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Editorial

The Light of Reason
January 1906
Published Monthly
Edited by James Allen

Vol. VIII. January 1st, 1906 No. 1

The Light of Reason starts out upon its fifth year today; and it goes out with increased life and vigor; its subscribers list has more than doubled since this time last year, and we are adding nearly a thousand copies to our circulation.

During the past year several of our readers have sent us a number of names and addresses of their friends, ordering the Light of Reason to be forwarded to them, inclosing the cost of doing so. We have been pleased to fill these orders, and in this way the usefulness and circulation of the Magazine has been greatly extended. If any other of our readers wish to do the same we shall be pleased to address and forward any number, on receipt of their orders. Payment may be made by Crossed Cheque or Crossed Postal Order.

Mrs. Allen's Book, "The Bryngoleu Cookery Book" (A Humanitarian Household Guide) is well in course of preparation, and will be published shortly. The formation of the Brotherhood has rendered such a handy guide to diet necessary to the housewife who has joined the Order as Associate-Member or Member, or to one whose business it is to cook for someone in her household who has so joined the Order, as it will enable her to provide meals that are nourishing, yet simple, and in perfect harmony with the life of compassion and love towards all beings and creatures to which the Members have pledged themselves; and indeed, it was because so many requests were coming to us for such practical guidance that decided Mrs. Allen to set about the work without delay, and to embody in the book not only her simple and original recipes, but also her seven-and-half years' experience in such matters. She will also give information invaluable to the housewife, daughter, or sister, who wishes to improve the comfort of her home, to increase its sweetness, and make her table pure, bright and kindly. Mr. Allen will also furnish an article. The price of the Book will be 6d. net, or 7d. by post, and orders may be sent at once, which will be filled as soon as the book is out of the printer's hands.

Five thousand copies of the first edition will be printed, and we shall make every effort to get it widely sold and circulated. Nearly all the leading Natural Food specialists have taken advertisement space in its pages, so that the uninformed in such matters will easily see, by referring to the advertisements, where to obtain any adjunct necessary to their Cuisenaire. Altogether, the Book will be a condensed, yet complete guide to that pure and simple dietary which is in harmony with a gentle life.

We have just replenished our stock of the three penny "Treasuries of the Poets," the "Life and Light" Books, and Trine's "In tune with the Infinite." All these books are, in their get-up, artistic treasures, and in their contents, mines of inspiration to those seeking the best spiritual guidance and intellectual culture. Readers purchasing these books are continually sending to us expressions of delight concerning them.

It will be seen by our advertisement pages that we are now selling a new translation of Lao-Tze's "Tao-Teh-King." The compiler and commentator, Walter Gorn Old, M.R.A.S., having given it the title of "The Book of the Simple Way of Lao-Tze." It is a book of 186 pages, each chapter being followed by a commentary. Our readers can now have the wonderful book written by the ancient Chinese Teacher (and the only one written by him) when he was approaching one hundred years of age, and study his weighty yet simple words.

A special letter is sent by the Editor to all who are received into the Brotherhood, ratifying their Fellowship. Much interest is aroused in the Order, and many are joining. The Book of Discipline should be promptly returned by those who do not join the Order.

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James Allen

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.

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