Manual espírita by "Bhima" (Francisco
I. Madero), 1911.
English translation by C.M. Mayo, from:
Odyssey Into the Mexican Revolution:
...Francisco I. Madero and His
Secret Book, Spiritist Manual
...By C.M. Mayo (Dancing
Written at the request of the Standing
Committee of Mexico's Second Spiritist Congress, this work is
intended for young people, workers, and the general population
who have not yet felt materialism's devastating influence.
We therefore address ourselves to the young people who have not
yet begun to live, who have not yet imbibed from the impure fountains
of materialism, who are open to admiring all that is great and
beautiful; to those whose hearts have not fallen into the clutches
of distressing skepticism, and who, with passion and enthusiasm,
cherish noble ideals and generous feelings.
We also and equally address the worker, destitute of fortune,
to whom there is no consolation in what his reason rejects; who
finds no justice in materialism because it only demonstrates
the triumph of the strongest, awarding the prize to the one most
apt in struggle, and the one considered the weakest, the least
apt in this unending struggle of the fittest, and who does not
believe it just that his destiny should be to perish, after a
miserable and hard-working life, who does not believe it just
to have come into this world only to enrich others and, by his
privations, provide them such abundance that they may live in
idleness while he is brought to his knees by work.
Thus it is for these workers who also have pure hearts, and whose
consciences have not yet been polluted by materialism that we
intend this work. Here they will find the foundations of a very
lofty philosophy to satisfy their most noble aspirations, and
explain the meaning of life, the reasons for their sad situation,
and which will show them the law of retribution, open their minds
to new and vast horizons, make them understand that our lives
do not playout in the miserable patch of an earthly existence,
but for time they have Eternity, for space, the Universe; and
finally, it will put them in a better condition to sustain their
struggle for life, a struggle ever more ferocious given the selfishness
of the rich and the ignorance of the poor.
To achieve our objective we will offer a brief overview of the
Spiritist Doctrine. It is so beautiful and so simple that it
will be easily admired and understood.
We will not make lengthy arguments nor cite numerous proofs in
support of this doctrine, for the most demanding can find such
arguments and proofs in specialized works.
Moreover, lengthy arguments generally serve to obscure the points
we wish to clarify.
For these reasons, we shall focus on presenting proofs that can
be understood by all and making simple arguments, those most
appropriate for a true impression.
Our work will be to sow a seed in the furrow; that of our readers,
to carefully cultivate the plant that germinates until it yields