Sir Oliver Lodge Teaches
The Soul's Pre-Existence:
Announces His Belief, Gained Through Scientific Research, in
Immortality, the Gift of Prophecy, and Christ’s Incarnation
Published in “The New York Times” 20th
My message Is that there
Is some great truth in the idea of pre-existence —not an obvious
truth, nor one easy to formulate —a truth difficult to express —not
to be identified with the guesses of reincarnation and
transmigration, which may be fanciful.
We may not have been
individuals before, but we are chips or fragments of a great mass of
mind, of spirit, of Life-drops as it were, taken out of a germinal
reservoir of life, and incubated until incarnate in a material
It is thus that Sir Oliver
Lodge announces his belief in a doctrine that has not been hitherto
among the recognized tenets of Christianity, although, in some form
or another, it is present In most of the great world-religions, and
is older . than Socrates, who used It as one of the links In his
argument for the immortality of the soul.
The statement just quoted,
and Its development, is made by Sir Oliver In his new book. " Reason
and Belief," which is published this week by Moffat. Yard & Co.
For years Sir Oliver Lodge has been recognized as one of the
foremost authorities in physical science, his discovery of the
“coherer," an important adjunct in wireless telegraphy, placing him
among famous practical inventors of the day.
Recently however, Sir
Oliver, who is at the head of the Society for Psychical Research as
well as Principal of the University of Birmingham, has been turning
his attention to the great problems of religion, attacking these
from the stand- point of the investigating scientist rather than
that of the confirmed theologian or the skeptic, and the results of
his studies, along certain special lines, have been put forth from
time to time in such books as "Science and Immortality," " The
Survival of Man."
In his forthcoming book,
however, he brings together in one view his conclusions on the
leading doctrines of religion —the Immortality of the Soul, the
Bible, the Incarnation of Christ —presenting these, as he explains
in his preface, in an expository and not in an argumentative form,
and declaring that the basis for these views is in “the facts of
experiences", and the "result of a life-time of scientific study."
Moreover, he finds that
there is a “profound substratum of truth underlying ancient,
doctrines, and in so far as the progress of science instead of
undermining actually illustrates and illuminates some of them, he
finds it his duty to indicate to the best of his ability "how
Sir Oliver brings forward his Idea of prep-existence in the very
beginning of his book: "There is no real end to anything In the
universe, no end to any real existence; nor is there any beginning."
He argues that the soul will live forever In the future as a
consequence of Its pre-existence: "John Smith was born a few years
ago and will die, but he will not go Into nothingness; and though as
an individual he began at birth, it is not likely that he, any more
than anything else, began from nothing.
The complexity of his
organism, the far-reaching quality of his mind, combined with what
we know of the leisurely processes of nature, forbid the idea of
construction elaborated in such fantastic haste.
The body has been formed
to a given pattern quickly enough; so may a plant grow with great
rapidity; but there must be some entity —even though It be only a
germinal vesicle— which collects and arranges the particles to suit
The specific form of the
structure depends on this entity not on the miscellaneous sources of
Some, kinds of material
can be used, some cannot: those which have been good for food serve
their turn for a time and then are discarded again; but it is the
arranging entity for which we postulate continuous existence.
It is this of which we may
seek to trace the continuous and perennial history. The discarded
body looks dead and dismal enough but that is only because the
energizing sprit which constructed it has gone beyond our ken.
"All analogy, Is against
the idea of disappearance being synonymous with destruction. Death
is change, indeed-a sort of emigration, a wrenching away from old
familiar scenes, a solemn and portentous fact-but it is not
No thoughtful person can
really and consistently believe that he is destined.
To drop head foremost in
the jaws of vacant, nothing, and to cease. " of every kind of
individual existence with a history-with an origin and a termination
-we must ask what before? what after?
For some kinds of
existence we can answer these questions; for others, not.
But we know that beyond
their manifest history there must always be an infinite past and an
infinite future: and hidden antecedence and sequence may in time be
“The experience and memory
of the past survive in our very organization; we are the product of
evolution through the aged. Conscious memory may fail -does fail
-but the effect of experience lasts. And It does not follow that our
conscious memory will always fail; Individuality once begun shall
not again completely cease."
Birth, like death and
marriage, he finds. Is one of the three adventures in human Life:
"An adventure is great as any perhaps -the coming to the planet, the
becoming an individual, attaining a personality which, whether it
begins then or not, at any rate is to continue.
At birth we began a
separate individual existence, but not from nothing.
