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Our Talk With Correspondents

The following letter is from one of our Indian readers who signs himself "Truth-lover":— "Revered Sir,—I request that you may be good enough to publish your remarks in connection with the following, in your ennobling magazine:—"While I was reading to a few friends the chapter on 'Self and Truth' in…
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Our Talks With Correspondents

Under this heading we are prepared, month by month, to give needful advice, and to deal with the questions and difficulties of our readers. To insure a reply in the subsequent issue letters should reach us not later than the 7th. Correspondents may choose their own nom-de plume, but no…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

Under this heading we are prepared, month by month, to give needful advice, and to deal with the questions and difficulties of our readers. To insure a reply in the subsequent issue, letters should reach us not later than the 7th. Correspondents may choose their own nom-de-plume, but no letters…
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St. Peter—In reply to your long and appealing letter we trust we may say that which will help you to find somewhat of that light for which you have hitherto vainly groped. Yes, it is ingrained in the very nature of things that a man must reap exactly as he…
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A Seeker—The period of doubt and gloom and uncertainty through which you are now passing is one through which, sooner or later, all must pass on their way to the Divine Life. Your present state of anguish is the dark prelude to a fuller and more complete emancipation than you…
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Seeker—In an Institution such as the one in which you are placed with a large number of boys under your training, discipline is very necessary; but there are two kinds of discipline, one of fear, and the other of Awe. The latter is, of course, the better way; it is…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

Under this heading we are prepared, month by month, to give needful advice, and to deal with the questions and difficulties of our readers. To insure a reply in the subsequent issue, letters should reach us not later than the 7th. Correspondents may choose their own nom-de-plume, but no letters…
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F. H.—Is it then so hard to be "misunderstood? This should not fill your life with such trouble and unrest. The soul should be prepared to be misunderstood to the uttermost. When self is relinquished, and the soul is fortified with Truth, to be misunderstood will cause no pain nor…
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J. C. B.—Your question is in substance as follows: —"Why do millions of highly organized sentient beings pass their lives in unnatural conditions, with more or less almost constant suffering until the final death-blow?" This question involves the whole enigma of the universe; and to solve it is to solve…
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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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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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"Ego"—There are some souls who, amid all the vicissitudes of life, and behind all the apparent inconstancies of their character, have, deep in their innermost being, a fixed and lofty spiritual ideal. And to this ideal they are wedded, and they pursue it even when they know it not. Such…
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The following letter is from one of our Burmese readers:— "Dear Sir,—I wish you would tell me what you mean about Truth. I think it must be something very good and splendid from the way you speak about it, I mean write about it, but I wish you would tell…
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W. S.—Your letter is as follows:—"Your reply to 'F. R.' in this month's (November) Light of Reason does not seem to be a sufficient answer to his questions, and, I feel sure, will not satisfy him. To say 'The man of Truth avoids beliefs about things' is, to my mind,…
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B. S.—You ask, "What is meant by the 'New Thought'...Are they old thoughts clothed in new language and presented in a different manner? Please say of what the 'New Thought' consists." Answer—By the term "New Thought" is meant that cloud of new ethical ideas which burst upon the world about…
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Botany—At your age (38), and a man, you certainly ought to have overcome blushing and confusion in the presence of others. Such sensitiveness proceeds from a total misunderstand of yourself and others which causes you to morbidly and unintelligently brood upon yourself. You can overcome it by intelligently and intently…
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Our Talk With Corespondents

A. E. W.—Your desire to help your "brother man" is good and noble, but you can only help others in so far as you have purified and uplifted yourself. You cannot lead men beyond where you yourself have travelled, therefore do not cease to reach out toward the eternally good…
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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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Vera.—You are evidently passing through great tribulation, but you would do well to remember (as you will later on realize) that tribulation worketh patience. Take well to heart the lessons contained in your present troubles. Beware of self and enmity. Do not thirst for rewards. Think no evil thought of…
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O. J. (St. Alban's) — We have no desire to command you, knowing, as we do, that there is One, even the Spirit of Truth within you, who, if you will listen and obey, will command you unto all perfection. Nevertheless, if words of ours can help you, listen, and…
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Miss S. E. S.—As the author of the book "From Poverty to Power," I am pleased to answer your questions concerning its teaching:— First— By the term "soul-vision" is not meant astral sight, but direct spiritual perception, which is only obtained by controlling and purifying the mind. Second—By the statement…
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Change of address. —Letters for the Editor should now be addressed The Editor, The Light of Reason, Ilfracombe. Paradox—You say "The teaching of The Light of Reason, so far as I have understood it, has been that we are the cause of our own suffering...In this month's 'Talk With Correspondents'…
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V. P. W.—We neither require nor claim any "right" to the use of the word "Christ as a name of authority" in this journal. All men are free to so employ that name. Sometimes by the word Christ is meant the universal Christ spirit, and sometimes Jesus the Christ, so…
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A. S. C.—Your piece is suitable for publication, but it is not suitable for The Light of Reason. As you study our pages more you will perceive that we deal as little as possible with personalities, and devote ourselves to the laying down and expounding of principles. We do not…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

