The Light of Reason
Edited 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 exhausted.
A small duty well done paves the way to greater duties.
Thoroughness is the axle on which the wheel of accomplishment turns. Energy is the hub the spokes are Effort, and Excellence is the rim.
Only when all its parts are perfect and properly adjusted, does the wheel run smoothly.
The lazy and thoughtless, the irresolute and half-hearted cannot accomplish anything.
Procrastination and failure are twin brothers, and indolence and carelessness bring forth a numerous progeny of sorrows.
He who is thorough in all things, successfully accomplishes whatsoever he undertakes.
He who is perfect in energy, effort and excellence, wisely fashions his destiny, and commands his ways.
By thoroughness only is skill acquired, and skill is knowledge made visible.
The artisan with his tools, the artist with his brush, the author with his pen, and the merchant with his business—each in his particular skill is showing forth the knowledge which he has acquired.
Goodness, virtue and wisdom are spiritual skill In the living of a supremely virtuous life, the good man shows the spiritual knowledge which he has acquired. In meeting anger with calmness, weakness with strength, and evil with good, he exercises the skill of a master, and puts forth the ripe results of knowledge
Only the thorough man can acquire skill, and he who is thorough in material things will also be thorough in things spiritual. He who is slipshod and careless in his work in the world will not put forth the energy necessary to the work of self-regeneration. He will weakly shrink from the vigorous discipline which must precede the robust spiritual life. There are those who are thorough in pleasure-seeking, in sin and in wrong-doing, who throw themselves wholeheartedly into worldly excitements. For these there is great hope, for they quickly reap the results of their sinning, and when they are converted to a right life, they are equally vigorous and whole-hearted in the pursuit of virtue and righteousness. But for the lazy and lukewarm, who weakly submit to effeminate fancies and indulgences, who make no effort to be either "hot or cold," and who say—"I have no power to overcome my sins"—for these there is no hope until such time as they rouse themselves to acquire energy.
We would draw the attention of our readers to the book by Mariella John which we have just published, entitled "Wayside Pools for Spiritual Wayfarers," and particulars of which will be found in our advertisement pages. It consists of a number of spiritual pieces some of which have formerly appeared in the "The Light of Reason" under the name "Mariella."
Many of the pieces, however, are entirely new, and will be found to be very helpful to those who are struggling with spiritual or worldly difficulties, as they are the result of experiences in those directions. The cover of the book is made beautiful with a design, in two colors, of a wayside pool with a group of bulrushes, and is very suitable to send to a friend as a gift, or at this time of the year as an Easter remembrance.
Toil with rare triumph, Ease with safe disgrace;—
Nor deem that acts heroic wait on chance!
The man's whole life preludes the single deed
That shall decide if his inheritance
Be with the sifted few of matchless breed,
Or with the unnoticed herd that only sleep and feed.
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James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.