Paper 12 : The Universeˆ of Universesˆ
12:0.1 THE immensity of the far-flung creation of the Universal Fatherˆ is utterly beyond the grasp of finiteˆ imagination; the enormousness of the master universeˆˆ staggers the concept of even my order of being. But the mortalˆ mindˆ can be taught much about the plan and arrangement of the universes; you can know something of their physical organization and marvelous administration; you may learn much about the various groups of intelligent beings who inhabit the seven superuniversesˆ of time and the central universeˆˆ of eternityˆ.
12:0.2 In principle, that is, in eternalˆ potential, we conceive of material creation as being infinite because the Universal Fatherˆ is actuallˆy infinite, but as we study and observe the total material creation, we know that at any given moment in time it is limited, although to your finiteˆ minds it is comparatively limitless, virtually boundless.
12:0.3 We are convinced, from the study of physical law and from the observation of the starry realms, that the infinite Creatorˆ is not yet manifest in finality of cosmic expression, that much of the cosmic potential of the Infinite is still self-contained and unrevealed. To created beings the master universeˆˆ might appear to be almost infinite, but it is far from finished; there are still physical limits to the material creation, and the experientialˆ revelation of the eternalˆ purpose is still in progress.
1. Spaceˆ Levels of the Master Universeˆˆ
12:1.1 The universeˆ of universesˆ is not an infinite plane, a boundless cube, nor a limitless circle; it certainly has dimensions. The laws of physical organization and administration prove conclusively that the whole vast aggregation of forceˆ-energy and matter-power functions ultimatelˆy as a spaceˆ unit, as an organized and co-ordinated whole. The observable behavior of the material creation constitutes evidence of a physical universeˆ of definite limits. The final proof of both a circular and delimited universeˆ is afforded by the, to us, well-known fact that all forms of basic energyˆ ever swing around the curved path of the spaceˆ levels of the master universeˆˆ in obedience to the incessant and absoluteˆ pull of Paradiseˆ gravityˆ.
12:1.2 The successive spaceˆ levels of the master universeˆˆ constitute the major divisions of pervaded spaceˆˆ — total creation, organized and partially inhabited or yet to be organized and inhabited. If the master universeˆˆ were not a series of elliptical spaceˆ levels of lessened resistance to motion, alternating with zones of relative quiescenceˆ, we conceive that some of the cosmic energies would be observed to shoot off on an infinite range, off on a straight-line path into trackless spaceˆ; but we never find forceˆ, energyˆ, or matter thus behaving; ever they whirl, always swinging onward in the tracks of the great spaceˆ circuitsˆ.
12:1.3 Proceeding outward from Paradiseˆ through the horizontal extension of pervaded spaceˆˆ, the master universeˆˆ is existent in six concentric ellipses, the spaceˆ levels encircling the central Isle:
12:1.4 1. The Central Universeˆˆ — Havonaˆ.
12:1.5 2. The Seven Superuniversesˆ.
12:1.6 3. The First Outer Spaceˆˆ Level.
12:1.7 4. The Second Outer Spaceˆˆ Level.
12:1.8 5. The Third Outer Spaceˆˆ Level.
12:1.9 6. The Fourth and Outermost Spaceˆ Level.
12:1.10 Havonaˆ, the central universeˆˆ, is not a time creation; it is an eternalˆ existence. This never-beginning, never-ending universeˆ consists of one billion spheres of sublime perfectˆion and is surrounded by the enormous dark gravityˆ bodies. At the center of Havonaˆ is the stationary and absolutelˆy stabilized Isle of Paradiseˆˆ, surrounded by its twenty-one satellites. Owing to the enormous encircling masses of the dark gravityˆ bodies about the fringe of the central universeˆˆ, the mass content of this central creation is far in excess of the total known mass of all seven sectors of the grand universeˆˆ.
12:1.11 The Paradiseˆ-Havona System, the eternalˆ universeˆ encircling the eternalˆ Isle, constitutes the perfectˆ and eternalˆ nucleus of the master universeˆˆ; all seven of the superuniversesˆ and all regions of outer spaceˆˆ revolve in established orbits around the gigantic central aggregation of the Paradiseˆ satellites and the Havonaˆ spheres.
12:1.12 The Seven Superuniverses are not primary physical organizations; nowhere do their boundaries divide a nebular family, neither do they cross a local universeˆˆ, a prime creative unit. Each superuniverseˆ is simply a geographic spaceˆ clustering of approximately one seventh of the organized and partially inhabited post-Havonaˆ creation, and each is about equal in the number of local universesˆ embraced and in the spaceˆ encompassed. Nebadonˆ, your local universeˆˆ, is one of the newer creations in Orvontonˆ, the seventh superuniverseˆ.
12:1.13 The Grand Universeˆˆ is the present organized and inhabited creation. It consists of the seven superuniversesˆ, with an aggregate evolutionaryˆ potential of around seven trillion inhabited planets, not to mention the eternalˆ spheres of the central creation. But this tentative estimate takes no account of architectural administrative spheres, neither does it include the outlying groups of unorganized universesˆ. The present ragged edge of the grand universeˆˆ, its uneven and unfinished periphery, together with the tremendously unsettled condition of the whole astronomical plot, suggests to our star studentsˆ that even the seven superuniversesˆ are, as yet, uncompleted. As we move from within, from the divineˆ center outward in any one direction, we do, eventually, come to the outer limits of the organized and inhabited creation; we come to the outer limits of the grand universeˆˆ. And it is near this outer border, in a far-off corner of such a magnificent creation, that your local universeˆˆ has its eventful existence.
