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Announcement About Visitors to Allen's Home

To Our Readers Since the announcement that we had opened our home for the reception of paying guests appeared on this page in our April issue we have received many kind letters from Readers. One writes:—"Your kind thought of opening your home to paying guests will indeed prove a blessing…
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Editorial

The Light of ReasonMarch 1905Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VII. May 1st, 1905 No. 5 Will those who wish to have a direct reply to their letters, or to have manuscripts returned, please observe the conditions mentioned in our announcement concerning the Journal. If stamps are not enclosed with…
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What is Philosophy?

Part III Other's Needs Or, The Law of Distribution This is Philosophy, to make remote things tangible; common things extensively useful; useful things extensively common; and to leave the least necessary for the last.—Walter Savage Landor Among the many sayings of Christ not recorded in the Gospels is that notable…
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Serving

Would'st thou know to whom by GodHighest place is given?Whom the angels most applaudIn the courts of heaven?Would'st thou know who best the worldUnto goodness swerveth?'Tis the man who helpeth men,'Tis the soul which serveth. Would'st thou know who first will riseUnto Love's perfection?Who is likely least to fallInto doubt's…
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The Quest of Virtue

The happiness and blessedness which shines in virtue illumines all its avenues and approaches, from the first entrance to the last inner-gate.—Montaigne One of the most common and widespread fallacies is that which declares the quest of virtue to be difficult and disagreeable. The prevailing idea that it is hard…
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Example and Precept

Teach self-denial and make its practice pleasurable, and you create for the world a destiny more sublime than ever issued from the brain of the wildest dreamer.—Sir Walter Scott All the good and holy men of the world, past and present, have made—and are making—their lives a pattern of what…
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Fruitless Endeavor

Do not relax one effort. If it failToday, perchance tomorrow 'twill succeed,God doth not count attempt of no avail,He will accept it and the motive read. Whilst men may measure in results thy task,God sees the other side and only knows—Then work thou on, no questions stay to ask,Content to…
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Rest

The late Professor Henry Drummond in Pax Vobiscum, gives a very beautiful illustration of Rest. "Two painters each painted a picture to illustrate his conception of rest. The first chose for his scene a still, lone lake among the far-off mountains. The second threw on his canvas a thundering waterfall,…
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Depths

Who can fathom the depths of a single human soul? Who can tell the history of its hopes and fears, its joys and sorrows, its longings and its despairs? All down the ages there has been a cry from the over—burdened and sorrowful like that of the ancient psalmist when…
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Shadow and Light

It is Spring,The grass is young, and the west wind blows.The banks of the brook are yellow with cowslips.The grasses all lean east when the west wind blows, and the shadows overlie them.Now the cowslips darken under a shadow,—There is light in the world.The apple trees cast their blossoms in…
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Divine Dialogues Between The Master and the Disciple

V Of Purity of Heart Disciple:—While I am undergoing thy discipline and purification,While walking the holy way of renunciation,Let me behold the beauty of thy Purity;Reveal to me the Purity which is divine;For I would know the Highest, even Truth:I would gaze upon thy face, O Master!I would behold thy…
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Morning Thoughts

No telescope can reveal the heavens to man's reason like a humble wondering spirit and a loving heart. The distinction between pleasure and happiness is, that the former is the running decoy pursued but never secured by vanity, and the latter is the ever-present attendant on duty. Nineteen out of…
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Obedience to Conscience

The results and rewards of strict obedience to the dictates of reason and conscience are not fully understood or appreciated. Strict obedience to conscience is always essential to the attainment of true spiritual knowledge and power. Most people know in a general way that a clear conscience is conducive to…
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Life’s Question

Erstwhile, ere on Life's rugged pathway straying,I culled with eager haste, though oft with tearsThe scanty aftermath of bygone years—By each pale flower my lingering steps delaying,I felt a Presence in that sunless land,And One, with shrouded form came to me, saying—"Leave all thou hast, and only hold My hand."…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

Under this heading we are prepared, month by month, to give needful advice, and to deal with the questions and difficulties of our readers. To insure a reply in the subsequent issue, letters should reach us not later than the 7th. Correspondents may choose their own nom-de-plume, but no letters…
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Our Groups and Their Work

North London Group:—At the last meeting we talked over the question of the circulation of the magazine. Everyone agreed that our responsibility did not cease when we had purchased a copy of the magazine, read its contents, and attended a meeting of the Group. It was generally felt that one…
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Reviews of Books

Science and the Soul, and What is Man? by Allen Clarke, and published by C. W. Daniel, 3, Amen Corner, London, E. C., are two books dealing with the problems of life and the universe. The former book is almost entirely controversial, and consists of contradictions of Haeckel's philosophical theories;…
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