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The Light of ReasonSeptember 1904Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VI. September 1st, 1904 No. 3 Let us...search for principles, and practice those things which make for unity and peace.—James Allen The Editor's new book, Byways of Blessedness, is now well in hand, and the printer has promised to have…
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Self-Control

What is self-control? It is that which makes a man a man, for until a man controls himself he is a man only in name. Self-mastery is shown when a good act is done instead of a bad act. Thoughts are acts, and he who thinks purely and righteously has…
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A Hindu Legend (Poem)

Along the bank of Ganges slowly pacedA tall, dark man, in robes of purest white.With earnest, thoughtful look he stood and gazedUpon the stream, while every moment seemedTo leave a sterner trace upon his brow.The men who passed him laughed, and, or jesting, said:"Lo, there is Gohur, waiting for the…
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The Heavy Burden

Among all the great wise sayings attributed to Jesus few have had so wide and comforting an influence on human lives as the great invitation so often quoted by theologians and preachers—"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." This saying,…
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Fear Not (Poem)

Fear not when men shall speak thee ill,And place thy faults where all may see;But only fear lest thou fulfillTheir prophecies concerning thee. Fear not when darkness doth prevail,And happiness seems out of reach;But only fear lest thou shouldst failTo learn the lessons God would teach. Nor shalt thou long…
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Soul-Culture

When the neophyte in soul culture resolves that henceforth he will know and live the truth which will make him free—when he starts out to live the true life, he is very often disappointed at his tardy progress. As with most tasks not easy of accomplishment, he finds the first…
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The Road of Life (an Allegory)

It was twilight. A stilly silence reigned. I sat alone under the spreading boughs of an old elm tree, listening dreamily to the last song of the birds. Hand in hand with memory I saw the first blush of youth, with its wild enthusiasm, with its hopes, ideals, and aspirations.…
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Never Give Up (Poem)

Never give up! It is wiser and betterAlways to hope, than once to despair;Fling off the load of Doubt's cankering fetter,And break the dark spell of tyrannical Care.Never give up! or the burden may sink you;Providence kindly has mingled the cup,And in all trial or troubles, bethink you,The watchword of…
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Manliness

A man's a man for a' that.—Robert Burns What is manliness? Some would regard it as consisting in the possession of muscle and nerve. A higher ideal makes the power of endurance and perseverance an infallible test; and highest of all comes the type of manliness that results from renunciation…
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A Sunday Evening Reverie

I was walking in the fields this evening in a stretch of meadows which had just been mown. The smell of hay was still in the air. A few wild roses were left. The blackberry was in blossom, and the hedges were full of flower, though past the prime of…
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The Middle Course

Tread the Middle Road, whose courseBright reason traces.—The Light of Asia The good in all things is always found midway between the two extremes—too far, and not far enough, too high, and not high enough. To gratify one's bodily desires and lusts is one extreme, to deny oneself those things…
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Seek Earnestly (Poem)

Seek earnestly the good and true,Don't be content with dreaming;Be not deceived, you have your due,In spite of worldly seeming. If worldly things do not succeedAs you have been expecting,It may be that your spirit's needDemanded such rejecting. No need to climb to worldly fameTo find the good around you;You…
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Reason

A great living preacher, in speaking of the common mistake of separating the intellectual from the emotional or love part of man's nature, very finely says that to do so is to leave the mental machine no better work than to "grind chaff into dust." In the same beautiful sermon…
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Thought

Alone, and its quick elements, Will, Passion,Reason, Imagination, cannot die.They are what that which they regard appears,The stuff whence mutability can weaveAll that it hath dominion o'er—worlds, worms,Empires and superstitions.
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War and Peace

War springs from the inward strife. "War in heaven" precedes war on earth. When the inward spiritual harmony is destroyed by division and conflict, it will manifest itself outwardly in the form of war. Without this inward conflict war could not be, nor can war cease until the inward harmony…
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True Spirit

As man becomes fully persuaded that life as led by the world in general is delusive and brings only anxiety and death, he turns to those precepts of the Spirit which promise eternal life and wherein he hopes to find that which his soul is in reality seeking. Yet our…
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Gems of Thought From German Thinkers

The world can only become good through the good.—Queen Louise Those indeed are the happiest hours in our lives when we are making others happy. —Reichel Giving is living; take that you may give.To be able to give is the object of taking. —Reichel There would be more happiness in…
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Summer Days (Poem)

Summer days are swiftly passing,Autumn time is drawing near;See the lovely colors changing,And the nut-brown tints appear. Soon the swallows will have left usFor a warmer, brighter clime;There in sunnier lands they'll lingerThrough our frosty winter time. Soon the harvest will be gatheredInto barns for winter store,And the fields all…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

A. S. C.—Your piece is suitable for publication, but it is not suitable for The Light of Reason. As you study our pages more you will perceive that we deal as little as possible with personalities, and devote ourselves to the laying down and expounding of principles. We do not…
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The "Light of Reason" Gatherings

West London Group—On July 26th Mrs. Somerville talked to the members on various spiritual subjects which, with the replies elicited by questions put to the speaker, proved to be instructive. At the meeting on August 9th Miss J. S. F. Miller gave a lecture on "Religion," in which she drew…
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Reviews of Books

Perils of Genius, by C. C. Cattell, published by A. & H. B. Bonner, 1 and 2, Took's Court, Chancery Lane, London, E.C., and may also be obtained of the author at his address, "Emerson," Pokesdown, Hants. This book consists of short, well-written accounts of nearly forty of the great…
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