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Editorial

The Light of ReasonAugust 1902Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. II. August 1st, 1902 No. 3 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. Three Light of Reason Corresponding Circles are now in operation. Members of these circles should note that on receiving the letter or…
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A Word to the Members of Our Correspondence Circles

The formation of these "Circles" constitutes an attractive feature of this journal—one eminently calculated to extend both its circulation and its usefulness—and its present readers owe a real debt of gratitude to our thoughtful friend who originated the idea. It is patent to all who have been reading The Light…
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Reason (Poem)

Why asketh thou thus after my name, seeing it is a secret?—Judges xiii. 18 (A. V.) I ask of Thee, for I would humbly know,Where I can find a hidden place with Thee.I want to tell my doubtings, and to showMy weakness leans to frequent frailty.But Thou hast said, "My…
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The Flesh and the Spirit

When men and women turn round upon the old life of self-will, and assay to walk the pathway of obedience to the Divine Law, it is at first extremely difficult for them to distinguish between the promptings of the flesh and those of the Spirit; so much so that the…
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A Chant of the Strong (Poem)

Ye are strong in your gold and gear,Ye are strong in your Hocks and herds,—Ye are strong in the charm of a stout right arm,And the pow'r of your burning words,And ye hold your weapons true—But the battle is not unto you. Do ye dare to look on your sin,Can…
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Ideals

"Ah, he is an idealist." The words are usually spoken with an accent of contempt, sometimes the infliction of the speaker's voice is merely compassionate. And yet we may indeed, even the most practical, the most materialistic of us, thank God for the presence of the idealist among us now…
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Sufficient Unto the Day (Poem)

We have not laid our hand's best action down,Nor have we sung the sweetest songs that riseWithin the heart: nor seen with wakened eyesThe thorns and laurels that shall be our crown. The future pathway none can see, nor roam;None fly from marge to marge, to touch the spotOf some…
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Individual Progress

"We cannot lose anything by the Progress of the Soul." The soul's possessions are real and everlasting. The soul's expectations shall not be disappointed. There can hardly be a doubt in any mind that there is much more in existence than simply sleeping and waking and eating and drinking, and…
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The Finding of the Way

There is a legend of a man who thought he was pursued by an evil being. His ricks were fired, his barns unroofed, his cattle destroyed, his lands blasted, and his first-born slain. So he lay in wait for the monster where it lived in the chasms near his house,…
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God's Kin (Poem)

There is no summit you may not attain,No purpose that you may not yet achieve,If you will wait serenely, and believeEach seeming loss is but a step to'rd gain. Between the mountain tops lie vale and plain;Let nothing make you question, doubt or grieve;Give only good, and good alone receive;And…
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Thinking

Surely as I have thought so shall it come to pass.—Isa. xiv. 24. We hear and read a great deal about the power and influence of men's words and the results of their actions, but we read and hear comparatively little concerning men's thoughts, the great influence and power of…
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Reform

Reform implies power, and power begins not with externals, but in the source. All proceeds from spirit to realization by agents that must be made receptive. We desire water, and we go to the source, and construct from it an aqueduct. We desire a certain effect, and must thereto create…
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Evolution (Poem)

Ye cannot escape me, O children of earth!For I am the essence of all that hath been—Of chaos, selection, possession and change,—And I am the prophet of all that shall be!I lay in the depths of the far-reaching cave!I slept in the slow-creeping Saurian's heart!I shivered the air with my…
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Brotherhood

The legend of Cain and Abel tells us that early in human experience the possibility of unbrotherliness in the family was discovered and recorded. And yet in all ages, the great cry of human souls has been for unity and brotherhood. The great central principle of all religion, has been…
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The Continuity of Life

We are accustomed to think and speak of life in a very foolish and even false manner. We think of it as short, ephemeral, evil. We say our years are "as a tale that is told," and "as a watch in the night," or we lament that they are "few…
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The Joyful Life

To be ushered into turmoil, blindly toil a few years through its fitful maze, and then go out in darkness is surely not the method of wise design. Life must mean more than this, and it does mean more. Man is the builder, and to him is given all the…
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The Temporal and the Eternal

The things which we behold, and on which we can pass our judgment, are of relative value; but the things which we cannot see, and on which we cannot pass judgment, are of absolute worth. The things which are without, exist in Time: but those which are within, repose on…
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Now (Poem)

Thou art what the present finds thee:Leave tradition, grasp today;It is Hope and Fear that blinds thee—Fear not then if Duty binds thee—Seize thou life, and leave decay. Why encumbered with the fiction;Man in childhood chanced to weave?Why on dogma base conviction?Truth can ne'er impose restriction—Right and reason—these believe.
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Our Talk With Correspondents

J. C. B.—The question to which you require "a definite reply," is, in itself, somewhat indefinite. We cannot presume to dictate to others as to what particular acts should or should not be regarded as "a matter of principle," as each person should follow the dictates of his, or her,…
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Reviews of Books

Ideals of Life and Citizenship. Select Pieces from the Best Authors; chosen by C. E. Maurice. Published by Francis Riddell Henderson, 26, Paternoster Square, London. This is a choice volume of 198 pages, consisting of selections from the best English and American authors from Chaucer down to F. D. Maurice.…
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Magazines Received

The Christian Life. A Unitarian organ. Editorial Office, 5, Fetter Lane, London, E.C. The Philosophical Journal. Edited by T. G. Newman, 1429, Market Street, San Francisco, California. Established in 1865. The Indian Messenger. A journal devoted to religious, social, moral, and educational topics. Published at 211, Cornwallis Street, Calcutta. The…
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