His real name was Hippolyte-Léon-Denizard Rivail. He was known as “Hippolyte” by his family, “Professor Rivail” by the society and as "H-L-D Rivail" in his literature. Since 18 years old, he was a Science and Literature teacher, and from 20 years of age, known as author of didactic books. His spiritist books were written with the pseudonym of Allan Kardec. Kardec stood out in his profession of which he was educated in Switzerland. He was educated in the school of one of the world’s best known teachers from the beginning of the XIX century and still renowned Master: Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. Later on in Paris, he succeed Pestalozzi.
Allan Kardec was 51 when he dedicated himself to the observation and research of spirits phenomena without the natural enthusiasm of people that are immature and inexperienced. His own reputation of a cult man was an obstacle for some people who were against Spiritism. Two years later, in 1857, he published The Spirit’s Books. In 1858, the publication of the famous Spiritist Magazines started and in 1861, Kardec published The Medium’s Book. In 1864 The Gospel according to Spiritism was published, followed by Heaven and Hell in 1865. Finally, in 1868, Genesis completed the basis of Spiritism.
In charge of the codification of Spiritism, Allan Kardec counted on three girls who were the main mediums of The Spirit’s Book: Caroline Baudin, Julie Baudin and Ruth Celine Japhet. The first two were used as a connection of the essence of the spiritists teachings and the last one was used for complementary clarification. After finishing the book containing all the studies, by the spirits suggestion Kardec used other mediums not known by the first group. Between the mediums were Japhet and Roustan, intuitive medium; Mrs. Canu, unconscious sleepwalker; Mr. Canu, medium of incorporation; Mrs. Leclerc, medium of psychograph; Mrs. Clement, medium of incorporation and psychograph; Mrs. De Pleinemaison, medium of inspiration; Mr. Roger, clairvoyant; and finally Mrs. Aline Carlotti, medium of psychograph and incorporation.
Because of his deep and unlimited love to the goodness and the truth, Allan Kardec built to the whole eternity the biggest monument of wisdom that humanity could wish, resolving big mysteries of life, destiny and pain, by the rational thinking of multiple existences. Everything side by side with the primary principles of Christianity.
Son of Catholic parents, Allan Kardec was raised in the Protestantism, but he didn’t follow those religions, preferring to stay in the position of the free thinker and man of analysis. The strictness of dogma disturbed him, which kept him away from the religious concepts. The excessive symbolism of theologies and orthodoxies, turned him incompatible with the principles of a blind and irrational faith. In this position, he faced a life of an intellectual man, prudent, someone of good character and deep knowledge used to examine the phenomena of “table-turning”. At this time, the world was curious about the various psychic facts that happened everywhere. Later on, these facts turned into the Doctrine of consolation that was called Spiritism having as its founder the Professor of Lyon.
Spiritism isn’t men’s creation, in fact, it’s a divine revelation for Humanity to defend the principles left from Jesus, which arrived in a time when materialism gathered together many great intellectual men from Europe and America. The first Spiritist society was founded by Allan Kardec, in Paris, on the 1st of April 1858. It was called “Parisian Society of Spiritist Studies”. To this society, he dedicated himself in order to make it achieve the noble goals it was created for.
The codification of the Spiritist Doctrine put Allan Kardec in the gallery of the biggest missionaries and helpers of Humanity. His achievements are as extraordinary as the French Revolution. The French Revolution set man’s rights within the society, the Spiritist Doctrine set the connection between man and the universe including complex subjects such as death, which hadn’t been resolved by religions before then. Kardec’s mission, as said before by the Spirit of Truth, was hard and dangerous, because it wasn’t only about codification, but mainly about shaking and transforming Human kind. His mission was so tough that, in a note of 1st of January 1867, Kardec referred to his friends ingratitude, to hate from enemies, to calumny and lies from extremists. However, he didn’t fail in his mission.
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