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The Light of ReasonMay 1903Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. III. May 1st, 1903 No. 5 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. Let the rays of reason from within shine through and lighten the darkness of our minds.Let us face life without flinching, being…
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Through the Gate of Good

Through the Gate of Good Or, Christ and Conduct V The Vine and the Branches I am the Vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.—Jesus as the Christ (John 15:5)…
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God in Man (Poem)

Where'er great pity is and piteousness;Where'er great love and love's strange sorrow stay;Where'er men cease to curse, but bend to blessFrail brethren fashion'd like themselves of clay; Where'er the lamb and lion side by sideLie down in peace; where'er on land or seaInfinite Love and Mercy heavenly-eyedEmerge, there stirs the…
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God's Picture-Puzzle (Part 4)

It is the duty of every man to study the laws of his own spiritual evolution and, as becometh an earnest investigator, to record the result of his observations and experiments—a duty, it may be added, which he owes not only to himself but also to his fellow creatures, for…
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The True Man (Poem)

A Man is he who helps his brothers onWith cheery word and smile or kindly deed;Who never treats with high imperious airsThose who may serve him.He who, though just, is merciful,And ne'er inllicts on others needless pain;And draws all hearts by silken threads of loveSo slight, so delicate, and yet…
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The Road to Heaven

Distracted with worldly cares and troubles, and wearied and perplexed with the mysteries and problems of life, at last fell into a deep sleep, and had a vision. In my dream I stood in the center of an open space, out of which ran highways and byways of all forms…
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The Word (Poem)

Lo, I am with thee, even to the end;Though thou be sore bereft, though every friendForsake or disappoint thee, I am thine,To strengthen thee and help, and thou art Mine. My Love will not forsake thee, though the lightIs blotted for a while from thy soul's sight,Sweet as the scent…
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Courage

O to struggle against great odds, to meet enemies undaunted!To be entirely alone with them, to find how much one can stand!To look strife, torture, prison, popular odium, face to face!To mount the scaffold, to advance to the muzzles of guns with perfect nonchalance.—Walt Whitman The key-note of all success…
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What I Said to My Heart (Poem)

I said to my heart, "Take courage,Life is before thee yet;Arise in all holy silence,And banish thy deep regret.What, though some secret longingThat cannot be repress'tBinds thee a willing captive,Whose only thought is rest. "Conquer it, conquer it nobly;Yield not thine arms too soon,'Tis easy to fight in the morning,But…
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Contentment

To cultivate a contented spirit is a very necessary beginning to a regenerate life; it is a preliminary step to all the higher virtues, therefore we should all cultivate it. Perhaps it maybe thought by some to be so difficult to attain that it can hardly be considered as a…
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My Kingdom

I do not ask for any crown,But that which all may win;Nor try to conquer any worldExcept the world within.Be Thou my guide until I find,Led by a tender hand,The happy kingdom in myself,And dare to take command. This poem is a selection of a poem called "My Kingdom".
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Good and Evil

We know nothing except by relations—comparisons. We can, therefore, radically understand nothing at all. Thus, with light and darkness we do not really know what light is, but we know, or rather experience, that darkness exists when there is space without light. And but for the condition, when there is…
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Be Strong

Let us be poised and wise, and our own today.—Emerson Hearken to the wind as it sweeps o'er the great wide plains, tearing, hurling, cleansing, stopping at nothing, flinging all to the ground as it rushes on its way. Are we too going to be beaten down as it sweeps…
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God With Us

Man is of God, for without God was nothing made. Every man therefore, being of God, should possess His attributes. But alas! many are still in ignorance, and live in disregard of His laws. He has planted us all here for a purpose, and our whole life should be a…
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Self-Revelation

When will we fully realize that we are making the revelation to ourselves in all that we experience, and that the revelation or interpretation may be of the truth, of the divine nature of things, in the degree that the soul is free from the disturbing and obscuring thought and…
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Fruits of Solitude (Poem)

Thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret.—Matthew vi. 6, R.V. When thou hast shut thy chamber door, dost thouYield thy whole self to simple solitude?Dost thou resolve that nothing shall intrude,Because thou would'st thy soul's…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

Change of address. —Letters for the Editor should now be addressed The Editor, The Light of Reason, Ilfracombe. Paradox—You say "The teaching of The Light of Reason, so far as I have understood it, has been that we are the cause of our own suffering...In this month's 'Talk With Correspondents'…
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Reviews of Books

How We Master Our Fate, by Ursula N. Gestefeld. Published by the Exodus Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill., U.S.A., cloth bound. Mrs. Gestefeld is one of the most intellectual and refined of American Metaphysical writers. In this book there is much close consecutiveness of thought, and the ideas are worked out…
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