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The Light of ReasonJune 1902Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. I. June 1st, 1902 No. 6 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. The spirit of goodwill is in the world today. Never in the range of history was its power so markedly manifest. From…
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Unity

Who, that has eyes to see and mind to appreciate the visible wonders of the mystery of life, is a stranger to the beautiful phenomenon of the birth of a moth or butterfly? Crushed and awry it emerges from "a sleep and a forgetting," out of its strange self-constructed prison.…
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The Divine is All (Poem)

O Earth! thou hast not any wind which blowsWhich is not music. Every weed of thine,Pressed rightly, flows in aromatic wine;And every humble hedgerow flower that grows,And every little brown bird that doth sing,Hath something greater than itself, and bearsA loving word to every living thing,Albeit it holds the message…
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Substantial Comfort (Part 2)

I have set up a new motto and it is "No matter." Whatever happens this is what I would say and feel, because it is a great and grand truth. Absolutely nothing matters to those who realize their oneness with God; how can it? Infinite Power is above and beyond…
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Song of Love (Poem)

There is a power that lightens life,A power that worketh wondrously,That turneth toil into a joy,That bringeth mirth to every heart,And gladness out of every deed;That winneth out of labour strength,Light-heartedness, and health, and rest,And giveth it the highest giftOf blessing to the sons of men;This is the mighty power…
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Faith

A wise man will not seek to begin any "new religion" or to attack any old one. If possible, he will pass by even accreted errors. The best service to men is to remind them of the primal truths, the truths that knock daily at their doors unheeded, and to…
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Two Poets' Testimony

Would it be possible to find in the whole range of modern poetry a greater contrast than between Walt Whitman and Robert Browning; the one typical of the vigorous, if somewhat undisciplined, vitality of the new Western World; the other, of power held in reserve, and of generations of culture,…
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Evil (Poem)

One Absolute exists: 'tis Love—'tis God!And Evil—dreamin child of Time and Space(A finite pair)—unwitting, works God's Will,To bring—if need be, through lone paths of pain—Chasten'd and meek, rebellious man to Heav'n.Our ills are discords unresolved in Time,That make sweet concord in Eternity. I reverently bless God the Father for what…
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Loneliness

There is probably not in the world a soul that is absolutely free from the longing for human sympathy, while in some the desire for it rises at times to passionate intensity. Certainly Emerson's dictum, "Men descend to meet," contains a profound truth, and it is undeniable that great minds…
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The Inward Purity (Poem)

Find ye that life is anguish, and that self-love is a chainThat binds thy quivering soul, and cuts with biting stings of pain?Grieve ye where Slander's serpents trail beneath fair flowers of Trust?Or weep where Friendship buried lies 'neath Hatred's fulsome dust?Then listen,—Selfish sweets are brief, and fleeting selfhood's ties,But…
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Usefulness

The measure of true human happiness is the sum of our usefulness to others. We cannot do an act of kindness without participating in the benefit done, both directly in improving our character, and indirectly in having made the world better. It should be the prime object of everyone to…
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Transition (Poem)

I stand and pause betwixt two lives of mine.The one now closed how sadly incomplete,Filled out with customs dull, habits effete,Vague, careless deeds, all lacking discipline.The tendrils of this life I will untwineWith ruthless hand, and tread them under I feet,Resolved the pain such action brings to meetWith patience, and…
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Justice

Justice is the attribute of the Supreme Being, upon which we most rely for the comprehension of our failures. We aim high, and for some unknown reason do not succeed in attaining the goal of our aspirations. Yet to live up to a high ideal even in a failing human…
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The Simplication of Life

Civilization is that which tends to make a man the best sort of national unit, and progress is his approach to that ideal. On this point the collective wisdom of the ages seems to be agreed; namely, that man in best sub-serving his own ends, consciously or unconsciously sub-serves the…
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The Immortal Man

Immortality is here and now, and is not a speculative something beyond the grave. It is a lucid state of consciousness in which the sensations of the body, the varying and unrestful states of mind, and the circumstances and events of life are seen to be of a fleeting, and…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

E. A. V.—No, we do not think we should be "justified in saying" that such a man as you describe had an unusually large percentage of "good" in him, but we fail to see what relation such description has with Mr. Hugo Wright's article, "The Standard of Goodness," which you…
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Reviews of Books

Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness. By Dr. David S. Jordan. Published by John Bale, Sons, and Danielson, Great Titchfreld Street, Oxford Street, W. In this small pamphlet of sixteen pages there is more moral stimulus than is contained in half a dozen ordinary volumes. It is full of…
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Magazines Received

"Anubis." A journal of Occultism. Edited and Published by Florence L. J. Voisin, 14, Arcadian Gardens, Wood Green, London, N. Quarterly. "Modern Astrology." Edited by Alan Leo. Published by L. N. Fowler & Co., Imperial Arcade, London, E.C. Monthly. "Wings of Truth." Devoted to Metaphysics, Mental Science, Spiritualism, &c. Edited…
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