Paper 15 : The Seven Superuniverses
15:0.1 AS FAR as the Universal Fatherˆ is concerned — as a Father — the universesˆ are virtually nonexistent; he deals with personalities; he is the Father of personalities. As far as the Eternalˆ Sonˆ and the Infinite Spiritˆˆ are concerned — as creatorˆ partners — the universesˆ are localized and individual under the joint rule of the Creatorˆ Sonsˆ and the Creative Spiritsˆ. As far as the Paradiseˆ Trinityˆ is concerned, outside Havonaˆ there are just seven inhabited universesˆ, the seven superuniversesˆ which hold jurisdiction over the circle of the first post-Havonaˆ spaceˆ level. The Seven Master Spiritsˆ radiate their influence out from the central Isle, thus constituting the vast creation one gigantic wheel, the hub being the eternalˆ Isle of Paradiseˆˆ, the seven spokes the radiations of the Seven Master Spiritsˆ, the rim the outer regions of the grand universeˆˆ.
15:0.2 Early in the materialization of the universal creation the sevenfoldˆ scheme of the superuniverseˆ organization and government was formulated. The first post-Havonaˆ creation was divided into seven stupendous segments, and the headquarters worlds of these superuniverseˆ governments were designed and constructed. The present scheme of administration has existed from near eternityˆ, and the rulers of these seven superuniversesˆ are rightly called Ancients of Daysˆ.
15:0.3 Of the vast body of knowledge concerning the superuniversesˆ, I can hope to tell you little, but there is operative throughout these realms a technique of intelligent control for both physical and spiritˆual forcesˆ, and the universal gravityˆ presences there function in majestic powerˆ and perfectˆ harmony. It is important first to gain an adequate idea of the physical constitution and material organization of the superuniverseˆ domains, for then you will be the better prepared to grasp the significance of the marvelous organization provided for their spiritˆual government and for the intellectual advancement of the will creatures who dwell on the myriads of inhabited planets scattered hither and yon throughout these seven superuniversesˆ.
1. The Superuniverseˆ Spaceˆ Levelˆ
15:1.1 Within the limited range of the records, observations, and memories of the generations of a million or a billion of your short years, to all practical intents and purposes, Urantiaˆ and the universeˆ to which it belongs are experiencing the adventure of one long and uncharted plunge into new spaceˆ; but according to the records of Uversaˆ, in accordance with older observations, in harmony with the more extensive experience and calculations of our order, and as a result of conclusions based on these and other findings, we know that the universesˆ are engaged in an orderly, well-understood, and perfectlˆy controlled processional, swinging in majestic grandeur around the First Great Source and Center and his residential universeˆ.
15:1.2 We have long since discovered that the seven superuniversesˆ traverse a great ellipse, a gigantic and elongated circle. Your solar system and other worlds of time are not plunging headlong, without chart and compass, into unmapped spaceˆ. The local universeˆˆ to which your system belongs is pursuing a definite and well-understood counterclockwise course around the vast swing that encircles the central universeˆˆ. This cosmic path is well charted and is just as thoroughly known to the superuniverseˆ star observers as the orbits of the planets constituting your solar system are known to Urantiaˆ astronomers.
15:1.3 Urantiaˆ is situated in a local universeˆˆ and a superuniverseˆ not fully organized, and your local universeˆˆ is in immediate proximity to numerous partially completed physical creations. You belong to one of the relatively recent universesˆ. But you are not, today, plunging on wildly into uncharted spaceˆ nor swinging out blindly into unknown regions. You are following the orderly and predetermined path of the superuniverseˆ spaceˆ levelˆ. You are now passing through the very same spaceˆ that your planetary system, or its predecessors, traversed ages ago; and some day in the remote future your system, or its successors, will again traverse the identical spaceˆ through which you are now so swiftly plunging.
15:1.4 In this age and as direction is regarded on Urantiaˆ, superuniverseˆ number one swings almost due north, approximately opposite, in an easterly direction, to the Paradiseˆ residence of the Great Sources and Centers and the central universeˆˆ of Havonaˆ. This position, with the corresponding one to the west, represents the nearest physical approach of the spheres of time to the eternalˆ Isle. Superuniverseˆ number two is in the north, preparing for the westward swing, while number three now holds the northernmost segment of the great spaceˆ path, having already turned into the bend leading to the southerly plunge. Number four is on the comparatively straightaway southerly flight, the advance regions now approaching opposition to the Great Centers. Number five has about left its position opposite the Center of Centers while continuing on the direct southerly course just preceding the eastward swing; number six occupies most of the southern curve, the segment from which your superuniverseˆ has nearly passed.
15:1.5 Your local universeˆˆ of Nebadonˆ belongs to Orvontonˆ, the seventh superuniverseˆ, which swings on between superuniversesˆ one and six, having not long since (as we reckon time) turned the southeastern bend of the superuniverseˆ spaceˆ levelˆ. Today, the solar system to which Urantiaˆ belongs is a few billion years past the swing around the southern curvature so that you are just now advancing beyond the southeastern bend and are moving swiftly through the long and comparatively straightaway northern path. For untold ages Orvontonˆ will pursue this almost direct northerly course.
15:1.6 Urantiaˆ belongs to a system which is well out towards the borderland of your local universeˆˆ; and your local universeˆˆ is at present traversing the periphery of Orvontonˆ. Beyond you there are still others, but you are far removed in spaceˆ from those physical systems which swing around the great circle in comparative proximity to the Great Source and Center.
2. Organization of the Superuniverses
15:2.1 Only the Universal Fatherˆ knows the location and actualˆ number of inhabited worlds in spaceˆ; he calls them all by name and number. I can give only the approximate number of inhabited or inhabitable planets, for some local universesˆ have more worlds suitable for intelligent life than others. Nor have all projected local universesˆ been organized. Therefore the estimates which I offer are solely for the purpose of affording some idea of the immensity of the material creation.
15:2.2 There are seven superuniversesˆ in the grand universeˆˆ, and they are constituted approximately as follows:
15:2.3 1. The System. The basic unit of the supergovernment consists of about one thousand inhabited or inhabitable worlds. Blazing suns, cold worlds, planets too near the hot suns, and other spheres not suitable for creature habitation are not included in this group. These one thousand worlds adapted to support life are called a system, but in the younger systems only a comparatively small number of these worlds may be inhabited. Each inhabited planet is presided over by a Planetary Prince, and each local systemˆ has an architectural sphere as its headquarters and is ruled by a System Sovereign.
15:2.4 2. The Constellationˆ. One hundred systems (about 100,000 inhabitable planets) make up a constellationˆ. Each constellationˆ has an architectural headquarters sphere and is presided over by three Vorondadekˆ Sonsˆ, the Most Highs. Each constellationˆ also has a Faithful of Days in observation, an ambassador of the Paradiseˆ Trinityˆ.
15:2.5 3. The Local Universeˆˆ. One hundred constellationsˆ (about 10,000,000 inhabitable planets) constitute a local universeˆˆ. Each local universeˆˆ has a magnificent architectural headquarters world and is ruled by one of the co-ordinate Creatorˆ Sonsˆ of Godˆ of the order of Michael. Each universeˆ is blessed by the presence of a Union of Days, a representative of the Paradiseˆ Trinityˆ.
