Some Basic Maxims of Zoroastrianism:
1. Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.
2. There is only one path and that is the path of Truth.
3. Do the Right thing because it is the Right thing to do, and then all beneficial rewards will come to you also.
PRAYERS FOR THE ONE WHO PRAYS TO
GUARDIAN ANGELS AND PROTECTING SPIRITS
From the moment of birth everyone has a good Spirit linked to them who constantly protects. At our side this Spirit carries out the mission of a father to his children which is that of conducting us along the path to goodness and progress, throughout the various tests of life. He feels happy when we respond to his solicitude and suffers when he sees us succumbing. His name is not important because it is quite possible that it is not known an Earth. So then, we call him by the name of Guardian Angel or our good Spirit. We could also call him under the name of one of the superior Spirits with whom we feel a special sympathy. Apart form this Guardian Angel, who is always a superior Spirit, we have other Spirit protectors, who although slightly less elevated, are just as good and generous. These are the Spirits of friends and relations, or even people we have not known in the present life. They help us with their advice and quite often intervene in the happenings of our life. Sympathetic Spirits are those who are linked to us through certain similarities of taste and tendency. They may be either good or bad, according to the nature of those of our inclinations which have attracted them to us. The seductive Spirits endeavour to turn us aside from the paths of goodness by suggesting bad thoughts to us. They take advantage of all our weaknesses, as if these were so many open doors which give them access to our soul. Some of them hold on to us as if we were their prey, but they withdraw when they recognise themselves impotent to fight against our will. In the form of our Guardian Angel, God has given us a principal and superior guide and in the form of protecting and family Spirits secondary guides, but it is a mistake to believe that inevitably we have a bad element at our side to counter-balance the good influences we receive from them. The evil Spirits seek us voluntarily as long as they can dominate us by reason of our weakness or our negligence in following the inspirations of the good Spirits, so it is ourselves who attract them. The result is we are never without the assistance of good Spirits, and the withdrawal of the bad Spirits depends entirely on ourselves. Due to his imperfections, Man is the primary cause of all the miseries which afflict him and is, in most cases, his own bad genius. A prayer to Guardian Angels and protecting Spirits should have as its objective the solicitation of their intercession with God, to ask for strength to resist evil suggestions and to ask for help in all of life’s contingencies.
Wise and benevolent Spirits, messengers of God, whose mission is to help Man and conduct him towards goodness, uphold me in life’s tests; give me the strength to suffer without complaining; turn away from me all evil thoughts, and do not allow me to give access to any bad Spirits who may try to induce me to evil. Clarify my conscience with respect to my defects, and take away the veil of pride from my eyes which can prevent my seeing them and admitting them to myself. Particularly to X. . ., my Guardian Angel, who watches over me specially; and all the rest of you protecting Spirits who take an interest in me, I beg you to help me to become worthy of your protection. You know my needs; may they be attended to according to the Will of God.
Dear God, allow the good Spirits who accompany me to help me when I am in difficulty and uphold me when I falter. Lord, may they inspire me with faith, hope and charity; may they be a point of support, an inspiration and a testimony of Your mercy. In short, may I always encounter in them the strength that I lack for the tests of life, the strength to resist all evil suggestions, the faith that saves and the love that consoles.
Beloved Spirits and Guardian Angels, who God in His infinite mercy has permitted to assist mankind, be our protectors during all life’s tests! Give us the necessary strength, courage and resignation; inspire us towards all that is good, and restrain us from the downward incline to evil; may your sweet influences fill our souls; make us feel that a devoted friend is by our side, who can see our suffering and who participates in all our joys. And you, my Good Angel, never abandon me because I need all of your protection to be able to support with faith and love the tests that God has sent me.
in The Gospel According to Spiritism, Allan Kardec, chapter 28.
There have been several astronauts such as Edgar Mitchell, Cady Coleman, Edwin Buzz Aldrin and Dr Brian O’Leary who have claimed to have seen UFOs. Aldrin, one of the first people to walk on the Moon, had shared his experience on board the Apollo 11, when he and fellow astronauts saw something flying alongside their spacecraft. Initially, they thought it was the final stage of a detached rocket, until mission control confirmed it was 6000 miles away from them.
Both Neil Armstrong and Aldrin saw UFOs shortly after their historic landing on the Moon in Apollo 11 on July 21, 1969, according to unconfirmed reports. NASA astronaut Armstrong believed aliens have a base on the Moon and they apparently warned Armstrong and others to “get off and stay off the Moon”.
During a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session, Aldrin said the “first humans to set foot on Mars should never return to earth”.
When one user asked Aldrin if he believed in aliens and asked him about the sightings he saw on board Apollo 11, the astronaut replied: “On Apollo 11 en route to the Moon, I observed a light out the window that appeared to be moving alongside us. There were many explanations of what that could be, other than another spacecraft from another country or another world – it was either the rocket we had separated from, or the 4 panels that moved away when we extracted the lander from the rocket and we were nose to nose with the two spacecraft”.