12:1.14 The Outer Spaceˆˆ Levels. Far out in spaceˆ, at an enormous distance from the seven inhabited superuniversesˆ, there are assembling vast and unbelievably stupendous circuitsˆ of forceˆ and materializing energies. Between the energyˆ circuitsˆ of the seven superuniversesˆ and this gigantic outer belt of forceˆ activity, there is a spaceˆ zone of comparative quiet, which varies in width but averages about four hundred thousand light-years. These spaceˆ zones are free from star dust — cosmic fog. Our students of these phenomena are in doubt as to the exact status of the spaceˆ-forcesˆ existing in this zone of relative quiet which encircles the seven superuniversesˆ. But about one-half million light-years beyond the periphery of the present grand universeˆˆ we observe the beginnings of a zone of an unbelievable energyˆ action which increases in volume and intensity for over twenty-five million light-years. These tremendous wheels of energizing forcesˆ are situated in the first outer spaceˆˆ level, a continuous belt of cosmic activity encircling the whole of the known, organized, and inhabited creation.
12:1.15 Still greater activities are taking place beyond these regions, for the Uversaˆ physicists have detected early evidence of forceˆ manifestations more than fifty million light-years beyond the outermost ranges of the phenomena in the first outer spaceˆˆ level. These activities undoubtedly presage the organization of the material creations of the second outer spaceˆˆ level of the master universeˆˆ.
12:1.16 The central universeˆˆ is the creation of eternityˆ; the seven superuniversesˆ are the creations of time; the four outer spaceˆˆ levels are undoubtedly destined to eventuateˆ-evolve the ultimacyˆ of creation. And there are those who maintain that the Infinite can never attain full expression short of infinity; and therefore do they postulate an additional and unrevealed creation beyond the fourth and outermost spaceˆ level, a possible ever-expanding, never-ending universeˆ of infinity. In theory we do not know how to limit either the infinity of the Creatorˆ or the potential infinity of creation, but as it exists and is administered, we regard the master universeˆˆ as having limitations, as being definitely delimited and bounded on its outer margins by open spaceˆ.
2. The Domains of the Unqualified Absoluteˆˆ
12:2.1 When Urantiaˆ astronomers peer through their increasingly powerful telescopes into the mysterious stretches of outer spaceˆˆ and there behold the amazing evolution of almost countless physical universesˆ, they should realize that they are gazing upon the mighty outworking of the unsearchable plans of the Architects of the Master Universeˆˆˆ. True, we do possess evidences which are suggestive of the presence of certain Paradiseˆ personalityˆ influences here and there throughout the vast energyˆ manifestations now characteristic of these outer regions, but from the larger viewpoint the spaceˆ regions extending beyond the outer borders of the seven superuniversesˆ are generally recognized as constituting the domains of the Unqualified Absoluteˆˆ.
12:2.2 Although the unaided human eye can see only two or three nebulae outside the borders of the superuniverseˆ of Orvontonˆ, your telescopes literally reveal millions upon millions of these physical universesˆ in process of formation. Most of the starry realms visually exposed to the search of your present-day telescopes are in Orvontonˆ, but with photographic technique the larger telescopes penetrate far beyond the borders of the grand universeˆˆ into the domains of outer spaceˆˆ, where untold universesˆ are in process of organization. And there are yet other millions of universesˆ beyond the range of your present instruments.
12:2.3 In the not-distant future, new telescopes will reveal to the wondering gaze of Urantian astronomers no less than 375 million new galaxies in the remote stretches of outer spaceˆˆ. At the same time these more powerful telescopes will disclose that many island universesˆ formerly believed to be in outer spaceˆˆ are really a part of the galactic system of Orvontonˆ. The seven superuniversesˆ are still growing; the periphery of each is gradually expanding; new nebulae are constantly being stabilized and organized; and some of the nebulae which Urantian astronomers regard as extragalacticˆ are actuallˆy on the fringe of Orvontonˆ and are traveling along with us.
12:2.4 The Uversaˆ star studentsˆ observe that the grand universeˆˆ is surrounded by the ancestors of a series of starry and planetary clusters which completely encircle the present inhabited creation as concentric rings of outer universesˆ upon universesˆ. The physicists of Uversaˆ calculate that the energyˆ and matter of these outer and uncharted regions already equal many times the total material mass and energyˆ charge embraced in all seven superuniversesˆ. We are informed that the metamorphosis of cosmic forceˆ in these outer spaceˆˆ levels is a function of the Paradiseˆ forceˆ organizers. We also know that these forcesˆ are ancestral to those physical energies which at present activate the grand universeˆˆ. The Orvontonˆ powerˆ directors, however, have nothing to do with these far-distant realms, neither are the energyˆ movements therein discernibly connected with the powerˆ circuitsˆ of the organized and inhabited creations.
12:2.5 We know very little of the significance of these tremendous phenomena of outer spaceˆˆ. A greater creation of the future is in process of formation. We can observe its immensity, we can discern its extent and sense its majestic dimensions, but otherwise we know little more about these realms than do the astronomers of Urantiaˆ. As far as we know, no material beings on the order of humans, no angelsˆ or other spiritˆ creatures, exist in this outer ring of nebulae, suns, and planets. This distant domain is beyond the jurisdiction and administration of the superuniverseˆ governments.
12:2.6 Throughout Orvontonˆ it is believed that a new type of creation is in process, an order of universesˆ destined to become the scene of the future activities of the assembling Corps of the Finalityˆ; and if our conjectures are correct, then the endless future may hold for all of you the same enthralling spectacles that the endless past has held for your seniors and predecessors.
