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Editorial

The Light of ReasonJuly 1902Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. II. July 1st, 1902 No. 1 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. The present issue of The Light of Reason commences the second volume. We find that six numbers bound together make a beautiful…
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The Crowning of the King

Concurrently with the publication of this journal the world's foremost king will be crowned. King Edward VII., the last of a long monarchical line, will ascend the throne of his fathers, and will receive upon his head the supreme diadem of the earth. The ceremony will be attended with a…
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Freedom (Poem)

When wilt thou be,O Soul of mine, from all thy fetters free?When shall thy lightBurst like the sunrise through the shrouding night,And with the vision of a purer day,Reveal the holy way? When shall thy voice,Ringing through all my nature, cry "Rejoice, I am thy King!A King whose reign shall…
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Thoughts and Fancies

What a curious world is this! When on some autumnal evening, while the rain beats on the window, and the wild wind is whirling the brown leaves through the darkness, you, tired with the day's work, sit cozily beside a if warm tire, thoughts and fancies which have is no…
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The Ringing Word (Poem)

The ringing word goes round the worldThat man's a slave no longer:The kingdom of the coming timeIs his to win by highest thought,And works of love in wisdom wrought,Till light shall over darkness triumph,And all things beautiful and strong grow fairer, stronger. The ringing word goes round the worldThat man…
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The Law of Compensation

The curse causeless shall not come.—Pro. XXXI. 2. THAT heart that looks only at the appearance of things, and not at the reality, at the surface but never into the depths, must constantly be tossed hither and thither, one day upon the crest of the waves of hope, and the…
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The New Life (Poem)

For long years has thy pleading voice been heardUnanswered; now some hidden hand which heldMe through the darkness has at last dispelled(On this rare morning, since Thy voice upstirredThe thrilling joy-note of the early bird)All fears of that dim night-time; and has knelledThe death of baser motive, and compelledMy spirit…
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The Knowledge That Brings Peace

There are two distinct kinds of knowledge—(1) knowledge of natural or historical facts, and (2) knowledge of internal principles. The former is tersely expressed by the term learning, the latter by the word wisdom. These two paths of knowledge are eternally separate. They not only do not merge into each…
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The Finding of Wisdom (Poem)

I sought the world, but peace was not there;I courted learning, but Truth was not revealed;I sojourned with philosophy, but my heart was sore with vanity.And I cried, "Where is Peace to be found?And where is the hiding-place of Truth?"In Humility I found Peace,In the practice of Righteousness Truth was…
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Two Points of View

When a man turns from the sin and folly of the past, and is determined upon nothing short of a new life, a life of righteousness and truth, he soon becomes intensely eager that others should join with him in the Divine quest. This feeling is natural and praiseworthy, but…
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Life's Music (Poem)

Around the shipwreck of our mortal life,Beyond its tragedy of pain and death,Above the hurricane and heated breathOf passion, soft the healing music strivesFor utterance within the fevered soul,To bring it harmony, and make it whole. Above the noisy discord and the fretOf daily life (if one could but be…
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Under the Surface

Many arguments are brought forward by people in order to prove that God's justice does not apply to this world. Quotations from the Old and New Testaments are brought forward as proof positive that it is quite possible for the truly innocent to suffer unjustly, and all sorts of suppositional…
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Substantial Comfort (Part 3)

Just as the animal to a great degree dies out of the man's life, so the man to a great degree dies out of the God-man's life, his little selfish personality disappears, and he believes Universal Being to be himself. Then, and not till then, does he know how strong,…
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Keep Out of the Past (Poem)

Keep out of the Past; it is lonelyAnd barren and bleak to the view;Its Fires have grown cold, and its stories are tit old;Turn, turn to the Present—the New. Today leads you up to the hill-topsThat are kissed by the radiant sun;Today shows no tomb, life's hopes are in bloom,And…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

Miss S. E. S.—As the author of the book "From Poverty to Power," I am pleased to answer your questions concerning its teaching:— First— By the term "soul-vision" is not meant astral sight, but direct spiritual perception, which is only obtained by controlling and purifying the mind. Second—By the statement…
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Reviews of Books

The Reformer's Year Book. Edited and published by Joseph Edwards, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow. A book of 190 pages of close matter; it contains articles on Brotherhood, Co-operation, Socialism, etc., with reports of the various reform organizations. A number of excellent portraits of reformers adorn its pages, amongst them being that of…
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