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The Light of ReasonMay 1904Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. V. April 1st, 1904 No. 5 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. Justice is the permanent Reality in Life.—James Allen Truth can only be apprehended by the conquest of self. Blessedness can only be…
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Is There Any Injustice in the Universe?

Justice is not postponed;a perfect equity adjusts the balance in all parts of life.—Emerson The material universe is maintained and preserved by the equilibrium of its forces. The moral universe is sustained and protected by the perfect balance of its equivalents. As in the physical world Nature abhors a vacuum,…
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Whatever Is, Is Best (Poem)

I know as my life grows older,And mine eyes have clearer sight,That under each rank Wrong, somewhereThere lies the root of Right.That each sorrow has its purpose,By the sorrowing oft unguessed;But as sure as the sun brings morning,Whatever is, is best. I know that each sinful action,As sure as the…
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The Hill Difficulty

When, in the "Pilgrim's Progress," two of the travelers come to the foot of the Hill Difficulty, they stop there and begin to seek excuses for not going any farther. How much ingenuity is sometimes expended in devising alternatives and shifts to avoid a difficulty! How true the common saying…
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Why Will Ye Die? (Poem)

Why will ye die? I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God; wherefore turn yourselves and live ye.—Ezekiel (18:32) "Turn ye, oh! turn ye, for why will ye die?"Tender, beseeching, and plaintive the cry:Men pause, and list to the beautiful song,Smile, shrug their…
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Hereditary Propensity

It is a common thing for man to shirk responsibility for his weaknesses, omissions, and failures; to regard his self-made miseries as altogether unjust, and to blame hereditary propensity, fate, or circumstance. The sickly, morbid sentimentalist, the incompetent and the vicious, all have their favorite excuses (flimsy rags with which…
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Letters of a Truth-Seeker (Part 4)

The Development or Thought-Control We often hear it said—"I may think as I like; it doesn't matter what I think." The first part of this statement, taken by itself is true, and a fact of much more importance than we usually attach to it. We can think I exactly what…
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An "After Life" (Poem)

Why on this life presumeTo cast contempt and scorn?Why should'st thou fret and fumeBecause in matter born? The noblest souls were ne'erContent to wail and weep:Earth gave them scope, to careFor much that some count cheap. The flesh bemoaned they not,For so was power attained:.Accepted they their lot,Nor questioned what…
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The Influence of Nature

Amidst the myriads of forces which act upon us to evolve and develop our psychic powers, the chief is that of Nature. To her we owe our being; the more intimately we come in contact with her, the higher and more spiritualized we become, for— Nature never did betrayThe heart…
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Manhood's Dignity (Poem)

I am no worm of earth, to crawl or lieUpon the surface, deeming it my homeOr constant place of habitation.Have in my form a secret pow'r to roamIn mental fancy through the universe,And feel a freedom in my reasoning mind:Led on by Hope, I bid doubt's clouds disperse,For the Divinity…
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Happiness

If we ponder over the reason of our strivings and aims, we shall find that all are working towards one end—happiness. Happiness has been, and is generally considered to be beyond the reach of man. So strong a hold has this idea obtained upon the minds of men that theologians…
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The Blind Man (a Parable)

A certain man lost his sight, and his heart grew hard, and he did not fail to complain of the injustice of his lot. And one day there came to him a stranger who had been blind from birth. And the stranger did not complain, but rejoiced, and glorified the…
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Thoughts at Even-Tide

The twilight shades are deepening, and the nightComes swiftly down, and we—we turn to TheeIn Whom no shadow is; be Thou our LightAnd give us eyes to see. To see with clearer vision, oft we gropeWith feeble fingers, and with faltering feet;Shine on us then, our glorious Star of Hope,And…
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Individual Peace

When we speak of peace, we generally think of states and nations and their duties. We think of the strifes and bloodshed which they occasion. We forget that the wars of nations are only occasional, but there is another kind of strife which is incessant and which is more reprehensible,…
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Life's Melodies

Ah, if we would but learn the harmonies that make life a glad song of thanksgiving and praise! If we could but always realize what we possess, what a storehouse of wealth lies within this wonderful universe of ours. All around us are our silent teachers, in this beautiful world,…
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Harmony

Preserve harmony in your own soul, and it will flow out to all others, for its effects are more powerful than you understand, and more far-reaching. Sink all thought of self, all personal ambition, the small jealousies and suspicions that mar the heart's melodies. Listen to the great song of…
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Love Conquers

Love is a conquering force. A true life is a series of conquests. It is to him that overcometh that the crown of life is promised. The first thing to be conquered is self. Without self-mastery there can be no true manhood. Until one has learned to control himself he…
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Condition and Conduct

When an individual is miserable, what does it most of all behoove him to do? To complain of this man or of that, of this thing or of that? To fill the world and the street with lamentation, objurgation? Not so at all; the reverse of so. All moralists advise…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

AMBO.—The gist of your letter is as follows—"Through speculation I lost my position; since then...I have managed to make about £180 per year, and have a small private income besides of £80, but my domestic expenses I cannot keep down, and I am truly anxious to save for the sake…
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The "Light of Reason" Gatherings

Birmingham Group—The usual monthly meeting took place on 12th April. It was opened with a talk on "The Decline of Dogma," and many instances were quoted showing the recent wonderful change of view of leading theologians, and the manifest tendency to lay aside traditional prejudice and narrowness of mind. A…
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Reviews of Books

The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science, by T. Troward (late Divisional Judge, Punjab), published by Stead, Danby & Co., 10, Cheniston Gardens, London, W., Mr. Troward possesses the rare and unique ability of presenting the most profoundly abstruse metaphysics in uninvolved phraseology. He accomplishes this difficult task largely by his…
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