They must therefore relate us to life and forces out
side of this earth. But this upward line is directly
dependent upon the downward line which forms the
remainder of the minor axis, as shown in the chart
of cardinal points. And the minor axis is polarized
and balanced by the major axis, crossing it at right
angles. These two great lines dominate all other lines of action in the brain and body. This law throws a flood of light upon the practical work of religion. At every point religion has its inner and its outer side, its physical as well as its spiritual phase.
The senses of hunger, taste and smell, of touch, heat and auras, are at the lower end of the minor axis. There can be no perfect action of the religious faculties unless these senses are satisfied. And what do these demand? It is not enough that we merely have food, clothing and shelter. They require dwellings that shall be ample, artistic, convenient and adapted to the broad requirements of harmonic life. These homes must be secure from alienation. The senses require a true system of sanitation, national and domestic, so that all epidemic diseases will be impossible and universal health will be established. The senses demand a normal and systematic culture of the earth, one that shall modify its climates, produce an ample food supply, and sustain the fertility of all lands.
In shameful contrast to all these normal wants we find that for many centuries the Brahminic, the Buddhist and the Christian religions have taught that the work of religion could be perfectly done, its best spiritual gifts could he enjoyed, and its highest culture could be attained, without any of these con-