3. Universal Gravityˆ
12:3.1 All forms of forceˆ-energy — material, mindal, or spiritˆual — are alike subject to those grasps, those universal presences, which we call gravityˆ. Personalityˆ also is responsive to gravityˆ — to the Father’s exclusive circuitˆ; but though this circuitˆ is exclusive to the Father, he is not excluded from the other circuits; the Universal Fatherˆ is infinite and acts over all four absoluteˆ-gravity circuitsˆ in the master universe:
12:3.2 1. The Personalityˆ Gravityˆ of the Universal Fatherˆ.
12:3.3 2. The Spiritˆ Gravityˆˆ of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ.
12:3.4 3. The Mindˆ Gravityˆˆ of the Conjoint Actorˆ.
12:3.5 4. The Cosmic Gravityˆ of the Isle of Paradiseˆˆ.
12:3.6 These four circuitsˆ are not related to the nether Paradiseˆ forceˆ center; they are neither forceˆ, energyˆ, nor powerˆ circuitsˆ. They are absoluteˆ presence circuitsˆ and like Godˆ are independent of time and spaceˆ.
12:3.7 In this connection it is interesting to record certain observations made on Uversaˆ during recent millenniums by the corps of gravityˆ researchers. This expert group of workers has arrived at the following conclusions regarding the different gravityˆ systems of the master universe:
12:3.8 1. Physical Gravityˆˆ. Having formulated an estimate of the summation of the entire physical-gravity capacity of the grand universeˆˆ, they have laboriously effected a comparison of this finding with the estimated total of absoluteˆ gravityˆ presence now operative. These calculations indicate that the total gravityˆ action on the grand universeˆˆ is a very small part of the estimated gravityˆ pull of Paradiseˆ, computed on the basis of the gravityˆ response of basic physical units of universeˆ matter. These investigators reach the amazing conclusion that the central universeˆˆ and the surrounding seven superuniversesˆ are at the present time making use of only about five per cent of the active functioning of the Paradiseˆ absoluteˆ-gravity grasp. In other words: At the present moment about ninety-five per cent of the active cosmic-gravity action of the Isle of Paradiseˆˆ, computed on this totality theory, is engaged in controlling material systems beyond the borders of the present organized universesˆ. These calculations all refer to absoluteˆ gravityˆ; linear gravityˆˆ is an interactive phenomenon which can be computed only by knowing the actualˆ Paradiseˆ gravityˆ.
12:3.9 2. Spiritˆual Gravityˆ. By the same technique of comparative estimation and calculation these researchers have explored the present reaction capacity of spiritˆ gravityˆˆ and, with the co-operation of Solitary Messengersˆ and other spiritˆ personalitiesˆ, have arrived at the summation of the active spiritˆ gravityˆˆ of the Second Source and Centerˆ. And it is most instructive to note that they find about the same value for the actualˆ and functional presence of spiritˆ gravityˆˆ in the grand universeˆˆ that they postulate for the present total of active spiritˆ gravityˆˆ. In other words: At the present time practically the entire spiritˆ gravityˆˆ of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ, computed on this theory of totality, is observable as functioning in the grand universeˆˆ. If these findings are dependable, we may conclude that the universesˆ now evolving in outer spaceˆˆ are at the present time wholly nonspiritˆual. And if this is true, it would satisfactorily explain why spiritˆ-endowed beings are in possession of little or no information about these vast energyˆ manifestations aside from knowing the fact of their physical existence.
12:3.10 3. Mindˆ Gravityˆˆ. By these same principles of comparative computation these experts have attacked the problem of mind-gravity presence and response. The mindˆ unit of estimation was arrived at by averaging three material and three spiritˆual types of mentality, although the type of mindˆ found in the powerˆ directors and their associates proved to be a disturbing factor in the effort to arrive at a basic unit for mind-gravity estimation. There was little to impede the estimation of the present capacity of the Third Source and Centerˆ for mind-gravity function in accordance with this theory of totality. Although the findings in this instance are not so conclusive as in the estimates of physical and spiritˆ gravityˆˆ, they are, comparatively considered, very instructive, even intriguing. These investigators deduce that about eighty-five per cent of the mind-gravity response to the intellectual drawing of the Conjoint Actorˆ takes origin in the existing grand universeˆˆ. This would suggest the possibility that mindˆ activities are involved in connection with the observable physical activities now in progress throughout the realms of outer spaceˆˆ. While this estimate is probably far from accurate, it accords, in principle, with our belief that intelligent forceˆ organizers are at present directing universeˆ evolution in the spaceˆ levels beyond the present outer limits of the grand universeˆˆ. Whatever the nature of this postulated intelligence, it is apparently not spiritˆ-gravity responsive.
12:3.11 But all these computations are at best estimates based on assumed laws. We think they are fairly reliable. Even if a few spiritˆ beings were located in outer spaceˆˆ, their collective presence would not markedly influence calculations involving such enormous measurements.
12:3.12 Personalityˆ Gravityˆ is noncomputable. We recognize the circuitˆ, but we cannot measure either qualitative or quantitative realities responsive thereto.
4. Spaceˆ and Motion
12:4.1 All units of cosmic energyˆ are in primary revolution, are engaged in the execution of their mission, while swinging around the universal orbit. The universesˆ of spaceˆ and their component systems and worlds are all revolving spheres, moving along the endless circuitsˆ of the master universeˆˆ spaceˆ levels. Absolutelˆy nothing is stationary in all the master universeˆˆ except the very center of Havonaˆ, the eternalˆ Isle of Paradiseˆˆ, the center of gravityˆ.
