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The Light of ReasonSeptember 1903Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. IV. September 1st, 1903 No. 3 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. All light, all wisdom, all love, are within each one of us. In the hidden place of our being they are the…
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Brotherhood

Universal Brotherhood is the supreme Ideal of Humanity, and towards that Ideal the world is slowly but surely moving. Today, as never before, numbers of earnest men and women are striving to make this Ideal tangible and real; Fraternities are springing up on every hand, and Press and Pulpit, the…
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Pure Thoughts (Poem)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest...just...pure...lovely...of good report;if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.—Philippians 4:8 What is't that makes us start and look around ?What thought of evil is there in the worldThat comes upon us? Some unquieted…
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The Sermon on Abuse

And the Blessed One observed the ways of society, and noticed how much misery came from malignity and foolish offences clone only to gratify vanity and self-seeking pride. And Buddha said: "If a man foolishly does me wrong, I will return to him the protection of my ungrudging love; the…
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The Three Dimensions (Part 1)

The eye cannot determine the shape of any solid object, however simple, from any one single point of view. Take, for example, a statue. A photograph taken from one point of view, however well selected, will not give a complete idea of the statue; two photographs from two different points…
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God and Man

The highest are of human contemplation circling upwards—the infinite love and tenderness—be that my subject here. To some people love divine seems a mist—a phantom, although they can understand human love (yet not the highest). Yet is divine love precisely the same in kind as human, whether maternal, paternal, filial,…
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A Vision of Truth

The Unfolding of the Mystery of life is as the opening of a Passion Flower to the genial warmth of the summer sun; its disclosure of inner beauty and fragrance. Beneath the influence of Nature, by the invigorating and ever-changing sea with its unceasing music, in the dim and mystic…
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Ideals (Poem)

There are worlds around thee lyingWhich thou canst not see:There are forces round thee flyingUnperceived by thee. Ope thine eyes, and cease denial—Much is there concealed!Give thy faith a fairer trial;More shall be revealed. It is from the inborn dictates of conscience and the inspired principle of duty that the…
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Soul-Life

When in an ancient drama job is made to say, "My soul is weary of my life," a note of human experience is struck which is not uncommon in our modern world. Common enough, indeed, but sad beyond words, and we turn from so pessimistic an outlook with feelings of…
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Being and Doing

If a preacher were to say, "My friends, we are all brothers of the man Jesus Christ, flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone; what he felt, we may feel; what he saw, we may see; what he did, we may do; we have in kind, though may…
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A Dream of the Hereafter

A man stood at the gate of Heaven, confidently demanding admittance. "What about the 'Inasmuch'?" asked he who kept the gate. "What mean you?" returned the applicant. "Am not I an ordained priest of the Church?" "That is less than nothing!" replied Saint Peter. "I will summon hither the Recording…
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Why Do We Wait? (Poem)

Why do we wait till tired hands are lying,No more responsive with their tender touch;Before we place therein those loving tokensThey would have prized so much? Why do we wait till weary hearts are shroudedIn death's oblivious calm for evermore,Before we speak those words of true affectionThey would have loved…
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Be Still

That is the condition of hearing God. His message comes not in the earthquake, not in the fire, but in the "still small voice." That voice speaks to every man, whispering within the innermost shrine of his being. It is the voice of Intuition, the voice of Reason, the voice…
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A Prayer (Poem)

One thing I ask:—It is an earnest heart,That I may rise and nobly act my partAll through my life. And if there be but little sun to shine,Still give me light enough, that it be mineTo conquer strife. A heart of tender love, selfless and true,To countenance and guide each…
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Harmony

It is only when we are "In Tune with the Infinite" that a transfiguration takes place in our lives, and we find the veil of mist torn from our eyes. Before, earth to us was colorless, we saw no beauty in the ever changing sky, there was no music in…
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Substantial Comfort (Part 8)

When I assume the listening attitude I am confident God will speak to my soul, some sweet thought will come which shall chew like cud, to the strengthening and refreshing of my soul. My soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from Him. Immediately the waiting and…
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Thoughts on Love

Love is the natural atmosphere of the Soul. Who does not love does not live, but merely exists. Being "in love" is not the same as loving, as being in life is not necessarily living. As a man may walk in his sleep without being conscious of walking, so a…
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A Song of Law

Tune—"Auld Lang Syne." Should God's great wisdom be forgot,And never brought to mind?He framed the world by changeless laws,Which govern sea and wind. And sea and wind for evermoreThose self-same laws obey;And all man's strife can alter not,Nor turn them from their way. Yet man believes the God of love,To…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

F. H.—Is it then so hard to be "misunderstood? This should not fill your life with such trouble and unrest. The soul should be prepared to be misunderstood to the uttermost. When self is relinquished, and the soul is fortified with Truth, to be misunderstood will cause no pain nor…
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Reviews of Books

My Change of Mind, by Mrs. Atkey. Published by Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, London, E,C. The sub-title of this book, "A Story of the Power of Faith," aptly characterizes the book, for it is a story designed to show the necessity for the exercise of Faith in the ordinary…
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Magazines Received

Brotherhood. This journal, so ably edited by J. Bruce Wallace, M.A., is now published in an improved form. It is printed on good paper, and is handy for reading. Published by F. R. Henderson, 27, Paternoster Square, London, E.C. Out of the Silence (formerly Anubis), a mystical journal, is now…
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