15:2.6 4. The Minor Sectorˆ. One hundred local universesˆ (about 1,000,000,000 inhabitable planets) constitute a minor sectorˆ of the superuniverseˆ government; it has a wonderful headquarters world, wherefrom its rulers, the Recents of Daysˆ, administer the affairs of the minor sectorˆ. There are three Recents of Daysˆ, Supremeˆ Trinityˆ Personalities, on each minor sectorˆ headquarters.
15:2.7 5. The Major Sectorˆ. One hundred minor sectorsˆ (about 100,000,000,000 inhabitable worlds) make one major sectorˆ. Each major sectorˆ is provided with a superb headquarters and is presided over by three Perfectˆions of Daysˆ, Supremeˆ Trinityˆ Personalities.
15:2.8 6. The Superuniverseˆ. Ten major sectorsˆ (about 1,000,000,000,000 inhabitable planets) constitute a superuniverseˆ. Each superuniverseˆ is provided with an enormous and glorious headquarters world and is ruled by three Ancients of Daysˆ.
15:2.9 7. The Grand Universeˆˆ. Seven superuniversesˆ make up the present organized grand universeˆˆ, consisting of approximately seven trillion inhabitable worlds plus the architectural spheresˆ and the one billion inhabited spheres of Havonaˆ. The superuniversesˆ are ruled and administered indirectly and reflectively from Paradiseˆ by the Seven Master Spiritsˆ. The billion worlds of Havonaˆ are directly administered by the Eternalsˆ of Daysˆ, one such Supremeˆ Trinityˆ Personalityˆ presiding over each of these perfectˆ spheres.
15:2.10 Excluding the Paradiseˆ-Havona spheres, the plan of universeˆ organization provides for the following units:
15:2.11 Superuniversesˆ............ 7
15:2.12 Major sectorsˆ............. 70
15:2.13 Minor sectorsˆ............ 7,000
15:2.14 Local universesˆ......... 700,000
15:2.16 Local systemsˆ........ 7,000,000,000
15:2.17 Inhabitable planets.. 7,000,000,000,000
15:2.18 Each of the seven superuniversesˆ is constituted, approximately, as follows:
15:2.19 One system embraces, approximately............. 1,000 worlds
15:2.20 One constellationˆ (100 systems)...............100,000 worlds
15:2.21 One universeˆ (100 constellations)........... 10,000,000 worlds
15:2.22 One minor sectorˆ (100 universes)......... 1,000,000,000 worlds
15:2.23 One major sectorˆ (100 minor sectors).... 100,000,000,000 worlds
15:2.24 One superuniverseˆ (10 major sectors)...1,000,000,000,000 worlds
15:2.25 All such estimates are approximations at best, for new systems are constantly evolving while other organizations are temporarily passing out of material existence.
3. The Superuniverseˆ of Orvontonˆ
15:3.1 Practically all of the starry realms visible to the naked eye on Urantiaˆ belong to the seventh section of the grand universeˆˆ, the superuniverseˆ of Orvontonˆ. The vast Milky Way starry system represents the central nucleus of Orvontonˆ, being largely beyond the borders of your local universeˆˆ. This great aggregation of suns, dark islands of spaceˆ, double stars, globular clusters, star clouds, spiral and other nebulae, together with myriads of individual planets, forms a watchlike, elongated-circular grouping of about one seventh of the inhabited evolutionaryˆ universesˆ.
15:3.2 From the astronomical position of Urantiaˆ, as you look through the cross section of near-by systems to the great Milky Way, you observe that the spheres of Orvontonˆ are traveling in a vast elongated plane, the breadth being far greater than the thickness and the length far greater than the breadth.
15:3.3 Observation of the so-called Milky Way discloses the comparative increase in Orvontonˆ stellar density when the heavens are viewed in one direction, while on either side the density diminishes; the number of stars and other spheres decreases away from the chief plane of our material superuniverseˆ. When the angle of observation is propitious, gazing through the main body of this realm of maximum density, you are looking toward the residential universeˆ and the center of all things.
15:3.4 Of the ten major divisions of Orvontonˆ, eight have been roughly identified by Urantian astronomers. The other two are difficult of separate recognition because you are obliged to view these phenomena from the inside. If you could look upon the superuniverseˆ of Orvontonˆ from a position far-distant in spaceˆ, you would immediately recognize the ten major sectorsˆ of the seventh galaxy.
15:3.5 The rotational center of your minor sectorˆ is situated far away in the enormous and dense star cloud of Sagittariusˆ, around which your local universeˆˆ and its associated creations all move, and from opposite sides of the vast Sagittariusˆ subgalactic system you may observe two great streams of star clouds emerging in stupendous stellar coils.
15:3.6 The nucleus of the physical system to which your sun and its associated planets belong is the center of the onetime Andronoverˆ nebula. This former spiral nebula was slightly distorted by the gravityˆ disruptions associated with the events which were attendant upon the birth of your solar system, and which were occasioned by the near approach of a large neighboring nebula. This near collision changed Andronoverˆ into a somewhat globular aggregation but did not wholly destroy the two-way procession of the suns and their associated physical groups. Your solar system now occupies a fairly central position in one of the arms of this distorted spiral, situated about halfway from the center out towards the edge of the star stream.
15:3.7 The Sagittariusˆ sector and all other sectors and divisions of Orvontonˆ are in rotation around Uversaˆ, and some of the confusion of Urantian star observers arises out of the illusions and relative distortions produced by the following multiple revolutionary movements:
15:3.8 1. The revolution of Urantiaˆ around its sun.
15:3.9 2. The circuitˆ of your solar system about the nucleus of the former Andronoverˆ nebula.
15:3.10 3. The rotation of the Andronoverˆ stellar family and the associated clusters about the composite rotation-gravity center of the star cloud of Nebadonˆ.
15:3.11 4. The swing of the local star cloud of Nebadonˆ and its associated creations around the Sagittariusˆ center of their minor sectorˆ.
15:3.12 5. The rotation of the one hundred minor sectorsˆ, including Sagittariusˆ, about their major sectorˆ.
15:3.13 6. The whirl of the ten major sectorsˆ, the so-called star drifts, about the Uversaˆ headquarters of Orvontonˆ.
15:3.14 7. The movement of Orvontonˆ and six associated superuniversesˆ around Paradiseˆ and Havonaˆ, the counterclockwise processional of the superuniverseˆ spaceˆ levelˆ.
15:3.15 These multiple motions are of several orders: The spaceˆ paths of your planet and your solar system are genetic, inherent in origin. The absoluteˆ counterclockwise motion of Orvontonˆ is also genetic, inherent in the architectural plans of the master universeˆˆ. But the intervening motions are of composite origin, being derived in part from the constitutive segmentation of matter-energy into the superuniversesˆ and in part produced by the intelligent and purposeful action of the Paradiseˆ forceˆ organizers.
15:3.16 The local universesˆ are in closer proximity as they approach Havonaˆ; the circuitsˆ are greater in number, and there is increased superimposition, layer upon layer. But farther out from the eternalˆ center there are fewer and fewer systems, layers, circuitsˆ, and universesˆ.
