As we proceed to explore life, it has appreared to grow more and more complicated. Indeed, many people will draw back with a feeling of resentment. They will say 'It is not necessary to know all these things ! So far I have managed very well with out them , or they may say that their simple Christian faith is sufficient for me'.

Such people will probably hate the idea of living again on the earth. They are interested neighter in the future development of mankind nor in the service which might contribute to it.

In this way they show us that they are possibly still victims of moral laziness. They are not yet prepared to think deeply or to seek new ways of helping and achieving. They wish to be left in peace in the groove in which they have been bought up.

Nor is it good to endeavor to presuade them other wise. They are probably doing very well at their present stage, even, posibly, better then those who are so anxious to teach them other ways.

There are plenty who are eager for further knowledge and who need no persuading !

Let us explore with these latter ones, and consider more deeply the phenomena of man's existance - His birth and growth.

It has been said that man is born unfinished! He is born at the ninth month, the 'finished number' being twelve. And certain it is that the young of the human are most helpless of all.

We are told that the birth of the physical body precedes that of the other 'bodies', each one of which is intimately connected with one of the seven principle Endocrine Glands.

We can do no more than touch on this intricate subject here, in order to give point to our argument. Up to the age of seven the average child has only complete control of its physical body, the rest of it faculties being imitative or dormant. In a court of law a child is not considered punishable untill after the age of seven years of age.

After the first cycle of seven years we are told that the 'etheric body' is 'born', or comes under positive control. The ethers govern growth and memory. These are the two functions most prominently active during the next seven years.

At the age of fourteen the astral or 'emotional' body is said to 'come to birth'. This governs the emotions and the desires, so this is the age of puberty, and unrestrained emotions. Up to fourteen years of age the child has been dominated by the Thymus Gland in which was bequeathed a store of red blood corpuscles by the mother.

This gland should become recessional by the age of pubery, at which time, the child has begun to manufacture it own blood. The blood is known as the seat of the ego, which can then begin to control the young person, who becomes conscious at this time of his individuality. From now on guidance instead of authority must be the rule.

The Adrenal Glands, which come into dominance at puberty, help to develop the individual driving force as well as the brain power. They are said to be the 'glands' of flight and fright'. under their government there is extreme sensitivity to fear and anxiety. These tendencies arous a need for some kind of religious belief to give reassurrance. So we find that during these years there is often great emotional piety.

The end of the third cycle of seven years sees the 'birth' of the 'mental body', so that by twenty-one years of age the individual has reached an important epoch in his life. He has ccomplished the completion of the three lower 'bodies' of man, the physical, emotional and mental.

He has developed into the complet human being (from ordinary standpoints) and is considered to have reached his majority and the state of manhood.

From then onwards, if man develops as he could and should do, every furth seven years will see the birth of a new quality or power, of a kind more subtle and less easily described here.

Finally, we come to the magical number of seven times seven and man has reached the age of forty-nine. It is here, therefore, that we can expect the flowering of his greatest power and quality. Sure enough we are told that it is at this age that his 'Higher Mind', should come into birth, giving him a subtle capacity for the highest and loftiest achievement. The Pituitary Body and the Pineal Gland, should now co-operate to use the sum of his life's experience for new creative ideas, deductions and philosophies.

Therefor at this age, it would indeed be well if man could retire from all mechanical routin e work and concentrate on the betterment of mankind and the various inspirations resulting from his experience. As he could still have expectation of life for another fifty years, this would allow him close on half a century of potent fulfilment in living. Such would be the programme for the perfect man or woman who was able to live up to his or her potentialities.

But at the present time many people dissipate their energy and strength to such an extent while young that they never reach the flowing of their greatest faculties at all. They live and die without ever tasting the ultimate joys and triumphs of human existence. they are never able to feel that they have made any knowledge really their own - that they know any one fundamental fact -what they are, why they are here, or to what progressing ! They live always like the man who said, 'The only certain thing in life is doubt!'

They admit their dark ignorance by scoffing at the bare possibility of such knowledge, refusing to see that right down the ages there has been a vast accumulation of 'circumstantial evidence' compiled for their own heritage and benefit. They continue to muddle along interminably in their stagnant grooves.

Such laziness makes man willing to be blind to the fact that his greatest contribution of value to the world can be expected after he is fifty. Therefore he does not husband his mental and his physical strength to that end. He should realize that the insired productions of the higher mind give the intense joy of fulfilment, than which there is no greater glory.

The fact that many people are half-exhausted wrecks by the age of fifty, and the others much before that, is a disgrace to 'progress' and modern education; and one more proof of the prevailing ignorance is that people are not sensible of this disgrace.

When healing the sick Christ said, 'Thy sin is forgiven thee',
pointing out very definitely that disease is the outward manifestation of wrong thinking. But we have not yet taken the hint.

We are still proud to tell of our disease, unaware that we are giving away the unclean and unkempt condition of our minds.

In the future people will feel ashamed of letting down the community by becoming unwell. A man will be as unwilling to admite to having a cold as he now is to confess to a theft.

The present general ill health is responsible for many irregularities in the development of the glands. Some of them do not recess when they should, and so a childish and unmoral state continues in the growing youth.

Unbalance of the glands causes some of them to predominate too early, to compensate for weakness in others. This produces geniuses, who are, for that reason, often prone to epilepsy and other adnormalities.

The ancients understood the conection between the glands and the subtle worlds of nature. it will be a happy day when that knowledge is revised by modern scientists.