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Editorial

The Light of ReasonApril 1902Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. I. April 1st, 1902 No. 4 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. Are our troubles and sufferings entirely the result of our own ignorance and wrong-doing, or are they partly or wholly brought about…
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Temptation

The soul, in its journey towards perfection, passes through three distinct stages. The first is the animal stage, in which the man is content to live in the gratification of his senses, unawakened to the knowledge of sin, or of his divine inheritance, and altogether unconscious of the spiritual possibilities…
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Rest on a Mountain (Poem)

(Colle De La Faucille-Chamounix.) Here for a little space I lay me downIn silence and alone,Around me, huge peaks tower, each snowy crown'Mid dazzling sunlight shown,I, Nature's child, upon her bosom lean,Mother and Queen! Blue gentians, mountain roses, round me spreadTheir colour harmony,While first faint harbingers of sunset redDawn in…
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Substantial Comfort (Part 1)

Conditions and circumstances cease to press us in proportion to the Spiritual Power we bring to bear upon them; the slightest trial may prove severe, and the severest trial light, according to the Spiritual Power with which we meet it; so that the thing to be considered is not the…
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The Standard of Goodness

Goodness pure and simple is very much misunderstood; we speak of this or that as being good, but do not give a second thought as to whether we are using the word rightly or wrongly. A little time ago a man, speaking about an acquaintance, said it that he was…
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Devotion (Poem)

O God! my soul to Thee has ever clung;When doubting most, then most for Thee I've longed;Forgive each doubt that e'er my heart has wrung,Each doubt, O God, that e'er Thy love has wronged. I seek for Thee in vain in human creeds,In vain I try in words to clothe…
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Tribulation

Born for sound and sense this is one of the most beautiful and suggestive words in the English language. It is singularly musical, picturesque, and meaningful. Derived, as it is, from the Latin, it means that operation to which our cereal food is subjected in order to separate the grain…
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Self-Reliance (Poem)

None but thyself can live thy life; none otherCan work for thee. Collect experience;Trust to thyself, nor lean not on thy brotherAll is in thee, and shall develop hence. Convince thyself thy life below is needed,Else were it not projected on this plane.Can God be cheated? Hath His plan succeeded?Doubt…
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Now and Eternity

We were idly lying on the swelling ocean, one dark night, off the Indian shore. Leaning over the ship's side, I gazed into the black night and meditated on the mystery of God. But for an occasional movement in the water, caused by a native boat, all was silent. Presently,…
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Rest

And so beside the silent seaI wait the muffled oar,No harm can come from Him to meOn ocean or on shore. I know not where His islands liftTheir fronded palms in air,I only know I cannot driftBeyond His love and care. Water is peaceful, and extends its beneficent action throughout…
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Personal Influence

"O, I don't care, I shall do it!" How often this expression either forms in our minds or is heard from the lips of others, when contemplating an action which it is desired to do but is known to be wrong. "After all, what does it matter, it only concerns…
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Sympathy (Poem)

Shall I walk apartWrapped in a cloak of selfishness and pride,If a poor brother struggling by my side,Faint and sore of heart,Doth plead that aid my duty to provide?Shall I my brother's load refuse to shareSaying, "'Tis nought of mine, 'tis thine to bear? Shall I shrink to claspThe guilty…
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The Inward Reality

Daily contemplation or meditation on truth and duty, and earnest aspiration, are as necessary to the health and progress of the spiritual nature or higher soul, as our daily material food is to the sustenance and welfare of the physical body. It may truly be said to be the "daily…
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Heaven and Hell

The noble man has a noble Kingdom; it extends as far and wide as his thought and love can reach. The base man has a mean kingdom; but still it is his own. If he so wills, he can broaden it, better it. He can lose it only through his…
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Gems of Truth From Carlyle

Soul is kindled only by soul. The sincere alone can recognize sincerity. All true work of a man must and will accomplish itself. An irreverent knowledge is no knowledge. The selfish wish to shine over others, let it be accounted altogether poor and miserable. Do the duty which lies nearest…
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Our Talk With Corespondents

A. E. W.—Your desire to help your "brother man" is good and noble, but you can only help others in so far as you have purified and uplifted yourself. You cannot lead men beyond where you yourself have travelled, therefore do not cease to reach out toward the eternally good…
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Reviews of Books

Mathematical Law in the Spiritual World, by Eustace Miles, M.A. Published by George Bell and Sons, London. This is an artistic and attractive little volume, but beautiful as is the outside, it cannot compare with the intellectual and spiritual beauty of the contents. The author shows that all true religion…
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Magazines Received

"Light", a journal of Psychical, Occult and Mystical Research. 110, St. Martin's Lane, W.C. Weekly. "Expression," a journal of Mind and Thought. 211, Edgware Road. Monthly. "The New Order," an unconventional journal which endeavors to promote the union of conduct with belief and goodwill among men. Edited by F. R.…
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