Episode:Purpose and Destiny—Universal Unity (Part 5)

From Symmetry of Soul

The chief pursuit throughout the era of light and life is the quest for a better understanding and a fuller realization of the comprehensible elements of Deity—truth, beauty, and goodness. This represents man’s effort to discern God in mind, matter, and spirit. And as the mortal pursues this quest, he finds himself increasingly absorbed in the experiential study of philosophy, cosmology, and divinity.

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Keywords: Urantia, Truth, Beauty, Goodness, Love

Opening thought: All that most confuses and torments; all that stirs up the depths of ghost-cult God wineskins; all truth beyond one's grasp; all that aches the eyes and cakes the brain; all the subtle distortions of meaning; all revelatory text, to this crazy co-host, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Paper 56. (adapted from Moby Dick)

Note: Justin Armstrong filled in for Andrea Barnes this week.

Summary by Kermit

Commentary after Review

Approaching the final section of the final series of this arc on Purpose and Destiny, Truth, Beauty, and Goodness (TB&G) it is essential to a more correct understanding of the series title Universal Unity to take a philosophic perspective more than a religious viewpoint. As we have many times stated, the revelation is more a philosophic text, not a sacred one.

Notwithstanding the dense complexities of the previous section, the primary takeaway for a beginning grasp of the absolute unity manifested in the universe reality before us is to be found in the literal presence and engagement of the Trinity in its absoluteness to Reality. Remember the Trinity is the one facet of Deity which engages Reality and it does so in its totality. It is foundational to all details and complexities of the threefold actuality of reality, plus the complex multifaceted Deity influences in reality. This ground floor impersonal presence includes the basis of the divine law, and allows for the diversity of activity, especially the creative action of Creator and creature personality. Further, it makes possible the existence of Father personality to exist separately, the omnipotent Father having put himself in cooperative subordination to the Paradise Trinity.

The Paradise Trinity is not your grandfather’s trinity of Christendom. This indivisible Deity entity is what delivers mankind from the dead-end doctrine of capital-P Pantheism. Listen to the discussion as to why this is not merely an academic distinction, but of importance to progressing civilization. Listen also to the logic thread unifying the arc title, Purpose and Destiny and the layers of cosmic triplets beginning with matter, mind, and spirit culminating in the beauty, truth, goodness, represented in top-down order of the name of the final section, truth, beauty, goodness.

56:10 Truth, Beauty, and Goodness

The revelators set the context of their narrative in the sequential stages of worlds settled in light and life. In this realm citizens enjoy transcendent levels of recognition relative to the wholeness influences surrounding them. The authors speak of growth in knowledge of the Supreme, shorthand for God the Mother. Remember the finaliters who are so active in these realms of light and life are God the Mother revealing.

The TB&G top-down order suggests we try to synchronize with them personally as phases of a triunity not as three separate elements. We notice the revelators speak of philosophy, cosmology, and divinity transcending the philosophy, science, and religion parallels with TB&G. And note the further, triplification of divinity into worship, social service, and personal spiritual experience, triunity within triunity. Neglecting to elevate our simple unity concepts risks getting stuck in the all-too-common error of confusing [Unity versus uniformity|uniformity for unity]], resulting in the nullification of the recognition of beauty which relies on the unification of contrasts. Cosmology can be uplifted and reframed as the logic of universal harmony. Another recognition nullified by uniformity masquerading as unity. And most detrimental of all, the lens of uniformity blinding the devotee to the definitive individuality of personality.

The revelators presage their treatment of secular totalitarianism in [Paper 195] with this scarcely veiled excoriation of Marxism, calling materialism, atheism the maximation of ugliness!

More triunitization is found in the unpacking of the attainment elements of cosmological levels of thought into curiosity, aesthetic appreciation, and ethic sensitivity. Ever keep in mind the context perspective announced up front when encountering words like divine. Sit with this word symbol as Deity likeness and wean yourself from the casual usage platitude so abundantly found abroad. Do the same with TB&G. Also, be mindful of accessing experiential considerations of TB&G and move away from the more abstract existential contemplation of them.

Early in the revelation (the twenty-third paragraph, to be precise) we are told Divinity is creature comprehensible as truth, beauty, and goodness. Several paragraphs are devoted to various approaches in thinking about the interplay of creature mind with the aspects of TB&G. Through the lenses of TB&G the universe of the threefold actuality of reality is recognized and combined into one unified concept of a divine and supreme ideal. Personal pursuit of this ideal in human experience in paralleled in power unification in Supremacy and personalized as a God of fatherly love.

All insight into the relations of the parts to any given whole requires an understanding grasp of the relation of all parts to that whole; and in the universe this means the relation of created parts to the Creative Whole. Essentially this is telling us that Deity is the goal of universal and eternal attainment.

The authors culminate our journey with TB&G associations with the ministry of the Paradise Sons and manifold personalities of the Infinite Spirit, with their triunification in love as creature perception of God as his spirit Father. To finite man truth, beauty, and goodness embrace the full revelation of divinity reality. When expressed in the lives of God knowing mortals the fruits of divinity—intellectual peace, social progress, moral satisfaction, spiritual joy, and cosmic wisdom—are to be found.

It is from this exalted predicate that we approach the deceptively simple and potentially misleading declaration, Love is the desire to do good to others.