Although Aldrin was reluctant to describe the sighting as an extraterrestrial craft, he believes there are other life forms in space.
Edgar Dean Mitchell
In 1971, Mitchell became the sixth person to walk on the Moon, and the journey spiritually transformed his life in such a way that he devoted much of his time exploring “esoteric realms of science, psychic phenomena and the existence of extraterrestrial beings”.
He was convinced after the journey to the Moon that “aliens have been observing us and have been here for some time”. Mitchell once even claimed that “peace-loving” aliens had visited Earth to save humanity from nuclear war, and indicated the Vatican knew about the existence of extraterrestrials.
Mitchell, who had been outspoken about his belief in aliens, told Mirror Online that top-ranking military sources had spotted UFOs during weapons tests. He also said that strange crafts flying over missile bases at the White Sands facility have been spotted by military insiders. The facility is a government-owned rocket engine test site where the world’s first ever nuclear bomb was detonated in 1945.
Cooper was one of the seven astronauts who took part in Project Mercury, the first human spaceflight program of the U.S., which ran from 1958 to 1963. Cooper, the last American to fly in space alone, had said he spotted UFOs flying over Germany seven years before he went into space.
In 1963, when he shot into space in a Mercury capsule for a 22-orbit journey around the world, Cooper told the tracking station he could see a glowing, greenish object appearing in front of him and approaching his capsule. The UFO was reportedly “real and solid”, because even the tracking radar had picked it up.
According to a taped interview by author, J.L. Ferrando, Cooper revealed how he felt he was living with a secret, which was imposed on all specialists in astronautics. “I can now reveal that every day, in the USA, our radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us. And there are thousands of witness reports and a quantity of documents to prove this, but nobody wants to make them public”, he said. He added: “Because authority is afraid that people may think of god knows what kind of horrible invaders. So the password still is: We have to avoid panic by all means”.
O’Leary, who was one of the 11 astronauts named for a possible NASA Mars mission in the 1960s, authored three books that spoke about our connection to UFOs. He had also lectured on the subject across the world.
Regarding crop circles that he first saw in 1991 in England, he said in an interview: “The Crop Circle phenomenon, besides the hoaxed ones, is a very real phenomenon created by some unknown, probably non-human intervention”, according to UFO Evidence.
O’Leary is also reported to have said: “There is abundant evidence that we are being contacted. Civilizations have been monitoring us for a very long time”.
Bernadette Soubirous was born in Lourdes, France on January 7, 1844. Her parents were very poor and she was the first of nine children. As a toddler, Bernadette contracted cholera and suffered extreme asthma. Unfortunately, she lived the rest of her life in poor health.
On Thursday, February 11, 1858, fourteen-year-old Bernadette was sent with her younger sister and a friend to gather firewood, when a very beautiful lady, emanating strong Love, appeared to her above a rose bush in a grotto called Massabielle (Tuta de Massavielha).
The woman wore blue and white and smiled very friendly at Bernadette. Bernadette fell to her knees and began to pray. Bernadette later described the woman as “uo petito damizelo”, meaning “a small young lady”. Though her sister and friend claimed they were unable to see her, Bernadette knew what she saw was real.
Three days later, Bernadette, her sister Marie, and other girls returned to the grotto, where Bernadette immediately knelt, saying she could see “aquero” again. She fell into a trance and one girl threw holy water at the niche and another threw a rock that shattered on the ground. It was then that the apparition disappeared.
On February 18, Bernadette said “the vision” asked her to return to the grotto each day for a fortnight. With each visit, Bernadette saw the Superior Spirit and the period of daily visions became known as “la Quinzaine sacrée”, meaning “holy fortnight”.
When Bernadette began to visit the grotto, her parents were embarrassed and attempted to stop her, but were unable to do so. On February 25, Bernadette claimed to have had a life-changing vision.
The vision had told her “to drink of the water of the spring, to wash in it and to eat the herb that grew there” as an act of penance. The next day, the grotto’s muddy waters had been cleared and fresh clear water flowed abundantly.
On March 2, at the thirteenth of the apparitions, Bernadette told her family the lady said “a chapel should be built and a procession formed”.
During her sixteenth vision, which Bernadette claims to have experienced for over an hour, was on March 25. Bernadette claimed she had asked the woman her name, but her question was only met with a smile. The insistence of Bernadette with the question of the name, was because of the parish priest, who demanded a connection of the apparition with the Catholic faith in order to approve the chapel. Bernadette asked again, three more times, and finally the woman said, “I am the Immaculate Conception”. Bernadette Soubirous never said, ever, that the apparition was the “Virgin Mary”.
Though many townspeople believed she had indeed been seeing the Virgin Mary, Bernadette’s story created a division in her town. Many believed she was telling the truth, while others believed she had a mental illness and demanded she be put in a mental asylum. Some believed Bernadette’s visions meant she needed to pray for penance.
