The Light of Reason
Edited by James Allen
Vol. II. August 1st, 1902 No. 3
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 letters from the member before them, they are to add another letter, and pass them all on to the next member. When they reach the last person in the Circle they are to be passed back again through each member for the purpose of reading only, and on reaching the initiatory member, the packet of letters will be sent to us, and we will endeavor to get some good readable matter from them.
Many people are puzzled and confused concerning the meaning of the term, the Law, which we frequently employ in this journal; and some even imagine that we refer to the Mosaic Law. By the Law, we mean that invisible Power, immanent in all created things, by which the eternal equipoise is maintained. This Law is one, although it has a variety of aspects and modes of working. In the material realm it is known as Cause and Effect. By it the suns and planets are maintained in their courses, and every speck of dust is subjected to its governance. In the mental and moral region, the Law is called Justice, and here every act, every thought, every desire, even to the most trivial whim, is weighed in the balances and receives its just equivalent. In the Spiritual Sphere it is Restitution, love, perfect harmony without the pain, violence and unrest that obtain on the other planes of being.
Justice and Love are not antagonistic, they are different aspects of the One Law. It is in accordance with the most perfect love that men should suffer so long as they continue to sin, and that blessings manifold should be their portion when they cease from sin. When perfect justice is comprehended, perfect love stands revealed.
This Law cannot be found in books. It is written indelibly on the human heart. Conscience is its monitor, suffering its exhortator, and by overcoming self its perfection is perceived. With it " there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning," and it is because of its eternal fixity and absolute unchangeableness that salvation from sin and suffering is a living, vital actuality.
When the abstract meaning of the Law is fully perceived, and obedience to its demands is faithfully practiced, sin ceases and suffering passes away. Then come Love, Compassion, Patience, calmness of mind, and pure knowledge into the heart, filling the places where formerly dwelt hatred, hardness of heart, anger, unrest, and ignorance.
"The Law of the Lord is perfect" and he whose spiritual eyes are enlightened by a knowledge of that Law, can no longer accuse, condemn, find fault, or grow impatient with others. All sin is seen to be the result of ignorance, the outgrowth of a wrong understanding of things, and there is room only for a deep and far-reaching compassion embracing every human being and every suffering thing. Nor is there longer any room for condemning creeds, religions, organizations, or systems. Men formulate these in accordance with their idea of what is right, and put into them what measure of good and evil is within themselves. Systems change with every age, but evil and suffering continue because men do not purify their hearts. When men are pure, systems and customs will be pure, and the world will be pure.
Knowledge of the law, therefore, puts an end to all condemnation; it closes forever the fleshly vision which fosters hatred, and opens the pure spiritual eye which sees and fosters Love. By it, a man sees that he cannot be pure for another, but that he can only be pure of himself, and that by his own sin he is fostering the evil which he condemns in another and in the world. He then refrains from condemning others, and begins to purify himself. No man can put the world right, but each man can put himself right, and when all have done this, there will be no more evil left in the world, and every folly will be righted, every wrong redressed.
He who seeks the Law will find it; and he who knocks earnestly and unselfishly at the Door of Truth, will not knock in vain, for it will open unto him, and he will enter the sacred presence of the Lord of Life.
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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.