12:4.2 The Unqualified Absoluteˆˆ is functionally limited to spaceˆ, but we are not so sure about the relation of this Absoluteˆ to motion. Is motion inherent therein? We do not know. We know that motion is not inherent in spaceˆ; even the motions of spaceˆ are not innate. But we are not so sure about the relation of the Unqualified to motion. Who, or what, is really responsible for the gigantic activities of forceˆ-energy transmutations now in progress out beyond the borders of the present seven superuniverses? Concerning the origin of motion we have the following opinions:
12:4.3 1. We think the Conjoint Actorˆ initiates motion in spaceˆ.
12:4.4 2. If the Conjoint Actorˆ produces the motions of spaceˆ, we cannot prove it.
12:4.5 3. The Universal Absoluteˆˆ does not originate initial motion but does equalize and control all of the tensions originated by motion.
12:4.6 In outer spaceˆˆ the forceˆ organizers are apparently responsible for the production of the gigantic universeˆ wheels which are now in process of stellar evolution, but their ability so to function must have been made possible by some modification of the spaceˆ presence of the Unqualified Absoluteˆˆ.
12:4.7 Spaceˆ is, from the human viewpoint, nothing — negative; it exists only as related to something positive and nonspatialˆ. Spaceˆ is, however, real. It contains and conditions motion. It even moves. Spaceˆ motions may be roughly classified as follows:
12:4.8 1. Primary motion — spaceˆ respiration, the motion of spaceˆ itself.
12:4.9 2. Secondary motion — the alternate directional swings of the successive spaceˆ levels.
12:4.10 3. Relative motions — relative in the sense that they are not evaluated with Paradiseˆ as a base point. Primary and secondary motions are absoluteˆ, motion in relation to unmoving Paradiseˆ.
12:4.11 4. Compensatory or correlating movement designed to co-ordinate all other motions.
12:4.12 The present relationship of your sun and its associated planets, while disclosing many relative and absoluteˆ motions in spaceˆ, tends to convey the impression to astronomic observers that you are comparatively stationary in spaceˆ, and that the surrounding starry clusters and streams are engaged in outward flight at ever-increasing velocities as your calculations proceed outward in spaceˆ. But such is not the case. You fail to recognize the present outward and uniform expansion of the physical creations of all pervaded spaceˆˆ. Your own local creation (Nebadonˆ) participates in this movement of universal outward expansion. The entire seven superuniversesˆ participate in the two-billion-year cycles of spaceˆ respiration along with the outer regions of the master universeˆˆ.
12:4.13 When the universesˆ expand and contract, the material masses in pervaded spaceˆˆ alternately move against and with the pull of Paradiseˆ gravityˆ. The work that is done in moving the material energyˆ mass of creation is spaceˆ work but not powerˆ-energy work.
12:4.14 Although your spectroscopic estimations of astronomic velocities are fairly reliable when applied to the starry realms belonging to your superuniverseˆ and its associate superuniversesˆ, such reckonings with reference to the realms of outer spaceˆˆ are wholly unreliable. Spectral lines are displaced from the normal towards the violet by an approaching star; likewise these lines are displaced towards the red by a receding star. Many influences interpose to make it appear that the recessional velocity of the external universesˆ increases at the rate of more than one hundred miles a second for every million light-years increase in distance. By this method of reckoning, subsequent to the perfectˆion of more powerful telescopes, it will appear that these far-distant systems are in flight from this part of the universeˆ at the unbelievable rate of more than thirty thousand miles a second. But this apparent speed of recession is not real; it results from numerous factors of errorˆ embracing angles of observation and other time-space distortions.
12:4.15 But the greatest of all such distortions arises because the vast universesˆ of outer spaceˆˆ, in the realms next to the domains of the seven superuniversesˆ, seem to be revolving in a direction opposite to that of the grand universeˆˆ. That is, these myriads of nebulae and their accompanying suns and spheres are at the present time revolving clockwise about the central creation. The seven superuniversesˆ revolve about Paradiseˆ in a counterclockwise direction. It appears that the second outer universeˆ of galaxies, like the seven superuniversesˆ, revolves counterclockwise about Paradiseˆ. And the astronomic observers of Uversaˆ think they detect evidence of revolutionary movements in a third outer belt of far-distant spaceˆ which are beginning to exhibit directional tendencies of a clockwise nature.
12:4.16 It is probable that these alternate directions of successive spaceˆ processions of the universesˆ have something to do with the intramaster universeˆ gravityˆ technique of the Universal Absoluteˆˆ, which consists of a co-ordination of forcesˆ and an equalization of spaceˆ tensions. Motion as well as spaceˆ is a complement or equilibrant of gravityˆ.
5. Spaceˆ and Time
12:5.1 Like spaceˆ, time is a bestowalˆ of Paradiseˆ, but not in the same sense, only indirectly. Time comes by virtue of motion and because mindˆ is inherently aware of sequentialityˆ. From a practical viewpoint, motion is essential to time, but there is no universal time unit based on motion except in so far as the Paradiseˆ-Havona standard day is arbitrarily so recognized. The totality of spaceˆ respiration destroys its local value as a time source.
12:5.2 Spaceˆ is not infinite, even though it takes origin from Paradiseˆ; not absoluteˆ, for it is pervaded by the Unqualified Absoluteˆˆ. We do not know the absoluteˆ limits of spaceˆ, but we do know that the absoluteˆ of time is eternityˆ.
12:5.3 Time and spaceˆ are inseparable only in the time-space creations, the seven superuniversesˆ. Nontemporalˆ spaceˆ (spaceˆ without time) theoretically exists, but the only truly nontemporalˆ place is Paradiseˆ area. Nonspatialˆ time (time without spaceˆ) exists in mindˆ of the Paradiseˆ level of function.
