Astral City: A Spiritual Journey
Nosso Lar (“Our Home” in Portuguese) is the best-selling novel by the Brazilian spiritist medium Francisco Cândido Xavier. Published in 1943, the book tells the interesting story of the spirit of André Luiz, a prominent doctor who lived in the city of Rio de Janeiro. After dying, André Luiz encounters neither the Heaven nor the Hell depicted in the teachings he had received during his Catholic upbringing. Rather, he initially has to endure a period in the so-called umbral, a region where less-than-perfect souls face the consequences of their infelicitous actions while alive.
After a while, André Luiz is able to perceive the presence of Clarêncio, a friendly spirit who had been trying to help him all along during his stay in the umbral. Clarêncio then takes André Luiz to Nosso Lar, a spirit colony, or astral city, where André becomes acquainted with the intricacies of afterlife and reincarnation. Astral City: A Spiritual Journey (also known as Nosso Lar) is a 2010 Brazilian drama film based on the book Nosso Lar directed by Wagner de Assis. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox and features a soundtrack composed by Philip Glass. Source –Wikipedia
“A Message from André Luiz” – Excerpt from Nosso Lar
Life never ceases. Life is an overflowing source, and death is only an obscure effect of illusions.
The great river follows its own course before joining the vast sea. Likewise, the soul follows equally varied routes and passes through different stages, receiving here and there tributaries of knowledge, strengthening its personality and perfecting its qualities before reaching the Ocean of Eternal Wisdom.
The closing of our earthly eyes is such a simple event.
The shedding of the physical body does not solve the fundamental problems of enlightenment, just as changing ones clothes has nothing to do with the deep questions of life and destiny.
Ah, paths of the soul, mysterious ways of the heart! One must walk their full lengths before facing the supreme equation of Eternal Life. It is essential for you to live all their conflicts and to know them fully in the long process of spiritual ascension.
How childish to imagine that the mere “ringing down of the curtain” would settle transcendental questions of the Infinite.
One life is but a single act.
One body – a garment.
One century – a day.
One task – an experience.
One triumph – an acquisition.
One death – a breath of renovation.
How many lives, how many bodies, how many centuries, how many tasks, how many triumphs, how many deaths are still allotted to us?
And yet religious philosophers will speak of final decisions and immutable situations!
Alas, everywhere we find scholars in doctrine who are spiritual illiterates!
It takes great effort for man to enter the School of the Gospel, and his admission thereto nearly always comes to pass in a strange manner – he finds himself alone with the Master, struggling through a difficult course, learning lessons in an invisible classroom, and attending long lectures of unspoken words.
Long, very long therefore, is our arduous journey. Here our humble efforts can bring you only a glimpse of this fundamental truth.
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