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The Light of ReasonMarch 1904Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. V. March 1st, 1904 No. 3 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. Place self first, and your whole will prove a dismall. Place others first in your thoughts, words, and deeds, and your life…
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The Battle of Life

The object of this paper is to show that a man's commission to fight in the Battle of Life is confined to the little kingdom of his own heart; that he is not at liberty to resist the evil that he thinks exists in other people until he has first…
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The Charitable Way (Poem)

Set not the faults of other folks in view,But rather mind what thou thyself should'st do;For twenty errors of thy neighbor knownWill tend but little to reform your own.A graceful manner and a friendly easeWill give a "No," and not at all displease;And an ill-natur'd or ungraceful "Yes,"When it is…
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Virtue

The throne of Virtue is in the heart, its scepter is righteousness, and its sway is in the realm of thoughts and deeds. It has no place in the outward accretions of a man—his clothing, money, possessions, and acts of conformity. It is a living power within, and not a…
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Charity (Poem)

As we look for good in others,Then that good will surely grow;And streams of loving-kindnessOut from our own hearts will flow.Why should we, ourselves so faulty,Lacking much that we should own,Be so hasty, blindly judgingWhat to us is all unknown?Let us seek for Truth and virtue,Noting what is best in…
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Why Do Some Succeed While Others Fail?

There are no doubt a great number of people in the world today who are most anxious to lead a better life than what they are doing at the present time, they have a sincere and earnest desire to be up and doing, and an inward feeling that they want…
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Precious Seeds (Poem)

Think the best of one another,As ye journey day by day;Kindly thoughts will help and strengthenWeary travelers on their way;Kindly words will cheer and gladdenMany a dropping soul you meet;Make the road seem shorter, brighter,For their tired and aching feet.Do the best for one another,Toiling up the hill of life;Every…
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Love, The Great Reformer

A man cannot be a true reformer who is actuated by hatred of some individual or class. His motive power must be love for his fellows. Love will banish war, caste, slavery, tyranny, and all injustice. It will lead men away from crime. It will drive out cruelty, inhumanity, and…
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Sacrifice

One of the underlying ideas in all religious systems is that of sacrifice. When primitive man began to observe the natural phenomena around him, and to perceive the wonderful order and sequence in the realm of nature, he, in his limitation, assigned the results noticed to the action of spirits…
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Letters of a Truth-Seeker (Part 2)

The Finding of Our Relationship It is just when the old attachments are broken, when the thought is free of useless and unnecessary dogmas, that we seek within ourselves the Higher Truth. Strange though it may seem to us at first, out of all discord and chaos at last dawns…
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The Nature of Retribution

The nature of the retribution is best expressed in the words, "He that is unrighteous, let him yet more unrighteousness still; and he that is filthy, let hum be made yet more filthy still." There is nothing arbitrary about it. It is not the vengeance of an angry deity, but…
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Soul-Building

One's character is the effect of soul-building. It may be either a temple or a prison. This is a matter of choice for each soul, and upon the quality of material selected will depend the strength or weakness of character. We cannot pluck figs from thistles. But by desire and…
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The Fairer One (Poem)

Beneath one roof two human forms behold,A radiant child, with silky, golden hair,And face like some sweet flow'r, so fresh and fair;A faded woman, feeble, gray, and old,With scanty locks, with fingers thin and cold,And lined, worn face, all brown and shriveled-up—The face of one who of affliction's cupHath deeply…
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The Joy of Living

Duty and Reason of times seem hard to learn, but soften them gently with Love, and a Light will appear which shall reveal to us the true harmony of living. For wherever Truth and Reason, and Love and Duty blend, there shall we see the great Principle of Life as…
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A Song of Hope (Poem)

Children of yesterdayHeirs of tomorrow,What are you weaving—Labor and sorrow?Look to your looms again;Faster and fasterFly the great shuttlesPrepared by the Master.Life's in the loom,Room for it—room!Children of yesterdayHeirs of tomorrow,Lighten the laborAnd sweeten the sorrow.Now—while the shuttles flyFaster and faster,Up and be at it—At work with the Master.He stands…
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Our Talk with Correspondents

Botany—At your age (38), and a man, you certainly ought to have overcome blushing and confusion in the presence of others. Such sensitiveness proceeds from a total misunderstand of yourself and others which causes you to morbidly and unintelligently brood upon yourself. You can overcome it by intelligently and intently…
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The “Light of Reason” Gatherings

The first meeting of the Newcastle-on-Tyne Group was held on January 26th at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. O. Wilson, 57, Cardigan Terrace, Heaton, who will be pleased to hear from any others who may wish to join. It was decided to meet on the last Tuesday in each…
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Our London Meeting

There was an excellent attendance of our readers at The New Food Reform Restaurant, 4, Furnival Street, E.C., on the 18th ult. Of the eighty invitations which were issued, seventy-two were present to partake of the refined repast which was provided. Of all the arrangements connected with the dinner we…
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Reviews of Books

Gems from the Ocean of Truth, by Charles Cattell. Originally published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton Kent and Co., Ltd., London, and can now be obtained from the author. His address is "Emerson," Pokesdown, Hants. The book consists of a large number of thoughts and statements of scientists and classic writers…
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Reviews of Magazines

Mind, published in New York, and edited by Charles Brodie Patterson, not only maintains, but continues to improve upon the literary excellence and broad philosophy which have always been marked features in its pages. With the January issue (which contains a full-page portrait of the Editor) the size of the…
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