4. Nebulae — The Ancestors of Universes
15:4.1 While creation and universeˆ organization remain forever under the control of the infinite Creatorsˆ and their associates, the whole phenomenon proceeds in accordance with an ordained technique and in conformity to the gravityˆ laws of forceˆ, energyˆ, and matter. But there is something of mystery associated with the universal forceˆ-chargeˆ of spaceˆ; we quite understand the organization of the material creations from the ultimatonˆic stage forward, but we do not fully comprehend the cosmic ancestry of the ultimatonsˆ. We are confident that these ancestral forcesˆ have a Paradiseˆ origin because they forever swing through pervaded spaceˆˆ in the exact gigantic outlines of Paradiseˆ. Though nonresponsive to Paradiseˆ gravityˆ, this forceˆ-chargeˆ of spaceˆ, the ancestor of all materialization, does always respond to the presence of nether Paradiseˆ, being apparently circuited in and out of the nether Paradiseˆ center.
15:4.2 The Paradiseˆ forceˆ organizers transmute spaceˆ potencyˆ into primordialˆ forceˆ and evolve this prematerial potential into the primary and secondary energyˆ manifestations of physical reality. When this energyˆ attains gravityˆ-responding levels, the powerˆ directors and their associates of the superuniverseˆ regime appear upon the scene and begin their never-ending manipulations designed to establish the manifold powerˆ circuitsˆ and energyˆ channels of the universesˆ of time and spaceˆ. Thus does physical matter appear in spaceˆ, and so is the stage setˆ for the inauguration of universeˆ organization.
15:4.3 This segmentation of energyˆ is a phenomenon which has never been solved by the physicists of Nebadonˆ. Their chief difficulty lies in the relative inaccessibility of the Paradiseˆ forceˆ organizers, for the living powerˆ directors, though they are competent to deal with spaceˆ-energy, do not have the least conception of the origin of the energies they so skillfully and intelligently manipulate.
15:4.4 Paradiseˆ forceˆ organizers are nebulae originators; they are able to initiate about their spaceˆ presence the tremendous cyclones of forceˆ which, when once started, can never be stopped or limited until the all-pervading forcesˆ are mobilized for the eventual appearance of the ultimatonˆic units of universeˆ matter. Thus are brought into being the spiral and other nebulae, the mother wheels of the direct-origin suns and their varied systems. In outer spaceˆˆ there may be seen ten different forms of nebulae, phases of primary universeˆ evolution, and these vast energyˆ wheels had the same origin as did those in the seven superuniversesˆ.
15:4.5 Nebulae vary greatly in size and in the resulting number and aggregate mass of their stellar and planetary offspring. A sun-forming nebula just north of the borders of Orvontonˆ, but within the superuniverseˆ spaceˆ levelˆ, has already given origin to approximately forty thousand suns, and the mother wheel is still throwing off suns, the majority of which are many times the size of yours. Some of the larger nebulae of outer spaceˆˆ are giving origin to as many as one hundred million suns.
15:4.6 Nebulae are not directly related to any of the administrative units, such as minor sectorsˆ or local universesˆ, although some local universesˆ have been organized from the products of a single nebula. Each local universeˆˆ embraces exactly one one-hundred-thousandth part of the total energyˆ charge of a superuniverseˆ irrespective of nebular relationship, for energyˆ is not organized by nebulae — it is universally distributed.
15:4.7 Not all spiral nebulae are engaged in sun making. Some have retained control of many of their segregated stellar offspring, and their spiral appearance is occasioned by the fact that their suns pass out of the nebular arm in close formation but return by diverse routes, thus making it easy to observe them at one point but more difficult to see them when widely scattered on their different returning routes farther out and away from the arm of the nebula. There are not many sun-forming nebulae active in Orvontonˆ at the present time, though Andromeda, which is outside the inhabited superuniverseˆ, is very active. This far-distant nebula is visible to the naked eye, and when you view it, pause to consider that the light you behold left those distant suns almost one million years ago.
15:4.8 The Milky Way galaxy is composed of vast numbers of former spiral and other nebulae, and many still retain their original configuration. But as the result of internal catastrophes and external attraction, many have suffered such distortion and rearrangement as to cause these enormous aggregations to appear as gigantic luminous masses of blazing suns, like the Magellanic Cloudˆ. The globular type of star clusters predominates near the outer margins of Orvontonˆ.
15:4.9 The vast star clouds of Orvontonˆ should be regarded as individual aggregations of matter comparable to the separate nebulae observable in the spaceˆ regions external to the Milky Way galaxy. Many of the so-called star clouds of spaceˆ, however, consist of gaseous material only. The energyˆ potential of these stellar gas clouds is unbelievably enormous, and some of it is taken up by near-by suns and redispatched in spaceˆ as solar emanations.
5. The Origin of Spaceˆ Bodies
15:5.1 The bulk of the mass contained in the suns and planets of a superuniverseˆ originates in the nebular wheels; very little of superuniverseˆ mass is organized by the direct action of the powerˆ directors (as in the construction of architectural spheresˆ), although a constantly varying quantity of matter originates in open spaceˆ.
15:5.2 As to origin, the majority of the suns, planets, and other spheres can be classified in one of the following ten groups:
15:5.3 1. Concentric Contraction Rings. Not all nebulae are spiral. Many an immense nebula, instead of splitting into a double star system or evolving as a spiral, undergoes condensation by multiple-ring formation. For long periods such a nebula appears as an enormous central sun surrounded by numerous gigantic clouds of encircling, ring-appearing formations of matter.
15:5.4 2. The Whirled Stars embrace those suns which are thrown off the great mother wheels of highly heated gases. They are not thrown off as rings but in right- and left-handed processions. Whirled stars are also of origin in other-than-spiral nebulae.
15:5.5 3. Gravityˆ-explosion Planets. When a sun is born of a spiral or of a barred nebula, not infrequently it is thrown out a considerable distance. Such a sun is highly gaseous, and subsequently, after it has somewhat cooled and condensed, it may chance to swing near some enormous mass of matter, a gigantic sun or a dark island of spaceˆ. Such an approach may not be near enough to result in collision but still near enough to allow the gravityˆ pull of the greater body to start tidal convulsions in the lesser, thus initiating a series of tidal upheavals which occur simultaneously on opposite sides of the convulsed sun. At their height these explosive eruptions produce a series of varying-sized aggregations of matter which may be projected beyond the gravityˆ-reclamation zone of the erupting sun, thus becoming stabilized in orbits of their own around one of the two bodies concerned in this episode. Later on the larger collections of matter unite and gradually draw the smaller bodies to themselves. In this way many of the solid planets of the lesser systems are brought into existence. Your own solar system had just such an origin.
15:5.6 4. Centrifugal Planetary Daughters. Enormous suns, when in certain stages of development, and if their revolutionary rate greatly accelerates, begin to throw off large quantities of matter which may subsequently be assembled to form small worlds that continue to encircle the parent sun.
15:5.7 5. Gravityˆ-deficiency Spheres. There is a critical limit to the size of individual stars. When a sun reaches this limit, unless it slows down in revolutionary rate, it is doomed to split; sun fission occurs, and a new double star of this variety is born. Numerous small planets may be subsequently formed as a by-product of this gigantic disruption.