Children often appear to
retain for a time some intuition some “shadowy recollection, as it
were, of a former state of being. And even adults, in certain moods,
have I gleams of more than mortal things.” and are perplexed, at
times, with a dim reminiscence as of previous experiences."
Taking the pre-existence
of 'the soul for granted, Sir Oliver speculates further: "What
happened before earth-life, we have forgotten -if we ever knew, we
Our individual memory
begins soon after birth. Before that we cannot trace identity.
Perhaps we had none Either we had none, or we have forgotten. The
latter is the more poetic mode - of expression. It is not new. I am
well aware that I am saying nothing new. The doctrine is old; Plato
taught it before the time of Christ.
Wordsworth taught it early
last century - the doctrine that when we enter into flesh we leave
behind all memory of previous existence - all, except for occasional
dim and shadowy recollections which, though they may be stronger in
infancy, occasionally surprise the grown man also, from whose mind
they usually appear to have faded."
This occasional flashing
from a supposedly "dislocated memory" he finds "His suggested by the
analogy of hypnotic trance, and by cases of multiple personality:
where In each of the lower states, or strata of personality, all
memory of what happened in the higher has completely lapsed, until
the appropriate state is again entered.
It Is true, and rather
specially instructive, that in one of the highest states thus
accessible it some times happens that the gaps of memory are filled
up, and all events are more or less recollected -even those of lower
states also; though as a rule the memory is discontinuous, and the
appropriate thread is taken up again on re-entering any given
As to the existence of
angels, and the help which they afford to man in his struggles, Sir
Oliver takes an affirmative' view for which he refers to "facts "
that; are known to him, but which he does not state here."
The idea of angels is
usually treated as fanciful. Imaginative It Is, but: not altogether
fanciful; and though the physical appearance and attributes of such
Imaginary beings may have been overemphasized or misconceived, yet
facts known to me indicate that we are not really lonely in our
struggles, that our destiny is not left to haphazard, that there is
no such thing as laissez faire in a highly organized universe.
Help may be rejected, but
help is available; a ministry of benevolence surrounds us —a cloud
of witnesses— not witnesses only, but helpers, agents, like
ourselves, of the immanent God.
Hidden as they are to our
present senses, poets can realize their presence in moments of
insight, can become aware of their assistance in periods of
dejection —dejection which else would be despair."
From this belief in the
existence and ministry of angels he proceeds to an affirmative
consideration of the doctrine or the Incarnation of God in Christ:
"And the race has also been helped.
A Divine Helper has actually
taken flesh and dwelt among us -full of grace and truth. “The second
man is the Lord from heaven.”
And at this advent season
and Christmas time we commemorate that event. We commemorate it
every time we date a letter; for what does 1910 mean except that we
are counting the years since that event?
The whole Christian world
dates its history from that momentous epoch —the Incarnation.
“We are all incarnations,
all sons of God. In a sense, but at that epoch a Son of God in the
supremest sense took pity on the race, laid aside his majesty, made
himself of no reputation, took upon him the form of a servant, a
minister, entered into our flesh, and lived on the planet as a
peasant, a teacher, a reformer, a martyr.
This is said to have
literally happened; and as a student of science I am bound to say
that, so far as we can I understand such an assertion, there is
nothing In It contrary to accepted knowledge.
I am not testifying to
It because, It is a conventional belief, I am testifying because I
have gradually found that it may be true —because I have gradually
become assurer of the possibility of such an incarnation.
The historical testimony
in its favour is entirely credible. The Christian Churches have hold
of a great truth.
That Is what I want people
to realize distinctly and forcibly and with-out any convention.
Freed, if possible, from
the blinkers of custom, it can be recognized as a reality.
Al that the churches say
about it need not be true... but something is true much better than
they say —something which they and we together are gradually rising
it is a great subject on
which many scholars have written; and what they have said Is well
deserving of study. We should take their writings seriously, but
first we should be assured of the possibility of the solid fact with
which they are dealing —assured that there is a fundamental truth
underlying the tentative conclusions of reverent and studious men.
"Christ did not spring
into existence as the man Jesus of Nazareth. The Christ spirit existed
through all eternity. At birth he became incarnate. Then it was that he
assumed his chosen title, “Son of Man.” Before that he is called the
Companion, the Counsellor, the Word of God, the Word, or the
Thought, or the Logos, the Idea, the Design, the Conception — these
words all help to convey some notion of what is intended.
mystery of the Incarnation we need not speculate, and what He was
before the Incarnation we can hardly express.
