The success of modern medicine is today so great, that millions of people are kept alive – if not cured – who in earlier days, and with less scientific aptitude, would normally have died. In this developed skill and knowledge, and in this aptitude in the care of the physical mechanism, is today to be found a major world problem – the problem of overpopulation of the planet, leading to the herd life of humanity and the consequent economic problem – to mention only one of the incidental difficulties of this success. This “unnatural” preservation of life is the cause of much suffering, and is a fruitful source of war, being contrary to the karmic intent of the planetary Logos.

With this vast problem, I cannot here deal. I can only indicate it. It will be solved when the fear of death disappears, and when humanity learns the significance of time and the meaning of the cycles. It will be simplified when true astrological findings become possible, when man knows the hour of his departure from this outer plane, and masters the technique of “withdrawal”, and the methods of abstracting himself consciously from the prison of the body. But much research has to take place first.

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