The world is ready for another renaissance in sculpture, in music, in painting, in all that adds to the beauty of life. Art must keep pace with science. Art must keep pace with religion. And so we may be even now in the springtime of a new art, the morning of a new day, when the world of man's activities shall be enlarged, brightened, and cheered by the new manifestations of those living ideals which even now are beginning to illumine the world of soul and mind; a new day when the world shall be made to blossom as the rose. This new beauty will bring with it the true joy of living, for the sense of beauty will always awaken the kindred sense of joy. The ardent desire, the fervent prayer, the beautiful ideal entertained and lived by any individual will always help in bringing to fruition a new world of beauty which shall eventually be disclosed to all who have eyes to see or who have ears to hear. He who seeks to give expression to his highest ideal is not only enriching his own mind, but is helping to enrich the world.

In his ideals there is always something that is beautiful in vision and thought, waiting only to be disclosed in outer form, and the effort after true expression brings with it an ever-enlarging ideal, an ever-increasing beauty. It is always through knowing and doing that we grow. All true effort to express something beautiful brings with it an increasing appreciation of beauty as well as an ever-unfolding life and a greater power of expression. The New Testament tells us that love is the fulfilling of the law, and the fulfilling of the law is not that which is unfinished or partial, but only that which is whole and complete. In the spirit of love one always seeks to give of the best or to do the best that lies in one's power to give or to do.

Wherever the spirit of love is, there is the fulfilment of life's laws, and with all such fulfilment beauty is to be found. Every person who is living outwardly his inner ideals is expressing the divine ideal of being. Into all the religion of righteous living there enters the element of beauty. The Supreme Architect fashions everything even from the least of things to the greatest in a beautiful way, giving to each thing a peculiar beauty that is all its own. Beauty is the great high priestess of religion. But there can be no beauty apart from rhythm, melody, and harmony because all external creation is dependent upon all three for its existence. Because through their aid there came into being all forms, and with their withdrawal or ceasing to be, all forms would pass away. While this is true, yet it is impossible to separate beauty from any one of the three. Rhythm is expressed through beauty of feeling, melody through beauty of ideal, and harmony through beauty of expression. So we build our temple of pure and undefiled religion four square, and the foundations are laid on rhythm, melody, harmony and beauty; and the temple will not be whole or complete if any one of the four corners should be left out. But if we are using them all, then we are building our house upon the eternal rock of truth. A temple that is "not made with hands" but one that is "eternal in the heavens," one that has existed before the foundation of the world, but one that man has to discover for himself in order to know the truth of his own being. For countless ages the quest has gone on, for countless ages man has sought to find out the hidden mysteries of being. He has thought his life to be one of ceaseless conflict wherein the evil is always arrayed in opposition to the good; not realising that good was all, and that good lived in his own life; that his so-called evil was only a necessary shadow to make the realities of life evident to him; that all power had been given him to overcome, to replace the partial or the incomplete with that which is whole and complete, to allow the true rhythm and melody of life to flow into and, I might say, to overflow his whole being. He has not known that this is what he sought, and he will not know it until he realises it within his own consciousness. But because he is seeking he shall find, and because he knocks, the door shall be opened to him. After all, it is concentrated effort that counts. The realisation of what life means, that its inner ideals must be fashioned into outer forms.

Some people have thought that a religion which should meet with the acceptance from many people could be portrayed by beauty alone. But the difficulty would be that beauty could only be perceived by the one who had awakened to a love of the beautiful, and might not have as much of an appreciation of beauty as one might have of rhythm or melody. It seems that rhythm or feeling must always be first, that melody or ideal must follow, and that harmony or outer expression must exist before one can grasp, in a full and complete way, the true nature of beauty. But in all four the whole religion of life may be summed up. Such a religion would know only God as its Founder, would be devoid of everything in the nature of creed, would make in an irresistible way for the brotherhood of humanity. From it there would come a new birth for the world. I believe the prophets of old foresaw the coming of such a time when they said: "Ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands"; "the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose"; and "righteousness shall cover the face of the earth as the waters cover the face of the deep."

It may seem to the musician or to the lay reader that the writer is taking an exaggerated view of what music might be made to do; but if music can be made to appeal to man's inner feeling to a far greater degree than anything else, and if the highest feeling in man's inner life consists of love of God and love of man, then surely music is going to draw us closer to God and our fellow-man than anything else that we know of can do. Music and love, colour and beauty, harmony and expression, will give us the real religion of the deepest feeling; a philosophy of the highest thought, and a true science of right living. Right living being the product of inner feeling and true thinking, when this comes into the life of man, then his pessimistic religion and philosophy will pass out and he will have what the poet Milton dreamed of:

"Divine Philosophy! Not harsh and crabbed as dull fools suppose, But musical as is Apollo's lute, And a perpetual feast of nectar'd sweets Where no crude surfeit reigns."

And we may rest assured that in the time to come, we are going to do everything in a truer and a more beautiful way than we have ever done in the past. Because of our quest and desire for truth, life is going to render up to us the greater joys of being. The happiness and contentment that we now dream of are to be fully realised in our every-day life. The new must supplant the old.

In the religion of to-day there is comparatively little that is making for spiritual, moral, or mental uplift; because there is so much in it that is fundamentally wrong, so much in it that can never be made to appeal to the hearts and minds of men. No religion need expect to last that is not founded and grounded in the eternal laws of life. Man feels the absolute necessity of religion: something to love, reverence, and worship. These feelings in his life, unless they find full and free expression, keep his mind in a state of unrest and longing desire for something he has not yet attained. Why should the deepest thing in life find its expression in an unlovely exterior? The greatest number of the religions of the world have failed to hold the hearts and minds of the people because the externals of religion have seldom represented in any true way, the real religion of life. That which is beautiful at the heart of life, should express something of the inner beauty when it takes form in outer symbols; for it is only thus that it becomes a true expression of religious feeling. It should ever be man's object to portray the wonder and beauty of the inner life in every effort he makes to express himself in the outer world. For man's inner consciousness of thought and feeling must eventually find full and free expression in his outer world. True religion should be expressed in joy and gladness, it should be the brightest and most beautiful thing in life. If God has created a universe and endowed it with untold beauties that are rhythmic, melodious, and harmonious, that have colour, grace, and symmetry, a universe filled with living music where everything from the tiniest flower with its head uplifted to the sun, to worlds, and systems of worlds and suns are all engaged in singing the praise of their Creator, surely it would seem as though man, the most highly developed of all God's creation on this earth, should praise Him in a more beautiful way even than all other things of His creation. The whole vast universe is not only filled with melody and harmony, with grandeur and beauty, with energy in motion, but with law and order as well; and a religion that does not contain all of these need never hope to live in the hearts and minds of all people. The divine way is the only way, and just as soon as man takes knowledge of that way and begins to consciously co-operate with God, will he have begun to live a truly religious life, a life that will make for the joy and the happiness of his mind, and for the health and strength of his physical body. He must leave the old ways and means behind. He must cease conforming merely to the letter of the word, and come under the spell of the Spirit and be guided by it in the Way, the Truth and the Life. For only by so doing can he free himself from the law of sin and death, and consciously become a son of God.