15:5.8 6. Contractural Stars. In the smaller systems the largest outer planet sometimes draws to itself its neighboring worlds, while those planets near the sun begin their terminal plunge. With your solar system, such an end would mean that the four inner planets would be claimed by the sun, while the major planet, Jupiterˆ, would be greatly enlarged by capturing the remaining worlds. Such an end of a solar system would result in the production of two adjacent but unequal suns, one type of double star formation. Such catastrophes are infrequent except out on the fringe of the superuniverseˆ starry aggregations.
15:5.9 7. Cumulative Spheres. From the vast quantity of matter circulating in spaceˆ, small planets may slowly accumulate. They grow by meteoric accretion and by minor collisions. In certain sectors of spaceˆ, conditions favor such forms of planetary birth. Many an inhabited world has had such an origin.
15:5.10 Some of the dense dark islands are the direct result of the accretions of transmuting energyˆ in spaceˆ. Another group of these dark islands have come into being by the accumulation of enormous quantities of cold matter, mere fragments and meteors, circulating through spaceˆ. Such aggregations of matter have never been hot and, except for density, are in composition very similar to Urantiaˆ.
15:5.11 8. Burned-out Suns. Some of the dark islands of spaceˆ are burned-out isolated suns, all available spaceˆ-energy having been emitted. The organized units of matter approximate full condensation, virtual complete consolidation; and it requires ages upon ages for such enormous masses of highly condensed matter to be recharged in the circuitsˆ of spaceˆ and thus to be prepared for new cycles of universeˆ function following a collision or some equally revivifying cosmic happening.
15:5.12 9. Collisional Spheres. In those regions of thicker clustering, collisions are not uncommon. Such an astronomic readjustment is accompanied by tremendous energyˆ changes and matter transmutations. Collisions involving dead suns are peculiarly influential in creating widespread energyˆ fluctuations. Collisional debris often constitutes the material nucleuses for the subsequent formation of planetary bodies adapted to mortalˆ habitation.
15:5.13 10. Architectural Worlds. These are the worlds which are built according to plans and specifications for some special purpose, such as Salvingtonˆ, the headquarters of your local universeˆˆ, and Uversaˆ, the seat of government of our superuniverseˆ.
15:5.14 There are numerous other techniques for evolving suns and segregating planets, but the foregoing procedures suggest the methods whereby the vast majority of stellar systems and planetary families are brought into existence. To undertake to describe all the various techniques involved in stellar metamorphosis and planetary evolution would require the narration of almost one hundred different modes of sun formation and planetary origin. As your star studentsˆ scan the heavens, they will observe phenomena indicative of all these modes of stellar evolution, but they will seldom detect evidence of the formation of those small, nonluminous collections of matter which serve as inhabited planets, the most important of the vast material creations.
6. The Spheres of Spaceˆ
15:6.1 Irrespective of origin, the various spheres of spaceˆ are classifiable into the following major divisions:
15:6.2 1. The suns — the stars of spaceˆ.
15:6.3 2. The dark islands of spaceˆ.
15:6.4 3. Minor spaceˆ bodies — comets, meteors, and planetesimals.
15:6.5 4. The planets, including the inhabited worlds.
15:6.6 5. Architectural spheresˆ — worlds made to order.
15:6.7 With the exception of the architectural spheresˆ, all spaceˆ bodies have had an evolutionaryˆ origin, evolutionaryˆ in the sense that they have not been brought into being by fiat of Deityˆ, evolutionaryˆ in the sense that the creative acts of Godˆ have unfolded by a time-space technique through the operation of many of the created and eventuated intelligences of Deityˆ.
15:6.8 The Suns. These are the stars of spaceˆ in all their various stages of existence. Some are solitary evolving spaceˆ systems; others are double stars, contracting or disappearing planetary systems. The stars of spaceˆ exist in no less than a thousand different states and stages. You are familiar with suns that emit light accompanied by heat; but there are also suns which shine without heat.
15:6.9 The trillions upon trillions of years that an ordinary sun will continue to give out heat and light well illustrates the vast store of energyˆ which each unit of matter contains. The actualˆ energyˆ stored in these invisible particles of physical matter is well-nigh unimaginable. And this energyˆ becomes almost wholly available as light when subjected to the tremendous heat pressure and the associated energyˆ activities which prevail in the interior of the blazing suns. Still other conditions enable these suns to transform and send forth much of the energyˆ of spaceˆ which comes their way in the established spaceˆ circuitsˆ. Many phases of physical energyˆˆ and all forms of matter are attracted to, and subsequently distributed by, the solar dynamos. In this way the suns serve as local accelerators of energyˆ circulation, acting as automatic powerˆ-control stations.
15:6.10 The superuniverseˆ of Orvontonˆ is illuminated and warmed by more than ten trillion blazing suns. These suns are the stars of your observable astronomic system. More than two trillion are too distant and too small ever to be seen from Urantiaˆ. But in the master universeˆˆ there are as many suns as there are glasses of water in the oceans of your world.
15:6.11 The Dark Islands of Spaceˆ. These are the dead suns and other large aggregations of matter devoid of light and heat. The dark islands are sometimes enormous in mass and exert a powerful influence in universeˆ equilibrium and energyˆ manipulation. The density of some of these large masses is well-nigh unbelievable. And this great concentration of mass enables these dark islands to function as powerful balance wheels, holding large neighboring systems in effective leash. They hold the gravityˆ balance of powerˆ in many constellations; many physical systems which would otherwise speedily dive to destruction in near-by suns are held securely in the gravityˆ grasp of these guardian dark islands. It is because of this function that we can locate them accurately. We have measured the gravityˆ pull of the luminous bodies, and we can therefore calculate the exact size and location of the dark islands of spaceˆ which so effectively function to hold a given system steady in its course.
15:6.12 Minor Spaceˆ Bodies. The meteors and other small particles of matter circulating and evolving in spaceˆ constitute an enormous aggregate of energyˆ and material substance.
15:6.13 Many comets are unestablished wild offspring of the solar mother wheels, which are being gradually brought under control of the central governing sun. Comets also have numerous other origins. A comet’s tail points away from the attracting body or sun because of the electrical reaction of its highly expanded gases and because of the actualˆ pressure of light and other energies emanating from the sun. This phenomenon constitutes one of the positive proofs of the reality of light and its associated energies; it demonstrates that light has weight. Light is a real substance, not simply waves of hypothetical etherˆ.
15:6.14 The Planets. These are the larger aggregations of matter which follow an orbit around a sun or some other spaceˆ body; they range in size from planetesimals to enormous gaseous, liquid, or solid spheres. The cold worlds which have been built up by the assemblage of floating spaceˆ material, when they happen to be in proper relation to a near-by sun, are the more ideal planets to harbor intelligent inhabitants. The dead suns are not, as a rule, suited to life; they are usually too far away from a living, blazing sun, and further, they are altogether too massive; gravityˆ is tremendous at the surface.
15:6.15 In your superuniverseˆ not one cool planet in forty is habitable by beings of your order. And, of course, the superheated suns and the frigid outlying worlds are unfit to harbor higher life. In your solar system only three planets are at present suited to harbor life. Urantiaˆ, in size, density, and location, is in many respects ideal for human habitation.
15:6.16 The laws of physical-energy behavior are basically universal, but local influences have much to do with the physical conditions which prevail on individual planets and in local systemsˆ. An almost endless variety of creature life and other living manifestations characterizes the countless worlds of spaceˆ. There are, however, certain points of similarity in a group of worlds associated in a given system, while there also is a universeˆ patternˆ of intelligent life. There are physical relationships among those planetary systems which belong to the same physical circuitˆ, and which closely follow each other in the endless swing around the circle of universesˆ.