Under this heading we are prepared, month by mouth, to give needful advice, and to deal with the questions and difficulties of our readers. To insure a reply in the subsequent issue letters should reach us not later than the 7th. Correspondents may choose their own nom-de-plume, but no letters…
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Change of address—Letters for the Editor should now be addressed, The Editor, The Light of Reason, Ilfracombe. A. E. W.—Yes, you are at liberty to employ the illustration to which you refer. Do not imagine, for one moment, that because you are "just over thirty," you have left behind the…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

Under this heading we are prepared, month by month, to give needful advice, and to deal with the questions and difficulties of our readers. To insure a reply in the subsequent issue letters should reach ns not later than the 7th. Correspondents may choose their own nom-de-plume, but no utters…
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J. H. R.—You ask for a further elucidation of our article on "Temptation." Your questions and our replies are as follows:— "I believe that Adam was created a perfect man; how therefore could he be tempted 'because of the evil that was within him?'"You have formed an opinion about Adam,…
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F. M.—In reply to your letter I must say that, although you may not consider that you have suffered for your own misdeeds, you certainly have suffered for your own mistakes. Having "no desire to make money," you entered into heavy monetary transactions against the dictates of your own judgment…
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AMBO.—The gist of your letter is as follows—"Through speculation I lost my position; since then...I have managed to make about £180 per year, and have a small private income besides of £80, but my domestic expenses I cannot keep down, and I am truly anxious to save for the sake…
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W.—We are glad to know that you derive such help and comfort from the pages of The Light of Reason. As for those who condemn you for reading it, do not condemn them in return, and if you will realize this,—that they think they are doing that which is right,…
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W. S.—Your letter is as follows:—"In relation to the response of gratitude for loving services, I do not find that love and gratitude invariably follow loving services. There are persons who do not return gratitude for services, or love to those who have loved them. I think there are exceptions,…
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May—Beliefs concerning the fate of the dead, eternal punishment, and the Divinity of Jesus, are of no value. Knowledge and good deeds are valuable; these are substantial; but beliefs, speculations, and opinions are unsubstantial. If you are seeking Truth; if you are eager to become pure-hearted and blameless; if you…
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J. C. B.—The question to which you require "a definite reply," is, in itself, somewhat indefinite. We cannot presume to dictate to others as to what particular acts should or should not be regarded as "a matter of principle," as each person should follow the dictates of his, or her,…
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A.—You ask "Is it possible for people who are mental weaklings to grow out of such condition in this life?" If the weakness is not too pronounced, Yes; but if, by "mental weaklings," you mean the mentally deficient, the irresponsible, then, No. Such people should be protected by the mentally…
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L.B.—No; those who return the Book of Discipline, and decide not to join the Brotherhood, are not “eligible to receive the Book of Instruction." L.M.F.—All who join the Order, whether as Members, Associate-Members, or Supporters, must send their subscription direct to us. The object of this rule is to consolidate…
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H. H. H.—You say in your letter—"I am an interested reader of 'The Light of Reason,' and a thorough believer (as far as it goes), in the Gospel of Goodness, Purity, and Love that it reaches, but I realize that your gospel stops on the threshold of spiritual experience and…
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E. A. V.—No, we do not think we should be "justified in saying" that such a man as you describe had an unusually large percentage of "good" in him, but we fail to see what relation such description has with Mr. Hugo Wright's article, "The Standard of Goodness," which you…
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F. R.—You say, "I wish you would tell me whether you believe there is an actual personal God who directs the course of the universe, or whether God is only Good...I want to know what God is. I cannot think he is a Person, it is too vague, and yet…
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M.M.C.—Having joined the Brotherhood as a "Supporter," the rules of the Order do not apply to you. All those rules have a profound spiritual significance, and those who join as Members will put away childish vanities and the love of worldly pleasure, and will find the calm, wise and steadfast…
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E. R.—We have read the pamphlet which you enclosed with your letter. In reply to the latter, let us say that we do not help men by attacking their creeds in order to win them to the perishable idols of our own opinions. The world sadly needs the warmth and…
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