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The Light of ReasonOctober 1903Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. IV. October 1st, 1903 No. 4 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. It is not the stress of circumstances which are external to use that desires us; it is our own weakness within ourselves…
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The Three Worlds

In this visible world of matter there are three invisible worlds of mind. It is these three mental worlds that determine the condition of the material world. They are real worlds in which men and women move, and though they are interlaced, there is no commingling and confusion. They are…
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Heaven (Poem)

Out of the world of illusion into the world of truth,From the world of change and dying to the world of fadeless youth;Where the eye of man unclouded shall look on the things that are,And the heart of man unwithered be free from sorrow and care;And the life of man…
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Passion and Hell

People sometimes speak with a kind of reflective horror of the pictures of physical and spiritual torture of the future hell which were drawn by such men as the great Jonathan Edwards, and the noted revivalists of the past. People sometimes speak as if they were glad to be released…
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Upward (Poem)

How apt we are to think that fateA cruel hand has lainMost heavily upon our heads,And marked us out for pain. Each trial met, if nobly borne,However hard it be,Will strengthen faith, and nourish hope,And teach us charity. On each resisted sin we riseStep upon step to Heaven;Steep is the…
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A Vision

I saw a spacious hall, and men seated therein as if in conclave. As I looked upon the gathering, one, who seemed to be presiding, arose and addressed them: "Brethren, we are met together as representatives of all the Churches owning allegiance to Christ, our aim being to formulate a…
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Wisdom, Knowledge, and Truth (Poem)

Why seekest thou under the orient skies,From the Sage's mysterious lore,The wisdom long hidden from time-serving men,The truth God awaits to restore,While right at thy hand is the temple of Truth,That structure so grand and complete,While knowledge the world is far-seeking todayLies all unperceived at thy feet? Why seekest thou…
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The Three Dimensions (Part 2)

If now we turn to St. Paul's famous triad of Christian Virtues—"Faith, Hope, and Charity"—we shall find that "These Three," when slightly transposed as Hope, Faith, and Charity, correspond exactly to the natural and universal Order of things already described, namely, End, Cause, Effect; or, in other words, Motive, Means,…
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No Vision, No Life

Where there is no vision the people perish.—Proverbs 29:18 In youth beside the summer sea Voices and visions came to me.—Thomas Bailey Aldrich The most pessimistic poem which has ever been printed in the English language ("The City of Dreadful Night," by James Thomson) chants the weird wail of a…
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Love or Justice

Placed in the balance and found wanting is a scientific problem, only solved on the principles of vibration. That the human understanding and feeling of contentment depend upon the curbing of sense and self is generally taught but only known to the experienced. Their antitheses, ignorance and indolence, leave the…
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Happiness

We all desire happiness, but how are we to gain it? What constitutes happiness? Many people seem to think it consists of an abundance of this world's goods, more especially money; but that that does not always bring happiness we can see by looking around us; and indeed, many who…
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One Day (Poem)

Lord, long ago I brought to Thee my years,Each new-born year, and whilst I held it fast,Sense of possession somewhat marred my fears,Prayed I might treat it better than the last.But oh! so soon it copied those of yoreThat in my keen distress I wished it gone,That I might turn…
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Obstacles

What makes the beauty of a mountain torrent? Is it not altogether born of obstacles? First, there are the great boulders that imprison the waters and make of them a clear, deep pool, wherein one sees reflected the boundless heavens, and which images a calm and peace not of earth.…
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Fruits of Meditation

Our saddest reflection: the consciousness of our limitations. It is not the stress of circumstances which are external to us that deters us: it is our own weakness within ourselves that does so. There is only one factor in life as terrible as love of self—and that is dread of…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

B. S.—You ask, "What is meant by the 'New Thought'...Are they old thoughts clothed in new language and presented in a different manner? Please say of what the 'New Thought' consists." Answer—By the term "New Thought" is meant that cloud of new ethical ideas which burst upon the world about…
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Magazines Received

Life Culture. Edited and published by Harry Gaze, 1336, Calumet Avenue, Los Angeles, California. Monthly. Dominion. An ethical journal of high standard. Published by the editor, Francis Edgar Mason, at 424, Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., USA Monthly. The Light of Dharma. A religious magazine devoted to the teachings of Buddha.…
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