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The Light of ReasonJuly 1904Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VI. July 1st, 1904 No. 1 All our efforts in removing evil from our minds by the force of self-denial are a sure and certain way to introduce the kingdom of God within us.—W. H. Gill In his search for…
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The Domain of Faith

The world of religious thought might be divided into two great schools: those who feel the need of taking as definitely settled a set of doctrines beyond which they would not question; and those who feel that men have not yet, and perhaps never will, have sufficient knowledge to be…
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The Search (Poem)

Lonely, he wandered all the wide world over,—Seeking, he knew not what, yet still must find"Give me," he cried, "but that I may discoverTruth, tho' it slay me; light, tho' it may blind!" Into the great world's church he wandered lonely,But creeds were husks, with all the kernel gone,To lean…
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The Garden of the Heart

There is Pansies; that's for Thoughts.—Shakespeare Scientists and metaphysicians are daily racking their brains to find out the machinery of Thought, but all in vain. All we know at present—and perhaps all we can ever know—is that within the soul of every child that is born into this world is…
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Small Things (Poem)

View not small things as vain,Nor smile at simple triumphs; all things great,Aye, e'en the purposes of God Himself,Attain perfection only by degrees.Therefore, aspiring to the highest ranks,Be not too soon dismayed, nor quit the fight,Deeming thy scanty services are vain.'Tis nobler far to yield a feeble light,Than mourning that…
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Trifles

We often hear it said that "Trifles make up the sum of human life," which saying, rightly interpreted, means, that as a fact there is no thought, word, or deed, nor any thing, how- ever small 0r apparently insignificant, which is a matter of no importance, and that no event,…
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The Law of Retribution

"A certain king in the East was noted for his cruelty, so that he was more dreaded than loved by his people. One day, after he had been out hunting he caused an officer to publish that he, the king, was now sensible of his faults and henceforth meant to…
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Circumstances (Poem)

We build our future thought by thoughtFor good or bad and know it not:Yet so the universe is wrought. Thought is another name for Fate;Choose then thy destiny and wait,For love brings love and hate brings hate. Mind is the master of the sphere;Be calm, be steadfast, and sincere;Fear is…
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Loves Progress (Poem)

Each promise of the soul has new fruition,Though ofttimes hidden from our clouded gaze;Each seeming loss is but a changed condition,And Love fulfils itself in many ways. Our infinite hopes and fears alike unheeding,It looks to where the infinite unrolls;To sense of its divinity proceedingUpon the ladder of created souls.…
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Self-Deception and Self-Knowledge

In many ways do we deceive ourselves, but perhaps the most common is in adopting views of life which reflection would show to be altogether unreasonable. It is this necessary effort to understand, however, that we seldom put forth until the "buffetings of fate" have left us no other alternative…
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Loneliness

"Follow the Christ, the King," sings the Poet. "Yea, Lord, we would follow Thee. In the Cross of Christ we glory," we answer cheerfully. Were ever such vain words uttered so blithely? Yes. Back across the centuries we hear them: "Give to sit one on the right hand and one…
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Through Pain to Peace

The Temple of Blessedness lies beyond the outer courts of suffering and humiliation, and to reach it the pilgrim must pass through the outer courts. For a time, he will linger in the outer, but only so long as, through his own imperfect understanding, he mistakes it for the inner.…
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Re-Born (A Parable)

An old woman wept in an unhealthy room. It was night-time, but night without moon or stars, and a troubled silence kept her company. Suddenly—uneasily—the rusty door of her hovel opened, and a gust of wind blew her rags about her, and she shivered, and, looking up, saw a radiant…
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A London Sunset (Poem)

By drear and dirty ways I passed,Their sordid scenes my soul oppressed;I craved for coolness and for rest,For ocean spaces clean and vast. But, bounding every stifling street,The sky in golden glory glowed;A peace into my spirit flowedFrom that fair sight, so grand and sweet. The golden glory seemed to…
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Separation and Darkness

Darkness is the portion of souls who have left their true orbit—the orbit which, centered in God, can expand to everlasting, or wander in the void, centered (if centered it may be called) in the dwindling orbit of the false self. But they who find freedom only in the base…
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The Aim of Life

Our aim is not the greatest possible happiness, but the greatest possible nobleness.—Mazzini Oh! be noble, be noble, for nothing can bring lasting happiness except that you live nobly. And this, not that you may gain happiness, but because once having seen a true Ideal of what you must, and…
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Prosperity

To be prosperous is, I suppose, what most people desire; but as our lives are in accordance with our desires, we must, if we wish for a happy and prosperous life, look to it that our desires are honest, straightforward, and pure. If we cherish resentment, and are unkind to,…
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The Lesson of Patience

How difficult it is to be patient. We want to be up and doing; doing the Masters work. We are anxious to spread the Truth as we know it, anxious to show the Light as we see it. Ah: I am afraid there are times when we are too anxious,…
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Gems of Thought From German Thinkers

Not unless we fill our existence with an aim do we make it life. —Reichel The first and last thing we ask from a genius is Love of Truth. —Goethe Reflect upon the criticism of the masses, but never allow them to make you despair. —Platen Our life is a…
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The "Light of Reason" Gatherings

West London Group—On June 3rd Mr. Leigh read an instructive paper on "Perception," which was followed by an intelligent discussion. It was decided to hold the meetings fortnightly instead of monthly, and to commence the reading and study of the two books, From Poverty to Power and All These Things…
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Reviews of Books

Esoteric Education, or the Life of a Hero; translated from the German of J. Kerning's Key to the Realm of Spirit, and published by the Esoteric Publishing Company, Applegate, California. This is a mystical story of which one Geoffrey, a knight of the thirteenth century, is the hero. He is…
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