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The Light of ReasonJanuary 1905Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VII. January 2nd, 1905 No. 1 A blessed New Year to all our readers! With the present issue our Magazine enters upon its fourth year and seventh volume. During the three years of its existence it has quietly found its…
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Striving for the Mastery or Brief Lessons in Truth

I—Self Control Three broad Gateways lead unerringly to the perfect enlightenment wherein is emancipation from error and suffering; the first is Self-control, the second is Self-purification, and the third is Self-mastery. The present object is to open up, to the receptive mind, these three Gateways, briefly expounding the Way which…
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The Ministry of Sorrow

Oh sorrow ! kind instructor, unto thee,Is given virtue to redeem our race,The truths thou teachest, hardest to receive,Are ne'er rorgot. Unwelcome healer, thou,Often misunderstood; thy work withinCasts out the dross of self, deceit, and pride,Reveals in nakedness, my shame and need,Then ushers to the company of thoseWho toil in…
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Lesson From the Stars

What man is there, who has, on some clear, frosty, moonless night in January, turned his eyes to the jeweled vault of heaven, and not been moved to admiration by the wondrous spectacle there displayed; and, if he know aught of the story which that spectacle but adumbrates, has not…
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Human Sympathy

All tireless is the heart of theeTo read the meaning in the faceOf Mother Nature, and adore!Yet thou must leave the birds and sea,The sweet enchantment of their place,That human lives may come before The robins note of rare delightThat fills the Autumn evening hour,The rosy garb of fantasyThat golds…
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From a Manuscript Album

Life is a highway—in places rough and hard, in others smooth and easy-going—a road which all humankind must traverse. Love, Friend ship, Truth are companions who never fail to lighten the darkest road, and make pleasant even the otherwise weary path. Without the close presence of these dear, if intangible…
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Light From the Prophets

Hear, O Heavens, and give ear, O Earth: for the Lord hath spoken.—Isaiah, I. II. The Prophet Isaiah has a message for all. It is very significant how often we find the above expression in the sayings of the Prophets generally throughout the whole of the Scriptures. In Deut. XXXII.…
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A Vision

I was sitting alone one evening in my study, pondering as I had done many a time before on the mystery of life after death. Many ideas floated through my brain and at last, overcome by a sense of weariness, I fell into a gentle sleep. My spirit was wafted…
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The Quest

Broken and bruised, poor bird in the gale,Tossed on the rage of the merciless wind,Thou art so tenderly fashioned, so frail,—Whither art bound in a sky so unkind? Away o'er the moorlands, under a pine,Swings a small nest that is downy and warm,Fledglings are waiting me—fledglings of mine,Little I care…
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The Far Country

Distance cannot separate souls in sympathy with each other. But we may live under the same roof and be divided more widely than if separated by seas and continents. Selfishness is so dominant over human lives that no one is surprised at the younger son in the parable asking for…
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The Force of Habit

Habits are great helps, or great hindrances. Sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit reap at character; sow a character, reap a destiny.—Samuel Smiles I suppose it is common to human nature to think of great deeds and great achievements when dealing with the Higher Life and its…
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A Dual Ideal

I.—Effort and Strife (Earth) The Earth crammed with Heaven, and every common bush afire with God.—Elizabeth Barrett Browning He thought of the strife, turmoil and suffering in life, and the solution became a burden. He fretted, but ease came by slumber, and the stirring darkness was stilled. The dawn came…
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Seek and Find (Poem)

Seek you where to End the jewel,Pearl of priceless worth to you?Lose your life! and, losing, find itIn the good, the pure and true.In the Heart of the Eternal,In the living, earnest prayer,In the Light of Love Supernal;Thou shalt find the answer there.
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The Heart’s Riches

Until we hunger after the things which flow from the heart—in spite of the most magnificent powers—we must assuredly fall short of the true life. For the realization that Love is of all virtues the most holy, of all gifts the most useful, of all attitudes the most practical, that…
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Seekers After Truth (Poem)

We seek for truth; but what of thoseWho come with single heart and mind,And on the wings of spirit riseTo mystic faith that looks behindThe veil, and evermore there liesA holy peace hid in those eyes?—Are these the souls who find?We cannot mount on wings of faith,We can but toil…
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Our Groups and Their Work

Mr. Rist's LetterIn November last a copy of the following letter was sent by Mr. Sydney Rist (formerly secretary, and now president, of the North London Group), to each member of the Group: On October 10th we completed our first year's existence as a circle of friends in connection with…
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Reviews of Books

Spiritual and Material Attraction by Eugene Del Mar, published in Denver, U.S.A. The author, one of the leaders in the new spiritual movement in America, has, in this book, explained his conception of the underlying unity of the universe, both in its material and spiritual phases. He sees only one…
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