Allan Kardec’s Books on Spiritism
Allan Kardec, born Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail, was a French educator and scientist who helped to reform the French educational system. In his later years, he developed a keen interest in mediumship during the early years of the spiritual renaissance.
What he accomplished in a few short years was nothing but extraordinary. He published five seminal works that contained the knowledge revealed to him by Spirit through seances, mediums and planchette sessions. It was these five works that the fostered Spiritism (“a science that deals with the nature, origin, and destiny of spirits, and their relation with the corporeal world”) as a method of spiritualist study and they collectively became known in Spiritist circles as the Spiritist Codification.
We here at ITC Voices have a large library of PDF’s and we share some of these on the site from time to time to help you understand the historical contexts which have led to modern-day ITC. When you read these books for the first time, whether as an ITC researcher, medium, or paranormal investigator, realize that most of the information in these books penned by Kardec had never been in print before. The importance of these documents cannot be understated. It is this Spiritist Codification, and a few decades later, the works of Blavatsky, Leadbetter and the other Theosophists, that have ultimately informed most of the dominant esoteric theory of Spirit still being taught.
In this Spirit (pun intended), we are proud to offer you free PDF downloads of four of the five Spiritism books penned by Allan Kardec. We recommend that you purchase hard copies of any books you find interesting; we would appreciate it if you used the Amazon affiliate links provided to make your purchases because they help to slightly offset the costs of running this site.
The Spirits’ Book
The Spirits’ Book was the first book Spiritism published by Allan Kardec in 1857, a mere nine years after the Fox Sisters triggered the Spiritual Renaissance. The book begins with a thorough introduction of Kardec’s observations and then contains several chapters of questions being posed with the corresponding answers that were revealed during his spiritist studies.
This is the book that has informed generations of Spiritists and it is simply a must read if you wish to understand historical context and learn where many of the beliefs being regurgitated today stem from.
The Book on Mediums
The Book on Mediums was published by Kardec in 1861. Through observation and conversation, he intended this book to be a manual of sorts for mediumship training. It also includes most of the fundamental tenets of Spiritism and ultimately became one of the foundations upon which serious parapsychological study was built through examinations of transfiguration, haunted houses, table tipping, apparitions and much more.
Heaven and Hell
Divided into two parts, Heaven and Hell is split between Spirit answers about Heaven and Hell including the positives that the soul is eternal, death is not definitive and how there is always hope when life is viewed under the auspices of the soul cycle.
The Gospel According to Spiritism
The Gospel According to Spiritism was also published in 1865 after several revisions. This book was placed on the list of prohibited books by the Catholic Church because it examined the teachings of Christ and the Gospels under the lens of Spiritism.
The bulk of the book is an examination of each chapter of the Gospels in depth. He called into question the authenticity of the interpretations and translations of the Gospels without context of the Middle East first and second centuries. He also examined the teachings of Christ as a predecessor to Spiritism.