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 has a mathematical, not an arbitrary, basis, and that the mathematical laws are ceaselessly at work in the moral and spiritual realms, just as they are in the physical, governing and adjusting the thoughts and acts of men. The following brief extract from the section on "Addition and Subtraction" will give some idea of the nature of the work: "Our character at any time is the result or sum of all our thoughts and acts up to that time; no single one fails in its influence for good or evil. The noble character must be patiently built up by the ceaseless addition of what is noble and the ceaseless subtraction of what is ignoble. There is no possibility of avoiding this—no loophole by which to escape in the one case more than the other." All abstruse scientific terms are avoided, and the subject is dealt with in language at once simple, musical and expressive, so that deep truths are rendered attractive to the ordinary reader. Every page is alive with vigorous thought.
Light from the East. Being selections from the teachings of Buddha, arranged by Edith Ward. This is another volume of the same series as the above, and by the same publishers, It is a compilation from the Buddhistic Scriptures. The arrangement and classification of the extracts is admirable, and the very pith of the teaching is given, freed from modern accretions and corruptions. The book will be welcomed by all who are drawn toward Eastern teaching, and those who love to read and meditate upon the words of the wise will find this little volume a splendid introduction to the life and teachings of that lowly and beautiful Teacher, Gautama the Buddha.
Truth, Strength and Freedom, or Mental and Spiritual Evolution, by Alexander Haig, M.D. Published by John Bale, Sons and Danielsson, London. Doctor Haig's works on health are deservedly well known and widely appreciated, but in this work the author comes before us in a new light, that of a moral and spiritual teacher. He treats of the Law of Cause and Effect in its moral application, and shows how terrible are the consequences which those ignorant or careless of its working bring upon themselves, and also how beautiful are the results which the enlightened and the good reap by their obedience to that law. The book is characterized by a strong earnestness, and a fire which at times almost reaches the prophetic. We cannot too highly commend this work.
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James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.