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To Our Readers & Friends

To our Readers & Friends The invitation given month by month on this page to our readers to visit us at "Bryngoleu," as paying guests, has been responded to by a large number, and a very happy summer has been spent. As many who could not come in the summer…
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Editorial

The Light of ReasonSeptember 1905Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VII. September 1st, 1905 No. 9 For particulars of the Editor's tour this month, readers are referred to page 403. After December 30th next, bound volumes of the Light of Reason will not be sold under the full price. All,…
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Benevolence

NarrowThe heart that loves, the brain that contemplates,The life that wears, the spirit that createsOne object, and one form, and builds therebyA sepulcher for its eternity.—Shelley The Christian Church avers, and with truth, that every individual life born into the world bears upon it the savor of sin. The nature…
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Wisdom in Faith

O World, thou choosest not the better part!It is not wisdom to be only wise,And on the inward vision close the eyes,But it is wisdom to believe the heart.Columbus found a world, and had no chart,Save one that faith deciphered in the skies;To trust the soul's invincible surmiseWas all his…
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The Legend of Artaban

All that he had of worth sold Artaban, And with the money bought three costly gems—A sapphire, and a ruby, and a pearl. Across the desert these he thought to bear, As loyal gift and offering to the King. But as he journeyed to the trysting-place,To join the others—sages like…
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True Speech

Truth is known by practice only. Without sincerity there can be no knowledge of Truth; and true speech is the beginning of all sincerity. Truth in all its native beauty and original simplicity consists in abandoning and not doing all those things which are untrue, and in embracing and doing…
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The Dweller in the Tabernacle

Lord, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle; or who shall rest upon thy holy hill?Even he that Ieadeth an uncorrupt life; and doeth the thing that is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart.He that hath used no deceit in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbor; and…
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Faith

We may often have wondered when questions of "faith" are being disputed on all sides what we really mean by that much-abused word. Some have come to understand by it the mere acceptance of a string of dogmas, which has given rise to such expressions as "a living faith," "dead…
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The Reason Why

I do not serve Thee, Lord, because I must,Nor yet for worldly gain;Nor is there ought to curb my lustIn Hell’s eternal pain;Yet in my heart there flames a gentle fireWhich makes Thy service, Lord, my heart’s desire.I serve Thee, gracious Lord, because Thy heart,Beating the time for all Creation’s…
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The Mountain of Life—A Parable

In a certain country there was a lofty snow-capped mountain in the shadow of which lay a large city. This city was very beautifully laid out and the inhabitants lived mostly a very gay and idle life, whilst others busied themselves in amassing riches or quarrelling over various trifles. But…
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Inspiration

Into the so-called land of dreamsMy spirit wanders thro' the night,Freed from the flesh by restful sleep,It bears aloft in happy flight;And there it finds new strength and power,New meanings to the thoughts that vexed,There in its own untrammeled hourIt solves the questions that perplexed. Into the so called land…
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The Mystery

A well-known writer once said that every human pleasure had its root in pain. The idea is a strange one, but as one looks round on life, one sees that it is by no means untrue or unreasonable, for there is no delight so exquisite as that which comes after…
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Be Thou Faithful

“Ye shall have tribulation ten days; be thou faithful unto death."—Revelation II, 10. Soul, beloved of the Lord,Who hast chosen for the right,And dost use thy trusty swordIn the thickest of the fight,Hear thou what the Spirit saith—"Be thou faithful e’en to death.”Tribulation shalt thou know,Persecution fierce and strongWill attack…
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The Birth of Thought

Now let the joy bells peal. For strength of purpose and confidence have wedded love and tenderness. Henceforth they shall be all in all to each other, and the fruit of their union, their dear children, shall be loving and joyful thoughts. Born, not without travail, they shall be washed…
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Watchfulness

The need for watchfulness in our lives is very great. We may have very high thoughts and aspirations, and a real desire to live a beautiful and pure life, and yet may continually lapse in our duty through failing to be watchful over our conduct. Whatever may be our particular…
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From Darkness to Light

Out of darkness unlit even by the stars, a new dawn is to arise. Softly as the leaves of plant life open under the gentle persuasion of sunlight and rain, the new being begins to make itself felt in the dark places of our consciousness, faintly winning and drawing us…
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Our Groups and Their Work

Home Group, Ilfracombe—August 18th. This evening we were favored by an address from, and afterwards a conversation with, Miss Florence I. Nicholson, of the London Vegetarian Society. The subject of Vegetarianism was first touched upon from the humanitarian point of view. Then we had some account of the work that…
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The Editor’s Tour

In response to invitations, the Editor will address meetings as follows:— Birmingham, October 7th.—Private and informal meeting arranged by the Birmingham T. S. Lodge.Smethwick, October 8th.—Central Hall, Cape Hill. Public Meeting at 11 a.m. Subject, "The Path of the Peacemaker?Birmingham, October 8th. The Council Room, Midland Institute. Public Meeting at…
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Reviews of Books

Kindly Light, by John Milton Scott, published by the author at 2034, Seventh Avenue, New York City, U.S.A. This book (which is described in the sub-title as “A Little Book of Yearning") consists of a number of beautiful meditations in prose and poetry, on life and divine things. It is…
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