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Gems of Truth From Ruskin

Every duty we omit obscures some truth we should have known. We need not hope that our work will be majestic if there is no majesty in ourselves. Out of imperfect knowledge spring terror, dissension, danger, and disdain, but from perfect knowledge...strength and peace. No soul can be perfect in…
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The One Truth More

There is a common saying current which runs, "If you want to know what a man is ask his wife," and like most homely maxims this saying expresses an obvious truth. It is but to utter a platitude to say that a man’s real character is best known to those…
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The Truth That Makes Free

Shall we make their truth our jailor, while our timid spirits fleeThe rude grasp of that great impulse which drove them across the sea?No I Before us gleam her camp-fires, we ourselves' must pilgrims he,Launch our Mayflower and steer boldly through the desperate winter sea,Nor attempt the Future's portal with…
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Seekers After Truth (Poem)

We seek for truth; but what of thoseWho come with single heart and mind,And on the wings of spirit riseTo mystic faith that looks behindThe veil, and evermore there liesA holy peace hid in those eyes?—Are these the souls who find?We cannot mount on wings of faith,We can but toil…
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I, Truth, Am Thy Redeemer

I, Truth, am thy Redeemer, come to Me;Lay down thy sin and pain wild unrest;And I will calm thy spirit’s stormy sea,Pouring the oil of peace upon thy breast:Friendless and lone—lo, I abide with thee. Defeated and deserted, cast away;What refuge hast thou? Whither canst thou fly?Upon My changeless breast…
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Letters of a Truth-Seeker (Part 4)

The Development or Thought-Control We often hear it said—"I may think as I like; it doesn't matter what I think." The first part of this statement, taken by itself is true, and a fact of much more importance than we usually attach to it. We can think I exactly what…
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Truth as Consoler

The knowledge of Truth is an abiding consolation.When all else fails, the Truth does not fail.When a heart is desolate, and the world affords no shelter,Truth provides a peaceful refuge and a quiet rest.The cares of life are many, and its path is beset with difficulties;But Truth is greater than…
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Truth Triumphant

There is no height to which thou canst not climb;There is no grandeur that thou may’st not view,If thou wilt reach beyond the things of Time,Unto the Pure, the Beautiful, the True. There is no saintly vision, no glad sightOf seer, nor no dream of holy sageBut may be thine;…
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Gems of Truth From Emerson

Hitch thy wagon to a star. The true poem is the poet’s mind. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. Abide in the simple and noble regions of thy life, obey…
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Truth as Reconciler

Truth is the Reconciler of Extremes.It neutralizes all opposites.It harmonizes all discords and contradictions.It brings back to us harmony and peace.When we were in error we saw all things as erroneous.Yea, when we were blind to our own error we saw error in all else;We saw good as evil, and…
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To Know Truth is to be Redeemed by It

The fact that men do not anticipate death for themselves, furnishes a tremendous argument in favor of the ultimate conquest of death. It shows that there is an intuitive perception within man of the eternal spirit of life that pervades all things. This spirit of life is the one fact…
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Wisdom, Knowledge, and Truth (Poem)

Why seekest thou under the orient skies,From the Sage's mysterious lore,The wisdom long hidden from time-serving men,The truth God awaits to restore,While right at thy hand is the temple of Truth,That structure so grand and complete,While knowledge the world is far-seeking todayLies all unperceived at thy feet? Why seekest thou…
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Grasp the Truth (Poem)

Let there be many windows in your soul, That all the glory of the universe May beautify it. Not the narrow pane Of one poor creed can catch the radiant rays That shine from countless sources. Tear away The blinds of superstition: let the light Pour through fair windows broad…
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Letters of a Truth-Seeker (Part 5)

Love in Expression The key-note of these "Letters" has been "Life" from within. What we have really been considering is, how we may make ourselves more receptive of these Life thoughts, and how by patient adjustment of the daily conduct we may become better channels for their expression. Difficulties have…
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Truth Triumphant (Poem)

There is no height to which thou canst not climb;There is no grandeur that thou may'st not view,If thou wilt reach beyond the things of Time,Unto the Pure, the Beautiful, the True. There is no saintly vision, no glad sightOf seer, nor no dream of holy sageBut may be thine;…
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A Vision of Truth

The Unfolding of the Mystery of life is as the opening of a Passion Flower to the genial warmth of the summer sun; its disclosure of inner beauty and fragrance. Beneath the influence of Nature, by the invigorating and ever-changing sea with its unceasing music, in the dim and mystic…
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The Way of Truth

Jesus said, "I am the way;" and commanded, "Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you;" also "Love one another;" and His life was an example of His precepts. The Master knew His commands embodied principles which, when practiced, would involve the subjugation of qualities that, if allowed…
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The Vital Truth (Poem)

O look not on the clash of creeds,Their conflict that confronts us here—See how each, caught in passion, breedsMistrust and hatred, scorn and fear. O turn! and seek the vital truthOn which they claim to rest, and seeHow, when each Faith was in its youth,Of Right 'twas the epitome. Note…
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Truth as Protector

Good deeds are Truth.Our good deeds remain with us, they save and protect us.Evil deeds are error.Our evil deeds follow us, they overthrow us in the hour of temptation.The evil-doer is not protected from sorrow;But the good-doer is shielded from all harm.The fool says unto his evil deed–"Remain thou hidden,…
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The True Life

The satisfaction of the personal will leads to death; the satisfaction of the Father's will gives true life. Thy Will Be Done And Jesus rejoiced in the power of the spirit and said: I acknowledge the spirit of the Father, the source of everything in heaven and earth, who has…
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The Two Masters, Self and Truth