7. The Architectural Spheresˆ
15:7.1 While each superuniverseˆ government presides near the center of the evolutionaryˆ universesˆ of its spaceˆ segment, it occupies a world made to order and is peopled by accredited personalities. These headquarters worlds are architectural spheresˆ, spaceˆ bodies specifically constructed for their special purpose. While sharing the light of near-by suns, these spheres are independently lighted and heated. Each has a sun which gives forth light without heat, like the satellites of Paradiseˆ, while each is supplied with heat by the circulation of certain energyˆ currents near the surface of the sphere. These headquarters worlds belong to one of the greater systems situated near the astronomical center of their respective superuniversesˆ.
15:7.2 Time is standardized on the headquarters of the superuniversesˆ. The standard day of the superuniverseˆ of Orvontonˆ is equal to almost thirty days of Urantiaˆ time, and the Orvontonˆ year equals one hundred standard days. This Uversaˆ year is standard in the seventh superuniverseˆ, and it is twenty-two minutes short of three thousand days of Urantiaˆ time, about eight and one fifth of your years.
15:7.3 The headquarters worlds of the seven superuniversesˆ partake of the nature and grandeur of Paradiseˆ, their central patternˆ of perfectˆion. In reality, all headquarters worlds are paradisiacalˆ. They are indeed heavenly abodes, and they increase in material size, morontiaˆ beauty, and spiritˆ glory from Jerusemˆ to the central Isle. And all the satellites of these headquarters worlds are also architectural spheresˆ.
15:7.4 The various headquarters worlds are provided with every phase of material and spiritˆual creation. All kinds of material, morontialˆ, and spiritˆual beings are at home on these rendezvous worlds of the universesˆ. As mortalˆ creatures ascend the universeˆ, passing from the material to the spiritˆual realms, they never lose their appreciation for, and enjoyment of, their former levels of existence.
15:7.5 Jerusemˆ, the headquarters of your local systemˆ of Satanˆia, has its seven worlds of transition culture, each of which is encircled by seven satellites, among which are the seven mansion worldsˆ of morontiaˆ detention, man’s first postmortal residence. As the term heaven has been used on Urantiaˆ, it has sometimes meant these seven mansion worldsˆ, the first mansion worldˆ being denominated the first heaven, and so on to the seventh.
15:7.6 Edentiaˆ, the headquarters of your constellationˆ of Norlatiadekˆ, has its seventy satellites of socializing culture and training, on which ascendersˆ sojourn upon the completion of the Jerusemˆ regime of personalityˆ mobilization, unification, and realization.
15:7.7 Salvingtonˆ, the capital of Nebadonˆ, your local universeˆˆ, is surrounded by ten university clusters of forty-nine spheres each. Hereon is man spiritˆualized following his constellationˆ socialization.
15:7.8 Uminorˆ the third, the headquarters of your minor sectorˆ, Ensaˆ, is surrounded by the seven spheres of the higher physical studies of the ascendantˆ life.
15:7.9 Umajorˆ the fifth, the headquarters of your major sectorˆ, Splandonˆ, is surrounded by the seventy spheres of the advancing intellectual training of the superuniverseˆ.
15:7.10 Uversaˆ, the headquarters of Orvontonˆ, your superuniverseˆ, is immediately surrounded by the seven higher universities of advanced spiritˆual training for ascendingˆ will creatures. Each of these seven clusters of wonder spheres consists of seventy specialized worlds containing thousands upon thousands of replete institutions and organizations devoted to universeˆ training and spiritˆ culture wherein the pilgrimsˆ of time are re-educated and re-examined preparatory to their long flight to Havonaˆ. The arriving pilgrimsˆ of time are always received on these associated worlds, but the departing graduates are always dispatched for Havonaˆ direct from the shores of Uversaˆ.
15:7.11 Uversaˆ is the spiritˆual and administrative headquarters for approximately one trillion inhabited or inhabitable worlds. The glory, grandeur, and perfectˆion of the Orvontonˆ capital surpass any of the wonders of the time-space creations.
15:7.12 If all the projected local universesˆ and their component parts were established, there would be slightly less than five hundred billion architectural worlds in the seven superuniversesˆ.
8. Energyˆ Control and Regulation
15:8.1 The headquarters spheres of the superuniversesˆ are so constructed that they are able to function as efficient powerˆ-energy regulators for their various sectors, serving as focal points for the directionization of energyˆ to their component local universesˆ. They exert a powerful influence over the balance and control of the physical energies circulating through organized spaceˆ.
15:8.2 Further regulative functions are performed by the superuniverseˆ powerˆ centers and physical controllers, living and semiliving intelligent entities constituted for this express purpose. These powerˆ centers and controllers are difficult of understanding; the lower orders are not volitionalˆ, they do not possess will, they do not choose, their functions are very intelligent but apparently automatic and inherent in their highly specialized organization. The powerˆ centers and physical controllers of the superuniversesˆ assume direction and partial control of the thirty energyˆ systems which comprise the gravitaˆ domain. The physical-energy circuitsˆ administered by the powerˆ centers of Uversaˆ require a little over 968 million years to complete the encirclement of the superuniverseˆ.
15:8.3 Evolving energyˆ has substance; it has weight, although weight is always relative, depending on revolutionary velocity, mass, and antigravityˆ. Mass in matter tends to retard velocity in energyˆ; and the anywhere-present velocity of energyˆ represents: the initial endowment of velocity, minus retardation by mass encountered in transit, plus the regulatory function of the living energyˆ controllers of the superuniverseˆ and the physical influence of near-by highly heated or heavily charged bodies.
15:8.4 The universal plan for the maintenance of equilibrium between matter and energyˆ necessitates the everlasting making and unmaking of the lesser material units. The Universeˆ Powerˆˆ Directorsˆ have the ability to condense and detain, or to expand and liberate, varying quantities of energyˆ.
15:8.5 Given a sufficient duration of retarding influence, gravityˆ would eventually convert all energyˆ into matter were it not for two factors: First, because of the antigravityˆ influences of the energyˆ controllers, and second, because organized matter tends to disintegrate under certain conditions found in very hot stars and under certain peculiar conditions in spaceˆ near highly energized cold bodies of condensed matter.
15:8.6 When mass becomes overaggregated and threatens to unbalance energyˆ, to deplete the physical powerˆ circuitsˆ, the physical controllers intervene unless gravityˆ’s own further tendency to overmaterialize energyˆ is defeated by the occurrence of a collision among the dead giants of spaceˆ, thus in an instant completely dissipating the cumulative collections of gravityˆ. In these collisional episodes enormous masses of matter are suddenly converted into the rarest form of energyˆ, and the struggle for universal equilibrium is begun anew. Eventually the larger physical systems become stabilized, become physically settled, and are swung into the balanced and established circuitsˆ of the superuniversesˆ. Subsequent to this event no more collisions or other devastating catastrophes will occur in such established systems.