12:5.4 The relatively motionless midspaceˆ zones impinging on Paradiseˆ and separating pervaded from unpervaded spaceˆˆ are the transition zones from time to eternityˆ, hence the necessity of Paradiseˆ pilgrimsˆ becoming unconscious during this transit when it is to culminate in Paradiseˆ citizenship. Time-conscious visitors can go to Paradiseˆ without thus sleeping, but they remain creatures of time.
12:5.5 Relationships to time do not exist without motion in spaceˆ, but consciousness of time does. Sequentialityˆ can consciousize time even in the absence of motion. Man’s mindˆ is less time-boundˆ than spaceˆ-bound because of the inherent nature of mindˆ. Even during the days of the earth life in the flesh, though man’s mindˆ is rigidly spaceˆ-bound, the creative human imagination is comparatively time free. But time itself is not genetically a quality of mindˆ.
12:5.6 There are three different levels of time cognizance:
12:5.7 1. Mind-perceived time — consciousness of sequence, motion, and a sense of duration.
12:5.8 2. Spiritˆ-perceived time — insight into motion Godwardˆ and the awareness of the motion of ascent to levels of increasing divinityˆ.
12:5.9 3. Personalityˆ creates a unique time sense out of insight into Reality plus a consciousness of presence and an awareness of duration.
12:5.10 Unspiritual animals know only the past and live in the present. Spiritˆ-indweltˆ man has powersˆ of prevision (insight); he may visualize the future. Only forward-looking and progressive attitudes are personally real. Static ethics and traditional moralˆity are just slightly superanimal. Nor is stoicˆism a high order of self-realization. Ethics and moralsˆ become truly human when they are dynamic and progressive, alive with universeˆ reality.
12:5.11 The human personalityˆ is not merely a concomitant of time-and-space events; the human personalityˆ can also act as the cosmic cause of such events.
6. Universal Overcontrol
12:6.1 The universeˆ is nonstatic. Stability is not the result of inertia but rather the product of balanced energies, co-operative minds, co-ordinated morontiasˆ, spiritˆ overcontrol, and personalityˆ unification. Stability is wholly and always proportional to divinityˆ.
12:6.2 In the physical control of the master universeˆˆ the Universal Fatherˆ exercises priority and primacy through the Isle of Paradiseˆˆ; Godˆ is absoluteˆ in the spiritˆual administration of the cosmos in the person of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ. Concerning the domains of mindˆ, the Father and the Son function co-ordinately in the Conjoint Actorˆ.
12:6.3 The Third Source and Centerˆ assists in the maintenance of the equilibrium and co-ordination of the combined physical and spiritˆual energies and organizations by the absoluteness of his grasp of the cosmic mindˆ and by the exercise of his inherent and universal physical- and spiritˆual-gravity complements. Whenever and wherever there occurs a liaison between the material and the spiritˆual, such a mindˆ phenomenon is an act of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ. Mindˆ alone can interassociate the physical forcesˆ and energies of the material level with the spiritˆual powersˆ and beings of the spiritˆ level.
12:6.4 In all your contemplation of universal phenomena, make certain that you take into consideration the interrelation of physical, intellectual, and spiritˆual energies, and that due allowance is made for the unexpected phenomena attendant upon their unification by personalityˆ and for the unpredictable phenomena resulting from the actions and reactions of experientialˆ Deityˆ and the Absolutesˆ.
12:6.5 The universeˆ is highly predictable only in the quantitative or gravityˆ-measurement sense; even the primal physical forcesˆ are not responsive to linear gravityˆˆ, nor are the higher mindˆ meanings and true spiritˆ values of ultimateˆ universeˆ realities. Qualitatively, the universeˆ is not highly predictable as regards new associations of forcesˆ, either physical, mindal, or spiritˆual, although many such combinations of energies or forcesˆ become partially predictable when subjected to critical observation. When matter, mindˆ, and spiritˆ are unified by creature personalityˆ, we are unable fully to predict the decisions of such a freewillˆ being.
12:6.6 All phases of primordialˆ forceˆ, nascent spiritˆ, and other nonpersonal ultimatesˆˆ appear to react in accordance with certain relatively stable but unknown laws and are characterized by a latitude of performance and an elasticity of response which are often disconcerting when encountered in the phenomena of a circumscribed and isolated situation. What is the explanation of this unpredictable freedom of reaction disclosed by these emerging universeˆ actualˆities? These unknown, unfathomable unpredictables — whether pertaining to the behavior of a primordialˆ unit of forceˆ, the reaction of an unidentified level of mindˆ, or the phenomenon of a vast preuniverse in the making in the domains of outer spaceˆˆ — probably disclose the activities of the Ultimateˆ and the presence-performances of the Absolutesˆ, which antedate the function of all universeˆ Creatorsˆ.
12:6.7 We do not really know, but we surmise that such amazing versatility and such profound co-ordination signify the presence and performance of the Absolutesˆ, and that such diversity of response in the face of apparently uniform causation discloses the reaction of the Absolutesˆ, not only to the immediate and situational causation, but also to all other related causations throughout the entire master universeˆˆ.
12:6.8 Individuals have their guardians of destinyˆ; planets, systems, constellationsˆ, universesˆ, and superuniversesˆ each have their respective rulers who labor for the good of their domains. Havonaˆ and even the grand universeˆˆ are watched over by those intrusted with such high responsibilities. But who fosters and cares for the fundamental needs of the master universeˆˆ as a whole, from Paradiseˆ to the fourth and outermost spaceˆ level? Existentiallˆy such overcare is probably attributable to the Paradiseˆ Trinityˆ, but from an experientialˆ viewpoint the appearance of the post-Havonaˆ universesˆ is dependent on:
12:6.9 1. The Absolutesˆ in potential.
12:6.10 2. The Ultimateˆ in direction.
