The Light of Reason
Edited by James Allen
Vol. I. June 1st, 1902 No. 6
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 the four corners of the earth we are receiving journals and pamphlets breathing forth the spirit of brotherhood and concord, and scores of letters are reaching us, both from those near home and those in distant lands, speaking of love and joy, of spiritual strength and power, and redolent of peace.
The Light of Reason was born of goodwill: in the spirit of goodwill it was sent out, and its object is to spread abroad and propagate goodwill amongst all men and nations. And amongst many creeds we have found our spiritual brothers and sisters, men and women who have realized that the life of purity and self-control and goodwill, which is the life of Truth, is superior to all creeds and religions. And with these we rejoice, and they rejoice with us, and one of the letters received we are glad to publish, believing that it will stimulate and strengthen those of our readers who have not fully realized the unbroken bliss of Truth. It is as follows, and it comes from a lady in Lahore, India:
"A friend of mine in England has sent me the last two numbers of your Magazine. Though I do not know what the needs of the English public are, yet it seems to me that these words, breathing such warm, tender love and sympathy, will reach the depths of every heart that seeks the Light. Decidedly its most fascinating aspect is its broad spirit of brotherhood, which recognizes the Will of God in each and every Teacher who has taught the Way to the people in various tongues, and in various ways, but ever with the same underlying Verities.
"From this far-off spot I send you my warmest wishes that the spread of the Magazine will be far and wide, helping to unite all men with the fragrant chains of everlasting love."
By the spirit of hatred (one of the forms of which is exclusiveness in religion), men separate themselves from one another, and scourge themselves with brands of suffering. In the life of goodwill there is no separation, but a binding together of the hearts of men with golden cords of love. In the practice of goodwill only is God found. The man who believes that his own creed is Truth, and all other creeds are error, and who engages in condemnation, cannot apprehend good- will, and can have no knowledge of the Divine. Condemnation, accusation, fault-finding and selfish argument can have no place in the life of goodwill. In these things we once lived, but now, knowing their utter darkness, we have abandoned them and have established ourselves in goodwill, and we find it a safe harbor and a pleasant refuge.
We have no creed to defend, no special revelation to maintain, no occult secrets to guard. A clean heart, an enlightened mind, and a life adjusted to Truth—this is our religion. We have found nothing higher than this, nothing purer, nothing more beautiful, nothing so destructive of darkness, delusion and suffering.
Goodwill is the beginning, the middle and the end of our doctrine. It is the expression and image of the Divine in man. Standing upon that doctrine, we know that we are safe, and none shall entice us from its over-shadowing protection. It is sweet and healing and strength-giving, and is full of love and peace. This is that which shall beautify every religion; without this a religion is but a dead and empty shell.
"We know in whom we have believed," and we can trust the Spirit of Love, and we do trust. We give forth that which we know, and have no word of blame for those who do not agree with us. We know that those who are tired of sin and strife, and of sectarian quarreling, will listen and will reason gently with us, and sooner or later will enter the path which leads to the realization of the highest Good.
And will young authors who aspire to this realization, and are zealous of writing for this journal, bear in mind that the spirit of strife must not soil our pages. When you sit down to write an article for us, take out of your heart all hard, unkind, and unworthy thoughts, and what truth you have, state it, and leave it to bear its own fruit. Do not go out of your way to attack another man's religion, and avoid sarcasm and cynicism as deadly poisons, bearing in mind that life is too sacred to waste in vain disputations about religion, and that this journal is designed to help those who have turned their backs upon such follies, and have set out to earnestly search for "The Glad City of Peace."
Be steadfast, heart, and know that strength divine
Belongs to thee; cease from thy turmoil, mind,
And thou the everlasting Rest shalt find.
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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.