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The Light of ReasonApril 1904Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. V. April 1st, 1904 No. 4 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. It is the law of Nature that a bad seed cannot bring forth good fruit.Seeds (that is, our thoughts, words, feelings, actions,…
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How We Punish Ourselves

Why does pain exist? What it mean? What are we to learn from it? What place can it have in the scheme of a universe created and governed by One Whose nature is compassionate and whose name is Love? So humanity has fretted and questioned since the beginnings of time,…
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The Teachings of a Seer (Poem)

Hear ye these words! For, tho' they may appearAs measured rhyming to the heedless ear;They try to voice the teachings of a Seer,Who, seeing, knew.First: Mark ye this! The body that ye holdIs but a little thing, soon growing cold;Freeing the Life it did a time enfold."Dust unto dust"The Life…
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The Power of Faith

Faith can move mountains; so the Scripture saith.The very gates of Heaven are built on faith.He would not see high Heaven, though Heaven were near,Who had not Faith: and with it, Heaven is here.—Clifford Harrison The mind evolves its own. Seek the True and you will find it; or the…
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The Letter and the Spirit

Man does not truly act until he acts in the spirit of truth; his deeds are not pure until they are woven of the texture of truth. The acts of virtue are not virtue itself, but are its outward manifestation; they constitute the letter, of which the spirit is inward…
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Seek The Light (Poem)

Blind souls that love the darkness,And drowse in stupor dense,In darkness of gross evil,Or twilight joys sense,Come, quit your caves and dungeons,Come out into the light,Tho' first its rays with blindnessAfflict your dazzled sight.
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Letters of a Truth-Seeker (Part 3)

Ideals, and Their Relationship to the Practical When we have broken through those self erected barriers of outward creeds; when, by our own seeking within we have caught a glimpse of our true relationship to the Infinite, then does our search become of direct practical value. If our thought on…
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Life (Poem)

O Life, how vast thou art!How little understood!The force that fills the universe!The universal good!The truth in everything!The love that knows no fear!The very faculties by whichWe feel, and see, and hear!The light that never failsWherever we may range!The great foundation of us allWhich nothing here can change!E'en death itself…
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Our Common Goal

In a short but very striking tale, Count Tolstoy has pictured the end of ill-directed human ambition. It is the story of a man who has been granted as much land as he can walk round between sunrise and sunset. His ever-increasing desires, his frantic efforts are briefly yet powerfully…
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One Life, One Law (Poem)

What do we know—what need we knowOf the great world to which we go?We peer into the tomb, and hark:Its walls are dim, its doors are dark.Be still, O mourning heart, nor seekTo make the tongueless silence speak,Be still, be strong, nor wish to findTheir way who leave the world…
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The Gospel of Love

Life may be likened to a sheet of white paper, on which we are to make a record of thought, word, and deed. Shall we make a good, clear record that will bear inspection or blotched and soiled record, full of stain and uncleanness? It matters not what our past…
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Purity Within

No parable of Christ, no precept of His disciples, nor any teaching of Scripture precludes the teaching of this doctrine of Purity within. Sin, with all its contagion, its contamination, and its supposed passing pleasures, is born of ignorance; it is harmful to man. Purity and sin cannot be co-occupiers…
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Heart-Purity (Poem)

Blessed are the pure in heart,For they shall see God.—Matthew 5:8 All blessed are the pure in heart,For they their God shall see.A vision bright and true of HimWho triumphed on the tree.How can I such a heart procureWho feel so much of sin?Just keep it all outside thy life,And…
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Thought

There is no power in the universe of such tremendous import to a man as that of rightly directed thought. The whole progress of humanity demonstrates this truth. Looking back over the past and contemplating the rude beginnings, one is struck with astonishment at the manner in which the achievements…
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The Judgment Day

Today is the Judgment Day. While you read these words you are judged. Every day, every moment has its appropriate judge—the divine knowledge within which approves or condemns. Why that poignant regret, and again this great peace? It is the judgment. There is a prevailing idea that personal judgment is…
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The Secret of Success (Poem)

On thyself insist, imbuedWith gladness and elation.On "trial" and "suffering" never brood—Nor yet invite a passive moodOf "tranquil resignation."All that Is, is Truth and Good—The "evil" is negation—So, wisely let thine attitudeBe one of Affirmation.
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Duty

There is one sublime word in the English language, and that is "Duty," and yet it is a word so seldom understood in its true sense, but is looked upon as a stern, unsympathetic master, to whom is attributed all the unpleasant parts of life; we seem to forget that…
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Forethought

Forth went Sower. People smiled,And thought 'twas strange indeed.No wife had he –no mate, no child,Only himself to feed.Yet springtime mile, or winter wild,Alike he sowed his seed.Forth went the Reaper. People bowed,And bared was every head.They thronged him, that adoring crowd,They crouched to him for breadWith blessing loud. And,…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

Under this heading we are prepared, month by month, to give needful advice, and to deal with the questions and difficulties of our readers. To insure a reply in the subsequent issue, letters should reach us not later than the 7th. Correspondents may choose their own nom-de-plume, but no letters…
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Reviews of Magazines

Bible Review for February, published monthly at Applegate, California; contains masterly articles on "Self-Love or Divine Love," "The Two Gospels," "Man—His True Nature and Destiny," etc. The tone of this magazine is of the purest and loftiest kind; its aim is the regeneration of man by inward growth and realization,…
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