12:6.11 3. The Supremeˆ in evolutionaryˆ co-ordination.
12:6.12 4. The Architects of the Master Universeˆˆˆ in administration prior to the appearance of specific rulers.
12:6.13 The Unqualified Absoluteˆˆ pervades all spaceˆ. We are not altogether clear as to the exact status of the Deityˆ and Universal Absolutesˆ, but we know the latter functions wherever the Deityˆ and Unqualified Absolutesˆ function. The Deityˆ Absoluteˆˆ may be universally present but hardly spaceˆ present. The Ultimateˆ is, or sometime will be, spaceˆ present to the outer margins of the fourth spaceˆ level. We doubt that the Ultimateˆ will ever have a spaceˆ presence beyond the periphery of the master universeˆˆ, but within this limit the Ultimateˆ is progressively integrating the creative organization of the potentials of the three Absolutesˆ.
7. The Part and the Whole
12:7.1 There is operative throughout all time and spaceˆ and with regard to all reality of whatever nature an inexorable and impersonal law which is equivalent to the function of a cosmic providenceˆ. Mercy characterizes Godˆ’s attitude of love for the individual; impartiality motivates Godˆ’s attitude toward the total. The will of Godˆ does not necessarily prevail in the part — the heart of any one personalityˆ — but his will does actuallˆy rule the whole, the universeˆ of universesˆ.
12:7.2 In all his dealings with all his beings it is true that the laws of Godˆ are not inherently arbitrary. To you, with your limited vision and finiteˆ viewpoint, the acts of Godˆ must often appear to be dictatorial and arbitrary. The laws of Godˆ are merely the habits of Godˆ, his way of repeatedly doing things; and he ever does all things well. You observe that Godˆ does the same thing in the same way, repeatedly, simply because that is the best way to do that particular thing in a given circumstance; and the best way is the right way, and therefore does infinite wisdom always order it done in that precise and perfectˆ manner. You should also remember that nature is not the exclusive act of Deityˆ; other influences are present in those phenomena which man calls nature.
12:7.3 It is repugnant to the divineˆ nature to suffer any sort of deterioration or ever to permit the execution of any purely personal act in an inferior way. It should be made clear, however, that, if, in the divinityˆ of any situation, in the extremity of any circumstance, in any case where the course of supremeˆ wisdom might indicate the demand for different conduct — if the demands of perfectˆion might for any reason dictate another method of reaction, a better one, then and there would the all-wise Godˆ function in that better and more suitable way. That would be the expression of a higher law, not the reversal of a lower law.
12:7.4 Godˆ is not a habit-bound slave to the chronicity of the repetition of his own voluntary acts. There is no conflict among the laws of the Infinite; they are all perfectˆions of the infallible nature; they are all the unquestioned acts expressive of faultless decisions. Law is the unchanging reaction of an infinite, perfectˆ, and divineˆ mindˆ. The acts of Godˆ are all volitionalˆ notwithstanding this apparent sameness. In Godˆ there “is no variableness neither shadow of changˆing.” But all this which can be truly said of the Universal Fatherˆ cannot be said with equal certainty of all his subordinate intelligences or of his evolutionaryˆ creatures.
12:7.5 Because Godˆ is changeless, therefore can you depend, in all ordinary circumstances, on his doing the same thing in the same identical and ordinary way. Godˆ is the assurance of stability for all created things and beings. He is God; therefore he changes not.
12:7.6 And all this steadfastness of conduct and uniformity of action is personal, conscious, and highly volitionalˆ, for the great Godˆ is not a helpless slave to his own perfectˆion and infinity. Godˆ is not a self-acting automatic forceˆ; he is not a slavish law-bound powerˆ. Godˆ is neither a mathematical equation nor a chemical formula. He is a freewillˆ and primal personalityˆ. He is the Universal Fatherˆ, a being surcharged with personalityˆ and the universal fount of all creature personalityˆ.
12:7.7 The will of Godˆ does not uniformly prevail in the heart of the God-seeking material mortalˆ, but if the time frame is enlarged beyond the moment to embrace the whole of the first life, then does Godˆ’s will become increasingly discernible in the spiritˆ fruits which are borne in the lives of the spiritˆ-led children of Godˆ. And then, if human life is further enlarged to include the morontiaˆ experience, the divineˆ will is observed to shine brighter and brighter in the spiritˆualizing acts of those creatures of time who have begun to taste the divineˆ delights of experiencing the relationship of the personalityˆ of man with the personalityˆ of the Universal Fatherˆ.
12:7.8 The Fatherhood of Godˆ and the brotherhood of man present the paradox of the part and the whole on the level of personalityˆ. Godˆ loves each individual as an individual child in the heavenly family. Yet Godˆ thus loves every individual; he is no respecter of persons, and the universality of his love brings into being a relationship of the whole, the universal brotherhood.
12:7.9 The love of the Father absolutelˆy individualizes each personalityˆ as a unique child of the Universal Fatherˆ, a child without duplicate in infinity, a will creature irreplaceable in all eternityˆ. The Father’s love glorifies each child of Godˆ, illuminating each member of the celestialˆ family, sharply silhouetting the unique nature of each personal being against the impersonal levels that lie outside the fraternal circuitˆ of the Father of all. The love of Godˆ strikingly portrays the transcendent value of each will creature, unmistakably reveals the high value which the Universal Fatherˆ has placed upon each and every one of his children from the highest creatorˆ personalityˆ of Paradiseˆ status to the lowest personalityˆ of will dignity among the savage tribes of men in the dawn of the human species on some evolutionaryˆ world of time and spaceˆ.
