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Editorial

The Light of ReasonApril 1906Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VIII. April 1st, 1906 No. 4 "The Bryngoleu Cookery Book" is having a rapid sale, and has been well received.The fifth edition of "From Poverty to Power" will be ready shortly.The third edition of "As a Man Thinketh" is nearly…
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The Five Stages on Temptation

(Continued) Two men were once discussing the nature of drunkenness, and one at last said, "But where is a man to draw the line, in the quantity of intoxicating liquor he drinks, in order to avoid drunkenness?" The other replied:—"He should draw the line before he begins." If this rule…
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Nirvana

Nirvana"Where the spreading Hoods are surging,"Venerable Kappa saith,"All the race of men submerging—Deluge of decay and death—Tell me, Sage, of some lone HighlandStill above the rising main;Tell me, tell me of an Island,Refuge from Decay and Pain.""Where the spreading Hoods are surging,Kappa, "—saith the Blessed One,—"All the race of men…
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The Habit of Self-Control

Nothing is so fraught with peril in a human life as blind, uncontrolled animal impulse. The father or mother who sees a son or daughter fly into an uncontrolled passion or acting entirely and habitually on impulse may well tremble for the future of that child, unless the emotional forces…
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Human Conduct

The tremendous moral significance of all conduct will be brought out more clearly if we consider the events of a single day, and especially the small events. We waken in the morning. The room in which we find ourselves is full of moral significance. Have we slept with the window…
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How Flowers Help Us

III—Apple-Blossom Faults of character need a physician as truly as any bodily ailment does. What are such faults but moral diseases? They are contagious; they rage as epidemics; we catch the fever from each other. Yet, too seldom do we make any effort to cure the evil. In physical complaints,…
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Silent Influence

Almost every human being, however inferior in talent, or however humble and obscure in his circumstances, has a certain amount of influence over those with whom he comes in contact, and an influence which is chiefly wrought through the medium of example. It is a law of Nature that weaker…
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Good Deeds

The man who with a heart of loveDoeth an action good and kindFor mercy's sake, expecting nought,Great recompense will find."For he who doeth good to oneOf these my brethren counted leastTo me the deed hath also done"—Thus spake our great High Priest.Were only deeds of love performed,Their mingled essences would…
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Unspoken Sympathy

Much that is beautiful and helpful has been written concerning the need for, and the unconscious practice of, sympathy; but we may write and we may read whole books on this subject, and neither heaven nor earth are the better unless our hearts have learnt truly this life-lesson. The value…
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Take Courage

Oh! weary souls so laden with Earth's sorrow,Oh! aching hearts so saddened by Earth's pain,Who in your grief hope for no bright tomorrow,Arise, be strong, take courage once again!For round you still,—though shadows seem to banishYour Star of Hope that shone so bright above,—There is a Sea of Infinite Compassion,An…
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The Wider Consciousness

If we could but see the true proportion of things as they really are how surprised we should be to discover the narrowness of our own outlook upon life and the world. We see only inches in place of square miles. The wider our interests, and the less self-centered we…
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Loss or Gain?

(Founded on an incident of the South African War.) The army crossed the river under fire,While busy at their work were shot and shell—Their hideous, hateful task of maiming men—A work, alas! which, to our shame, goes on,As though the Prince of Peace had ne'er been born,The Christmas message still…
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The Battle of Life

The world full of hardships is, to us near-sighted creatures, the one most in need of softening influence. We would ameliorate sorrow by covering it with the light cloak of sentiment, would brush aside effort and invite comfort to our fireside, would shake the tree of goodness and pick up…
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Divine Harmony

"Over this own body and mind the individualist is sovereign."—J. S. Mill. Our mother loves us long ere we love our mother. God is love, although it took man ages to find it out; and the golden fact has ever since been sifting down the ages carrying a mightier moving-force…
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On Loving

There is no virtue in being loved; there is in loving. But it is not necessary that those we love should love us; for if our love is pure and unselfish it would not expect to be returned. Love is strength, and if we cannot love and reverence the character…
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The Search

A soul once fought its way to earth to purge its path hereafter. It said, "I will save my life. I will climb to the highest." Alas! when it was claimed by the earth-sleep it saw its path but further ahead. The word self stood between it and the way.…
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Christ With Us

I cried aloud, "There is no ChristIn all this world unparadised!No Christ to go to in my need—No Christ to comfort me and feed!He passed in glory out of sight,The angels drew him into light;Now in the lonesome earth and airI cannot find him anywhere.Would God that Heaven were not…
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Our Groups and Their Work

North London Group—Meeting at Finchley on the 10th February. The Group listened with keen interest to the Rev. R. Tuckwell, who chose as the subject of his lecture "From Materialism to Spiritualism." He first explained that by Spiritualism he meant a spiritual interpretation of the Universe rather than the generally…
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Reviews of Books

Ancient Tyre and Modem England, by Philo-Anglicanus; published by Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, London, E.C. This is a singular and fascinating book. It regards Tyre as both the historical and prophetic type of modem England. The author brings forward fourteen striking analogies between the two nations, and then proceeds…
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