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Buddha

Under Mount Ratnagira’s western shade,Weary and worn with his long search for Truth,Sorrowing, unsatisfied, disconsolate,Sat Buddha, knowing not where he should turnTo find the Truth that he had so long sought—The Truth that maketh steadfast, strong, and pure,The Truth that bringeth peace and blessed rest.The Schools had failed him; the…
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Be Happy (Poem)

Let us try to be happy! We may, if we will,Find some pleasures in life to o'erbalance the ill,There was never an evil, if well understood,But what, rightly managed, would turn to a good.If we were but as ready to look to the lightAs we are to sit moping because…
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The Use of Daydreams

It is somewhat of a pleasant surprise to find in the Autobiography of a philosopher like Herbert Spencer the confession that ‘castle-building,’ so often condemned, is in his opinion of great practical utility. Day dreams were to him the beginnings of a Constructive Philosophy for which the world is today…
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A Vision of Life (Poem)

I laid me down on my luxurious couch, And courted sleep on pillows soft with down, Yet the Enchanter heeded not my prayer, But turned from my advances with a frown. On shadowy wings he rose and took his flight, And fled mysterious thro' th realms of night. He sped…
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Incarnation

Among the deeper thoughts of mankind, the great thought of the Incarnation of the highest and holiest Divine in the visible and active life of the greatest souls of the race, has had a mighty influence for good, and alike under eastern and western civilization has been an uplifting power…
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Difficulty a Door of Hope

It is an erroneous notion, though too generally held, that the way of ease is the pathway to utility and nobility. It is a matter for gratitude that ere many years have elapsed the glorious word duty looks us in the face, nor can its imperious demands be disregarded without…
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The Battle of Life

The world full of hardships is, to us near-sighted creatures, the one most in need of softening influence. We would ameliorate sorrow by covering it with the light cloak of sentiment, would brush aside effort and invite comfort to our fireside, would shake the tree of goodness and pick up…
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Mind is Master

“Mind alone is the maker of slavery or freedom."—Bhagavad Gita “The mind alone is the maker of slavery or freedom.” What does Shri Krishna mean by this? What is mind? What is slavery? What is Freedom? What have each of these to do with the other? Apparently it seems a…
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Buddha (Poem)

Under Mount Ratnagira's western shade,Weary and worn with his long search for Truth,Sorrowing, unsatistied, disconsolate,Sat Buddha, knowing not where he should turnTo find the Truth that he had so long sought—The Truth that maketh steadfast, strong, and pure,The Truth that bringeth peace and blessed restThe schools had failed him; the…
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From the Buddha's Life

Out from the dim past there flashes a "Light" of exceeding glory. The light of one whose birth the ages foretold; of one whom all Nature heralded with paens; of one who came filled with the Love Divine that marks the Savior. Filled with the joy and warmth of youth;…
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The Soul's Awakening

Looking back is not always beneficial, and at times it retards, rather than helps the growth of the soul. But there are times—epochs in life—when we are suddenly brought to a stand-still, it may be by some great disappointment or calamity, and we are suddenly brought face to face with…
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Harmony

Preserve harmony in your own soul, and it will flow out to all others, for its effects are more powerful than you understand, and more far-reaching. Sink all thought of self, all personal ambition, the small jealousies and suspicions that mar the heart's melodies. Listen to the great song of…
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Humility

Humility is the keynote of success. The arrogant and the conceited are not so likely to succeed even in the ordinary events of everyday life as the humble, as they are not willing to assist and to do as others wish, but like to take the lead in all things,…
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The Constancy of Change

If we have risen, we must still rise. Patient as we may have become, we must be more so; while if we have been self-sacrificing we must add to our deeds of self-sacrifice. It is the only way to remain in our exalted position, to be patient or self-sacrificing. For…
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The Sermon on Abuse

And the Blessed One observed the ways of society, and noticed how much misery came from malignity and foolish offences clone only to gratify vanity and self-seeking pride. And Buddha said: "If a man foolishly does me wrong, I will return to him the protection of my ungrudging love; the…
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Editorial

The Light of ReasonApril 1906Published MonthlyEdited 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…
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Wants and Needs

The actual needs of men are few, their wants are many. Alexander weeps for more worlds to conquer, and dies in his drunkeness because he wants so much. Life is rendered often almost insupportable by the multiplication of its wants, when its needs are so few that modest comfort might…
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The Five Stages on Temptation

(Continued) Two men were once discussing the nature of drunkenness, and one at last said, "But where is a man to draw the line, in the quantity of intoxicating liquor he drinks, in order to avoid drunkenness?" The other replied:—"He should draw the line before he begins." If this rule…
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