Church authorities rigorously interviewed Bernadette, and the French police persecuted her, including they arrested Bernadette in order to force her to sign a false confession saying that she made up everything, what she never did. By 1862 the Catholic Church confirmed she spoke the truth.
Since Bernadette first caused the spring to produce clean water, 70 cures have been verified by the Lourdes Medical Bureau, and after what the Church claimed were “extremely rigorous scientific and medical examinations”, no one was able to explain what caused the cures.
The Lourdes Commission that initially examined Bernadette, ran an analysis on the water but were only able to determine it contained a high mineral content. Bernadette believed it was Faith and Prayer that was responsible for curing the sick, and not the water itself.
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is now one of the major Catholic / Spiritual pilgrimage sites in planet Earth. Many people have reported cures related to it, but never submitted themselves to the time-consuming procedures of the Lourdes Medical Bureau, so there are many thousands of genuine cures never officially recognized by the Catholic Church.
For instance, D. Scott Rogo, well known author of books of Parapsychology – including one of the best books in the field, “Life after Death: The Case for Survival of Bodily Death” -, explains in his book “Miracles” the authenticity of so many cures reported in the Grotto of Massabielle. (Douglas Scott Rogo was a writer, journalist and researcher on subjects related to Parapsychology, from the USA. He was found stabbed to death in his home on August 16, 1990. There were no signs of a struggle although a number of Rogo’s personal items were missing and his wallet was empty. His killer is still unknown and the case remains open).
We strongly believe that Bernadette Soubirous – an indigo child, was contacted by a Superior Spirit in the Grotto of Massabielle, Lourdes, France, with the purpose of helping people to reinforce their faith in Jesus message of Love through cure. The Catholic Church was used as a non-negative way of spreading this important message.
God is Love. Love is God. This means that wherever Love exists, God is there. A Family of Love is one of the most powerful ways to Live among God. It’s a reunion of Love Spirits that get together to Love each other more profoundly, as Wife / Mother, Husband / Father, Daughters / Sisters and Sons / Brothers. Consequently, a Family where Love really exists is a Family where God lives in. Because God is Love, so Love is God. And Love is the most beautiful and powerful force in the entire world; and the only way to attain absolute happiness. I’m so grateful to my marvellous God of Love for giving me, after asking so many time in prayers, such a wonderful Family replete of Love. My Wife, our Daughter and our Son constitute the most intense way by which I attain God Love in my Life. Thank you so much wonderful Wife, wonderful Daughter and wonderful Son for being my Family of Love, and so for making me feel God every single day of my Life. I Love you!
Love is Wonderful!
Marcos Aragao Correia.
“Will the reign of goodness ever be established upon the earth?
Goodness will reign upon the earth when, among the spirits who come to dwell in it, the good shall be more numerous than the bad; for they will then bring in the Reign of Love and Justice, which are the source of Good and of Happiness. It is through Moral progress and practical conformity with the Laws of God, that men will attract to the earth Good Spirits, who will keep bad ones away from it; but the latter will not definitively quit the earth until its people shall be completely purified from pride and selfishness.
The transformation of the human race has been predicted from the most ancient times, and you are now approaching the period when it is destined to take place. All those among you who are labouring to advance the progress of mankind are helping to hasten this transformation, which will be effected through the incarnation, in your earth, of Spirits of Higher Degree, who will constitute a new population, of greater Moral advancement than the human races they will gradually have replaced. The spirits of the wicked people who are mowed down each day by death, and of all who endeavour to arrest the onward movement, will be excluded from the earth, and compelled to incarnate themselves elsewhere; for they would be out of place among those nobler races of Human Beings, whose felicity would be impaired by their presence among them. They will be sent into never worlds, less advanced than the earth, and will therein fulfill hard and laborious missions, which will furnish them with the means of advancing, while contributing also to the advancement of their brethren of those younger worlds, less advanced than themselves, do you not see, in this exclusion of backward spirits from the transformed and regenerated earth, the true significance of the sublime myth of the driving out of the first pair from the garden of Eden? And do you not also see, in the advent of the human race upon the earth, under the conditions of such an exile, and bringing within itself the germs of its passions and the evidences of its primitive inferiority, the real meaning of that other myth, no less sublime, of the fall of those first parents, entailing the sinfulness of their descendants? ‘Original sin,’ considered from this point of view, is seen to consist in the imperfection of human nature; and each of the spirits subsequently incarnated in the human race is therefore responsible only for his own imperfection and his own wrong-doing, and not for those of his forefathers.
Devote yourselves, then, with zeal and courage to the great work of regeneration, all you who are processed of faith and good will; you will reap a hundredfold for all the seed you sow. Woe to those who close their eyes against the light; for they will have condemned themselves to long ages of darkness and sorrow! Woe to those who centre their enjoyment in the pleasures of the earthly life; for they will undergo privations more numerous than their present pleasures! And woe, above all, to the selfish; for they will find none to aid them in bearing the burden of their future misery!”,
in The Spirits’ Book, Allan Kardec, answer to the question number 1019.