15:8.7 During the times of plus energyˆ there are powerˆ disturbances and heat fluctuations accompanied by electrical manifestations. During times of minus energyˆ there are increased tendencies for matter to aggregate, condense, and to get out of control in the more delicately balanced circuitsˆ, with resultant tidal or collisional adjustments which quickly restore the balance between circulating energyˆ and more literally stabilized matter. To forecast and otherwise to understand such likely behavior of the blazing suns and the dark islands of spaceˆ is one of the tasks of the celestialˆ star observers.
15:8.8 We are able to recognize most of the laws governing universeˆ equilibrium and to predict much pertaining to universeˆ stability. Practically, our forecasts are reliable, but we are always confronted by certain forcesˆ which are not wholly amenable to the laws of energyˆ control and matter behavior known to us. The predictability of all physical phenomena becomes increasingly difficult as we proceed outward in the universesˆ from Paradiseˆ. As we pass beyond the borders of the personal administration of the Paradiseˆ Rulers, we are confronted with increasing inability to reckon in accordance with the standards established and the experience acquired in connection with observations having exclusively to do with the physical phenomena of the near-by astronomic systems. Even in the realms of the seven superuniversesˆ we are living in the midst of forceˆ actions and energyˆ reactions which pervade all our domains and extend in unified equilibrium on through all regions of outer spaceˆˆ.
15:8.9 The farther out we go, the more certainly we encounter those variational and unpredictable phenomena which are so unerringly characteristic of the unfathomable presence-performances of the Absolutesˆ and the experientialˆ Deities. And these phenomena must be indicative of some universal overcontrol of all things.
15:8.10 The superuniverseˆ of Orvontonˆ is apparently now running down; the outer universesˆ seem to be winding up for unparalleled future activities; the central Havonaˆ universeˆ is eternallˆy stabilized. Gravityˆ and absence of heat (cold) organize and hold matter together; heat and antigravityˆ disrupt matter and dissipate energyˆ. The living powerˆ directors and forceˆ organizers are the secret of the special control and intelligent direction of the endless metamorphoses of universeˆ making, unmaking, and remaking. Nebulae may disperse, suns burn out, systems vanish, and planets perish, but the universesˆ do not run down.
9. Circuitsˆ of the Superuniverses
15:9.1 The universal circuitsˆ of Paradiseˆ do actuallˆy pervade the realms of the seven superuniversesˆ. These presence circuitsˆ are: the personalityˆ gravityˆ of the Universal Fatherˆ, the spiritˆual gravityˆ of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ, the mindˆ gravityˆˆ of the Conjoint Actorˆ, and the material gravityˆ of the eternalˆ Isle.
15:9.2 In addition to the universal Paradiseˆ circuitsˆ and in addition to the presence-performances of the Absolutesˆ and the experientialˆ Deities, there function within the superuniverseˆ spaceˆ levelˆ only two energyˆ-circuit divisions or powerˆ segregations: the superuniverseˆ circuitsˆ and the local universeˆˆ circuitsˆ.
15:9.3 The Superuniverseˆ Circuits:
15:9.4 1. The unifying intelligence circuitˆ of one of the Seven Master Spiritsˆ of Paradiseˆ. Such a cosmic-mindˆ circuitˆ is limited to a single superuniverseˆ.
15:9.5 2. The reflective-service circuitˆ of the seven Reflective Spiritsˆ in each superuniverseˆ.
15:9.6 3. The secret circuitsˆ of the Mystery Monitorsˆˆ, in some manner interassociated and routed by Diviningtonˆ to the Universal Fatherˆ on Paradiseˆ.
15:9.7 4. The circuitˆ of the intercommunion of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ with his Paradiseˆ Sons.
15:9.8 5. The flash presence of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ.
15:9.9 6. The broadcasts of Paradiseˆ, the spaceˆ reports of Havonaˆ.
15:9.10 7. The energyˆ circuitsˆ of the powerˆ centers and the physical controllers.
15:9.11 The Local Universeˆˆ Circuits:
15:9.12 1. The bestowalˆ spiritˆ of the Paradiseˆ Sons, the Comforter of the bestowalˆ worlds. The Spiritˆ of Truthˆ, the spiritˆ of Michael on Urantiaˆ.
15:9.13 2. The circuitˆ of the Divineˆ Ministers, the local universeˆˆ Mother Spiritsˆ, the Holyˆ Spiritˆˆ of your world.
15:9.14 3. The intelligence-ministry circuitˆ of a local universeˆˆ, including the diversely functioning presence of the adjutant mind-spiritsˆ.
15:9.15 When there develops such a spiritˆual harmony in a local universeˆˆ that its individual and combined circuitsˆ become indistinguishable from those of the superuniverseˆ, when such identity of function and oneness of ministry actuallˆy prevail, then does the local universeˆˆ immediately swing into the settled circuitsˆ of light and lifeˆ, becoming at once eligible for admission into the spiritˆual confederation of the perfected union of the supercreation. The requisites for admission to the councils of the Ancients of Daysˆ, membership in the superuniverseˆ confederation, are:
15:9.16 1. Physical Stability. The stars and planets of a local universeˆˆ must be in equilibrium; the periods of immediate stellar metamorphosis must be over. The universeˆ must be proceeding on a clear track; its orbit must be safely and finally settled.
15:9.17 2. Spiritˆual Loyalty. There must exist a state of universal recognition of, and loyalty to, the Sovereign Son of Godˆ who presides over the affairs of such a local universeˆˆ. There must have come into being a state of harmonious co-operation between the individual planets, systems, and constellationsˆ of the entire local universeˆˆ.
15:9.18 Your local universeˆˆ is not even reckoned as belonging to the settled physical order of the superuniverseˆ, much less as holding membership in the recognized spiritˆual family of the supergovernment. Although Nebadonˆ does not yet have representation on Uversaˆ, we of the superuniverseˆ government are dispatched to its worlds on special missions from time to time, even as I have come to Urantiaˆ directly from Uversaˆ. We lend every possible assistance to your directors and rulers in the solution of their difficult problems; we are desirous of seeing your universeˆ qualified for full admission into the associated creations of the superuniverseˆ family.
10. Rulers of the Superuniverses
15:10.1 The headquarters of the superuniversesˆ are the seats of the high spiritˆual government of the time-space domains. The executive branch of the supergovernment, taking origin in the Councils of the Trinityˆ, is immediately directed by one of the Seven Master Spiritsˆ of supremeˆ supervision, beings who sit upon seats of Paradiseˆ authority and administer the superuniversesˆ through the Seven Supremeˆ Executivesˆ stationed on the seven special worlds of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ, the outermost satellites of Paradiseˆ.
15:10.2 The superuniverseˆ headquarters are the abiding places of the Reflective Spiritsˆ and the Reflective Image Aidsˆ. From this midway position these marvelous beings conduct their tremendous reflectivityˆ operations, thus ministering to the central universeˆˆ above and to the local universesˆ below.
15:10.3 Each superuniverseˆ is presided over by three Ancients of Daysˆ, the joint chief executives of the supergovernment. In its executive branch the personnel of the superuniverseˆ government consists of seven different groups:
15:10.4 1. Ancients of Daysˆ.
15:10.5 2. Perfectors of Wisdomˆ.
15:10.6 3. Divineˆ Counselorsˆ.
15:10.7 4. Universal Censorsˆ.
15:10.8 5. Mighty Messengersˆ.
