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 cannot speak too highly; they were carried out perfectly by the kindly manager, Mr. Hall. The gathering was greatly augmented at the after-meeting by the attendance of others who could not come to the dinner, the room being full. The subject of the Editor’s address was "The Science of Self-Perfection." Defining the term "Science" as systematized knowledge, he went on to say that in this age of science and scientific achievement, the most sublime and important of sciences, that of Self-Perfection, had become somewhat neglected. He then proceeded to show that the pursuit and practice of Religion, that is, the purification and perfection of one’s own heart, is strictly scientific, namely, a matter of gaining knowledge by experience. By way of illustration, he then explained that in the pursuit of Physical Science there are five orderly and systematic steps which are interdependent and inseparable, and these steps or stages he defined as: 1. Observation; 2. Experiment; 3. Classification; 4. Deduction; and 5. Knowledge. He explained that there was a further stage which consisted in the application of the acquired knowledge to the enlightenment and betterment of humanity. He then laid down the five stages in the Science of Self-Perfection as: 1. Introspection; 2. Self-Analysis; 3. Adjustment; 4. Righteousness; and 5. Pure Knowledge. The further stage of Wisdom, or the right application Pure Knowledge, was also introduced. The Editor then systematically expounded and elucidated the various stages, exhorting his hearers to practice them in their daily lives. After the address, a number of questions were asked by the audience, and several gave expression to their thoughts in well-chosen words. Altogether, a very harmonious and instructive evening was spent.
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James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.