The Light of Reason
Edited by James Allen
Vol. II. July 1st, 1902 No. 1
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 and proportionate book, whereas twelve numbers would make an ugly and bulky volume. Every six issues will, therefore, constitute a volume. We will give particulars of bindings and price of bound volume next month.
ln our March issue we invited our readers to cooperate with us in forming Corresponding Circles, by the aid of which they might be brought into actual touch with each other, with a view to mutual help in lofty modes of thought and nobility of effort. We are now able to announce that three such Circles have been put into operation. Correspondents, whose tendencies of thought are akin, are brought together in the same Circle, so that each circle has its own dominant note or leading tendency of thought. In Circle No. 1 the tendency is Emersonian and Ruskinian, which is determined by the authors most read by the members of the Circle. No. 2 Circle leans toward Carlyle, poetry and the higher fiction, while the most powerful tendency of No. 3 Circle is toward the higher fiction—Dickens, Thackeray, Kingsley, Corelli, etc. Our Kidderminster brother, at whose suggestion these Circles were formed, in a kind letter to us writes, "I Hope our Circles will all be loving ones," and this also we look for, that correspondents shall strive to help each other in ways of charity and goodwill, and shall stimulate one another to thoughts, and words, and actions, in accordance with the spirit of Truth.
The third edition of the book, From Poverty to Power, is just now published by the Savoy Publishing Company. This book passed through two editions in less than ten months, and has found friends the world over. To many of the readers of The Light of Reason it has become a constant companion, and those who have learned to love it for the teaching it contains, will now be able to get it (for themselves or friends) in a beautiful and attractive dress. The book is much larger (not as regards matter), is printed in large clear type on beautiful paper, and is handsomely bound in grey and gold, with gilt top. The cover is enriched with an original symbolical design, which has added greatly to the cost of production, and altogether the volume now forms an elegant gift book. Those of our friends who complained of the plain and inartistic appearance of the first two editions, will find in this edition an aesthetic as well as a spiritual companion. The price will remain the same, but postage will be charged when sent through the post. See advertisement in this issue. Those who wish to make the book known amongst their friends should send to the Savoy Publishing Company for a number of leaflets.
Those of our readers who have not yet read From Poverty to Power will find it in harmony with the teaching of this journal. It is the fruit of a manifold experience, and deals, not with unsubstantial theories, but with the actualities of human life and of the human heart. A life of perfect peace and blessedness, and of true success and lasting influence, by means of self-government and self-enlightenment, is its keynote, and this teaching is being received with great joy by those who are ready for it.
Blessed is that day, and not to be forgotten, when a man discovers that he himself is his own undoer and his own savior. That within himself is the cause of all his suffering and lack of knowledge, and that also within is the source of all peace, enlightenment, and Godliness. Selfish thoughts, impure desires, and acts not shaped by Truth, are the baneful seeds from which all suffering springs; while selfless thoughts, pure aspirations, and the sweet acts of Truth are the seeds from which all blessedness grows.
He who will control himself will put an end to all his sufferings; he who will purify him-self will destroy all his ignorance, and will find the imperishable Principles of Truth; he who will deny himself will find the holy place where calmness lives.
He who governs his tongue is greater than a successful disputant in the arena of intellectualism; he who controls well his mind is more powerful than the king of many nations, and he who holds himself in entire subjection is more than gods and angels. When a man who is enslaved by self realizes that he must work out his own salvation, in that moment he will rise up in the dignity of his divine manhood and say, "Henceforward I will be a master in Israel, and not a slave in the House of Bondage."
Carves to the grave one pathway all his own;
And, heeding naught that men may think or say,
Asks but his soul if doubtful of the way.
This poem is selected from Byways of Blessedness
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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.