The best attempt that has
been made to express it conveys the idea in mystical-and very
beautiful language with which were all familiar: modulating the
great creation then in the beginning God created the heaven and the
“And the Spirit of God
moved upon the the face of the waters” —into poetic utterance still
more magnificent: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by Him; and
without Him was not anything made that was made. And the Word; was made
flesh, and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the glory as the
only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Yes, that is as near as we can get to the extraordinary truth! The
Great! Spirit took pity on the human race, which was blundering
along, afflicted with a terrible burden of sins, with mistaken
notions, of worship —bloody sacrifices, burnt offerings, and all the
machinery a of priest craft, even when it did not fall into
idolatry. A Divine Spirit - “The
Lord from Heaven” —became incarnate, in order to reveal to us the
hidden nature of God —the love, the pity, the long-suffering, the
kindness —all that we had missed or misconceived or that priests had
defaced. He came to tell us what
the kingdom of heaven was really like. In many parables He tried
to make it clear to us. He found it no easy task, but It was His
central message. His constant endeavour, to
convey some sense of the reality and meaning of the Kingdom of
Heaven, and how it might be actually realized on earth. While Incarnate He, too,
had in some real sense, partially forgotten previous existence.
Yet of Him pre-eminently
it may be said that not In entire forgetfulness, but trailing clouds
of glory did He come, from God who was his home.
"We can see that His
divine ancestry must have became intermittently plain to one after
another of those with whom He came into contact as He walked the
Earth in Syria. An extraordinary influence, an effulgence of the
spirit shone through the earthly covering and inspired profound
wonder, enthusiasm, and devotion.
The healing Influence of
the hem of His garment is not beyond what we know may occur. And the Transfiguration
itself, when even his peasant garments shared for a moment in the
blaze of glory, was but a special manifestation, to the few who were
susceptible, of what was more of obscurely there all the time."
In regard to the
prophecies as to the coming of Christ contained in the Old
Testament, the inspiration of which, with certain Qualifications, he
does not doubt, the following remarkable statement is made,
remarkable because of the suggestion conveyed that Sir Oliver Lodge
is in possession of certain "facts " from which he is beginning to
believe in the possibility of foretelling future events: "Do you
think that such prophetic anticipation is impossible?
Do you think It absurd to
suppose that such an event as the Incarnation was foreseen and
heralded, in some fashion more or less distinct?
If you think so it is not
to be wondered at for the possibility of such foresight into
futurity is a strange one. But I believe you are wrong if you think
so nevertheless. Facts are beginning to be
known to me, still obscure and incomplete, which tend to show that
even the birth of a human child, of ordinary parents, a child only
remarkable for the fullness and richness of its nature and for the
destiny soon to overtake It, was predicted, was shadowed forth in
ways obscurer, but subsequently unmistakable, more than a year
before birth. It Is not a subject on
which dogmatism is appropriate; but the conclusion at which I am
gradually arriving is that future events are planned, and are not
haphazard and unforeseen; that arrangement is possible in other
spheres than ours, just as design and foresight are possible among
human beings —anticipations and heraldings of a kind far above our
present power. It is true, but of the same general character.
“Nor is the idea of some
kind of —per-haps automatic, perhaps semi-conscious - choice,
concerning our earthly destiny, foreign to the conception of
inspired and informed philosophers and poets; for the parable in the
tenth book of Plato's Republic, is well known and perception of some
real truth underlying it is the basis of the following apostrophe
addressed to an ordinary human being: “Soul, that In some high world
hast made Pre-natal unbewalling choice, Thro' earth's perplexities
of shade Sternly to suffer and rejoice."
"But however it may be with the individual himself in ordinary
cases. It is practically certain,
in my mind, that anticipation in such matters is Possible, and that
inspired writers may express far more than they know.
"So I have been led to
perceive that the description given of those other utterance.
—Christ's posthumous utterances at the end of Luke's Gospel —may be
essentially true, and that some of the prophecies are genuinely and
properly interpretable in ways of which the writers had barely a
“Behooved It not the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into
his glory? And beginning at Moses and
all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the
things concerning him self.”
"And while still living, he was imbued with the same idea; for did
he not say to a Jewish audience, at a moment of danger and
“Your father Abraham
rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad..."
Through the vista of a
thousand years, the coming of the Messiah had been dimly foreseen by
the great patriarch at inspired moments.