12:7.10 This very love of Godˆ for the individual brings into being the divineˆ family of all individuals, the universal brotherhood of the freewillˆ children of the Paradiseˆ Fatherˆ. And this brotherhood, being universal, is a relationship of the whole. Brotherhood, when universal, discloses not the each relationship, but the all relationship. Brotherhood is a reality of the total and therefore discloses qualities of the whole in contradistinction to qualities of the part.
12:7.11 Brotherhood constitutes a fact of relationship between every personalityˆ in universal existence. No person can escape the benefits or the penalties that may come as a result of relationship to other persons. The part profits or suffers in measure with the whole. The good effort of each man benefits all men; the errorˆ or evil of each man augments the tribulation of all men. As moves the part, so moves the whole. As the progress of the whole, so the progress of the part. The relative velocities of part and whole determine whether the part is retarded by the inertia of the whole or is carried forward by the momentum of the cosmic brotherhood.
12:7.12 It is a mystery that Godˆ is a highly personal self-conscious being with residential headquarters, and at the same time personally present in such a vast universeˆ and personally in contact with such a well-nigh infinite number of beings. That such a phenomenon is a mystery beyond human comprehension should not in the least lessenˆ your faithˆ. Do not allow the magnitude of the infinity, the immensity of the eternityˆ, and the grandeur and glory of the matchless character of Godˆ to overawe, stagger, or discourage you; for the Father is not very far from any one of you; he dwells within you, and in him do we all literally move, actuallˆy live, and veritably have our being.
12:7.13 Even though the Paradiseˆ Fatherˆ functions through his divineˆ creatorsˆ and his creature children, he also enjoys the most intimate inner contact with you, so sublime, so highly personal, that it is even beyond my comprehension — that mysterious communion of the Father fragmentˆ with the human soulˆ and with the mortalˆ mindˆ of its actualˆ indwellˆing. Knowing what you do of these gifts of Godˆ, you therefore know that the Father is in intimate touch, not only with his divineˆ associates, but also with his evolutionaryˆ mortalˆ children of time. The Father indeed abides on Paradiseˆ, but his divineˆ presence also dwells in the minds of men.
12:7.14 Even though the spiritˆ of a Son be poured out upon all flesh, even though a Son once dwelt with you in the likeness of mortalˆ flesh, even though the seraphimˆ personally guard and guide you, how can any of these divineˆ beings of the Second and Third Centers ever hope to come as near to you or to understand you as fully as the Father, who has given a part of himself to be in you, to be your real and divineˆ, even your eternalˆ, self?
8. Matter, Mindˆ, and Spiritˆ
12:8.1 “Godˆ is spiritˆ,” but Paradiseˆ is not. The material universeˆ is always the arena wherein take place all spiritˆual activities; spiritˆ beings and spiritˆ ascendersˆ live and work on physical spheres of material reality.
12:8.2 The bestowalˆ of cosmic forceˆ, the domain of cosmic gravityˆ, is the function of the Isle of Paradiseˆˆ. All original forceˆ-energy proceeds from Paradiseˆ, and the matter for the making of untold universesˆ now circulates throughout the master universeˆˆ in the form of a supergravity presence which constitutes the forceˆ-chargeˆ of pervaded spaceˆˆ.
12:8.3 Whatever the transformations of forceˆ in the outlying universesˆ, having gone out from Paradiseˆ, it journeys on subject to the never-ending, ever-present, unfailing pull of the eternalˆ Isle, obediently and inherently swinging on forever around the eternalˆ spaceˆ paths of the universesˆ. Physical energyˆˆ is the one reality which is true and steadfast in its obedience to universal law. Only in the realms of creature volition has there been deviation from the divineˆ paths and the original plans. Powerˆ and energyˆ are the universal evidences of the stability, constancy, and eternityˆ of the central Isle of Paradiseˆˆ.
12:8.4 The bestowalˆ of spiritˆ and the spiritˆualization of personalities, the domain of spiritˆual gravityˆ, is the realm of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ. And this spiritˆ gravityˆˆ of the Son, ever drawing all spiritˆual realities to himself, is just as real and absoluteˆ as is the all-powerful material grasp of the Isle of Paradiseˆˆ. But material-minded man is naturally more familiar with the material manifestations of a physical nature than with the equally real and mighty operations of a spiritˆual nature which are discerned only by the spiritˆual insight of the soulˆ.
12:8.5 As the mindˆ of any personalityˆ in the universeˆ becomes more spiritˆual — Godlikeˆ — it becomes less responsive to material gravityˆ. Reality, measured by physical-gravity response, is the antithesis of reality as determined by quality of spiritˆ content. Physical-gravity action is a quantitative determiner of nonspiritˆ energyˆ; spiritˆual-gravity action is the qualitative measure of the living energyˆ of divinityˆ.
12:8.6 What Paradiseˆ is to the physical creation, and what the Eternalˆ Sonˆ is to the spiritˆual universeˆ, the Conjoint Actorˆ is to the realms of mindˆ — the intelligent universeˆ of material, morontialˆ, and spiritˆual beings and personalities.
12:8.7 The Conjoint Actorˆ reacts to both material and spiritˆual realities and therefore inherently becomes the universal minister to all intelligent beings, beings who may represent a union of both the material and spiritˆual phases of creation. The endowment of intelligence, the ministry to the material and the spiritˆual in the phenomenon of mindˆ, is the exclusive domain of the Conjoint Actorˆ, who thus becomes the partner of the spiritˆual mindˆ, the essence of the morontiaˆ mindˆ, and the substance of the material mindˆ of the evolutionaryˆ creatures of time.
