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February

To Our Readers & Members of the Brotherhood

Last April we opened our home for the reception of those of our Readers who wished to come in personal contact with us and our work. The number who were constantly Writing, "if We could only see you and talk with you," &e., &c., led us to this decision, and…
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Editorial

The Light of ReasonFebruary 1906Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VIII. February 1st, 1906 No. 2 A good number of orders have already reached us for the "Bryngoleu Cookery Book." It is in the press, and will be ready at the beginning of this month. Copies will be sent to…
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Building

The early Christian writers in several of their letters insist on everything in relation to the life and work of the followers of Jesus being well and strongly built. "Let all things be done to edifying," Paul writes to the Corinthians, and when writing to the Thessalonians he tells them…
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A Thought From Emerson

One of the best of men; his wordsAre radiant with the mystic lightThat never shone on land or sea;His thoughts fall like the song of birds,That even through the stormiest nightMust tell us of their ecstasy. He knew the earth-pangs, yet he soAdored the Heart that rules behind,And trod the…
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The Will

The Willl is like a lever that lifts in any direction desired. Yet it may also be the power that decides the direction. It is the factor in human experience which makes or mars character, and fulfils or defeats every promise of nature. If unguided, except by the caprice of…
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The Silent Hour

In the silence of the soul, with the mind at rest, one finds Truth. To try to live entirely in the outer life with its bustle and attendant worries; its bickerings and discontents; its strivings after the transient objects of time, fritters away the powers of the soul, and leaves…
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The Use of Temptation

People whose thoughts do not carry them far are apt to look upon, and think of temptation as a hindrance to the living of a better life, as a burden or a cross which must be borne, and from which there is no release, no escape but death. But all…
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True Happiness

How happy is he born and taughtThat serveth not another's will;Whose armor is his honest thought,And simple truth his highest skill; Whose passions not his masters are;Whose soul is still prepared for death,Not tied unto the world with careOf prince's ear, or vulgar breath; Who hath his life from rumors…
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How Flowers Help Us

I—The Daisy On a windy day, in late winter, I stood on the cliff-top bemoaning my lot, and pitying myself with all the vitality there was in me. Things were badly awry; everyday life was unbearable with its petty cares and monotonous sequence of days; people around me were small…
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Love and Faith

If Love be living, Faith can never die.—E. L. Lefroy They told me Faith was dead!I wept, refusing to be comforted,And thought how desolate the world would beVoid of her presence. When lo I suddenlyOut rang a joyous captivating song,And smiling Love strolled carelessly along.I looked—despised myself—looked yet again,Re-read the…
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The Ultimate Perfection

Differentiating in personalities often leads to confusion, though a group of persons manifest, in some degree almost the perfection of certain parts like to, and necessary for, the Ideal Life; some so perfect in their parts as to manifest a good degree of perfection when standing alone, and forcibly so…
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A Sonnet on Purity

Would you be pure without, be pure within;Shun evil thoughts and entertain the good;Be in your heart as in your life you would;Thus only may you be secure from sin.If of our Island Home we guard the shores,And thus prevent our foes from landing here,Then of their getting inland is…
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Religion and Science

To whatever page of the world's history we turn we are forcibly struck by that deep-rooted desire among thinking men and women, underlying all external differences of creed and opinion, to fathom those truths bearing directly on man's vital relation to the universe. If we trace this thread of truth…
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Faith

We have but faith; we cannot know;For knowledge is of things we see.—Tennyson Still—as the Preacher said of old,Can we God's mighty works unfold?Can we His meaning show?The way the wind, the spirit blows,The way a babe, a flower grows,"E'en so, thou dost not know." And if the earth on…
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Love

Love! What a deep meaning is attached to that one short word. It cannot be expressed in the same terms as mere affection. Love is deeper than that. True love will never change, it will remain the same until the end, whatever may befall or in whatever circumstances we may…
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Advantages of Thinking

To have learned to think, whether learned in schools or out of them, is to have attained the most valuable of all acquirements. Any system of instruction which does not teach a man to think falls short of the best results. A man who has learned to think continually separates…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

C. J.—If you are eager to understand the Book of Discipline, then you must practice the principles laid down, beginning at the first and easiest steps, namely, the Preliminary Discipline. As you succeed in practicing the higher spiritual principles, avoiding self-indulgence on the one hand, and unprofitable speculations on the…
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Our Groups and Their Work

North London Group—Through the kind response of the readers of the magazine to our appeal in the December Number, we were able to give the 320 girls of the Devons Road School, Bromley-by-Bow, a foretaste of Christmas joy on December 14th. One hundred of the more needy children were provided…
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Reviews of Books

Logic Taught By Love, by Mary Everest Boole, published by C. W. Daniel, 3, Amen Corner, London, E.C. From beginning to end of this able and instructive work a striking originality is evident. Matters profound, and things apparently superficial and trivial, are brought together and harmonized, in order to teach…
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Books Received

Advice to Business Juniors, by Phi. Rho. Chi. Horace Marshall and Son, London. Whispers From Within, and Reincarnation, both by R. Dimsdale Stocker, and published respectively by Henry Glaisher, 57, Wigmore Street, London, W., and C. W. Daniel, 3, Amen Corner, London, E.C. Lessons in Spiritual Healing, by H. Aylrner…
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