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The Light of ReasonFebruary 1904Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. V. February 1st, 1904 No. 2 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. With thine actions preach, And all hearts thou'lt reach.—Florence M. Solomon The book, Out From the Heart (a sequel to As a…
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The Strait Gate

Strive to enter in at the strait gate.—Luke 13:24 By the gate, in this passage, is meant the way to acquire that holiness or perfection of the spiritual life without which no man can enter into a state of happiness. Entrance to the higher life is obtainable solely by individual…
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Do and Live (Poem)

If thou wilt enter into life keep the commandments.—Matt. XIX 17. Keep the commandments: it is less than naughtTo know and to approve them with thy mind,If to obedience thou giv'st no thought.So if thou would'st life's richest treasure find,Live thy belief: clothe thou each new-born truthWill garments of thy…
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Come Unto Me

In the soft cool glory of an autumn afternoon I found my way to the top of a hill. In the valley below me were cattle, peacefully grazing in meadows through which there passed a river chattering loudly of its haste to reach the sea. From the chimney of a…
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Impersonal Law

The Great Law in which the whole creation lives, moves, and has its being, works with a set aim for the growth and rise of all, for the uplifting of the human race, for transmuting the animal man into a Divine Being. The Law came out, if ever it had…
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The Preacher (Poem)

In his dreary roomOn a lonely flat,'Mid the twilight gloom,Long the Preacher sat,Thinking with a sighOf the days gone by. He had started well;Mind and soul on fireGod's vast love to tell.Others to inspire;But heart, hand, and brain,All had toiled in vain. Many far less learned(Bitterly he mused)Souls to God…
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Letters of a Truth-Seeker (Part 1)

Life From Within Somewhere in the progress of every individual there comes a great yearning for a broader, higher life; a life of more service and fuller expression. This new life springs from within, fashions and develops in the daily thought, and seeks manifestation in the world of deed and…
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Resolve

Resolve is the directing and impelling force in individual progress. Without it no substantial work can be accomplished. Not until a man brings resolution to bear upon his life does he consciously and rapidly develop, for a life without resolution is a life without aims, and a life without aims…
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Out of the Night (Poem)

Out of the night that covers me,Black as the pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may beFor my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstancesI have not whined nor cried aloud;Under the bludgeonings of chanceMy head is bloody but unbowed. It matters not how strait the gate,How…
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The Divine Justice (Poem)

The only destiny there is for theeIn store, there is, dear friend, for every man;For he who wills I count it certain(Nay must) create the fate that is to be. God doth not arbitrate for you and me—We pass the sentence after life's brief span;It hath been so indeed since…
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The Sacred Circle

In ancient time the circle had deep significance among thoughtful men in many nations. As the symbol of eternity many regarded it as not only suggestive, but also as possessing a mystic power belonging to no other figure, and many of the earlier religions appear to have constructed their places…
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Humility

Humility is the keynote of success. The arrogant and the conceited are not so likely to succeed even in the ordinary events of everyday life as the humble, as they are not willing to assist and to do as others wish, but like to take the lead in all things,…
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Cause and Effect

The universe pays every man in his own coin; if you smile it smile upon you in return; if you frown you be frowned and if you sing you will be invited into gay company; if you think you will be entertained by thinkers; and if you love the world…
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The "Light of Reason" Gatherings

The first meeting of the Liverpool and Birkenhead Group took place at the residence of Miss Baxter, on December 7th, when a definite course of action for future meetings was arranged. One of the members read a paper bearing upon "The recognition of man's Divine Sonship, or the practical identity…
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The Editor’s Visit to London

The Editor's proposed visit to London will take place on February the 18th, when he will address the combined Groups of London and district, and other readers of The Light of Reason, at the New Food Reform Restaurant, 4, Furnival Street, E.X., at 8:15 P.M. He also invites his readers…
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Reviews of Books

Essays and Letters, by Leo Tolstoy, and translated by Aylmer Maude, is one the "The World's Classics" Series published by Grant Richards, Leicester Square, London. It claims to be "The best and cheapest volume of Tolstoy's Essays that has appeared in his country." It contains twenty-six of Tolstoy's articles, and…
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