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“And the patch of sky was no bigger than a grain of sand
held out at arm’s length.”
A very tiny place in the universe indeed. But our humble narrator doesn’t know the half of it. Even one hundred billion galaxies is humanly quite incomprehensible; but their are untold more universes now in process of formation, and they constitute a vast procession of galaxies— and all are swinging around Paradise.
Just a wet whistle’s worth of the good stuff— from The Urantia Book:
The Uversa¹ star students observe that the grand universe 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 universes upon universes. The physicists of Uversa calculate that the energy and matter of these outer and uncharted regions already equal many times the total material mass and energy charge embraced in all seven superuniverses.² We are informed that the metamorphosis of cosmic force in these outer space levels is a function of the Paradise force organizers. We also know that these forces are ancestral to those physical energies which at present activate the grand universe. The Orvonton power directors, however, have nothing to do with these far-distant realms, neither are the energy movements therein discernibly connected with the power circuits of the organized and inhabited creations.
We know very little of the significance of these tremendous phenomena of outer space. 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 Urantia. As far as we know, no material beings on the order of humans, no angels or other spirit creatures, exist in this outer ring of nebulae, suns, and planets. This distant domain is beyond the jurisdiction and administration of the superuniverse² governments.
Throughout Orvonton it is believed that a new type of creation is in process, an order of universes destined to become the scene of the future activities of the assembling Corps of the Finality³; 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.
Although your spectroscopic estimations of astronomic velocities are fairly reliable when applied to the starry realms belonging to your superuniverse and its associate superuniverses, such reckonings with reference to the realms of outer space 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 universes 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 perfection of more powerful telescopes, it will appear that these far-distant systems are in flight from this part of the universe 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 error embracing angles of observation and other time-space distortions.
But the greatest of all such distortions arises because the vast universes of outer space in the realms next to the domains of the seven superuniverses seem to be revolving in a direction opposite to that of the grand universe. 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 superuniverses revolve about Paradise in a counterclockwise direction. It appears that the second outer universe of galaxies, like the seven superuniverses, revolves counterclockwise about Paradise. And the astronomic observers of Uversa think they detect evidence of revolutionary movements in a third outer belt of far-distant space which are beginning to exhibit directional tendencies of a clockwise nature.
The outer zone is the largest and most active of the three concentric and elliptical belts of unidentified space potential. This area is the site of unimagined activities, the central circuit point of emanations which proceed spaceward in every direction to the outermost borders of the seven superuniverse, and on beyond to overspread the enormous and incomprehensible domains of all outer space.
Truly— “Eye has not seen nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the mind of mortal man, the things which the Universal Father has prepared for those who survive the life in the flesh on the worlds of time and space.”
¹Uversa is the headquarters world and seat of government of Orvonton, the seventh superuniverse. It is an “architectural sphere”— a constructed world. The “Sagittarius” sector and all other sectors and divisions of Orvonton are in rotation around Uversa, and some of the confusion of Urantian astronomers arises out of the illusions and relative distortions produced by the following multiple revolutionary movements:
1. The revolution of Urantia around the sun.
2. The circuit of our solar system about the nucleus of the former Andronover nebula (the nebula that spawned our sun).
3 The rotation of the Andronover stellar family and the associated clusters about the composite rotation-gravity center of the star cloud of Nebadon. (The name of our “local universe; an aggregation of a projected 10 million inhabited planets, not a precise physical aggregation of suns and planets.)
4 The swing of the local star cloud of Nebadon and its associated creations around the Sagittarius center of their minor sector.
5. The rotation of the one hundred minor sectors, including Sagittarius, about their major sector.
6. The whirl of the ten major sectors, the so-called “star drifts,” about the Uversa headquarters of Orvonton.
7. The movement of Orvonton and six associated superuniverses around Paradise and Havona, the counterclockwise processional of the superuniverse space level.
These multiple motions are of several orders: The space paths of our planet and solar system are genetic, inherent in their origin. The absolute counterclockwise motion of Orvonton is also genetic and inherent in the architectural plans of the master universe. But the intervening motions are of composite origin— being derived in part from the constitutive segmentation of matter-energy into the superuniverses, and in part produced by the intelligent and purposeful action of the Paradise force organizers. And this fact will most likely make it impossible for science to determine them.
²Superuniverse is a Urantia Book designation for one seventh of all inhabited universes, a projected aggregation of one trillion inhabited planets in each one of the seven superuniverses.
³Corps of the Finality: the designation for the gathering perfected mortals of time and space who have achieved Paradise and attained perfection in all that pertains to the will of God.