Plenitude - Joanna de Ângelis
Pessimistic philosophies and arbitrary religious doctrines have established that life means suffering, and therefore every attempt at release from suffering results in failure.
Faithful to this ignoble diagnosis, rash thinkers ofyesterday and today have proposed suicide, euthanasia and abortion as escape mechanisms for dealing with distressing situations, and the death penalty as a means of punishment. All these approaches are the result of merciless and rebellious materialistic behavior, where cruelty assumes the leading role.
Such individuals build their aspirations on utilitarianism and hedonism, but these are responsible for the distorted view of reality, from which they wish to be free.
Of course, suffering is part of life. It is nature's device, through which intellectual and moral progress is expressed and consolidated. The diamond in the rough waits to be polished in order to shine like a luminous star.
Metals require high temperatures in order to be shaped for beauty and usfulness. Wood endures cutting tools so that it can fulfill the important roles for which it is intended. The river carves out its own bed.
Likewise, the spirit needs to polish the edges that hide its light, and for that reason side' ring is a normal occurrence, which knowledge and willpower can direct in a balanced way so that suffering can fulfill its sublime purpose.
On the other hand, suffering is linked to each per sensitivity; thus, it varies and takes on different dimensions accordingly. The pain of the brute is wild and perturbing, exploding in aggression and madness, whereas the suffering of the esthete and the saint is expressed as a yearning for deliverance and inner growth.
As it goes through the first stages of life, thanks to its evolutionary automatisms, the psyche expands its innate aptitudes and develops its dormant seeds ofperfection, becoming heir to its past experiences.
Because suffering entails bitterness and pain, it has warranted the broadest historical investment ever heard of, aiming at deliverance from it on the one hand, and the plenitude of the individual on the other. From Krishna to Buddha, to Jesus, to Allan Kardec,2 religious and philosophical insight into suffering has received invaluable contributions that today, with the efforts of modern, holistic health scientists, seem to have arrived at a greater understanding of human beings and their inter-relationship with the living forces of nature, reflected in ecology. This has allowed for a greater understanding of life and its purpose.
Anticipating such modern-day behavior, Spiritism has been summoning human beings to respect God, themselves, each other, and all living and non-living expressions that comprise their environment, in order to learn and be happy, thus acquiring plenitude.
Considering the human quandary individuals are faced with — their lack of self-knowledge — and considering the pressing factors that trigger suffering, dragging multitudes into folly, despair, insanity and shameful escape by means of suicide and vice, we decided to delve into studies about suffering, and we offer them to the esteemed reader interested in solving this terrible scourge responsible for countless ills for some and blessings for others, enabling the latter to ascend and to succeed...
We analyze some of the aspects of suffering from the Buddhist and Christian perspectives, and propose the Spiritist solution due to the timeliness of the postulates that comprise the Revelation of the Consoler, inviting humans to self-discovery, to living the Gospel, and to the lucid behavior resulting from study and illuminative work on the path of fraternal charity.
We trust that our do' rt will contribute to the enlightenment of our readers, inducing them to acquire plenitude, in peace and health, entirely free of suffering, constructing love as a living fount of inner and common realization.
In hopes of having achieved our goal, we pray to Jesus – Humanity’s Model and Guide – to bless and guide us.
Salvador, Brazil, October 17, 1990. Joanna de Ângelis
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