15:10.9 6. Those High in Authorityˆ.
15:10.10 7. Those without Name and Numberˆ.
15:10.11 The three Ancients of Daysˆ are immediately assisted by a corps of one billion Perfectors of Wisdomˆ, with whom are associated three billion Divineˆ Counselorsˆ. One billion Universal Censorsˆ are attached to each superuniverseˆ administration. These three groups are Co-ordinate Trinityˆ Personalities, taking origin directly and divinelˆy in the Paradiseˆ Trinityˆ.
15:10.12 The remaining three orders, Mighty Messengersˆ, Those High in Authorityˆ, and Those without Name and Numberˆ, are glorifiedˆ ascendantˆ mortalsˆ. The first of these orders came up through the ascendantˆ regime and passed through Havonaˆ in the days of Grandfandaˆ. Having attained Paradiseˆ, they were mustered into the Corps of the Finalityˆ, embraced by the Paradiseˆ Trinityˆ, and subsequently assigned to the supernal service of the Ancients of Daysˆ. As a class, these three orders are known as Trinitized Sonsˆ of Attainmentˆ, being of dual origin but now of Trinityˆ service. Thus was the executive branch of the superuniverseˆ government enlarged to include the glorifiedˆ and perfected children of the evolutionaryˆ worlds.
15:10.13 The co-ordinate council of the superuniverseˆ is composed of the seven executive groups previously named and the following sector rulers and other regional overseers:
15:10.14 1. Perfectˆions of Daysˆ — the rulers of the superuniverseˆ major sectorsˆ.
15:10.15 2. Recents of Daysˆ — the directors of the superuniverseˆ minor sectorsˆ.
15:10.16 3. Unions of Daysˆ — the Paradiseˆ advisers to the rulers of the local universesˆ.
15:10.17 4. Faithfuls of Daysˆ — the Paradiseˆ counselors to the Most High rulers of the constellationˆ governments.
15:10.18 5. Trinityˆ Teacher Sonsˆ who may chance to be on duty at superuniverseˆ headquarters.
15:10.19 6. Eternalsˆ of Daysˆ who may happen to be present at superuniverseˆ headquarters.
15:10.20 7. The seven Reflective Image Aidsˆ — the spokesmen of the seven Reflective Spiritsˆ and through them representatives of the Seven Master Spiritsˆ of Paradiseˆ.
15:10.21 The Reflective Image Aidsˆ also function as the representatives of numerous groups of beings who are influential in the superuniverseˆ governments, but who are not, at present, for various reasons, fully active in their individual capacities. Embraced within this group are: the evolving superuniverseˆ personalityˆ manifestation of the Supremeˆ Beingˆ, the Unqualified Supervisors of the Supremeˆˆ, the Qualified Vicegerentsˆ of the Ultimateˆˆ, the unnamed liaison reflectivatorsˆ of Majestonˆ, and the superpersonalˆ spiritˆ representatives of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ.
15:10.22 At almost all times it is possible to find representatives of all groups of created beings on the headquarters worlds of the superuniversesˆ. The routine ministering work of the superuniversesˆ is performed by the mighty seconaphimˆ and by other members of the vast family of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ. In the work of these marvelous centers of superuniverseˆ administration, control, ministry, and executive judgment, the intelligences of every sphere of universal life are mingled in effective service, wise administration, loving ministry, and just judgment.
15:10.23 The superuniversesˆ do not maintain any sort of ambassadorial representation; they are completely isolated from each other. They know of mutual affairs only through the Paradiseˆ clearinghouse maintained by the Seven Master Spiritsˆ. Their rulers work in the councils of divineˆ wisdom for the welfare of their own superuniversesˆ regardless of what may be transpiring in other sections of the universal creation. This isolation of the superuniversesˆ will persist until such time as their co-ordination is achieved by the more complete factualization of the personalityˆ-sovereignty of the evolving experientialˆ Supremeˆ Beingˆ.
11. The Deliberative Assembly
15:11.1 It is on such worlds as Uversaˆ that the beings representative of the autocracy of perfectˆion and the democracy of evolution meet face to face. The executive branch of the supergovernment originates in the realms of perfectˆion; the legislative branch springs from the flowering of the evolutionaryˆ universesˆ.
15:11.2 The deliberative assembly of the superuniverseˆ is confined to the headquarters world. This legislative or advisory council consists of seven houses, to each of which every local universeˆˆ admitted to the superuniverseˆ councils elects a native representative. These representatives are chosen by the high councils of such local universesˆ from among the ascendingˆ-pilgrim graduates of Orvontonˆ who are tarrying on Uversaˆ, accredited for transport to Havonaˆ. The average term of service is about one hundred years of superuniverseˆ standard time.
15:11.3 Never have I known of a disagreement between the Orvontonˆ executives and the Uversaˆ assembly. Never yet, in the history of our superuniverseˆ, has the deliberative body ever passed a recommendation that the executive division of the supergovernment has even hesitated to carry out. There always has prevailed the most perfectˆ harmony and working agreement, all of which testifies to the fact that evolutionaryˆ beings can really attain the heights of perfected wisdom which qualifies them to consort with the personalities of perfectˆ origin and divineˆ nature. The presence of the deliberative assemblies on the superuniverseˆ headquarters reveals the wisdom, and foreshadows the ultimateˆ triumph, of the whole vast evolutionaryˆ concept of the Universal Fatherˆ and his Eternalˆ Sonˆ.
12. The Supremeˆ Tribunals
15:12.1 When we speak of executive and deliberative branches of the Uversaˆ government, you may, from the analogy of certain forms of Urantian civil government, reason that we must have a third or judicial branch, and we do; but it does not have a separate personnel. Our courts are constituted as follows: There presides, in accordance with the nature and gravityˆ of the case, an Ancient of Days, a Perfector of Wisdom, or a Divineˆ Counselor. The evidence for or against an individual, a planet, system, constellationˆ, or universeˆ is presented and interpreted by the Censors. The defense of the children of time and the evolutionaryˆ planets is offered by the Mighty Messengersˆ, the official observers of the superuniverseˆ government to the local universesˆ and systems. The attitude of the higher government is portrayed by Those High in Authorityˆ. And ordinarily the verdict is formulated by a varying-sized commission consisting equally of Those without Name and Numberˆ and a group of understanding personalities chosen from the deliberative assembly.
15:12.2 The courts of the Ancients of Daysˆ are the high review tribunals for the spiritˆual adjudication of all component universesˆ. The Sovereign Sons of the local universesˆ are supremeˆ in their own domains; they are subject to the supergovernment only in so far as they voluntarily submit matters for counsel or adjudication by the Ancients of Daysˆ except in matters involving the extinction of will creatures. Mandates of judgment originate in the local universesˆ, but sentences involving the extinction of will creatures are always formulated on, and executed from, the headquarters of the superuniverseˆ. The Sons of the local universesˆ can decree the survival of mortalˆ man, but only the Ancients of Daysˆ may sit in executive judgment on the issues of eternalˆ life and death.
15:12.3 In all matters not requiring trial, the submission of evidence, the Ancients of Daysˆ or their associates render decisions, and these rulings are always unanimous. We are here dealing with the councils of perfectˆion. There are no disagreements nor minority opinions in the decrees of these supremeˆ and superlative tribunals.
