, and your ancestors will benefit from what you have done. You must never stiffen against good if you wish to go and see the light of Him who has sent you to earth. (13.12.1894) We often think of the good to be done, but, then we give ourselves time: I shall do it tomorrow. And why? Have you not read that you must never put off for the next day what you can do today ? (30.11.1893) Ah ! How often would we not leave something just to rest; Know it well that on the other side there is no rest. The matter rests, the spirit never rests. Do not look for rest, look for war; look for the unbelievers, the wicked, the sick, the ignorant, and heal them by giving something of yourself, in spite of all the worry and all the embarrassment this will give you. If you return impoverished from there, tired, exhausted, even suffering from doubts because of their arguments, shut yourself up into the solitude of your room and pray. Strength and vigor will return to you. Victorious Perseverance It is only through perseverance that you can reach the goal. That may be long and hard, but Heaven may sometimes grant it at once.(19.11.1904) God gives gradually to everyone the light necessary to overcome the obstacles, Just as the school master starts with A, B, C to teach his pupils. But, if you cannot or will not overseas the small obstacles, how will you overcome the big ones ? (10.5.1893) If, in spite of your will and efforts towards good, you are attracted as though by a magnet towards the same nonsense and the same faults, it is that your spirit and your matter have not worked enough and hence are not docile enough to submit to the will and the inspirations of the soul. That is why God has not haggled over the time we need to gradually reach perfection. (31.12.1894)
God will withdraw the obstacles only once they no longer stop us; He will give us the knowledge only once we have acquired enough strength so that this foreknowledge of events will not prevent us from looking for obstacles and from inciting them. Wisdom Wisdom is not what often your neighbor or your friend think it is, they who complain that their son or their daughter behave in such or such a way. True wisdom consists in always striving towards good, taking revenge on no one, judging no one, loving the others as oneself. (13.6.1894) Look for peace, you will find adversity. Look for gold, you will find poverty. Look for life, you will find death. (October 1897) The simplest is to cultivate the field of charity; to speak ill of no one, to know that we are here through the will of God, that is what is necessary; faith increases and in the field grow all things necessary for our advancement. As we are the soldiers of a just and good master, you must neither worry nor hope. To walk straight ahead is enough. Transformation of Evil into Good If you have a brother walks towards evil, love him, go with him and go with him and if you succumb that is too bad, BUT you will be rewarded later. How would evil progress if it did not go to anyone? For evil must not be destroyed but transformed into good. (30.7.1908) If you have children, you must not tell them to frequent only the good children. They must go with everybody and if they have any good within them they will bring the worst ones back to good. If they do not go with the bad ones, how will others better than themselves go with those who are good already ? (29.1.1908) Good plants must be made from the bad plants (18.2.1902) Evil exists to give us the means to fight, in order to become good soldiers and acquire strength for future struggles, for everything is not over with this life. (15.1.1895)) The demons are within us and, as we evolve, they change and become different, leaving the world of the demons. A man who is lagging behind is a demon. Finally he improves and the demon who was within him disappears, so that he would be greater. There are so many beings within ourselves ! If there were no saints amongst the demons, the demons would not become saints. If we can see the demon, no matter in what form, we must never do anything wrong to him. On the contrary, we must ask God, that he may improve. Our soul is a
divine spark; the demon can live only by the pale reflection of the soul We must show him the good example, so that later on, he too will be better, for he is a child of God just as we are. (14.3.1895) The spirits of darkness one day will become spirits of light. (4.2.1892) The Path to Perfection Where perfection is concerned, there is no last echelon, since there is no beginning and no end. The first echelon is not to be vindictive, but to be vindictive goes a long way. As long as you do good with an effort, it is better than to do wrong; but before it is real good, you must not even notice that you are doing it. We must do good naturally. If we do good and our soul feels happy, that means that our heart is not yet good. (6.3.1895) You will reach Heaven when charity will cost you no more; when you will give your strength without noticing it. But let us start by standing upright on our legs before trying to walk. When you shall give your brother twice what he has asked you without an effort on your part, you can say that the reign of God is close. Do not believe that we can change from one day to the other. For goodness to be in man, everything within him must be in harmony, everything, even his hair. Therefore you work and you must work a lot until your foot becomes as good as your head, otherwise you cannot enter Heaven. If one hand commits a crime, it therefore stops the whole being and that is why it is better to cut one's arm if we have the intention of doing something wrong than to give in. You must always choose what causes you the most trouble (11.2.1902) We must not flee danger; on the contrary, we must be there where the difficulties are great, so that if the opportunity arises, we may act and do so cold-bloodedly, and just with a few words, sometimes prevent great misfortunes from happening. (February 1903) As we rise, we learn to love suffering to the point of asking for it as a recreation. (3.1.1897) We come to the end of our sufferings when we are happy to have them. (13.1.1897) When adversities pass over us without leaving a trace, Heaven will no longer test us. (5.3.1893) When an act of virtue is an effort for us, that is a sign that we do not yet possess that virtue. It is only when it has become an integrant part of us that exercising it will be effortless and spontaneous. To be like the newly-born child, that means to do good without effort, unconsciously, to see evil nowhere.
