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To Our Readers

We are now booking dates for Winter guests, and as we are desirous of entertaining a happy and bright household during the Winter, we are making this announcement early. We shall be pleased to take ladies or gentlemen (from the end of September) from 1 guinea per week inclusive, according…
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Editorial

The Light of ReasonAugust 1906Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VIII. August 1st, 1906 No. 8 We are writing this Editorial early in the month of July, but already our readers are responding to our appeal, and are taking advantage of our premium offer which, it should be carefully noted,…
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Life’s Mirror (Poem)

There are loyal hearts, there are spirits brave,There are souls that are pure and true,Then give to the world the best you have,And the best shall come back to you.Give love and to your heart will flow,A strength in your utmost need;Have faith and a score of hearts will showTheir…
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Where to Draw the Line

Ruskin calls moderation "the girdle of the virtues." It is the safety-valve which keeps the boiler from bursting, the regulator which prevents the engine from "running away." It is the happy mean between too much and too little, between luxury and poverty, between happiness and misery. Some people never know…
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Some Thoughts Concerning the Masters

By what unfailing characteristics shall we be able to distinguish a real master of forces, a spiritually developed man, who has such perfect knowledge of his own spirit and its powers, that he can choose his own conditions and by the influence of his thoughts and actions can change the…
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Yashas (Poem)

At that time there was in Benares a noble youth, Yashas by name, the son of a wealthy merchant. Troubled in his mind about the sorrows of the world, he secretly rose up in the night and stole away to the Blessed One.—The Gospel of Buddha Lo, in the night,…
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Eternity

We do not know exactly when the ancients first grasped the idea of duration without beginning or end, but we find that men in the earlier stages of civilization used the serpent holding its tail in its mouth as a symbol of endless time, and more modern philosophers have adopted…
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Aspiration (Poem)

With futile hands we seek to gainOur inaccessible desire,Diviner summits to attain,With faith that sinks and feet that tire,But nought shall conquer or controlThe heavenward hunger of our soul.The end, elusive and afar,Still lures us with its beckoning flight,And all our mortal moments areA session of the Infinite.How shall we…
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This Compost

"Something startles me where I thought I was safest, I withdraw from the still woods I loved, I will not go now on the pastures to walk. O how can it be that the ground itself does not sicken? How can you be alive you growths of spring?" These words…
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Union With the Unseen

The words are at first sight vague to any but the soul who has learnt from life their practical meaning. To the veriest stranger however they can be made more clear by a parable from Nature. We have seen that the tree derives all its nourishment from the depths of…
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If You Would Win (Poem)

If you would win from lifeThe good it holds for you,You must reach out and firmly clingTo what you know is true.If you would help to makeThe world a bit more bright,Just try and clear some wrong away,And introduce the right.And if you see in lifeA hope some heart to…
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Opportunity

Some men succeed in almost everything they undertake, while others generally fail. The latter often excuse themselves on the ground that they had no opportunity; but were they seeking opportunities in any honest and true way? A genuine seeking is a seeking for opportunity to exert ourselves, first in restraining…
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Hope (Poem)

Hope on, and fix your ideal high—And dream of some glad tomorrow, Better to sing a hopeful song—Than to chant a dirge of sorrow.'Tis good to strive with hopeful mind,To reach some goal of wondrous height;For hope alone can spur us on,And in the darkness show some light.The flower we…
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Individual Liberty

Within the sphere of his own mind man has all power, but in the sphere of other minds and outside things his power is extremely limited. He can command his own mind, but he cannot command the minds of others. He can choose what he shall think, but he cannot…
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Freedom (Poem)

He knows the joys of Seraphim,Who strives mankind to bless;None can a prison make for himWho worketh righteousness.A gloomy prison cell may beAglow with light divine; The light of love and purityDoth light of day outshine.If man but have a conscience pure,And a contented mind,A soul which naught from right…
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Learn How to Think

Never adopt the teachings of any book or person without first examining whether they are just or not, as you will otherwise be liable to be hurried away by prejudices instead of being guided by reason, and will be led unconsciously into error instead of arriving at the truth. Exercise…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

P.W.Y. writes us as follows:—"There are numbers of questions which continually present themselves to me, and to which I should be very glad to know your answers. If you can conveniently write me, or answer in your journal, I should be very grateful. "Now, having been born with a frail…
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Our Groups and Their Work

North London Group—On Saturday, May 19th, 12 members and friends met at Chingford to enjoy a ramble together in Epping Forest. The Forest always holds a special charm at this time of the year, and under a sunlight not too brilliant we saw it at its best. A picnic was…
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Reviews of Books

Lotus Blossoms, by Maung Nee, printed privately at Rangoon, is a charming "Little Book on Buddhism.” It consists of a number of quotations from the Buddhist Scriptures arranged under suitable headings, such as “Sorrow," "Right Speech," “Right Action," "Mind-Culture," "Wisdom," etc., etc., and contains some excellent commentary in the form…
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