15:12.4 With certain few exceptions the supergovernments exercise jurisdiction over all things and all beings in their respective domains. There is no appeal from the rulings and decisions of the superuniverseˆ authorities since they represent the concurred opinions of the Ancients of Daysˆ and that Master Spiritˆ who, from Paradiseˆ, presides over the destinyˆ of the superuniverseˆ concerned.
13. The Sector Governments
15:13.1 A major sectorˆ comprises about one tenth of a superuniverseˆ and consists of one hundred minor sectorsˆ, ten thousand local universesˆ, about one hundred billion inhabitable worlds. These major sectorsˆ are administered by three Perfectˆions of Daysˆ, Supremeˆ Trinityˆ Personalities.
15:13.2 The courts of the Perfectˆions of Daysˆ are constituted much as are those of the Ancients of Daysˆ except that they do not sit in spiritˆual judgment upon the realms. The work of these major sectorˆ governments has chiefly to do with the intellectual status of a far-flung creation. The major sectorsˆ detain, adjudicateˆ, dispense, and tabulate, for reporting to the courts of the Ancients of Daysˆ, all matters of superuniverseˆ importance of a routine and administrative nature which are not immediately concerned with the spiritˆual administration of the realms or with the outworking of the mortalˆ-ascension plans of the Paradiseˆ Rulers. The personnel of a major sectorˆ government is no different from that of the superuniverseˆ.
15:13.3 As the magnificent satellites of Uversaˆ are concerned with your final spiritˆual preparation for Havonaˆ, so are the seventy satellites of Umajorˆ the fifth devoted to your superuniverseˆ intellectual training and development. From all Orvontonˆ, here are gathered together the wise beings who labor untiringly to prepare the mortalsˆ of time for their further progress towards the career of eternityˆ. Most of this training of ascendingˆ mortalsˆ is conducted on the seventy study worlds.
15:13.4 The minor sectorˆ governments are presided over by three Recents of Daysˆ. Their administration is concerned mainly with the physical control, unification, stabilization, and routine co-ordination of the administration of the component local universesˆ. Each minor sectorˆ embraces as many as one hundred local universesˆ, ten thousand constellationsˆ, one million systems, or about one billion inhabitable worlds.
15:13.5 Minor sectorˆ headquarters worlds are the grand rendezvous of the Master Physical Controllersˆ. These headquarters worlds are surrounded by the seven instruction spheres which constitute the entrance schools of the superuniverseˆ and are the centers of training for physical and administrative knowledge concerning the universeˆ of universesˆ.
15:13.6 The administrators of the minor sectorˆ governments are under the immediate jurisdiction of the major sectorˆ rulers. The Recents of Daysˆ receive all reports of observations and co-ordinate all recommendations which come up to a superuniverseˆ from the Unions of Daysˆ who are stationed as Trinityˆ observers and advisers on the headquarters spheres of the local universesˆ and from the Faithfuls of Daysˆ who are similarly attached to the councils of the Most Highs at the headquarters of the constellationsˆ. All such reports are transmitted to the Perfectˆions of Daysˆ on the major sectorsˆ, subsequently to be passed on to the courts of the Ancients of Daysˆ. Thus the Trinityˆ regime extends from the constellationsˆ of the local universesˆ up to the headquarters of the superuniverseˆ. The local systemˆ headquarters do not have Trinityˆ representatives.
14. Purposes of the Seven Superuniverses
15:14.1 There are seven major purposes which are being unfolded in the evolution of the seven superuniversesˆ. Each major purpose in superuniverseˆ evolution will find fullest expression in only one of the seven superuniversesˆ, and therefore does each superuniverseˆ have a special function and a unique nature.
15:14.2 Orvontonˆ, the seventh superuniverseˆ, the one to which your local universeˆˆ belongs, is known chiefly because of its tremendous and lavish bestowalˆ of merciful ministry to the mortalsˆ of the realms. It is renowned for the manner in which justice prevails as tempered by mercy and powerˆ rules as conditioned by patience, while the sacrifices of time are freely made to secure the stabilization of eternityˆ. Orvontonˆ is a universeˆ demonstration of love and mercy.
15:14.3 It is, however, very difficult to describe our conception of the true nature of the evolutionaryˆ purpose which is unfolding in Orvontonˆ, but it may be suggested by saying that in this supercreation we feel that the six unique purposes of cosmic evolution as manifested in the six associated supercreations are here being interassociated into a meaning-of-the-whole; and it is for this reason that we have sometimes conjectured that the evolved and finished personalization of Godˆ the Supremeˆˆ will in the remote future and from Uversaˆ rule the perfected seven superuniversesˆ in all the experientialˆ majesty of his then attained almightyˆ sovereign powerˆ.
15:14.4 As Orvontonˆ is unique in nature and individual in destinyˆ, so also is each of its six associated superuniversesˆ. A great deal that is going on in Orvontonˆ is not, however, revealed to you, and of these unrevealed features of Orvontonˆ life, many are to find most complete expression in some other superuniverseˆ. The seven purposes of superuniverseˆ evolution are operative throughout all seven superuniversesˆ, but each supercreation will give fullest expression to only one of these purposes. To understand more about these superuniverseˆ purposes, much that you do not understand would have to be revealed, and even then you would comprehend but little. This entire narrative presents only a fleeting glimpse of the immense creation of which your world and local systemˆ are a part.
15:14.5 Your world is called Urantiaˆ, and it is number 606 in the planetary group, or system, of Satanˆia. This system has at present 619 inhabited worlds, and more than two hundred additional planets are evolving favorably toward becoming inhabited worlds at some future time.
15:14.6 Satanˆia has a headquarters world called Jerusemˆ, and it is system number twenty-four in the constellationˆ of Norlatiadekˆ. Your constellationˆ, Norlatiadekˆ, consists of one hundred local systemsˆ and has a headquarters world called Edentiaˆ. Norlatiadekˆ is number seventy in the universeˆ of Nebadonˆ. The local universeˆˆ of Nebadonˆ consists of one hundred constellationsˆ and has a capital known as Salvingtonˆ. The universeˆ of Nebadonˆ is number eighty-four in the minor sectorˆ of Ensaˆ.
15:14.7 The minor sectorˆ of Ensaˆ consists of one hundred local universesˆ and has a capital called Uminorˆ the third. This minor sectorˆ is number three in the major sectorˆ of Splandonˆ. Splandonˆ consists of one hundred minor sectorsˆ and has a headquarters world called Umajorˆ the fifth. It is the fifth major sectorˆ of the superuniverseˆ of Orvontonˆ, the seventh segment of the grand universeˆˆ. Thus you can locate your planet in the scheme of the organization and administration of the universeˆ of universesˆ.
15:14.8 The grand universeˆˆ number of your world, Urantiaˆ, is 5,342,482,337,666. That is the registry number on Uversaˆ and on Paradiseˆ, your number in the catalogue of the inhabited worlds. I know the physical-sphere registry number, but it is of such an extraordinary size that it is of little practical significance to the mortalˆ mindˆ.
15:14.9 Your planet is a member of an enormous cosmos; you belong to a well-nigh infinite family of worlds, but your sphere is just as precisely administered and just as lovingly fostered as if it were the only inhabited world in all existence.
15:14.10 [Presented by a Universal Censor hailing from Uversaˆ.]