Think deeply over the functions of a place of worship, say, the temple. Temples are centres of discipline, where the aspirant is guided step by step to attain a vision of the Truth. They are schools for the training of the spirit, academies for the promotion of scriptural studies, institutes of super-science, and laboratories for the testing of the values of life. They are hospitals for the treatment and cure not only of the ‘birth-death disease’, which has persisted in the individual for ages, but even the much more potent mental disorders that trouble those who do not know the secret of acquiring peace. Temples are gymnasia where people are reconditioned and their hesitant faith, waning conviction, and upsurging egotism are all cured. Temples are mirrors that reflect aesthetic standards and achievements. The purpose of the temple is to awaken the divinity in humanity, and to induce people to believe that the physical frames in which they live are themselves houses of God.