Episode:The First Epochal Revelation to Urantia (Part 3)
The ten councils of the Planetary Prince's corporeal staff were the vanguard of the world plan to uplift primitive humanity; valuable skills and lessons were taught by these superhuman educators. Their motive was progression by evolution and not revolution by revelation. But practically all of the wonderful human gains of those days were wiped out by the Caligastia catastrophe of deception and sedition.
Summary by Kermit
Reminder: The ten councils of the PP were arranged in two sets of five. The first five were of a more immediate nature. They were geared towards attainment of the first three levels of progressive civilization (food, security, and material comfort). The second five were more of a long term nature, designed to “anticipate” the subsequent epochal revelation of the Material Sons.
Note on patterns in the UB:
7. Guardians of health and life. Much of the work of this group was lost in the confusion following the rebellion, not to be rediscovered until the twentieth century. One of the effects of the rebellion was the blurring of the domains of health and religion leading to the establishing of ceremonial religious practices with underlying health implications (bathing-purification ceremonies, mosaic dietary laws, superstitious regard for fire, health-giving and disease destroying properties of sunlight). As a result of this cross contamination, the progress of science was stifled.
8. Council on art and science. Rudimentary chemistry and physics were taught. Pottery, decorative arts, and ideals of human beauty were advanced, although progress in music and to await the coming of the violet race. Emerging archeological discoveries are impossible to understand and properly incorporate into our history without these revelations of this time. A major reason why we are being given so many of these details is that without them, there is no way we humans would be able to “connect the dots” of our current discoveries into a coherent understanding of our origins on our own.
9. Governors of advance tribal relations. In the attempt to elevate human society up to the level of statehood, intertribal marriages were fostered by this group. Dancing and competitive games were introduced, only to be lost post-rebellion, while advances in humor had to await the coming of the Material Sons. And, while the pattern of civilization at the Prince’s headquarters was advanced, elsewhere barbaric conditions prevailed.
10. Supreme court of tribal co-ordination and racial co-operation. Van’s group operated with special approval from the Constellation Fathers as a court of appeals for the other nine special commissions. This group was the apex of the second set of five commissions of the Prince’s staff and, being sophistry proof, prevented subsequent loss of all culture and civilization post-rebellion.
6. The Prince’s Reign
The PP administration begins the promotion of individual initiative in human society, but the tradition-bound mores existing at that time were never completely transcended, such that today slavery of custom and fashion unduly dominate Urantia. The half-million years of Andonic history prior to the Prince’s arrival allowed for these mores to become firmly established, and the common biologic foundation of the Sangiks (all originating from one Andonic family) made these mores all the more resistant to uplift. The staff were thoroughly familiar with the arts and culture of Jerusem, but unable to present much of it to the primitive peoples of the day. They understood that change without growth is potential evil and accordingly knew better than to undertake the sudden transformation or en masse uplifting of the primitive races of that day. Their motive was progression by evolution and not revolution by revelation. They knew the dangers of overteaching and overenlightenment.
7. Life in Dalamatia
The headquarters of the Prince was exquisitely beautiful, yet altogether modest, even though it was designed to awe the primitive men of that age. The family, living together in one residence of comparatively settled location dates from these times and were due to the example and teachings of the one hundred and their pupils. The home as a social unit became a success only upon mankind’s progress in learning to love their grandchildren in addition to their children.
The staff lived together as fathers and mothers to the Andonic and Sangik children from superior families, many of whom were orphans.
Fad’s educational strategy as described in paragraph six of this section might well serve as a blueprint for such instruction today.
Hap gave the early races a moral code known as “The Father’s Way”—seven commands, which un-coincidentally bear a striking and resemblance to the Ten Commandments Moses.
The authors intriguingly point out that the original stones on which these commands are written are extant, lying beneath the waters off the shores of Mesopotamia and Persia.
The origin of the seven day week dates from these times, being one fourth of the twenty-eight day lunar month—the only time measurement (besides day and night) reckoned by these early peoples.
The revelation here overturns the erroneous and long held idea that work with the soil represents a curse upon fallen mankind. The cultivation of the soil is inherent in the establishment of an advancing civilization on the evolutionary worlds. It is the highest blessing to all who are thus permitted to enjoy the most human of all human activities.
It was pointed out that the word human (out of the soil) is directly related to the word humus literally meaning “soil”.