“Then it was that in
answer to their easy, self-satisfied sarcastic retort.
Thou art not yet fifty
years old and hast thou seen Abraham? He made that portentous
utterance, announcing His pre-existence —His eternity; then it was
that He made the claim which they took for blasphemy: “Verily,
verily, I say unto you. Before Abraham was, I Am.”
That statement is clear and unmistakable —it was clear even to them—
so clear that they could only reply with stones.
"The present, the past,
and the future all in some strange sense indistinguishable.
Existence one continuous chain, manifested now, hidden then, but
real always. Before them in flesh stood
the earthly representation or incarnation of a Being who henceforth
would be acclaimed by all Christendom as eternal, Omnipresent,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word Was God."
"World that you observe astonished
the incomprehensible facts without being moved! World that you stay
in the mud and you live comfortably! What do you think about
tomorrow? You will say: "Tomorrow, whoever comes will fix it in
their own way, we will go with what is ours" World though you think
what you say. I ask: And then what will you do when you have moved
away in death? But you will not be in death!"
- Benjamin Solari Parravicini 1972
"The world arrives after the chaos:
the water of purification - the water that will cleanse and grant
the truth of light - the water that will deliver the accuracy of the
Faith - the water that will give away the certainty of hope. The
water that will make love in charity. The water arrives with Jesus.
The water that arrives with the cross - Drink it World!"
- Benjamín Solari Parravicini 1972
The Hospitallers Order of the Good News: Teaches Hydropathy and
Teaches the Eternal Teaching of the Living Christ.
"Unification of ideas and religions
- The unification of ideas comes. of procedures. of races -
Unification of the mundane Babel in the "Cross Bordered""
- Benjamín Solari Parravicini 1972
The Hospitallers Order of the Good News teaches the unification of
new Faith will say: a cross has been born and it is that of
Byzantium, but it will not be so, because she will have the Circle,
God and the Heart; Love. There comes the
unification of ideas, of procedures, of races;
unification of the mundane Babel on the "Cross
Benjamín Solari Parravicini
The Cross of the Hospitallers Order
of the Good News is a Golden Bordered Cross, with its 4 arms of the
cross in equal lengths meaning balance and equality, the gold colour
meaning the light of the sun symbolic of the Light of the Teaching
"The love of the
millennium will show the new cross of the renewed Faith - And the
new Cross will be in the field of Brotherhood!"
Benjamín Solari Parravicini
The Hospitallers Order of the Good News was established in 2016 in
the New Millennium, to renew the Faith of Christ in the field of
"The anonymous being that comes
close, ringing the Bell of voices - I will bring to the world the
lantern of redemption, because the voices speak to the four winds
the truth of the water and the truth of the cross - but I bring two
envelopes that they see, but they do not say yet - they will say on
the day of the scream!"
Benjamín Solari Parravicini
The Hospitallers of the Good News work is to teach the Truth of the
usage of Water to Cure and the Truth of the Gospel of Christ in all
corners of the world.
"The new crusade will begin with
the fumes. Three will be, and three will be its stages -
Love in love! and Christ!"
- Benjamín Solari Parravicini
The Hospitallers Order of the Good News was established by three
individuals, and its ruled by three members of the Governing
Council. Also its admission process consists in three stages.
Probation Period 1 Year. Joining Period 7 Years. The Last stage is
the Teaching of the Initiation in the Mysteries of Humankind,
Creation and Divinity.
"The new Faith will transform the
discarded civilization - The"Cross
will give FAITH".
- Benjamín Solari Parravicini
The Hospitallers Order of the Good News has the Secret Knowledge to
Establish a New Civilization based in the Teachings and Light of
Christ God Humankind.
"The New Cross will
- Benjamín Solari
With the Teachings of the Order, and in possession of that knowledge
no one can revert to atheism.
"Border, Sun, Love,
Light. The New Cross and the Renewed Church!"
- Benjamín Solari Parravicini
The Golden Bordered Cross the Symbol of Christ which is the symbol
of the Order.
"Crossed pilgrims will
run the fields proclaiming the truth of the "Cross Bordered"
- The world will be in Love".
- Benjamín Solari
The Man of the Gospel has Arrived! Search for Him!
The Crusaders arrive and will be
Legion. The Bordered Cross.
This is the main Subject of the
Teachings of the Order
"Christ will come. The Truth of what
is real, and of the unreal will be known, then that both truths
where always one. That will be the revelation of the beginning."