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The Light of ReasonOctober 1904Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VI. October 1st, 1904 No. 4 It is like expecting to gather figs from thistles, to imagine that we ca nactually reap permanent good from a policy of selfishness.  —Francis S. Blizard In the article on "Three Paths of Guidance"…
Being the substance of a paper read at Birmingham[] It is a very natural question to ask of any organization or body, what are your objects, and what is it you hope to achieve by your meetings and discussions? Well, I think most of you may be able to give…
Learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.—Matt. XI. 29. Aye, learn of Christ, for He was meek,And in thine intercourse with man,When wrath is strong, and pity weak,Too often wilt thou long to speakThe words thine heart doth plan. Aye, learn of Christ, for He was…
Before we can realize the true spirit of brotherhood we must relinquish selfishness in all its varied and insidious forms. Dwelling in thought upon our own petty personalities, mistaken interests, etc., we shut off the light of Heaven—the Impersonal Love—that should flood our souls and radiate freely on all around,…
Still was the night, and clear the moonLay crescent in a velvet sky;But not for me that drowsy peace,The silent midnight harmony,For many days my spirit blindHad sought a guide, but none could find. There lay before me divers paths,But each soon wound away from sight;Long time I questioned passers-byWhich…
He was a wise man who first told the world that the Philosopher’s Stone existed, and that it would change the baser metals into pure gold. Like many wise and deep sayings this was also misunderstood. Men searched for this stone but overlooked it because it lay in their own…
Love never dies; it lives throughout the ages,If it be true, and pure, and holy love,Distance may part, and that dear voice, like musicUnto our listening ears, be no more heard.Years may roll on, and time may bring us changesBefore we can again behold that form,Or gaze upon that face…
Who carry music in their heartThrough dusky lane and wrangling mart,Plying their daily toil with busier feet,Because their secret souls a holier strain repeat.—Keble Serene will be our days and bright,And happy will our nature be,When love is an unerring light,And joy its own security?—Wordsworth Abiding joy! Is there such…
To cure the ills from which our modern world suffers, and bring in the dawn of a better day, we need a more intense and yet widely diffused spirit of charity. Loving-kindness alone brings the healing remedy to man's disordered soul. We know that "conscience doth make cowards of us…
The whole state of man, spiritual, mental, moral and physical is continually changing. He is either growing better or he is becoming worse. The changes may be slow or rapid, but they are none the less sure. But whatever the nature of the changes, to righteousness or to sin, towards…
Glorious it is to wear the crownOf a deserved and pure success;He who knows how to fail has wonA crown whose luster is not less. Great may be he who can commandAnd rule with just and tender sway;Yet is diviner wisdom taughtBetter by him who can obey.   We know…
It is surely a mistake to measure a man’s prosperity or happiness by the extent of his external possessions. The miser living in rags and discomfort, even though worth half-a-million sterling, could scarcely be designated prosperous. The lavish spendthrift with an income of five thousand pounds a year, yet who…
"Alas!" they sigh, "how sad her lotOf poverty and loneliness!"Yet hath she, though they know it not,A crowd of friends her life to bless. Fair memories and dainty dreamsHer spirit haunt by night and day;And thoughts as pure as mountain-streamsAre friends unseen to cheer her way. While he who holds an…
That is knowledge which gives one’s mind the light whereby all doubts and hesitations, miseries and sorrows, fear and disgust, are dispelled, which guards it from falling again into the whirlpool of ignorant worldliness, and which keeps it in unalloyed bliss and eternal serenity here and hereafter. That is laudable…
Which of us has not experienced what we choose to call our times of waiting. Indeed, are not most of us at this very hour waiting for something—for a dear project to ripen, for a cherished hope to be realized, for a change in our business, our domestic life, or…
Wouldst thou be loved, dear friend?  Then love!Wouldst be esteemed?  Then but admire!Seek others' good, if thy desireIs that thyself they should approve. Wouldst thou direct?  Then be contentThat others should do likewise. LetTheir lives be thine: so shalt thou getMore than thou askest to thee sent. Broad be thine…
Study nature as the countenance of God. Try to extract every line of beauty, every association, every moral reflection, every inexpressible feeling from it.—Charles Kingsley Never lose the opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for in those quiet hours of silent communion with the soul of Nature, we are taking in…
Sympathy is the keynote to Friendship, it is, in fact, the very essence of it. When two souls realize that they can understand the motives of each other without lengthy explanations, when they find they are in sympathy with each other they should rejoice and be exceeding glad, for each…
There is no calamity like ignorance. —Jean Paul It is the surmounting of difficulties that makes heroes. —Kossuth He who wants to climb must begin at the bottom. —German Proverb Not always say all that thou knowest; but always know all that thou sayest! —Schiller Whoever would do good in the…
May—Beliefs concerning the fate of the dead, eternal punishment, and the Divinity of Jesus, are of no value. Knowledge and good deeds are valuable; these are substantial; but beliefs, speculations, and opinions are unsubstantial. If you are seeking Truth; if you are eager to become pure-hearted and blameless; if you…
West London[] Group—At a meeting on August 24th, Mr. Rudolf O. Gercke read a Paper on "How to Reform," in which he endeavored to show that all real reform in Politics, Society, etc., must come from within, that wars and dissensions will not cease until the great majority of people…
The Problem of Existence: Its Mystery, Struggle, and Comfort in the Light of Aryan Wisdom, by Manmath C. Mallik; published by T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, London. During the last quarter of a century, English translations of, and commentaries upon, Hindu literature (especially its ethical, religious and philosophical literature), have…