James Allen

Byways to Blessedness

This is the extended edition including an essay called “James Allen: A prophet Of Meditation”.

Along the highways of Burma there is placed, at regular distances away from the dust of the road, and under the cool shade of a group of trees, a small wooden building called a “rest-house”, where the weary traveller may rest a while, and allay his thirst and assuage his hunger and fatigue by partaking of the food and water which the kindly inhabitants place there as a religious duty.

Along the great highway of life there are such resting places; away from the heat of passion and the dust of disappointment, under the cool and refreshing shade of lowly Wisdom, are the humble, unimposing “rest-houses” of peace, and the little, almost unnoticed, byways of blessedness, where alone the weary and footsore can find strength and healing.


1. Right Beginnings
2. Small Tasks and Duties
3. Transcending Difficulties and Perplexities
4. Burden-Dropping
5. Hidden Sacrifices
6. Sympathy
7. Forgiveness
8. Seeing No Evil
9. Abiding Joy 10. Silentness
11. Solitude
12. Standing Alone
13. Understanding the Simple Laws of Life
14. Happy Endings
135 printed pages
Original publication

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