Upon the battlefield of the human soul two masters are ever contending for the crown of supremacy, for the kingship and dominion of the heart; the master of self, called also the "Prince of this world," and the master of Truth, called also the Father God. The master self is…
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Many Words—One Truth (Poem)

A fire mist and a planet;A crystal and a cell;A jellyfish and a saurian,And caves where the cavemen dwell;Then a sense of law and beauty,And a face turned from the clod—Some call it Evolution,And others call it God. A haze on the far horizon,The infinite tender sky;The ripe, rich tints…
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The Teacher of All Truth

I was seated at an open window one May day, some few years ago, in the lovely Dent valley; I had been told that the window at which I sat commanded a grand view of Seafell when the day was clear and fine, but on this day all was obscured…
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Discourse Concerning The Way of Truth

Self-Restraint What is Truth?It resides in the silence of Perfect Deeds.That silence is sufficient for the wise.I, therefore, discourse not upon Truth,I discourse upon the Way which leads thither;For Truth is not of words, but of life,And though Truth govern the tongue, its seat is not there,Its seat is in…
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Letters of a Truth-Seeker (Part 1)

Life From Within Somewhere in the progress of every individual there comes a great yearning for a broader, higher life; a life of more service and fuller expression. This new life springs from within, fashions and develops in the daily thought, and seeks manifestation in the world of deed and…
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What is Truth

I—Pilate's Question Every truth has two sides. At least two sides. It may have many sides. We are apt to overlook this aspect of truth and, having examined one side, to accept it or reject it without taking the trouble to examine the other side. The only wise course is…
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Truth Made Manifest

Upon the lofty Summits of the TruthWhere clouds and darkness are not, and where restsEternal Splendor; there, abiding JoyAwaits thy coming.Be watchful, fearless, faithful, patient, pure:By earnest meditation sound the depthsProfound of life, and scale the heights sublimeOf Love and Wisdom Truth is rendered visible through the media of deeds.…
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Striving for the Mastery or Brief Lessons in Truth

I—Self Control Three broad Gateways lead unerringly to the perfect enlightenment wherein is emancipation from error and suffering; the first is Self-control, the second is Self-purification, and the third is Self-mastery. The present object is to open up, to the receptive mind, these three Gateways, briefly expounding the Way which…
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Truth as Awakener

Part I: The Divine Companion I, the Spirit of TruthAm the Friend of the forsaken and the Companion of the wise,I restore the one, and I gladden the other, and all men I protect, though they know me not. The Divine Companion Rejoice! for the Morning has dawned:The Truth has…
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Light on the Truth of Transitoriness

It is well sometimes to meditate deeply and seriously on the truth of Transitoriness. By meditation we will come to perceive how all compounded things must pass away; yea, how even while they remain they are already in the process of passing away. Such meditation will soften the heart, deepen…
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Striving for the Mastery or Brief Lessons in Truth

II—Self-Purification Having acquired a due degree of self-control by constant watchfulness and self-denial, the mind has become steady, and is ripe for that silent meditation by which alone the heart can be purified and made a fit receptacle for Truth. The pupil of Truth should select a time for daily…
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The Divine Companion

You can listen to James Allen's book The Divine Companion using the player below. Click on the play button to listen online or you can download the files to your computer using the links in the download column for use on your iPod or other MP3 player. .mp3browser {width:100%} .mp3browser…
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Live For Truth (Poem)

Liv'st thou for self alone? Then are thou dead.Liv'st thou for earth? Soon will thy life have fled.Liv'st thou for Heaven? E'en yet sleep dims thine eye.Oh! Live for Truth, and thou shalt never die.
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I Take Refuge in Truth

I come to thee, O Master! on thy breastI lay my weary head; I lave thy feetWith tears and kisses, travail of my quest;I bring my aching heart and sore defeat,And seek thy holy joy and perfect rest. Place thou thy hand upon my burning brow;Soothe thou my soul, and…
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What is Truth?

The skeptic, the bigot and the seer are typical representatives of three distinct attitudes which men entertain toward the Truth. Individuals of each of these classes are equally positive in their convictions, equally certain that their particular views are correct. How, then, is it possible for one to decide whether…
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Letters of a Truth-Seeker (Part 3)

Ideals, and Their Relationship to the Practical When we have broken through those self erected barriers of outward creeds; when, by our own seeking within we have caught a glimpse of our true relationship to the Infinite, then does our search become of direct practical value. If our thought on…
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Letters of a Truth-Seeker (Part 2)

The Finding of Our Relationship It is just when the old attachments are broken, when the thought is free of useless and unnecessary dogmas, that we seek within ourselves the Higher Truth. Strange though it may seem to us at first, out of all discord and chaos at last dawns…
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The Inward Truth (Poem)

If thou, my brother-soul, art living trueTo thine own higher self, in harmonyWith its diviner thought, then thou art freeFrom all the discords of material life.What others do is no concern of thine.They may not injure thee. Their evil thought,lf such they have, reverts upon themselves.And, for the rest, if…
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Truth as Redeemer

Truth is our Redeemer.Truth purifies our hearts and bestows upon us the glorious gift of divine Love.There is no salvation in selfishness.Self is the vessel of sin and the receptacle of sorrow;But when we fly to Truth, self is ended, and Love abides forever.We have tried the ways of self,…
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From Poverty to Power

You can listen to James Allen's book From Poverty to Power using the player below. Click on the play button to listen online or you can download the files to your computer using the links in the download column for use on your iPod or other MP3 player. .mp3browser {width:100%}…
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