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To Our Readers

Again we extend a hearty invitation to our Readers to visit us at "Bryngoleu" as paying guests. We have very happy memories of pleasant days spent with many of our readers last summer. It is very pleasant to come into personal contact with those whom we have only known before…
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Editorial

The Light of ReasonMay 1906Published MonthlyEdited by James AllenVol. VIII. May 1st, 1906 No. 5 We would direct the attention of our readers, and particularly the Members of The Brotherhood, to the Trade Advertisements now appearing, and which will appear from time to time, in this journal. We take care…
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Deeds of Evil (Poem)

The man who of malign intent Doth injure any living thing, Makes himself heir to myriad ills That he himself doth bring. For there is such a subtle bond Of unity ’twixt thing and thing That when a blow to one he gives They all do feel the sting. Their…
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The Five Stages in Regeneration

Having considered and examined the nature of temptation in its live interdependent stages, let us now turn to the process of regeneration, and also consider its nature, so that the reader who has already received some measure of enlightenment, may be still further guided in his strenuous climbing towards the…
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For They Shall Inherit the Earth (Poem)

Oh! rest those straining yearning eyes; Oh! drop those lifted prayerful hands, And cease to long for Angel bands To bear thy Spirit to the skies. The earth you deem so poor a place Is vaster than the heaven you seek; This lowly portion of the meek Is yet the highest point of…
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For the Children

A message from the North London Group to readers of The Light of Reason and fellows of The Brotherhood Month by month our magazine reaches us, bringing to all its message of peace and goodwill, and, though many of us have not met to voice to each other our sympathies…
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Ministry (Poem)

"Not to be ministered unto, but to minister." How beauteous, in our devious ways,To keep this thought in mind—"Whoso for others spends himselfThe truest life shall find." Our quest is all for happiness,We seek the mystic stonePhilosophers of old e'er soughtThe Gold of Good to own. There is no need…
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Unity

Dr. Heber Newton, in a recent article in The Hibbert Journal, writes:—"Science is disclosing the nature of the universe as a system which is at unity with itself, a cosmos which is one through all its parts. It multiplies vastly the varieties of life, but connects them all with one…
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Brother Men (Poem)

King and beggar, both my brother men,Both equal, both alike, a little spaceTo meet the odds, to rise or fall, and then—The final fight, the finish of the race. For man is still a man though he may comeWith weary step, and eyes that plead for bread,And man is only…
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Growth and Light

Growth is a law of life. Nothing stands still, and indeed nothing goes backward, but everything evolves, enlarges, and expands; and this is true of the growth of the soul as much as the body. In these days when there are so many new views to the fore, I think…
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Wings of a Dove (Poem)

At sunset, when the rosy light was dyingFar down the pathway of the west,I saw a lonely dove in silence flyingTo be at rest. "Pilgrim of air," I cried, "could I but borrowThy wandering wings, thy freedom blest,I'd fly away from every careful sorrow,And find my rest." But when the…
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Impressions of Thought

We receive impressions from conditions—the variability of these is responsible for the multitudinous thoughts that are ours. They are conveyed to the brain to be rejected or accepted—to be cast away or pondered upon—pregnant with possibilities good or bad. Through the mind they come like dirty water or pure clear…
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The Manifestation of Truth

When that receptive attitude of mind necessary for the influx of Truth has been attained, the reasoning power of man is enabled to confirm the purpose and the progress of individual life. The intellect of humanity is the servant of Truth; it can acknowledge Truth, but of itself it cannot…
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The Abiding Law (Poem)

Thuo who, immutable and One,Through varying forms dost range,The abiding life, the steadfast lawDeep at the heart of change;— Our restless life sweeps ever onTo regions new and strange;But may our hearts the abiding find,The changeless 'mid all change!Samuel Longfellow No impure thing is allowed to approach the Pure.—Plato
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Wind in the Dry Leaves

An Easter Thought I heard the wind rustling through the dry leaves on a little copper beech outside my window, and it bore this message to me. The little tree was like those who cling to old thoughts, old scenes, the old aspect of things, for it keeps its leaves,…
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Love, The Inspiration of Life

Every time the soul of a man is inspired by the breath of Love, the world is made anew. The air he breathes becomes spiritual and ethereal, and is fraught with divine messages from other spheres. The walls of flesh are rent asunder, and the soul is filled with light;…
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Happiness

Nothing is more desired than happiness. Few, notwithstanding, reach the goal where this prize is obtained. If it is admitted that man is born to suffer, not more than a creature here and there will attempt to battle for the realization of a higher life. Man will take whatever pleasures…
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A Prophecy (Poem)

These things shall be! A loftier raceThan e'er the world hath known shall riseWith flame of freedom in their souls,And light of knowledge in their eyes.They shall be gentle, brave and strongTo spill no drop of blood, but dareAll that may plant man's lordship firmO'er earth and fire and sea…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

A.H.G. writes:—"I have read with great interest 'The Five Stages in Temptation' in your Magazine for March. It has suggested to me,— 1. Whether it is possible to pass from 'pure perception' to the stage where defilement sets in without 'cogitation '? 2. Whether it is possible to command perfect…
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Our Groups and Their Work

West Central London Group—The first meeting of this Group of the Light of Reason readers was held on Saturday evening, the 17th March, at 56, Mortimer Street, W. A good gathering of about thirty members listened to a very interesting address given by Mrs. Kohaus, the subject being "The light…
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Reviews of Books

Courage, by Charles Wagner, published by T. Fisher Unwin, 1, Adelphi Terrace, London, W.C. This is a cheap and popular edition of one of Wagner's inspiring books. It is full of vigorous and virile thought, and should be read by those whose hopes and energies are flagging. On page 260,…
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