12:8.8 Mindˆ is the technique whereby spiritˆ realities become experientialˆ to creature personalities. And in the last analysis the unifying possibilities of even human mindˆ, the ability to co-ordinate things, ideas, and values, is supermaterial.
12:8.9 Though it is hardly possible for the mortalˆ mindˆ to comprehend the seven levels of relative cosmic reality, the human intellect should be able to grasp much of the meaning of three functioning levels of finiteˆ reality:
12:8.10 1. Matter. Organized energyˆ which is subject to linear gravityˆˆ except as it is modified by motion and conditioned by mindˆ.
12:8.11 2. Mindˆ. Organized consciousness which is not wholly subject to material gravityˆ, and which becomes truly liberated when modified by spiritˆ.
12:8.12 3. Spiritˆ. The highest personal reality. True spiritˆ is not subject to physical gravityˆˆ but eventually becomes the motivating influence of all evolving energyˆ systems of personalityˆ dignity.
12:8.13 The goal of existence of all personalities is spiritˆ; material manifestations are relative, and the cosmic mindˆ intervenes between these universal opposites. The bestowalˆ of mindˆ and the ministration of spiritˆ are the work of the associate persons of Deityˆ, the Infinite Spiritˆˆ and the Eternalˆ Sonˆ. Total Deityˆ reality is not mindˆ but spiritˆ-mindˆ — mind-spirit unified by personalityˆ. Nevertheless the absolutesˆ of both the spiritˆ and the thing converge in the person of the Universal Fatherˆ.
12:8.14 On Paradiseˆ the three energies, physical, mindal, and spiritˆual, are co-ordinate. In the evolutionaryˆ cosmos energyˆ-matter is dominant except in personalityˆ, where spiritˆ, through the mediation of mindˆ, is striving for the mastery. Spiritˆ is the fundamental reality of the personalityˆ experience of all creatures because Godˆ is spiritˆ. Spiritˆ is unchanging, and therefore, in all personalityˆ relations, it transcends both mindˆ and matter, which are experientialˆ variables of progressive attainment.
12:8.15 In cosmic evolution matter becomes a philosophic shadow cast by mindˆ in the presence of spiritˆ luminosity of divineˆ enlightenment, but this does not invalidate the reality of matter-energy. Mindˆ, matter, and spiritˆ are equally real, but they are not of equal value to personalityˆ in the attainment of divinityˆ. Consciousness of divinityˆ is a progressive spiritˆual experience.
12:8.16 The brighter the shining of the spiritˆualized personalityˆ (the Father in the universeˆ, the fragment of potential spiritˆ personalityˆ in the individual creature), the greater the shadow cast by the intervening mindˆ upon its material investment. In time, man’s body is just as real as mindˆ or spiritˆ, but in death, both mindˆ (identity) and spiritˆ survive while the body does not. A cosmic reality can be nonexistent in personalityˆ experience. And so your Greek figure of speech — the material as the shadow of the more real spiritˆ substance — does have a philosophic significance.
9. Personal Realities
12:9.1 Spiritˆ is the basic personal reality in the universesˆ, and personalityˆ is basic to all progressing experience with spiritˆual reality. Every phase of personalityˆ experience on every successive level of universeˆ progression swarms with clues to the discovery of alluring personal realities. Man’s true destinyˆ consists in the creation of new and spiritˆ goals and then in responding to the cosmic allurements of such supernal goals of nonmaterial value.
12:9.2 Love is the secret of beneficial association between personalities. You cannot really know a person as the result of a single contact. You cannot appreciatingly know music through mathematical deduction, even though music is a form of mathematical rhythm. The number assigned to a telephone subscriber does not in any manner identify the personalityˆ of that subscriber or signify anything concerning his character.
12:9.3 Mathematics, material science, is indispensable to the intelligent discussion of the material aspects of the universeˆ, but such knowledge is not necessarily a part of the higher realization of truth or of the personal appreciation of spiritˆual realities. Not only in the realms of life but even in the world of physical energyˆˆ, the sum of two or more things is very often something more than, or something different from, the predictable additive consequences of such unions. The entire science of mathematics, the whole domain of philosophy, the highest physics or chemistry, could not predict or know that the union of two gaseous hydrogen atoms with one gaseous oxygen atom would result in a new and qualitatively superadditiveˆ substance — liquid water. The understanding knowledge of this one physiochemical phenomenon should have prevented the development of materialistic philosophy and mechanistic cosmology.
12:9.4 Technical analysis does not reveal what a person or a thing can do. For example: Water is used effectively to extinguish fire. That water will put out fire is a fact of everyday experience, but no analysis of water could ever be made to disclose such a property. Analysis determines that water is composed of hydrogen and oxygen; a further study of these elements discloses that oxygen is the real supporter of combustion and that hydrogen will itself freely burn.
12:9.5 Your religion is becoming real because it is emerging from the slavery of fear and the bondage of superstition. Your philosophy struggles for emancipation from dogma and tradition. Your science is engaged in the agelong contest between truth and errorˆ while it fights for deliverance from the bondage of abstraction, the slavery of mathematics, and the relative blindness of mechanistic materialismˆ.
12:9.6 Mortalˆ man has a spiritˆ nucleus. The mindˆ is a personal-energy system existing around a divineˆ spiritˆ nucleus and functioning in a material environment. Such a living relationship of personal mindˆ and spiritˆ constitutes the universeˆ potential of eternalˆ personalityˆ. Real trouble, lasting disappointment, serious defeat, or inescapable death can come only after self-concepts presume fully to displace the governing powerˆ of the central spiritˆ nucleus, thereby disrupting the cosmic scheme of personalityˆ identity.
12:9.7 [Presented by a Perfector of Wisdom acting by authority of the Ancients of Daysˆ.]