The "poor in Spirit" are those who have learned everything, known everything and forgotten everything, even that they suffer. All the precepts can be summed up in a single one: No one will enter Heaven until the day when efforts will cost him nothing. As long as an act to be carried out causes him some suffering, he will not be ready. Detachment To live, to consider everything as foreign and to see nothing foreign, to receive everything. (28.6.1896) To attach oneself to the earth without doing so; to love things but as not belonging to us. Everything that seems useful to us will pass. Only good will we find back again. The more we attach ourselves to the futile things that hinder us, the more trouble we shall have to rid ourselves of them and, if we do not detach ourselves, God will do it by force and it will be all the mere difficult. (9.12.1905)GOD'S CHILDREN There are children of God born from His will and without the help of the flesh, that is to say that no gardener was needed to help them come forth from the earth, whereas others are born of the flesh and are the children of the earth. There are even two categories amongst the children of God; those who are the soldiers and those who are the officers. The children of the earth must inevitably return, the children of God return of their own free will. The soldiers only are everywhere, in the darkness as well as in the light, in charge of bringing back these who are lagging behind. (18.12.1902) To be a small soldier, you must abandon your self. (4.1.1895) If you want to be soldiers, love your fellow-humans as yourselves, then you will be able to say that you have gone on to the battlefield and that you were amongst the warriors. (8.11.1804) Some souls find themselves happy somewhere, are content with what they have and wish to stay where they are; others, more ambitious, go farther; others, who are insatiable, never stop and give their reward to those who are in darkness and cannot get out of it. For them paradise does not exist. They are the souls of the soldiers and their chiefs. Why should paradise be necessary to those who are conscious of fighting for their emperor and their father? They never stop, they are always fighters. But there are leaders with the power of choosing and grouping the fighters at certain epochs only. The fighters belong to their leader, they cannot desert. It they do so, it lasts only a few centuries, a thousand years, then their remorse is so great that they return on their own initiative, asking forgiveness.
Mission and Power of God's Children It we do good and God chooses us to be one of the number of his soldiers, that is a great favor, for a soldier may obtain advancement. And if that soldier had proved to be a man of courage and his chief, to reward him, entrusts him with a new station, that is a greater favor still but be must account to his new superior, and that superior is another being more lofty than himself and so on. So, God may have farmers; if he is happy with one of them, He will not ask for the rent of the farm, He will leave it to him. If that farmer continues to satisfy the Master, He will give him a greater farm and finally he will nominate him head farmer. He will ask him for nothing else and will visit him from time to time. In that path you become so strong that, at a given time, you may be frightened of yourself, for everything you command will be realized. So, if you told a glass to break, at once, within three seconds or three hours, that glass would break and at the same time all these that would have anything in common with it. And if you think that we may be able to act on everything in the same manner, you can see how frightening that is. But God knows very well that were He to give such power to any of His beloved, that soul would do no wrong and would use it only for the benefit of all his brethren. To revert to the farmer, let us well know that there are several farms within the same farm and that this huge farm spreads as far as the infinite, for it comprises everything we see and everything we do not see. It is ruled by the same Master and every person is classified within the dwelling that suits him. (15.6.1895) A man has a son who, no matter how much he reprimands him, does not obey him. He refuses to relieve his father who, as he gets older, instead of loving the boy, will not trust him and will not share his secrets with him. Another man also has a son. The latter does not act as the former one. He shows respect for the old man. So, when the father feels that his son is capable, he will entrust him with his secrets. The same goes for God. Refuse God nothing and God will refuse you nothing. Man has all the power in his hands. To have power, we must do what God wants and He will do what we want. (3.2.1896) The child of God can read the inscription that matter bears; he can also command matter. It obeys him and serves him. The pure being may know everything. Asked what exists at any given point, no matter how distant, he answers without making any mistake. No one can go to Heaven it he does not know everything; but, as we advance, that knowledge will be given to us when we have reached the point where we love our fellowhumans as ourselves. (3.8.1895) If you wanted to stop the course of the centuries, you could do it. If you do what Heaven commands you to do, all other things will be given to you on top. For that, it is sufficient that you are not proud and that you love you fellow-human as yourself. (30.8.1900) There are no strong beings who can resist command of the spirit; science cannot
reach that point, for that is reserved to those who are born neither from the flesh, nor from man's will. (28.12.1894) Heaven would spare a whole planet of bad people for one good man.. The End